What to do, where to make THE scene each week in Chicago. From shopping events, fundraisers, fashion trunk shows, art events and more, we bring you a curated list of things to do in Chicago all week and through the weekend. Please find below, our picks for some of the best Chicago events to add to your social calendar this week. If you make it to one or all of these, make sure you share on social media using the hashtag #MakeTheScene you just might see yourself in one of our social feeds.
EVENT: Prince Birthday Celebrations
ABOUT: Prince Rogers Nelson was born into this world on June 7th, 1958. He would have turned 58 years old this year. In his honor, we are throwing a party.
WHEN: Tuesday June 7
MORE INFORMATION: Dearly Beloved: A Tribute to Prince @ House of Blues Includes music and Prince themed food and drinks. Cost is $15
Portions of the proceeds benefit the Music Forward Foundation which focuses on investing in music programs in underserved communities.
Siskel Film Center will have Steve van Osdale, a member of the camera crew on PURPLE RAIN and other Prince projects, to provide a unique behind-the-scenes perspective on the making of the film. The discussion will be moderated by Steve Prokopy, film critic for Ain’t It Cool News and Third Coast Review. To celebrate Prince’s life and music, everyone who attends PURPLE RAIN will receive a mini cupcake with purple icing provided by Brown Sugar Bakery and all are invited to a post-screening dance party in our Gallery/Cafe, hosted by Chicago’s own DJ I.N.C.
PRINCE Birthday celebration and live band tribute @ Untitled Supper Club (111 West Kinzie St.). RSVP for complimentary admission : http://ugotthelook.eventbrite.com. Join us at 7:00 pm to Celebrate the life and music of Prince.
EVENT: Macy’s Semi-Annual Men’s Style Event
ABOUT: Make your way to Macy’s this Thursday to kick off our Men’s Style Event with the season’s freshest looks, awesome refreshments, great music and so much more!
LOCATION: Macy’s State St | 111 N State St.
WHEN: Thursday, June 9
ADMISSION/COST: Free! CLICK HERE
EVENT: SPiN Dating
ABOUT: Ladies are invited to battle it out with Chicago’s most eligible bachelors in a friendly tournament to find a perfect match. Spectators are invited to cheer on the players and enjoy specialty cocktails.
LOCATION: SPiN Chicago 344 North State St
WHEN: Thursday June 9
ADMISSION/COST: $20 CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Ticket includes a meet and greet with the event’s host, Real Housewives of New York star Carole Radziwill. All proceeds from this event will benefit UNICEF.
EVENT: 2nd Fridays Gallery Night
ABOUT: The Chicago Arts District hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, the monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in Chicago.
LOCATION:South Halsted and 18th Streets
WHEN:Friday June 10
ADMISSION/COST: FREE CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Come visit the 30+ creative spaces in the Chicago Arts District at South Halsted and 18th Streets as they showcase an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, free of charge, and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists. Pick up a map at the information center at 1821 S. Halsted.
EVENT: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Spotlight Ball
ABOUT: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago teams up with The Second City to bring you a night full of laughs and luxury. There will be performances, a live auction, and a sit down dinner. Andrew Alexander, CEO/Executive Producer of The Second City, will serve as Honorary Chair.
LOCATION: Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph Drive) | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N Columbus Drive)
WHEN: Thursday June 9
ADMISSION/COST: $700+ CLICK HERE
DRESS CODE: Cocktail Attire requested
MORE INFORMATION: The evening begins at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, with the opening-night performance of The Art of Falling — Hubbard Street’s wildly popular, critically acclaimed production co-created with The Second City, returning to the stage following its world premiere run in Chicago. Following the performance, your adventure continues at the nearby Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel with cocktails and dinner, a luxury live auction — and more laughs.
EVENT: Chicago Blues Festival
ABOUT: The largest free blues festival in the world brings living legends and local 12-bar regulars to Grant Park for three days of music.
LOCATION: Grant Park
WHEN: Friday, June, 10 to June 12
TIME: 11 AM to 9:30 PM
ADMISSION/COST: Free CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: This year, headliners include singer Shemekia Copeland, trombonist Fred Wesley & The New JB’s as well as an all-star tribute to Chicago musician Otis Rush.
