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What To Do In Chicago This Month-July

What To Do In Chicago This Month-July

  • Festival season is here and more of the great #summertimechi things to do in Chicago this July.

Are you looking for things to do and where to make THE scene in Chicago this month? Find SociaLifeChicago’s curated monthly social calendar for May events below, with our picks for some of Chicago’s best, then bookmark this page.

From shopping, fundraisers, fashion/trunk shows, art events and more, we bring you a fun list of things to do in Chicago each month where you don’t make A scene but make THE scene



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EVENT: Chosen Fews DJs Picnic & House Music Festival
ABOUT: What started as a small gathering of friends behind Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry in 1990, the Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival organized by the Chosen Few DJs, is now the world’s longest-running event dedicated to House Music drawing more than 40,000 fans each year to Chicago. The Chosen Few DJs is a music collective among the first wave of DJs and producers in Chicago who created the sound that became known as House Music 
LOCATION: Jackson Park | 63rd Street at Hayes Drive 
WHEN: Saturday, July 6
TIME: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
ADMISSION/COST: $40 MORE INFO CLICK HERE

 


EVENT: Movies in The Park @ Millennium Park In July
ABOUT:  Pack your picnic baskets or outdoor bags, grab some friends and get cozy in Millennium Park for Movies in the Park this month. You’ll find cinematic favorites such as: The Wiz (July 2), 10 Things I Hate About You (July 9), Moonlight (July 16) *there is a 15-minute intermission* followed by Pan’s Labyrinth which begins around 8:45 p.m (July 16), The Music Man (July 23), Fences (July 30).
LOCATION: Jay Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park | 201 E. Randolph St. 
WHEN:  July 2-30
TIME: Movie starts at 6:30 p.m​.
ADMISSION/COST: Free admission MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Ravinia July Pick
ABOUT:  The 2019 season of music at Ravinia Music festival kicks off with a variety of music all through July. Our picks for Ravinia in June are: Maxwell (July 9), Lady Antebellum (July 10), Jennifer Hudson (July 14), Renee Fleming (July 28), Sweet Honey In The Rock (July 31), Ghostbusters Film with Orchestra (July 21).
LOCATION: Ravinia 
WHEN: All month long
TIME:  varies
ADMISSION/COST: Ticket prices and availability varies MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: The Taste Of Chicago 2019
ABOUT:  Over the years, its gone from a 2 week  event to one week, to four days event but that doesn’t mean the food and fun has dwindled. Come to the world’s largest free-admission outdoor food festival aka The Taste of Chicago and fill up on all the flavors of the city, from classic Chicago specialties to international cuisine to chef-inspired creations. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a bite of some of the best Chicago restaurants.
LOCATION: Grant Park Chicago
WHEN:  Wednesday July 10- Sunday July 14 
TIME: Varies
ADMISSION/COST:Free admission (ticket purchase required for food and priority seating for music performance) MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Nigerian American Professionals Association Ankara Ball
ABOUT:  The Annual Nigerian American Professionals Association (NAPA) Ankara Ball is a celebration of NAPA members, supporters and community advocates, while flaunting the Nigerian in all of us, through our best Ankara outfits. As one NAPA’s signature events where two deserving Nigerian-American college bound students are awarded NAPA Scholarships; it is also an opportunity to highlight the achievements of unique individuals who have been identified as exceptional members and leaders of the Nigerian and Nigerian-American community.
LOCATION: South Shore Cultural Center| 7059 South South Shore Drive
WHEN:  Saturday July 13
TIME: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
ADMISSION/COST: VIP: $89 (excludes processing fee) | GA Non-members: $79.99(excludes processing fee) MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Ravinia Women’s Board Gala feat. Jennifer Hudson
ABOUT: This special evening, hosted by the Women’s Board, is the only performance fundraiser benefiting Ravinia and its REACH*TEACH*PLAY® education programs. Over 85,000 community members are served through these programs each year, ensuring that music education remains accessible to all. Our programs are designed to educate, foster diverse audience involvement, and provide equitable access to live music experiences in communities and at Ravinia.
LOCATION: Ravinia | 418 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park IL
WHEN:  Sunday, July 14
TIME: 4:30pm-
ADMISSION/COST: $750/per person for gala, portion considered donation  MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Green City Market Chefs BBQ 2019
ABOUT:  Green City Market’s Chef BBQ is one of Chicago’s most anticipated food events of the summer! Over 100 of Chicago’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors provide tasting dishes and craft beverages featuring local, sustainable produce and products from Green City Market farmers. Guests will find both vegetarian and meat dishes while enjoying market-inspired creations that highlight the best of the Midwest.
LOCATION: Lincoln Park | 1817 N Clark Street  
WHEN: Thursday, July 18
TIME: 5:30pm–8:00pm
ADMISSION/COST: $125+$7.24 Fee/per person MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: PAWS Chicago Beach Party
ABOUT:  Beach Party is Chicago’s ultimate summer celebration for 500 luau guests and their pets located on the Castaways beach yacht at North Avenue Beach. Sip cool frozen cocktails and soak up the sun, as the Lake Michigan waves roll in and the summer breeze fills the air. As the sun sets, dance the night away, enjoy an open bar, dinner, live and silent auctions, pet spa services, raffles and more!.
LOCATION: Castaways at North Ave. Beach | 1603 N Lake Shore Drive  
WHEN: Thursday, July 18
TIME: 6pm
ADMISSION/COST: GA: $225/per person and 1 dog; General admission ticket price increases to $250 after 7/17/19. MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Windy City Smokeout | BBQ & Country Music Festival
ABOUT:  Guests will enjoy over 15 live music performances, Access to BBQ from 20 of the world’s best pitmasters. Elevate your 2019 Smokeout experience and take it to the next level by attending and event with Knob Creek. American whiskey and country ham equals one perfect pair! Join expert Adam Harris, Bour-Bon Vivant and Beam Suntory’s American Whiskey National Brand Ambassador, for a tasting experience featuring four distinct Knob Creek variants each expertly paired with four different cuts of artisanal. **Uber pick-ups will be in the lot off of Wood and Madison.**
LOCATION: United Center Parking Lot | Madison and Paulina 
WHEN: Friday July 12- Sunday July 14
TIME: Friday – Gates open at 2pm | Saturday – Gates open at 12pm | Sunday – Gates open at 12pm
ADMISSION/COST: 3 Day/$115; Friday $40; Saturday $49.95: Sunday $40 MORE INFO & TICKET PICKUP  CLICK HERE


