Movies, music, and storytelling are the main focus of this week’s fresh start! Go out and enjoy just how diverse our amazing city can be!
MONDAY, JUNE 19th
Millennium Park Summer Music Series: Gregory Porter / Tomeka Reid Quartet @ Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, 6:30PM
WHAT: Another year of the fantastic Millennium Park Summer Music Series
SO WHAT: This is the second year of the re-imagining of Downtown Sound and Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series. Merging them together has created a very eclectic set of musical experiences. This year’s exciting lineup continues to take cues from both internationally known performers to local artists that are more than worthy of such an impressive spotlight. Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and Chicago based jazz performers Tomeka Reid Quartet will give Millennium Park a wonderful show this evening.
NOW WHAT: All shows in this series are free and will start at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine.
The Moth StorySLAM: Mystery @ Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 7:00PM
WHAT: Storytellers telling stories
SO WHAT: The Moth presets an open-mic storytelling competition. It is open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Come tell a story, or just enjoy the show! This time performers prepare a five-minute story about puzzling events. Whodunits, secret deals, curious details and shadowy figures. Unsolved happenings, maybe some anonymous packages and secret admirers.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are sold out but there are a few spots available on a first come first serve basis.
Ladylike @ Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee Ave., 8:00PM
WHAT: Another edition of this storytelling series that aims to be a safe space for everyone, inclusive of all femme identifying and non-binary individuals.
SO WHAT: Ladylike, the storytelling show where women tell the most disgusting and revealing stories they’ve got, will be taking over Cafe Mustache for two hours of fun! Hosted by Carly Ballerini, this edition will feature Jane Harrison, Erica Dreisbach, Aasia LaShay Bullock, Caitlin Checkeroski, Ashley Ray, and Fran Hoepfner.
NOW WHAT: This event is 21+ and there is a suggested donation of $5!
TUESDAY, JUNE 20th
Tuesdays on the Terrace @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave., 5:30PM
WHAT: Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden
SO WHAT: This annual summer performance series, hosted by Al Carter-Bey rom WDCB 90.0 FM and Richton Guy Thomas from WHPK 88.5 FM, highlights artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community. This evening will feature the Alexis Lombre Quartet. In case of rain, the event moves inside to the MCA’s Kovler Atrium.
NOW WHAT: The concert series is free with entry to the museum (which is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays!) and open seating is still available on the terrace or bring a blanket to relax on the lawn. There are limited dining options until July 4, 2017, which is when MCA returns to their regular food service including a buffet, which features a changing menu of themed dishes using fresh, locally grown produce for $30 per person. To make reservations for July–September, call 312-397-3805.
Rush Hour Concerts @ St. James Cathedral, 65 E Huron St, 5:45PM
WHAT: Rush Hour Concerts returns for its 18th season of weekly, musical getaways
SO WHAT: Hosted by the International Music Foundation, Rush Hour Concerts are free musical events for those in the city to sit own and relax for 30 minutes of wonderful classical music in the beautiful confines of St. James Cathedral. Check out Louis Harris’ preview post for the full lineup of musicians!
NOW WHAT: These concerts are free, just show up a little early for a good spot and some refreshments!
The Millennium Park Film Series @ Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St., 6:30PM
WHAT: The Millennium Park Film Series returns for another season.
SO WHAT: With the nice warm Chicago weather finally coming in, so does the fantastic lineup for the Millennium Park Film Series. Every Tuesday (except one which will land on a Thursday), the series will be showing some old school classics as well as a bevy of modern masters. This week’s film screening is Caddyshack.
NOW WHAT: These wonderful screenings are completely free!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21st
Jazzin’ at the Shedd @ Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, 5:00PM
WHAT: Jazz, drinks, and sea life
SO WHAT: Every Wednesday evening during the summer, Jazzin at the Shedd will let you enjoy live jazz, cool drinks and a relaxed visit with 32,000 animals. You’ll be able to take in the Chicago skyline while listening to some of Chicago’s top jazz musicians. You can see the full lineup of musicians at the Shedd website!
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $20 (or $18 if purchased before June 21st. Shedd members get into the this wonderful series for free!
Yonatan Gat @ Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave., 8:30PM
WHAT: Israeli-American avant-garde guitar maestro Yonatan Gat returns to Chicago for another mind-melting performance.
SO WHAT: Yonatan Gat concerts are easily some of the most memorable shows you’ll ever attended. He and his band set up in the middle of the floor and face each other instead of the audience as they tear into an intense instrumental punk-jazz that will astound you and leave you asking for more. It’s an utterly mesmerizing experience.
NOW WHAT: Tickets are $10 in advance for this can’t miss show.