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14 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Week

By Michelle Meywes Kopeny in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 21, 2017 5:33PM

Wild Belle performs at Millennium Park on Monday. Image courtesy of DCASE.

The moon covers the sun, and other fun things going on this week.


MILLENNIUM PARK MUSIC SERIES WRAPS: The Millennium Park Summer Music Series comes to a close this Monday with the final concert of the season. Indie rock duo, and Chicago siblings, Wild Belle will play, as well as soul and R&B artist Sam Trump & Acoustic Audile. Series concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and admission is always free.

SOLAR ECLIPSE DANCE PARTY: Experience the great American solar eclipse at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city. The 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck atop the John Hancock Building is hosting a Solar Eclipse Space-Themed Dance Party with free eclipse-viewing glasses, a DJ and featured beverages for sale. They’re also offering the "606 Resident Appreciation Rate" (50% off general admission) for everyone.


SOUND OPINIONS SUMMER FILM: WBEZ’s Sound Opinions radio show hosts this week’s Millennium Park Summer Film feature. Five Heartbeats is the 1991 cult film following the highs and lows of a hopeful African-American amateur vocal group. Screening begins at 6:30 p.m. at Pritzker Pavilion’s outdoor screen.


DOGGY FASHION SHOW: Check out the latest in doggy fashion at the Talbott Hotel’s Annual Doggy Fashion Show & Pet Adoption Event at 6 p.m. Local pups will walk the runway in attire from Tails in the City and rescue One Tail at a Time will have dogs available for adoptions. Snacks for humans and pups alike.

PEACH COCKTAIL CLASS: It’s National Peach Month, and Tallboy Taco hosts an interactive cocktail class highlighting the end-of-summer fruit. Learn to make White Peach Raspberry Partida Tequila Margaritas while enjoying an array of tapas by Chef Chico Vilchez. Tickets are $25. Call 312.664.2727 to reserve a spot.

PARK AT WRIGLEY MOVIE SCREENING: The Chicago classic The Blues Brothers is the feature outdoor movie at Park at Wrigley this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Cheer the adventures of Jake and Elwood as they “get the band back together.” The free screening includes live music performed by Old Town School of Folk Music.

ASADO WINE DINNER: Try some charcoal-grilled, Argentine fare paired with unique and exclusive South American wines at Tuco and Blondie’s "Asado" Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The bodega patio dinner will feature wines from Bodega Garzon and Bodega Vistalba wineries. Tickets are $45. Reserve a spot by calling 773.327.8226.


ACTIVATE image courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance.

ACTIVATE ALLEY: ACTIVATE is “Pulsing with Power” this Thursday with the theme "Network." The event in Couch Place Alley features a virtual reality bike tour, microsafari, mural unveiling and music from electronic-pop performance artist Dorian Electra, Latin folk fusion ensemble Son Monarcas, and DJ Cid Ikarus. RSVP in advance for a complimentary drink ticket.

DAYTIME MILLENNIUM PARK FILM: The Millennium Park Summer Film Series shows a Family Daytime Screening this Thursday at 11 a.m. It’s a celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with preprogramming in conjunction with Park’s Family Fun Festival. Free.

HEIRLOOM TOMATO DINNER: Join Nick Nichols of Nichols Farm & Orchard at Osteria Via Stato for the annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Chef David DiGregorio will prepare a multi-course dinner with wine pairings highlighting heirloom tomato. Tickets are $68To reserve a spot, call 312-642-8450 or visit the restaurant's website.


GAGA OOH LALA: Lady Gaga is the latest artist to hold a concert at Wrigley Field, bringing her Joanne World Tour to the Friendly Confines on Friday night. A look through the tour's setlist shows, unsurprisingly, the shows pul heavily from the recently released, more "rock oriented" Joanne, but there's plenty of pure pop hits from her earlier albums including gems pulled from The Fame (and The Fame Monster) and Born This Way. Little Monsters will not be disappointed.

LOGAN SQUARE FOOD TRUCK SOCIAL: Food trucks come together for the Logan Square Food Truck Social this weekend. Produced by Optimum Events and Empty Bottle Presents, the event will feature 24 trucks of “sought after mobile eats” each day, plus local retailers and live music. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.

TASTE OF GREEKTOWN: Sample cuisine of the Mediterranean at the 28th annual Taste of Greektown this weekend. Bites from neighborhood eateries will star along with Greek bands, kids' activities and a gyros eating contest.

CAH LIVE: Card Against Humanity returns for another live show, this time hosted by artist Matthew Hoffman, on Friday at The Greenhouse Theater Center Downstairs Mainstage. Hoffman is the man behind the "You Are Beautiful Project" so perhaps he's hosting in an effort to help inject a little compassion into a game that can ofttimes be hilariously ruthless. All proceeds from the show will also go to benefit Designs For Dignity.