Made in Chicago World Class Jazz Series in Millennium Park
Thursdays, July 28 - September 1
The celebrated "Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz" series returns to Millennium Park featuring Chicago's leading jazz artists and concerts that explore jazz connections to Africa, Latin America and the rhythm and roots of the South Side of Chicago. The 2011 series includes tribute concerts and retrospectives, along with opening night of the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.
Air and Water Show
August 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by the City of Chicago and Shell Oil Products U.S is the the largest free show of its kind in the United States. The show can be viewed along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point.
The 2011 Chicago Dancing Festival
All events are free, although tickets are required for all performances except for the closing night in Millennium Park.
The 2011 CDF features a jam-packed series of free events, including five dance showcases at the Harris Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Auditorium Theater, an all-day screening of classic dance films at the Chicago Cultural Center, and a lecture-demonstration, also at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Festival culminates with its signature grand finale dance showcase on the stunning outdoor stage of the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Museum Free Days
Museum of Contemporary Art - Tuesdays
Clarke House Museum (Chicago's oldest house) - Wednesdays
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Thursdays
Art Institute - August 10
Field Museum - August 29 - 31
Chicago History Museum - August 23 -24