Essential Events

Essential Events: Things to do in the Shore region

2013-06-23T00:00:00Z 2013-07-17T16:36:05Z Essential Events: Things to do in the Shore regionBy Shore Staff nwitimes.com
June 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Jul 13 16th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest, 9am-1pm, Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1952. indianadunes.com. This competition is open to all ages. Viewers can vote for their favorite for the “People’s Choice Award.”

HAPPENINGS

Indiana

Through Sept 28 2013 Farmers Market, 8am-1pm Sats, S Main St, Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov/farmers. Produce, cheese, baked goods, flowers, home goods and accessories are available at this weekly farmers market.

Through Oct 26 Chesterton’s European Market, 8am-2pm, Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. dunelandchamber.com. Artists, chefs, merchants and farmers from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois offer an array of products and services—artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers—at this market. The day also features food vendors and live performances.

Jun 21-23 Four Winds Invitational, Blackthorn Golf Club, 6100 Nimtz Pkwy, South Bend. 574.232.4653. fourwindsinvitational.com. Professional women golfers from around the world will compete for a total prize of $150,000 at this second annual invitational hosted by Four Winds Casinos. Proceeds from this year’s tournament, part of the Symetra Tour, benefit Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Jun 21-23 Taste of the Region and Arts and Crafts Festival, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, downtown Crown Point. 219.663.1800. crossroadschamber.org. Attendees can enjoy food from local restaurants, browse arts and crafts from local vendors and listen to great live musical entertainment each night.

Jun 22 4th Annual Eat, Shop & Rock, 10am-4pm, Hohman Ave & Williams St, Hammond. 219.937.0111. downtownhammond.org. Hosted by the Downtown Hammond Council, the this sidewalk sale and fest celebrates the 60s, 70s and The Beatles and features a wide array of vendors; singing, look-a-like and trivia contests; live music; vintage cars; delicious food and more.

Jun 28 21st Annual Denim and Diamonds Gala, 6:30-10:30pm, 2801 Evans Ave, Valparaiso. 219.464.9621. oppent.org. Dress is casual with an elegant twist—jeans are encouraged and diamonds welcomed—at this annual event to support Opportunity Enterprises. Guests can enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction using “bid-by-text” technology, live music and dancing.

Jun 28 Boyd House Feast, 4-8pm, Boyd House, 1500 Old Lincoln Highway, Merrillville. 219.947.2657. indianalandmarks.org. Once a place for Lincoln Highway travelers to rest and eat, the Boyd House is Merrillville landmark. In honor of Lincoln Highway’s 100th anniversary, guests are invited to take a tour of the house and grounds, guided by owner George Rogge, and learn about one of Lake County’s earliest families. The event also features an al fresco dinner on the lawn with a special Rogge Ranch Ale created by 18th Street Brewery for the event.

Jun 29-30 Garden Walk, 9am-5pm walk, Lowell. 11am-1pm lunch, Gardens on the Prairie, 3242 W 169th Ave, Lowell. 219.690.0911, 219.696.8282. lowellgardenclub.com. The Lowell Garden Club presents their 17th annual garden walk, featuring a stroll through some of the town’s most beautiful gardens with a garden luncheon held at Gardens on the Prairie.

Jul 17-21 Festival of the Lakes, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2324 Calumet Ave, Hammond. 219.853.6378. festival.gohammond.com. There’s fun for the whole family with rides, live entertainment, a polka party, a fishing derby, vendors, games and more at this annual event.

Jul 18-27 Porter County Fair, Porter County Expo Center, 217 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. portercountyfair.com. Carnival rides, food vendors, exhibits, livestock and entertainment are staples at this county-wide fair.

Jul 20 The Grape Escape, noon-8pm, Centennial Park, Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Wine lovers can enjoy wine samples, as well as food from around the Region, live music and a fine arts fair and ethnic market at this festival.

