How to have fun in Chicago: July 15-21

July 15 6:30pm: Fatoumata Diawara+ Alasdair Roberts and Friends Concert at Millennium Park

Fatoumata Diawara‘s debut album, Fatou, is almost entirely her own work: self-composed and arranged, with her own backing vocals and percussion. The artist, raised in Mali, but now based in Paris, creates her own sound with a distinctly African spin. Inspired by Wassoulou tradition, jazz and blues, Diawara has overcome cultural prejudice faced by women to make her own music that is well-received by giants in the industry. Opening the stage this evening is Irish Folk group and Drag City Recording artists Alasdair Roberts and Friends. Free

July 16: Tuesdays on the Terrace

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Terrace turns into a jazz concert every Tuesday this summer. Hosted by Al Carter-Bay along with Richton Guy Thomas, Linda Hall and Leslie Keros from WHPK 88.5fm, this live entertainment event will let you unwind while enjoying the company of others outside. Read More

July 17th 6-8:30pm: Sounds of History Jazz Series – A Tribute to Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, & Abby Lincoln

Bring your blankets & chairs and enjoy a jazzy summer on the patio of the DuSable Museum! Jazz Treats will be available for you to purchase-Food, Spirits & Cds. Free. Click here for more information

July 19-20: Latin Jazz Festival at Humboldt Park Boathouse

Friday: 7 – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 1 – 8 p.m.

Celebrate Latino traditions old and new at the 7th Latin Jazz Festival. This year’s theme, Celebrating Community Through Culture, features music, dance, art making, parades and more for the whole family to enjoy. Read More

July 19 6-9pm: Steppin’ Under the Stars

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the DuSable Museum for a night of Steppin’ Under the Stars this summer! Each night features celebrity “Steppin'” DJs and host V-103 Personality Herb Kent. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Schedule July 19 August 16 September 20. Free. Read More

July 19-21: Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork is considered one of the most comfortable and reasonably priced weekends of music in Chicago, featuring both emerging and internationally renowned acts. It’s all about positivity and fun so both the musicians and crowd can have a great time! Watch out for Bjork and R Kelly performances. Read More

July 20-21: Celebrate Clark Street

From vibrant rhythms that get you moving to flavorful treats from around the globe, Celebrate Clark Street will please your senses. Now in its eighth year, this street festival is all about showing off the unique Rogers Park community. It continually breaks the mold of Chicago’s street festivals. Read More

July 20-21: Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

Dawes Park turns into a global village for the annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival! Flags of more than 100 nations will be flown to honor diversity. Experience the colors, sounds and tastes of countries represented by every continent. The free festival includes live music, dance performances, arts and crafts. Read More

July 21: Chinatown Summer Fair

Enjoy the best in Asian cultural entertainment including live music, food, Chinese arts and crafts exhibits, street vendors, and a children’s play area. Music & Dance Dragon and Lion Dance procession Old and New World music acts Folk dancing Martial arts demonstrations Food Participating Chinatown restaurants haven’t been announced … Read More

July 21: Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival

The 45th Annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival is the perfect event for anyone with a green thumb. You can enjoy the outdoors while taking in the sights and smells of lovely gardens, live music and fresh food. The Tours Self-guided tours of more than 80 gardens Guided Architectural. Read More

Chicago Skyline from a boat

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