Well, the end of summer is near.  Time to get out and enjoy the best Chicago has to offer, here are just a few events you won’t want to miss.   Enjoy –you deserve it!

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1. North Coast Music Festival

  • When:  August 30 and 31, 2019 – 2pm to 11pm.
  • Where:  Huntington Bank Pavilion, Museum Campus, 1300 S Linn White Dr, Chicago, IL 60605.

Why this is fun:  Entering its 10th summer in Chicago, change is in the air for the North Coast Music Festival in 2019. The Labor Day weekend music festival is vacating its former home in Union Park and moving to the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island, where it will host a two-day event (down from its usual three days of music). And while past North Coast lineups have included jams bands, indie rockers and hip-hop acts, its 2019 slate of performers is squarely focused on electronic artists, including headlining sets from EDM titan Bassnectar and Diplo’s dancehall project Major Lazer. Spread across two stages, the rest of the lineup features Jai Wolf, Flux Pavilion, Tchami, Juaz, Gorgon City and more than 20 other acts.

For more details, visit the website. 

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2. Taste of Polonia

  • When:   August 30 – September 2, 2019 –  Friday 5pm to 10pm , Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 10pm, Monday 12pm to 9pm.
  • Where:  Copernicus Center , Jefferson Park, 5216 W Lawrence Ave,  Chicago IL 60630.

Why this is fun:  Feast on potato pancakes, kielbasa, pierogi, blitzes and more at this annual Polish celebration during Labor Day weekend. Once you’re full, stick around to take in performances from polka bands and tribute acts, explore photos of Polish Chicago between 1850 and 1939, watch traditional dance groups or enter a cow milking contest.

For more details, visit the website.

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3. “Manet and Modern Beauty”

  • When:  August 27 – September 8, 2019 – Monday –Wednesday  10:30am–5pm, Thursday  10:30am–8pm, Friday – Sunday  10:30am–5pm.
  • Where:  The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave,  Chicago IL 60603.

Why this is fun:  Unlike many of his contemporaries in the mid-1800s, French painter Édouard Manet prefered depicting contemporary subjects instead of historical figures and Biblical scenes. In “Manet and Modern Beauty,” the Art Institute collects his paintings of men and women decked out in fashionable attire, rendered with an eye for detail in his distinct impressionist style. The exhibition also includes some of of Manet’s personal letters, as well as paintings of flowers and fruits (which, aside from stylish women, were among his favorite subjects).

For more details, visit the website.

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4. The Great American Lobster Fest

  • When:  August 30 to September  1 , 2019– Noon to 10pm.
  • Where:  Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave,  Chicago IL 60611.

Why this is fun:  Navy Pier hosts a Labor Day weekend feast featuring mountains of fresh seafood flown in from the East Coast. At the Great American Lobster Festival, every attendee receives a token that can be exchanged for a 1.25-pound steamed red lobster or a lobster roll served with corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, a dinner roll, lemon wedges and melted butter. Once you’re full, head to the stage, where you can catch live music all weekend. This year, the event is also introducing a Lobster Hero Feast for an additional fee, which includes all-you-can-eat lobster during a three-hour period at lunch or dinner.

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Spamalot

  • When:   August 3 –  November 7, 2019 –Wednesdays through Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm.
  • Where:   Mercury Theater, 3745 North Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613.

Why this is fun:  In 1975, Monty Python unveiled its gleefully ridiculous version of the legend of King Arthur. Three decades later, Chicago audiences got the first look at this musical adaptation, spearheaded by Python member Eric Idle, when it had its pre-Broadway tryout before going on to win the 2005 Tony Award for best musical. Now the reinvigorated Mercury Theater, coming off recent successes with Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors, is ready to teach a new generation of theatergoers that “strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government”.

For more details, visit the website.

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