Jul 26 Frog in the Bog—A Dunes Affair, 6-10pm, County Line Orchard, 200 S County Line Rd, Hobart. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. At this annual fundraising dinner for the Dunes Learning Center, guests can enjoy a night of rustic fun—including music by Chicago’s Sanctified Grumblers, camp games, a silent auction, stargazing and gourmet s’mores by Bowlerman Confections.

Jul 26-28 Pierogi Fest, 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0292. pierogifest.net. Drawing almost 200,000 visitors each year, this festival celebrates all things pierogi. The weekend’s festivities include the Pierogi Parade, games, a beer garden, musical entertainment, food of all sorts, and, of course, pierogi.

Jul 27 Summer Jam Music and Food Festival, 2-9pm, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. This festival promises a great day in the park with food, beer and music from three live bands—including headliner Blue Oyster Cult.

Michigan

Through Aug 29 Riverfront Concert Series, 7pm Thus, Riverfront Park on Water St, South Haven. 269.637.0772. south-haven.com. During this summer long concert series, concert-goers can experience a variety of musical performances—including jazz, classical, folk and contemporary—while enjoying views of boats traveling on the river and fantastic sunsets over the lake. Concerts are free to the public and attendees should bring their own lawn chair or blanket, as well as a light coat.

Through Sept 29 Allegan Antiques Market, 8am-4pm, last Sun of every month, Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan Co Fair Dr, Allegan. 616.735.3333. alleganantiques.com. Antique hunters can browse the wares of nearly 400 antique dealers—including furniture, jewelry, collectibles, rugs and linens, silver and more—at this indoor-outdoor market.

Through Oct 6 Antiques on the Bluff, 10am-5pm, first Sun of every month, Lake Bluff Park, downtown St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. stjoetoday.com. This annual fair on the shores of Lake Michigan is a premier event for antiquers, featuring more than vendors from around the Midwest.

Jul 6 Art & All That Jazz, 6-8pm, downtown Douglas. 269.857.1438. saugatuck.com. Visitors to the downtown area can stroll through galleries and shops, live music and food at the downtown restaurants.

Jul 6-7 Red, Whites & Brews, 1-7pm, Round Barn Winery Baroda Tasting Room & Estate, 10983 Hills Road, Baroda. 800.716.9463. roundbarnwinery.com. This two-day event highlights Round Barn’s local brewery operation and Independence Day. The celebration features eight fresh craft-brews on draft, micro-brews, wine, DiVine drinks, food from the cafe, live music and a brewing demo. Kids’ activities include a bounce house, a hayride in the vineyard and cornhole. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and sun umbrellas.

Jul 13 Moonlight Madness, open-midnight, along Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, Sawyer & Union Pier. harborcountry.org. Participating stores will stay open until midnight offering fun, shows, discounts, excitement, specials and more.

Jul 13 Smooth Jazz at Sunset, 6pm gates open, 7:30pm music, Shadowland Pavilion on Silver Beach, 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.925.1111. smoothjazzatsunset. Headlined by two time Grammy-winning guitarist/composer Paul Brown, this jazz fest offers great music and terrific scenery with sailboats meandering up and down the river flowing beside the stage, as well as food and drink.

Jul 26-28 2013 Venetian Festival, Coughlin Park, Culver St, Saugatuck. 269.857.1701. saugatuckvenetianfestival.com. This annual event has fun for all with music, kids’ activities, a car show, boat parade, firework shows, food and more.

Aug 17 Umbrellas of Harbert, 5pm, Center of the World Showroom, 13400 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.1950. harbert-michigan.com. Beginning June 30th, original, hand-painted, 9-foot market umbrellas designed by various artists will be displayed along Red Arrow Highway. During the event, the umbrellas will be sold at a charity auction. The evening also features live music, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres.

