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Between your rooftop rosé and oh-so-necessary pampering sessions, you’ll most definitely need a culture fix. Whether it’s watching Titanic with a live orchestra (our hearts will go on) or eating our faces off while bobbing our heads to Grace Potter, here are seven can’t-miss events happening this summer.

Todd Rosenberg


Dance performances are usually not hilarious. (Um, unless you?ve seen us trying some ?Formation? moves.) That?s what?s so refreshing about this show, which features performers from Hubbard Street Dance and Second City. It?s comedy; it?s dance; and it ends soon so you?d better act fast.

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June 25: RACHAEL Ray's Feedback Festival

For the first time, the peppy chef will bring her Feedback event to Chicago. Set to take over Lincoln Park, the festival will feature food, wine and beer pairings, along with live music from artists like Grace Potter. (Talk about a "Hot Summer Night.")

Windy City Playhouse

June 15-August 28: “This” at Windy City Playhouse

The writer of House of Cards penned this critically acclaimed play. Billed as an “unromantic comedy,” it tells the story of four friends on a game night gone awry. (Well, kind of. It’s pretty layered.) But we hear the real star is the witty repartee.

Taste Randolph

June 17-19: Taste of Randolph

First, expect lots of food. And not just any grub: Participating restaurants include Bar Siena, La Sirena Clandestina and Publican Quality Meats. But it’s the musical lineup that has us eager to grab tickets. It’s not every street festival that sees performances for Ms Mr and Peter Bjorn and John.


June 25-26: Renegade Craft Fair Chicago Pop-Up

Showcasing the best of modern crafts and design, this fair has iterations in London, Los Angeles and other cities--but it all started right here in Chicago. This summer, the event returns to its hometown with 150 makers. You?ll find natural beauty products, pottery and all the things you didn?t realize you needed.


July 29-30: “Titanic” Live at Ravinia

If there were such thing as Titanic karaoke, we’d totally win. (“You can be blasé about some things, Rose…” We got this.) But the next best thing is to watch the whole steamy tearjerker with a live orchestra--and a bottle of wine. Settle into the lawn with a picnic and plenty of tissues.

The Art Institute of Chicago

Through August 28: “Invisible Man” at Art Institute of Chicago

The 50-some photos and manuscripts that comprise this exhibition have never been seen before. That means Chicagoans get the first glimpse of the works, which document the black experience in postwar Harlem.

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