EVENT: Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago
ABOUT: Chicago will make maritime history with Lake Michigan chosen as the first fresh water venue to host America’s Cup World Series racing in the event’s 165-year history!
LOCATION: Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611)
WHEN: June 10th-June 12
ADMISSION/COST: General Admission day passes range from $19-$35, while Weekend Passes go from $29-$59 CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Stick around after the races have finished for a huge firework show at the end of the day.
ABOUT: Celebrating its 18th summer, Ribfest Chicago has been featured on Food Network’s “Eating America, with Anthony Anderson”, included as one of the 10 best fests by USA Today and was voted three years running as the Best Food Festival in the Chicago Reader. .
LOCATION: Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park
WHEN: June 10th-June 12th
TIME: Noon- 10 pm
ADMISSION/COST: $5 suggested donation CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION:Try to hit all five stages of bands and performers!
EVENT: Spring Awakening Music Festival
ABOUT: Rock out to your favorite artists at this year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival. Artists like Deadmau5, Dillion Francis,and The Chain Smokers will be spinning their best all night!
LOCATION: Addams/Medill Park
WHEN: June 10th-June 12
ADMISSION/COST: Depending how many nights you want to go, ticket prices range from $89-$350 CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Check out the DJ and Chalk Contests to win four VIP passes!
EVENT: Printers Row Lit Fest
ABOUT: Attracting more than 150,000 book lovers to Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood, the two-day literary festival ignites the passion of the written word welcoming best-selling authors, entertainers, chefs, musicians and unique exhibits.
LOCATION: Dearborn between Congress Pkwy. and Polk St.
WHEN: Saturday, June 11 2016 – June 12, 2016
TIME: 10 AM to 6 PM
ADMISSION/COST: Free or Get a Fest Pass for $35 CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Founded in 1985, the event continues to expand each year with special presentations, programming and over 250 booksellers from across the country unveiling new, used and antiquarian books. Bring children to Lil’ Lit Park where families can enjoy storytelling, costumed characters, performances, sing-alongs, and special activities coordinated by educational and cultural groups. You’ll also enjoy 100-plus free programs on seven stages, author book signings, Lit After Dark, and more at the Midwest’s largest free literary event! All events are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance for select programs. Attend the official festival kick-off on Friday, June 10 from 6-9 p.m at Chop Steak House (1017 S. Delano Ct.)
EVENT: Pilsen Food Truck Social
ABOUT: Up to 35 Illinois Food Truck Owner Association affiliated food trucks will congregate, offering mobile delicacies and treats, everything from tamales to Kobe beef, mac n’ cheese to cupcakes for kiddos
LOCATION: 18th Street and Allport St.
WHEN: June 11- June 12
TIME: 11 AM to 10 PM
ADMISSION/COST: Tickets CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: A Sampler Ticket will allow consumers to stroll around and try sample-sized portions from any food truck or Pilsen area restaurant onsite, and also sample sponsor Revolution beer, wine or spirits.
EVENT: Dark Waters: Shedd Aquarium Gala
ABOUT: Plunge into mysterious, magical dark waters. Nocturnal animals are starting to stir! Let your eyes adjust to the absence of light and admire the wonders around you in Dark Waters at Shedd Aquarium.
LOCATION: Shedd Aquarium (1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605)
WHEN: June 11th
ADMISSION/COST: $1000+ CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: Check out the secretive sea creatures, and be sure to spot the belugas during cocktail hour
EVENT: Old Town Art Fair
ABOUT: 30,000 art lovers are expected to stop by Old Town’s biggest art fair this year to check out art from over 250 vendors
LOCATION: Lincoln Avenue & Wisconsin Street.
WHEN: June 11th-June 12
ADMISSION/COST: $10 donation CLICK HERE
MORE INFORMATION: If you need a break from the art, check out the dozens of food booths serving up frozen treats and barbecue favorites!
EVENT: The Dapper Dudes Event
ABOUT: Please join us for a fun afternoon of men’s pampering and relaxation. We will be providing mini facials, hand and arm massages, fragrance consultations and other complimentary services.
LOCATION: Bloomingdales (Michigan Ave)
WHEN: June 11th
ADMISSION/COST: It costs $25 to reserve a spot, but you get your money back in the form of a gift card CLICK HERE
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