Illinois

Ongoing Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Hop-on Hop-off Signature Tour, 9am, various designated stops. Chicago. chicagotrolley.com. 773.648.5000. Available year-round and covering 13 miles with 14 stops, this tour takes passengers to Skydeck Chicago, the famed museum campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium), the historic Chicago Theater, Millennium Park, Water Tower Place, The Art Institute, Navy Pier and the John Hancock Observatory.

Ongoing Randolph Street Market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. chicagoantiquemarket.com. This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”—including furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more.

Jun 21-23 Chicago Craft Beer Festival, 5-10pm Fri, 1-10pm Sat, 1-9pm Sun, St. Michael’s Church, 1633 N Cleveland Ave, Chicago. chicagoevents.com. Craft beer lovers can sample more than 100 specialty brews and enjoy live music during this second annual fest.

Jun 26, Jul 24, Aug 28, Sept 25 Twilight Safari, 6-7:30pm, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago. 312.742.2000. lpzoo.org. Visitors to this evening event have the unique opportunity of exploring the zoo after-hours with a zoo horticulturist and animal expert. Each monthly walk focuses on a different area of the zoo.

Jun 29-30 Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park, 10am-6pm, Millennium Park Butler Field, Monroe & Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. amdurproductions.com. For the 56th year, this juried art fair brings incredible artwork from more than 350 artists, live music, great food and fun activities for the kids.

Jul 5-7 Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival, 5:30-8:30pm members’ event Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe. 847.835.5440. chicagobotanic.org. Botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood jewelry and more make this a one-of-a-kind event. Children will enjoy the family activity tent where they can create their own masterpiece.

Jul 5-7 Windy City Ribfest, 5-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat, noon-9pm Sun, Lawrence & Broadway, Chicago. chicagoevents.com. For the fifth year in a row, finger lickin’ slabs of ribs will be the spotlight of this popular summer food festival. The event also features three days of music featuring local and national artists, an arts and crafts fair, a daytime play area for kids and beer and wine.

Jul 10-14 Taste of Chicago, 11am-9pm, Grant Park, 377 E Randolph, Chicago. cityofchicago.org. The nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcases the diversity of Chicago’s dining community and offers music—including Fun., Robin Thicke, Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters, Jill Scott and Neon Trees—and exciting activities for the entire family.

Jul 25-Aug 29 Made in Chicago—World Class Jazz, 6:30pm Thu, Millennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.742.1168. cityofchicago.org. Everyone can enjoy world class jazz at beautiful Millennium park during this free weekly event.

EXHIBITIONS

Indiana

Ongoing The Presidential Carriage Collection, Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend. 574.235.9714. studebakermuseum.org. Visitors to this exhibit can view four presidential carriages—The Grant, Harrison, Lincoln and McKinley carriages.

Through Jun 23 16th and 17th Century Old Master Works on Paper, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame. 574.631.5466. sniteartmuseum.nd.edu. This exhibit is the culmination of student coursework completed during the 2013 spring semester and also features selections from the museum’s collection of Old Master prints and drawings.

Through Jun 30 Civil War Memorial Exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. southshorecva.com. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags tell the story of the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County men who fought to preserve the Union and end slavery at this historical exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Through Jul 28 Construction Sites, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. The established and emerging national and international contemporary photographers participating in this exhibition are not still-life photographers. They are set designers, lighting engineers and casting directors who do not arrange and take pictures of scenery and objects but make them. Also, through Jul 28: Body Language.

Through Aug 19 Bird Exhibition, Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. This exhibit by artist Melissa Washburn features a series of mixed media pieces depicting some of the migratory bird species that can be seen in the Dunes area of Northwest Indiana.

Michigan

Through Jul 7 Titanic—The Artifact Exhibition, Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids. 616.929.1700. grmuseum.org. This exhibit features more than 150 artifacts conserved from the Titanic’s debris field. The exhibit focuses on the compelling human stories and offers visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers.

