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Bisa Butler: Portraits Recommended Member Picks Agenda

through 9/6
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan, Chicago Loop

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Note: extended through 9/6.

Bisa Butler's portrait quilts capture personal and historical narratives of Black life. This is the first solo museum exhibition of the Howard University alum's work.

Richard Hunt: Scholar’s Rock or Stone of Hope or Love of Bronze Agenda

Through 9/20: Sat-Mon 11 AM-6 PM, Thu-Fri 11 AM-9 PM, closed Tue-Wed
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan, Chicago Loop

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The sculptures of Chicago-based artist Richard Hunt.

Jo Ractliffe: Drives Agenda

Through 8/9: Sat-Mon 11 AM-6 PM, Thu-Fri 11 AM-9 PM, closed Tue-Wed
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan, Chicago Loop

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The first survey organized of the work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe includes images of the port city of Durban, video installations, and more. Work in Galleries 1-4 on view through August and work in Gallery 188 on view through May.

The Obama Portraits Agenda

Through 8/15
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan, Chicago Loop

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Kehinde Wiley's painting of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald's portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama visit the Art Institute of Chicago.

Teatro ZinZanni Recommended The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Wed-Sat 7 PM, Sun noon
Cambria Hotel 32 W. Randolph, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$69-$234 (includes a four-course meal)


A dinner-theater blend of cabaret, circus, comedy, music, and unclassifiable acts, all set in the vintage mirrored Spiegeltent ZaZou on the 14th floor of the Cambria, Teatro ZinZanni made its Chicago debut in 2019. It's returning post-pandemic with a new lineup, headed by comedian Frank Ferrante (aka "The Caesar"), with featured appearances by the “spawn of Freddie Mercury & Janis Joplin” Cunio, singer Storm Marrero, aerialist Lea Hinz, Charlie Chaplin-inspired dancer Mickael Bajazet, trapeze all-stars Duo 19 and hula-hooping contortionist Vita Radionova, and clown and co-director (with Norm Langill) Joe DePaul. The venue requires all audience members over the age of 12 to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 312-488-0900

The Magic Parlour The Short List (Theater)

8/6-12/26: Fri 7 and 9:30 PM, Sat 4, 7, and 9:30 PM (see website for details)
Palmer House Hilton 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago Loop

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Magician and House Theatre of Chicago ensemble member Dennis Watkins returns to live performances of his long-running "up close" magic show at the Palmer House. All guests must present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of the show. All guests, whether vaxxed or not, must wear face coverings. (Watkins is fully vaxxed and will not be wearing a mask during the performance.) It's recommended for ages 12 and up, but children under 12 must also wear masks. 312-726-7500

Decemberists All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Canceled

Tue., Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago Loop

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Brit Floyd All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Sat., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Andrew in Anotherland featuring Andrew Sa and friends Free All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Mon., Aug. 16, 6 p.m.
Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park Michigan and Randolph, Chicago Loop

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film screening and live music performance 312-742-1168

Future Islands, Hinds All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Sat., Sept. 18, 8 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Primus, the Sword All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Tue., Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Mt. Joy, Trampled by Turtles All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Nathalie Joachim & Spektral Quartet All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Tue., Oct. 5, 6 p.m.
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago Loop

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Dead Can Dance All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Javier Camarena & Ángel Rodríguez All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago Loop

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Rodrigo y Gabriela All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Harris Theater 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago Loop

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Wu Han, piano; Arnaud Sussman, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; David Finckel, cello (Dvorák, Suk, Brahms) 312-334-7777

Elvis Costello & the Imposters All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Wed., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Mike Birbiglia 17+ Agenda

Thu., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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rescheduled to November 2021 312-462-6300

Iliza Shlesinger All Ages Agenda

Fri., Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Widespread Panic All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music)

Wed., Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Thu., Nov. 18, 8 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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Sarah Brightman All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Fri., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.
Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago Loop

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800-982-2787

Straight No Chaser All Ages Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music)

Sat., Dec. 11, 3 & 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago Loop

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Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Sun., Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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War on Drugs All Ages Early Warnings (Music)

Thu., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Theatre 175 N. State St., Chicago Loop

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