EVENT: Green City Market Chefs BBQ 2019
ABOUT:  Green City Market’s Chef BBQ is one of Chicago’s most anticipated food events of the summer! Over 100 of Chicago’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors provide tasting dishes and craft beverages featuring local, sustainable produce and products from Green City Market farmers. Guests will find both vegetarian and meat dishes while enjoying market-inspired creations that highlight the best of the Midwest.
LOCATION: Lincoln Park | 1817 N Clark Street  
WHEN: Thursday, July 18
TIME: 5:30pm–8:00pm
ADMISSION/COST: $125+$7.24 Fee/per person MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT:Refinery29 29Rooms
ABOUT:  Explore this one-of-a-kind creative world as it travels through Chicago. The Expand Your Reality Experience is the newest artistic wonderland of interactive installations and thought-provoking performances brought to you by the creators of Refinery29. Developed in collaboration with brands, visionaries, and emerging creative voices, come and find yourself at this real-life wonderland from 29Rooms.
LOCATION: Skylight at Chicago Board of Trade Building | 141 West Jackson Blvd
WHEN:  Thursday July 18-Saturday July 27
TIME:  Varies
ADMISSION/COST: Free with RSVP MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Pitchfork Music Festival
ABOUT:  Celebrating its 14th year in 2019, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival presents 40+ acts over the course of three days including HAIM, Mavis Staples, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Jeremih, Low, Soccer Mommy, Jeremiah.
LOCATION: Union Park Chicago IL  
WHEN: Friday July 19- Sunday July 21
TIME:  varies
ADMISSION/COST: Ticket prices and availability variesMORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT:Silver Room Sound System Block Party 2019 
ABOUT:  The Silver Room Sound System Block Party started in 2002, and its grown to represent a community event hosted by The Silver Room and owner Eric Williams in collaboration with an organized team, celebrating cultural diversity through expression, music and art. The 16th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party will partner, for the fourth time, with Downtown Hyde Park Chicago, where residents and visitors alike can find offerings of an eclectic mix of handmade jewelry, accessories, clothing, art and music.
LOCATION: Downtown Hyde Park |   
WHEN: Saturday July 20
TIME:  12pm – 10pm
ADMISSION/COST: Free to attend but sponsorship and donations being accepted MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Complexcon
ABOUT: This is MAJORRRR! For the first time ever, Complex is bringing its uber popular and highly attended event to Chicago for two days of max culture overload along with some local and major talents. Ella Mai, Sweetie, SchoolBoyQ are set to perform. ComplexCon is a catalyst for creative collaboration between the most influential people and hottest brands that move culture forward. The groundbreaking festival and exhibition that brings together pop culture, music, art, food, sports, innovation, activism, and education launches in Chicago will give guests a chance to shop hundreds of exclusive releases from the most sought-after brands, catch stunning live performances, watch inspiring talks from the most influential minds in our culture, and experience the future through the most immersive and ambitious pop culture experience yet.
LOCATION: McCormick Place | 2301 S King Dr.
WHEN: Saturday July 20-Sunday July 21
TIME:  All day
ADMISSION/COST:prices vary: GA starts at $80 (minus fees, tax, shipping), Early Entry $300, VIP Weekend Pass SOLD OUT.MORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Art Institute of Chicago Block Party 2019
ABOUT: The Art Institute is thrilled to host our second annual Block Party—a full day of performances, talks, storytelling, and art making in and around the entire museum. This year we’re taking a special look at the lives of things: how does the meaning of an artwork or an object change over time—as it moves; changes hands, places, or functions; or when it becomes part of a collection?Don’t miss a special performance by Jamila Woods in the evening.
LOCATION: Jackson Park | 63rd Street at Hayes Drive 
WHEN: Sunday, July 21
TIME: 10:30am–5:00pm
ADMISSION/COST: $10 general admission | Members do not need to register and receive free admission MORE INFO CLICK HERE