Through Jul 14 Wood Engravings—The Garden, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. Visitors to this exhibit will be thrilled and amazed by the tiny images carved upon end-grain boxwood and printed on homemade paper. The exhibit includes work from artists from the Society of Wood Engravers (UK) and the Wood Engravers’ Network (US and abroad) and others—including Miriam Macgregor, Geri Waddington and Andy English. Also, through Apr 14: Drawings and Marquettes by Sculpture Fernwood Sculptors.

Through Aug 25 Looking East, Facing West—The World of Zhang Huan, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. meijergardens.org. Among the most prodigious and insightful artists working today, Chinese artist Zhang Huan is a sculptor, painter, photographer and performance and installation artist. This exhibit explores the world of Zhang Huan with sculptures, paintings and photographs. Also, through Oct: Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens; Jun 22-23: Spring Rose Show; Jun 28-30: Standard Flower Show.

Through Aug 31 West Michigan Area Show 2013, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. kiarts.org. This annual juried exhibition showcases the work of West Michigan area artists from a 14-county region. Also, through Jun 23: Sight and Feeling—Photographs by Ansel Adams; Jun 22-Sept 15: Modern Twist—Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art; Jun 22-Sept 15: A Precious Artistic Moment—Paintings by Catherine Hinkle; Jun 29-Sept 29: For and Against Modern Art—The Armory Show + 100.

Jun 7-Jul 21 Songs in Steel and Other Dreams—The Sculpture of Caroline Lee, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl.org. American expatriate sculptor Caroline Lee’s monumental body of work in steel, aluminum and bronze are on display at this exhibit. Her sculptures and drawings encapsulate sleek futuristic aesthetics as well as dynamic expressionism. Also, Jul 26-Sept 8: Face Value—The Art of Mimi Peterson.

Jun 21-Aug 4 Formed/Fired—An Invitational Ceramic Exhibition, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. southhavenarts.org. Highlighting the talents of many Michigan ceramic artists, this exhibit introduces the visitor to the wide range of ceramic materials, forming methods, surface treatment and glazing, as well as various firing techniques.

Illinois

Through Aug 23 Planetary Machines, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.7827. adlerplanetarium.org. Visitors will marvel at the planetary machines—mechanical devices showing the movement of planets—and artwork featured in this exhibit.

Through Sept 2 Animal Inside Out, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. msichicago.org. This exhibit explores the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures—from goats and giraffes to octopuses and ostriches. From creator of the trailblazing BODY WORLDS exhibitions, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, this exhibit showcases more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of plastination, which replaces the body's fluids with plastics to incredibly detailed effect. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle.

Through Jan 5 Creatures of Light—Nature’s Bioluminescence, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org. From glowworms to deep-sea fishes, this exhibit features the mysterious and magical world of bioluminescence. Visitors can discover the thousands of living organisms that blink, glow, flash and flicker. Also, through Aug 18: Fashion and The Field Museum Collection—Maria Pinto; through Sept 8: Scenes from the Stone Age—The Cave Paintings of Lascaux; through Jan 20: Fractured—North Dakota’s Oil Boom.

Jun 26-Sept 22 Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. This internationally acclaimed exhibition is the first to uncover the fascinating relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s through mid-1880s as Paris became the style capital of the world. The exhibit features 75 major figure paintings by Caillebotte, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Seurat, including many never before seen in North America. Also, through Jun 21: Rodney Graham—Torqued Chandelier Release; through Jul 10: [insert YOU here];through Jul 14: The Yoshida Family—Three Generations of Japanese Print Artists; through Aug 11: Kara Walker—Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! through Aug 18: Sharing Space—Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design; through Aug 25: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum; through Sept 2: Abelardo Morell—The Universe Next Door; through Oct 6: Africa Wrapped, Robed and Beaded; through Oct 27: Tomoaki Suzuki; through Dec 1: Play, Pretend and Dream—Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010-2013; Jun 22-Sept 29: Undressed—The Fashion of Privacy; Jun 26-Sept 22: Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity; Jun 26-Sept 22: Zarina—Paper Like Skin; Jul 2-Sept 2: Fashion Plates—19th Century Fashion Illustrations; Jul 20-Oct 6: Beyond the Great Wave—Hokusai’s Images of Mount Fuji.

