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Summer is here and that means lots of free and inexpensive outdoor entertainment!

Below are highlights of some summer events in and near the South Loop.

Movies in the Parks June 11–October 26 Pack a picnic for free movie screenings in parks throughout the city. Visit the link above for the schedule and participating parks.

English: A night at the Grant Park Music Festival

English: A night at the Grant Park Music Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grant Park Music Festival June 13–August 18 Enjoy free classical music concerts
every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium

Gold Coast Art Fair June30–July 1 More than 350 juried artists show off their skills
at the 55th annual festival in Butler Field, Grant Park.

Fourth of July Fireworks July 4, 9:00 p.m. Pull up a chair along the lake front to view the show at Navy Pier. Also enjoy a fireworks display from Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday night through September 1.

Taste of Chicago July 11–15 Since 1980 Chicagoans have been visiting Grant Park to sample culinary delights from all over the city.

Summer Dance July 19–September 16 Learn how to dance during the free lessons, then cut a rug every Thursday–Sunday evening in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park.

Neighbor’s Night Out July 26 Test your trivia knowledge with neighbors at
Weahtermark Tavern from 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Lollapalooza August 3–5 If you don’t have tickets for the sold out the 20 year old music festival you may be able to hear bands on the main stages by relaxing just outside the gates.

Flights come as close as 18 inches

Flights come as close as 18 inches (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Air and Water Show
August 18-19 Spend the day at North Avenue Beach, from
10:00–3:00 to see uncommon boats and watch planes buzz between sky scrapers
and perform tricks above your head.

Bash on Wabash August 25-26 Head down the street to Wabash between 13th and
14th for the South Loop’s annual street fest, 12:00–10:00. To volunteer send an
inquiry to events@greatersouthloop.org.

Chicago Jazz Festival August 30–September 2 Enjoy free music all weekend at the Grant Park, Petrillo Music Shell.

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