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June - July 2011 Art, Culture, and Events

Your Chicago guide to the best museums, galleries, and events in Chicago


Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago/ 312-443-3600/ artic.edu) presents Hyperlinks through July 20.

  Chicago Architecture Foundation (224 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago/ 312-922-3432/caf.architecture.org) conducts Devil in the White City tours June and July.

  Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe/ 847-835-5440/chicago botanic.org) presents 24 spectacular gardens on 385 acres. Weekend Garden Chef series.

  Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St., Chicago/312-744-6630/explore chicago.org) presents art exhibits and special events throughout the summer.

   Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St., Chicago/312-642-4600/ chicagohs.org) presents Lincoln’s Chicago; Out in Chicago.

  Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago/ 312-922-9410/fieldmuseum.org) hosts Whales: Giants of the Deep through Jan.16.

  Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago/ 773-324-5520/hydeparkart. com) presents Distraction: Pursuit of the Juvenile Mind through Sept. 4; Mess’n with Texas through Sept. 11.

  Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center (9603 Woods Drive, Skokie/ 847-967- 4800/ilholocaustmuseum.org) presents Spots of Light: To Be A Woman in the Holocaust through October 2.

  International Museum of Surgical Science (1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago/ 312-642-6502/imss.org) presents Surgicogenomics: Genes and Stem Cells in Surgery.

  Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (756 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago/ 312-243-9088/ art.org) is showing Esta Chido Todo: The Drawings of Raul Maldonado through Aug. 27.

  Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago (2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview/ 847-832-6600/kohlchildrensmuseum.org) presents Watch Us Grow: Monarch Butterflies through  Sept. 4.

  Loyola University Museum of Art (820 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago/ 312-915-6394/luc. edu/luma) presents Stories in Cloth: The Threads of Daily Life through July 31.

  Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University (40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston/847-491-4000/blockmuseum.northwestern.edu) presents “I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith” through August 14.

  Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (3001 Central Street, Evanston/ 847-475-1030/mitchellmuseum.org) presents A Regional Tour of American Indian Cultures.

  Morton Arboretum (4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle/ 630-968-0074/mortonarb.org) holds Summer Twilight Hikes starting June 25.

  Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago/ 312-280-2660/mca chicago.org) presents Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection June 18-Oct. 16.

  Museum of Contemporary Photography (600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago/ 312-663-5554 /mocp.org) presents Public Works through July 17.

  Museum of Science and Industry (600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago/ 312-663-5554/msi chicago.org) reopens Smart Home: Green & Wired through Jan 8; Tornado Alley through Dec. 31.
  Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago/ 773-755-5100/ chias.org) presents Nature’s Architects through August 7.

  Smart Museum of Art (5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago/ 773-702-0200/smartmuseum. com) presents Warhol at Work: Portrait Snapshots  1973-1986 through Aug 21.

  Spertus Museum (610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago/312-322-1700/spertus.edu/ museum) presents Uncovered & Rediscovered: Stories of Jewish Chicago.


  American Theater Company (1909 W. Byron, Chicago/773-409-4125/atcweb.org) presents The Original Grease through June 26.

  Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago/800-982-ARTS/auditorium theatre.com) presents The All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers—The Smash Hit, July 6 through July 24.

  Briar Street Theater (3133 N. Halsted Street, Chicago/ 773-348-4000/blueman.com) presents a new and updated Blue Man Group showcasing technogeek ingenuity.

  Broadway in Chicago (312-977-1717/ broadwayinchicago.com) presents Beauty and the Beast at the Oriental Theatre June 29-Aug. 7; West Side Story at the Cadillac Palace Theatre July 19-Aug. 14.

  Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier (800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago/312-595-5600/ chicagoshakes.com) presents One Thousand and One Nights, June 25 through July 3.

  Chicago Theatre (175 N. State Street/ 312-902-1500/thechicagotheatre.com) presents Jethro Tull on June 26; Bill Maher, July 23.