Jun 29-Oct 13 Modern Cartoonist—The Art of Daniel Clowes, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org. The first museum retrospective of cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ work, this exhibit features more than 125 original drawings and artifacts in an elegant, inviting installation combining today’s graphic style with shades of a Victorian parlor. Clowes is an acclaimed comic book artists and graphic novelist with nearly fifty publications to his credit, as well as a highly reputed magazine illustrator and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. Also, through Jun 18: Jason Lazarus; through Aug 11: Amalia Pica; through Sept 8: Gaylen Gerber; through Sept 29: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction; through Oct 6: Theaster Gates—13th Ballad; through Nov 10: Think First, Shoot Later, Photography from the MCA Collection; Jun 29-Oct 13: Homebodies; Jul 2-Dec 3: José Lerma; Jul 23-Nov: Amanda Ross-Ho.

FILM

Indiana

Cinemark at Valparaiso, 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd, Valparaiso. 800.326.3264, 219.464.0260. cinemark.com. Playing new releases as well as the Cinemark Classic Series, Cinemark is the leading motion picture exhibitor. Cinemark at Valparaiso features roomy stadium seating and RealD 3D and digital presentations for an all-around quality movie viewing experience.

Portage 16 IMAX, 6550 US Hwy 6, Portage. 219.764.7569. portage16imax.com. The brand-new Portage 16 IMAX showcases blockbusters as well as electrifying 3D films that are uniquely suited to the IMAX format. With projected images up to eight stories high and a spectacular, wraparound digital surround-sound system, this theater offers a total-immersion moviegoing experience.

Michigan

The Vickers Theatre, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3522. vickerstheatre.com. Home of the annual “Sound of Silents Film Festival,” this painstakingly restored turn-of-the-century art house screens a variety of notable independent films. A lofty, two-story gallery space, showcasing the works of Midwestern artists, is open to the public before and between shows. Further enhancing its art-house cachet, the Vickers hosts live music, performance art and poetry readings on its stage.

Illinois

The Gene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago. 312.846.2600. siskelfilmcenter.org. This film center-renamed in 2000 for its most passionate supporter, the late film critic Gene Siskel-has been exhibiting critically acclaimed, as well as entertaining “motion picture art” in its state-of-the-art facilities since its inception in 1972. Presenting more than 100 films each month, the center showcases cutting-edge, independent features and classic revivals, as well as premieres of new American and foreign films. From hosting the “Annual Festival of Films from Iran” to The Grapes of Wrath, the diverse offerings have quality in common. A focus on education is supported by guest lecturers, discussions and courses, and film-related exhibits can be viewed at the on-site gallery/café.

PERFORMANCE

Indiana

Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. Jul 12-27: The Comedy of Errors.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Campus. 574.631.2800. performingarts.nd.edu. The state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot facility, newly opened in 2004, is host to some of the world’s most celebrated artists. In addition, its stages showcase student, faculty and community performers, as well as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Southold Dance, the Notre Dame Symphony, the South Bend Civic Theatre, and more. Jul 20-21: ShakeScenes.

Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7509. dunessummertheatre.com. The Dunes Arts Foundation provides this venue for the performing arts, which also furnishes classes for children, youth and adults. Jun 21-Jul 14: RENT; Jul 19-21: Revenge of the Space Pandas.

Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. Jun 21-23: Fiddler on the Roof.

Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoehammond.com. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-square-foot casino. The Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Jun 22: Summerland Tour 2013; Jun 28: Bad Company; Jul 20: Godsmack; Jul 25: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down; Jul 27: Ronnie Mund Block Party.

LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. This exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family. Jul 21: Summer Concert (Washington Park Amphitheater, Michigan City).

The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Jun 21-23, 28-30: Hello, Dolly.

The Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N Michigan St, South Bend. 574.235.9190, 800.537.6415. morriscenter.org. The home of the Broadway Theatre League, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Southold Dance Theater, the 2,560-seat Morris Performing Arts Center has enraptured audiences in the heart of downtown South Bend for more than 75 years. Jun 20: Gordon Lightfoot; Jun 22: South Bend Blues and Ribs Fest (Coveleski Stadium, 501 W South St, South Bend); Jul 2: Alice Cooper; Jul 14: Harry Connick, Jr.

Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Jul 11: Alice Cooper; Jul 19: White Snake.

The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Jul 11-Aug 18: The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee.

Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. Jul 12-14, 19-21, 35-28: Brooklynn The Musical.

Michigan

The Acorn Theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. acorntheater.com. The 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton Theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. Jun 19: Los Lonely Boys; Jun 28: Matt Giraud; Jun 29: The Other 3 Tenors; Jun 30: Elaine Dame & Trio; Jul 6: The Selfish Giant; Jul 20: The Glass Menagerie; Jul 27: Faith Healer.

Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. The Berrien Artist Guild has converted an old box factory into a multidisciplinary arts resource, housing galleries, studios, an art shop and a café. Visitors also can take advantage of the Box Factory as an entertainment venue, attending stage performances by singers, musicians, poets and actors. Jun 22: Lake Effect Jazz Big Band; Jun 29: An Evening of Sinatra; Jul 6: Free Silver; Jul 20: Abraham Lincoln in Song; Jul 27: Star and Charlie.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. meijergardens.org. The garden and sculpture park’s annual concert series features beautiful terraced lawn seating, food and beverage concessions, and major artists like Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis & the News and Lyle Lovett. Jun 17: Frampton’s Guitar Circus; Jun 20: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Jun 21: Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys; Jun 24: Pink Martini; Jun 27: Brandi Carlile; Jul 3: Umphrey’s McGee; Jul 5: Montgomery Gentry; Jul 7: David Byrne & St. Vincent; Jul 11: Old Crow Medicine Show; Jul 15: Michael Franti & Spearhead; Jul 17: Harry Connick, Jr; Jul 18: Steve Miller Band; Jul 21: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals; Jul 25: Chris Isaak; Jul 29: Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.454.9451 ext 4. grsymphony.org. Recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras, this Grammy-nominated symphony provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. The orchestra’s eight concert series with performances designed for young children through adults feature a wide range of repertoire. Jul 11-12: Classical Fireworks; Jul 18-19: Celtic Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster; Jul 23: Carnival of the Animals; Jul 25-26: Gotta Dance!

The Livery, 190 5th St, Benton Harbor. 269.925.8760. liverybrew.com. As its name suggests, the Livery is a former horse stable, residing in the Arts District of downtown Benton Harbor. Not content to just offer its twelve taps of microbrew, an outdoor beer garden, an appetizing soup and sandwich menu, and a coffee bar, the Livery is also a venue for an eclectic variety of musical performances. Jun 28: Deadstring Brothers; Jun 29: Char Jones; Jul 6: Sarah & The Tall Boys; Jul 12: Mulebone; Jul 19: Soltre and AnDro; Jul 20-21: River Whyless.

Silver Creek Event Center, Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/events. The Silver Creek Event Center is a 1,500-seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 70,000-square-foot event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences and banquets. Jun 21: Bill Engvall; Jun 27: Collective Soul; Jul 5: Foreigner; Jul 19: Temptations; Jul 26: Chicago.

