Fun events in Chicago: August 5-11

8/5: Ebony Fashion Fair

The Chicago History Museum presents Inspiring Beauty: Ebony Fashion Fair, an exhibition of an American story that explores the show’s legacy, vision and creativity of Eunice W. Johnson. You’ll see priceless garments collected over the fashion show’s 50-year history, including works from fashion icons Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior. Read More

8/6: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents The Comedy of Errors for its 2013 Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks season! A specially equipped truck will roll into parks around the city, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all. Read More

8/6-8: The Garfield Park Conservatory Hosts a Twilight Dance Performance of Paradis

Paradis, by a canary torsi | Yanira Castro is a site-specific contemporary dance performance and audio installation with live piano performed at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) Inspired by the final section of Jena-Luc Godard’s 2004 film, “Notre Musique”, Paradis continues Castro’s exploration of the space between the performer and audience member: The tension in the simultaneous experience of distance and intimacy inherent in the live performed moment.
To reserve a free admission ticket, visit This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Read More

8/7: Tall Ships Chicago

Majestic and historic tall ships from the world take over Navy Pier at this annual event! You’ll have the chance to view, board and sail on various international vessels. Parade of Sail August 7: See the fleet of 14 international Tall Ships in this official kickoff to the event. Read More

8/7: Black Harvest Film Festival

The Black Harvest Film Festival is our city’s largest and longest-running Black film festival and the Gene Siskel Film Center’s most vibrant annual showcase featuring provocative films that tell stories, spark lively discussions, and address issues relating to the experiences from the African diaspora. Read More

8/7: Concerto for Saxophones with James Carter

Summer heats up with jazz virtuoso James Carter performing Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones with Grant Park Orchestra in Millennium Park. Works exploring Brazilian folklore, the tango, and the prairies of Argentina round out this night of Latin American music. This is the program:

Piazzolla: Milongón Festival
Ginastera: Pampeana No. 3
Sierra: Concerto for Saxophones
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 7

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8/9-11: Serb Fest
Experience Serbian culture at its best.
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8/9-11: Ginza Holiday Festival

Throw on a yukata, the summer kimono, at this 57th annual celebration. Meet and buy crafts from master craftsmen called Waza. Live martial arts, cultural songs, classical dances and Japanese food give Chicago a taste of Japan. Get to the fest early Saturday before the entrance fee rises to $10 at 7pm for Yoko Noge’s Japanesque Band. Read More

8/9: Spanish Galician & Irish Bagpipe Music with Carlos Nuñez at Summerdance Fest

A master of the Galician gaita, Carlos Nuñez has travelled the world over as a musical ambassador representing the Spanish-Celtic enclave of Galicia collaborating with The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, and Jackson Browne along the way. Read More

8/9: Kevin Leeds and Global Cooling with Elev8tor Party

This will be a funk/rock/downtempo global dance party at Mayne Stage. Read More

8/9: Babaloo Nights at Park Tavern

This is the grand opening of new Salsa event on Friday nights with Rico No Suave and Eddie Mozkito Cruz. Read More

8/9: Samba Night with Swing Brasileiro

This is another edition of the Pagode Do Marcao (Samba Night) at Revolver Bar (3759 N. Damen Ave) from 10pm to 2am. Read More

8/9: Los Macuanos and Cumbia Machin

Los Macuanos carry disparate influences, which range from minimal techno and dubstep, to more experimental styles like glitch, noise and no wave, while adhering to a strict discourse on traditional Mexican sounds. Cumbia Machin is an Electro-Cumbia project that combines the use of live electronics and sequencers to create an original Dub-Style Cumbia. Read More

8/9: Rhythmic Resistance Caribbean Edition

Celebrate the Existence and Resistance of the Afro-Caribbean people in Panama and Costa Rica. Read More

8/10-11Armenian Fest
Saint Gregory Armenian Church, 6700 W. Diversey
The annual Armenian fest takes place every August during the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God. Two days of Armenian music and food on the grounds of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church. Read More

8/10: North Halsted Market Days

For 48 hours, the neighborhood of Boystown becomes filled with food, art, music and fun. The 32nd annual Northalsted Market Days is the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest with more than 40 musical performances and 400 food and art vendors. Read More

8/10: Retro on Roscoe

Enjoy top Chicago talent and entertainment on 3 main stages, six full blocks of artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants, tasty treats from local restaurants, and summertime samplings of regional favorites along this tree-lined street. Read More

8/10: Reggae Beach Party

From 5 to 10pm at Ohio St. Beach. Read More

8/10: Estamos en Salsa Saturdays

Every 2nd Saturday at Taxim (1558 N. Milwaukee Ave). Read More

8/11 : Clinard Dance Theatre Flamenco Summer Culmination Event

I will be performing with Clinard Dance Theatre at this event. It will show student and professional work August 11th at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W 19th St., Chicago, IL) at 2 PM to celebrate the close of its summer session of flamenco classes. The performance will share student studies ranging from beginners to emerging professionals and an excerpt from the Company’s latest original work. Featuring special guest artists Alfonso Cid and Las Guitarras de Espana. Buy your tickets here

8/11: Bebel Gilberto

See Bebel Gilberto live August 11-12 at City Winery. Read More

8/11: Ecuador Parade

The Ecuador Parade will take place in Albany Park (4346 N California Ave) and will feature a vibrant train of floats, along with Andean music and dancing from local folkloric troupes, all celebrating Ecuadorian independence. Free.

8/11: Gipsy Kings

See Gipsy Kings live August 11 at Ravinia. Read More.


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