   Drury Lane Theatre 630-530-0111/ 100  Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Oak Brook/ drurylaneoakbrook.com) presents Broadway Bound through July 31.

  Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago/312-443-3800/goodmantheatre.org) presents Chinglish June 18-July 24.
  Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St., Chicago/ 312-334-7777/harristheaterchicago. org) presents His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet, July 18.

  LookingGlass Theatre (821 N. Michigan Ave./312-337-0665/lookingglasstheatre.org) presents The Last Act of Lilka Kadison through July 24.

  Marriott Theatre (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire/847-634-0200/ marriottheatre.com) presents Shout!, June 15 through Aug. 14.
  Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph, Chicago/312-742-1168/explorechicago.org) offers free world-class musical concerts throughout the summer.

  Northlight Theatre (9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie/ 847-673-6300/ northlight.org) presents The Outgoing Tide featuring John Mahoney through June 19.

  Ravinia Festival (Highland Park/847-266-5100/ravinia.org) features top-name musicians throughout the summer ending Sept. 11.

  Steppenwolf Theatre Company (1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago/312-335-1650/steppenwolf. org) presents Jeff Garlin in No Sugar Tonight: An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy, July 13-24.

   Theater on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive/312-742-7994/chicagoparkdistrict.com) opens June 15 and features 8 plays in 8 weeks from classic off-Loop theatre companies.

   TimeLine Theatre (615 W. Wellington, Chicago/773-281-8463/timelinetheatre.com) presents The Front Page through July 17.

   Writers’ Theatre (325 Tudor Court, Glencoe/847-242-6000/writerstheatre.org) presents The Detective’s Wife through July 31.


  Ann Nathan Gallery (212 W. Superior Street, Chicago/312-664-6622/annnathan gallery.com) presents figurative art and realism.

  The Arts Club of Chicago (201 E. Ontario, Chicago/312-787-3997/artsclubchicago.org) presents Andy Warhol, Shadows, through July.

  Carl Hammer Gallery (740 N. Wells St., Chicago/312-266-8512/hammergallery.com) presents Outsider Art.

  Catherine Edelman Gallery (300 W. Superior Street, Chicago/312-266-2350/edelman gallery. com) presents The Chicago Project IV through Sept. 15.

  Carrie Secrist Gallery (835 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago/312-491-0917/secristgallery. com) presents work by Marcel Broodthaers and Liliana Porter through July 3.

  Chicago Art Dealers Association (chicagoartdealers.org) present First Thursdays. Galleries open till 7:00 pm, River North.

  Echt Gallery (222 W. Superior St., Chicago /312-440-0268/echtgallery.com) presents a group exhibition.

  Gallery KH (311 W. Superior Street, Chicago /312-642-0202/gallerykh.com) presents Carol Stewart and K Silve, New Works, opening June 3.

 Jean Albano Gallery (215 W. Superior Street, Chicago/312-440-0770/jeanalbano gallery.com) presents contemporary painting, sculpture and mixed media.

 Josef Glimer Gallery, Ltd. (207 W. Superior Street/Chicago /312-787-4640/josefglimer gallery. com) presents Covered Memories; Untold Truth, paintings by Sheila Finnegan.

  Judy A. Saslow Gallery (300 W. Superior, Chicago/312-943-0530/jsaslowgallery.com) presents Frank Paluch through July 9.

   Ken Saunders Gallery, Ltd (230 W. Superior St., Chicago/312-573-1400/ kensaunders gallery. com) presents artists from the Studio Glass Movement.

  Linda Warren Gallery (1052 W. Fulton Market, Chicago/312-432-9500/lindawarren gallery.com) presents Paula Henderson through July 2.

  Packer Schopf Gallery (942 W. Lake, Chicago/312-226-8984/packergallery.com) presents Jenn Wilson, Hank Feeley, Mary Porterfield July 8-August 13.