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. smso.org. This versatile orchestra offers a traditional Mendel Mainstage Series, small ensemble works in the Around Town Series, and the Performing Artists series, which showcases a wide range of styles with guest artists. Jun 22: Here Comes the Sun! (Silver Beach Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph); Jul 3: Independence Day Concert (Lions Pavilion Park, New Buffalo); Jul 4: Independence Day Concert (Silver Beach Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph); Jul 11: The Upton Trio (The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph); Jul 20: Buddy Holly Dance Party! (Silver Beach Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph).

Van Andel Arena, 130 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6600. vanandelarena.com. Ranked second on Billboard Magazine’s 2003 Top 10 Arena Venues for its size, this $75 million 12,000-plus capacity arena offers world-class family shows, concerts and sporting events to the increasingly popular Grand Rapids area. Jun 17: WWE RAW LIVE; Jun 21: Bachata and Salsa Dance Festival; Jun 30: Rush; Jul 20: A Night with the Stars—Tito El Bambino, Alexis & Fido, RKM & Ken-Y.

West Michigan Symphony, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave, Muskegon. 231.727.8001. westmichigansymphony.org. With eight pairs of concerts a year, the West Michigan Symphony has played a leading role in the region’s cultural community for almost 70 years. It has helped bring a renewed vitality and life to the center of Muskegon and with it, the historic Frauenthal Theater, a 1,729-seat venue with extraordinary beauty, excellent acoustics and sight lines.

Illinois

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions. Jun 20: Summer Solstice; Jun 21: Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center’s Bryant Ballet with Slyvia and Miguel de la Cerna—Music + Movement Festival.

Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Through Oct 6: The Book of Mormon. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Jun 15-Sept 1: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; Jul 9-Aug 4: The Australian Bee Gees Show. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Jun 18-30: Buddy.

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago. 312.733.9463. citywinery.com. The city’s newest concert venue and only fully operational winery, will present an eclectic mix of the most respected names in pop, rock, jazz, blues and world music. Jun 17-18: Leon Russell; Jun 19: Poundcake; Jun 20: Robert Cornelius 7; Jun 21: Ian Maksin & Las Guitarras de España; Jun 23: Chicago Klezmer Ensemble and Richie Furay; Jun 24: The Three Ellas; Jun 25: Carolina Chocolate Drops; Jun 26: Tito Puente Tribute by Angel Mendez and 911 Mambo Orchestra; Jun 27: The Time Jumpers; Jun 28: The Tubes; Jun 29: Funkadesi; Jul 1: The Music of Bill Withers; Jul 2: The End of America; Jul 3: Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney; Jul 4: Reds, Whites and Blues—Sanctified Grumblers, Bailey Dee’s Late Night Bait and BS Brass Band.; Jul 5: Susan Werner’s Hayseed Project; Jul 7: Funk & Soul Revue—The Heard, The Right Now, Diplomats of Sound and DJRC; Jul 11-12: Leo Kottke; Jul 16: Taj Mahal Trio; Jul 17: Louis Prima Jr. & The Witnesses; Jul 21: Badi Assad; Jul 25: Tab Benoit; Jul 26: Keren Ann; Jul 27: The Westies; Jul 30: Tony Lucca.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater. Through Jul 27: Othello—The Remix; Jun 25-29: Inner Voices; Jul 13-Sept 1: Shrek The Musical; Jul 26-Aug 25: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks—The Comedy of Errors.

The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. thechicagotheatre.com. The Chicago Theatre has been a prototype for area theaters since 1921. With its lavish architecture and an elegant stage, the Chicago Theatre seats 3,600 and stands seven stories high. Jun 21: George Benson and Boney James; Jul 24: Rodrigo y Gabriela; Jul 25: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago. 773.753.4472. courttheatre.org. The Court Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional regional theater that is located on the campus of the University of Chicago. Its mission to “discover the power of classic theater” is realized in its intimate, 251-seat auditorium. Jun 20-Jul 14: Tartuffe.