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EVENT: Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board “Out of The BLU”
ABOUT:  The Shedd Aquarium’s Auxiliary Board invites you to their annual fundraising event, BLU. Taking place at the picturesque Museum Campus at Shedd Aquarium, night of “Out of the BLU” experiences will treat guests to special animal encounters, top restaurants from across Chicago, and dancing on the beautiful outdoor terrace. The spectacular views include Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline, and fireworks from Navy Pier; you won’t want to miss.
LOCATION: Shedd Aquarium | 1200 S Lake Shore Drive
WHEN: Saturday, July 27
TIME:  7 to 11 p.m.
ADMISSION/COST: General admission: $150| VIP SOLD OUTMORE INFO CLICK HERE


EVENT: Chicago Margarita & Music Festival
ABOUT:  Chicago’s top celebration of Margaritas and Live Music, Chicago Margarita Festival, returns for another summer of lounging and sipping margaritas to Latin and Island sounds. This year will feature three tasting sessions.
LOCATION: Navy Pier Chicago | 600 E Grand Avenue 
WHEN: Saturday July 27- Sunday 28
TIME:  Saturday 11:00am-11:59pm | Sunday 12:00pm to 7:00pm
ADMISSION/COST:Starts at $20MORE INFO CLICK HERE

 

Honorable mentions:
Taste of River North
Ghanafest 2019

 

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