  Maya Polsky Gallery (215 W. Superior Street, Chicago/ 312-440-0055/mayapolsky gallery.com) represents artists Jose Cobo, Susanna Coffey, Alla Esipovich, among others.

  Perimeter Gallery (210 W. Superior, Chicago/ 312-266-9473/perimetergallery.com) features contemporary works in painting, sculpture, ceramics and fiber arts.

  Printworks Gallery (311 W. Superior Street, Chicago/312-664-9407/printworkschicago. com) presents Vera Klement through July 2; Summer Show July 8-Aug. 20.

  The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Bergman Gallery, Chicago/773-702-8670/renaissancesociety.org) presents William O’Brien through June 26.

  Rhona Hoffman Gallery (118 N. Peoria, Chicago, 312-455-1990/rhoffmangallery.com) presents Group Exhibition: Never Let Me Go curated by Terry R. Myers through July 8.

   Roy Boyd Gallery (739 N. Wells Street, Chicago/312-642-1606/royboydgallery.com) Jay Phillips through June 28; Group Sculpture Exhibition July1-Sept. 3.

    Russell Bowman Art Advisory (311 W. Superior, Chicago/312-751-9500/bowmanart.  com). Vivian Maier, Photographer is on exhibition through June 18.

 Schneider Gallery (230 W. Superior Street, Chicago/ 312-988-4033/schneidergallery.com) presents The Reality of Illusion through June 25; Known Artists, New Works, July 1-Aug. 26.

  Zg Gallery (300 W. Superior Street, Chicago/ 312-654-9900/zggallery.com) presents Suzy Poling “Natural Phenomenon” New Photographs through June 25.

  Zolla/Lieberman Gallery Inc. (325 W. Huron Street, Chicago/ 312-944-1990/zolla liebermangallery.com) presents Cinematic Bodies curated by Jamie Adams, including work by Cameron Gray, Peter Drake, Su-en Wong and Heather Marshall through Aug. 25.


   June 17-19. Taste of Randolph (900 W. Randolph, Chicago/explorechicago.org) Top-rated West Loop neighborhood restaurants along with talented artisans and eclectic vendors gather for a three day celebration.

   June 18-19, Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts, Chicago and Main, Evanston (custerfair.com). 70,000 people attend this Evanston tradition.

  June 24-25. Chicago Pride Fest (3700 N.Halsted, Chicago/explorechicago.org) The gay community celebrates with a parade, entertainment, food and arts and crafts.

   June 24-July 3. Taste of Chicago (Grant Park, Chicago/explorechicago.org) Sample a large array of ethnic culinary creations during the ten day lakefront festival.

   June 25-26. Fountain Square Art Festival (Sherman Ave. and Church St., (Evanston/ chicagoevents.com. More than 250 artisans exhibit work in this juried show. The festival also features continuous live jazz and art lessons for kids. 10-6 pm both days.

   July 1-July 31, Lunchbreak Music Series in Millennium Park. Hear jazz or blues on Mondays, Electric Picnic on Saturdays, American Roots on Sundays. (Chicago/explorechicago.org).

   July 3. Fireworks start at 9 pm at Grant Park, Navy Pier and some locations along the lakefront. (Chicago/explorechicago.org).

   July 7-Sept. 18. 15th Annual Chicago Summer Dance (Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, Chicago/explorechicago.org) Each night there is a one hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two hours of live music and dancing.

   July 9-10. Chicago Folk and Roots Festival (Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside, Chicago/chicagofolkandroots.org) More than 30,000 people come together for this multi-cultural music fest put on every year by the Old Town School of Folk Music.

    July 9 -10. Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff (St. Joseph, Michigan, 269-983-0271). This art fair draws crowds of over 70,000.

    July 14. Bastille Day 5K Run, Walk & Block Party (Cannon Drive & Fullerton Parkway, Chicago/explorechicago.org) Celebrates all things French.

Published: June 13, 2011
Issue: Summer 2011