The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. goodmantheatre.org. Since 1925, the Goodman Theatre has provided entertainment to the Chicago area; however, a new, state-of-the-art two-theater complex was completed in 2000—75 years to the day after the dedication of the original—and resides in the vibrant North Loop Theater District within walking distance of fine hotels and restaurants. Jun 21-Jul 28: The Jungle Book; Jul 18-28: Home/Land.

Grant Park Music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago. grantparkmusicfestival.com. The nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind, the festival celebrates its 79th season of providing free classical music to all of Chicago. Jun 19: Pink Martini; Jun 21-22: Iris dévoilée; Jun 26: Nielsen Clarinet Concerto; Jun 28-29: War Requiem; Jul 3: Independence Eve Celebration; Jul 5-6: New World Symphony; Jul 10: Grant Park Pops—Let’s Dance! Jul 12-13: Caminos del Inka; Jul 17: A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration; Jul 19-20: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony; Jul 24: Shostakovich 5th Symphony; Jul 26-27: Sibelius Violin Concerto; Jul 30: Songs of Praise and Passion; Jul 31: Kalmar Conducts Brucker.

Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. harristheaterchicago.org. Now in its fifth season at its home in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, this modern state-of-the-art theater guarantees that the audience will enjoy a wide variety of performances in an intimate setting. Jun 23: Chicago Regional Dance Festival.

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, Madison & Wacker, Chicago. 312.332.2244 ext 5600. lyricopera.org. The world-class Lyric Opera enraptures audiences with its spectacular artistry, performing in one of the most unique theaters in the world. The recently refurbished Civic Opera House not only is an elaborate treasure on the inside, but it is architecturally distinctive as well, shaped like a throne facing the Chicago River. Through Jun 30: The Second City Guide to the Opera.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.397.4010. mcachicago.org. Reflecting the modern atmosphere of the adjoining museum, the state-of-the-art MCA Theater features elegant oak-paneled walls and tiered seating, which guarantees that every one of the 300 seats can boast the best seat in the house. Jul 31, Aug 1, 3: Chicago Human Rhythm Project—JUBA!

Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. cso.org. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. Led by renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as its tenth music director, the CSO is working to fulfill his vision for the Orchestra-to deepen its engagement with the Chicago community, to nurture the legacy of the CSO while supporting a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with visionary artists. Performances held daily, except Wednesday. Jun 18: CSO’s Muti Conducts Mozart and Beethoven; Jun 20-23: CSO’s Muti Conducts Verdi; Jun 21: SCP Jazz Series’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Jun 27: CSO’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra at The Morton Arboretum—CSO Salutes John Williams; Jun 29: CSO’s Once Upon a Symphony at the Morton Arboretum—Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Jun 30: CSO’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra at The Morton Arboretum—Symphonic Fiesta; Jul 19-20: SCP’s Jam and Symphony Center Presents Harry Connick, Jr.

Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 630.584.6342. pheasantrun.com. Acclaimed throughout Chicago and the Midwest for its entertainment, Pheasant Run Resort features theater at its Mainstage and Studio theaters, comedy at Zanies Comedy Club, and live music, entertainment, art exhibits and shopping at its own version of Bourbon Street. Through Jul 28: Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Jul 20-28: The Wizard of Oz.

Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.335.1650. steppenwolf.org. The Chicago-based cast is an internationally renowned group of 43 artists, committed to the art of ensemble collaboration. Now in its 35th season, Steppenwolf continues to fulfill its mission by offering intriguing performances and taking artistic risks. Jul 27-Aug 25: Belleville; Jul 18-Aug 25: Slowgirl.

Victory Gardens Theater, various venues. 773.871.3000. victorygardens.org. As one of the country’s most respected midsized professional theater companies, this Tony Award-winning theater is dedicated to serving playwrights and producing world premiere plays. Programs include five mainstage productions with emphasis placed on the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of arts. Through Jul 13: The Pride;.Jun 17-18: The 3rd Annual Chicago One Minute Play Festival; Jul 12-Aug 11: Mojada.

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