Essential Events

Essential Events: Things to do in the Shore region

2013-05-12T00:00:00Z 2013-07-18T13:05:12Z Essential Events: Things to do in the Shore regionBy Shore Staff
May 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Through Oct 26 Chesterton’s European Market, 8am-2pm, Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. 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.



May 18 Crown Beer Fest, 2-6pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. One general admission tickets earns attendees the chance to sample beers from more than 30 Indiana craft brewers during this annual event. VIP ticket holders can enter at 1 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years or older and present a valid I.D.

May 18-19 Voyageur Rendezvous, 10am-4pm, Grand Kankakee Marsh, 21690 Range Line Rd, Hebron. 219.769.PARK. During this fun and educational event, visitors travel back more than 250 years when Northwest Indiana was primarily a marshland and learn how Native Americans; French-Canadian canoe men called “Voyageurs” and British and French militia, among others, lived and traded along the Grand Kankakee River. Activities include kids’ games authentic to the time period, historic demonstrations, a tomahawk toss, musical entertainment, merchants’ food and more.

May 19 Shopping Affair Vendor and Craft Show, 10am-4pm, Patrician Banquets, 410 E US 30, Schererville. 219.741.0435. More than 80 upscale vendors, crafters and direct sellers will fill the banquet hall for a day of shopping. The event also features entertainment, concessions, raffles and more. All admissions, donations and raffles benefit the Humane Society Calumet Area.

May 25 Cobe Car Cup 103rd Anniversary Celebration, 9am-noon registration, 1-2pm cruise, begins at Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point & ends at American Legion Post 101, 108 1/2 E Commercial, Lowell. 219.663.1800. Cars of all makes and models will cruise from the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, through Cedar Lake, toward Buckley Homestead in Lowell to downtown Lowell in celebration of the Cobe Car Cup’s 103rd anniversary.

May 25 Jump into Spring Vendor and Craft Show, 9am-2pm, Avalon Manor, 3550 E Rte 30, Merrillville. 219.455.9725. Free and open to the public, this event showcases upscale local and regional vendors, crafters and businesses and features music, entertainment, raffles, door prizes, a kids’ corner and more.

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

Jun 7 20th Annual Beaux Arts Ball, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839 ext. 100. This black tie affair features cocktails, dinner and dancing, plus a live and silent auction. All proceeds from the event help support and grow the South Shore Arts everykid program, which provides art opportunities for more than 28,000 children and youths every year.

Jun 13-16 Portage Township Summerfest, Haven Hollow Park, 330 W 700 N, Valparaiso. 219.762.1623 ext. 31. This free festival promises fun for all ages with entertainment on two stages, a carnival, food booths, a beer garden, commercial and craft vendors, and interactive booth activities.

Jun 15 ARTour, Broadway, Calumet Rd & Fourth St, downtown Chesterton. 219.926.4711. The public is invited to view and interact with artists as the either outside in downtown Chesterton or inside local businesses.

Jun 15 Valparaiso Wine Festival, 3pm VIP admission, 4-7pm event, Central Park Plaza, W Lincolnway & Lafayette St, Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. Wine lovers can sample 80 wines and enjoy live music at this festival. Food will be available for purchase and all ticket purchases include an event wine glass and unlimited tastings. VIP tickets include early admission and admission to the VIP tent, where there will be exclusive wine tastings and food parings for the first hour. All tickets are presale and attendees must be 21 to enter with valid ID.

Jun 21-23 Four Winds Invitational, Blackthorn Golf Club, 6100 Nimtz Pkwy, South Bend. 574.232.4653. 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. 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. 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 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. 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.


May 17 All Aboard! 5:30pm, downtown St. Joseph. Visitors will be transported on an unforgettable journey when a fleet of planes, trains and helicopters pull into downtown St. Joseph. This event features the unveiling of 26 sculptures decorated by area artists, as well as other festivities. The sculptures will remain on display through Sept.

May 17-18 New Buffalo Spring Sidewalk Sales, downtown New Buffalo. A variety of retail shops throughout downtown New Buffalo will showcase new summer trends in clothing and accessories, as well as end of the season bargains, and participating businesses—shops, restaurants, lodging and attractions—will offer something extra special Friday and Saturday.

May 18 BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass, 1-8pm, Whirlpool Centennial Field, downtown St. Joseph. This event celebrates spring and features live music from local blues bands Slim Gypsy Baggage, Sugar Blue Band and SteelDrivers; craft beer and regional wines and local BBQ.

May 23-Aug 29 Riverfront Concert Series, 7pm Thus, Riverfront Park on Water St, South Haven. 269.637.0772. During this summer long 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.

Jun 13 Festival of Cars, downtown South Haven. 269.637.0345. The entire family can enjoy this fun event featuring a variety of cars. Admission is free for spectators but donations are accepted. The event also features a silent auction and t-shirt sale to benefit Hunt for a Cure, which targets Cystic Fibrosis.

June 13-15 Artigras, 11am-6pm, Whittaker & Merchant Sts, downtown New Buffalo. This second annual event offers original works of art in all mediums—paintings, sculptures, glass, photography, drawings, jewelry, fiber, wood, ceramics, mixed media and furniture—from more than 130 juried artists from around the world, as well as a select group of Harbor Country artists. The event also features live entertainment, artist demonstrations, activities for kids, great food and more.

Jun 13-16 Waterfront Festival, South Haven. 269.767.8765. The shores of Lake Michigan come alive with filmgoers, actors, producers and directors during this three-day festival. Audiences can enjoy screenings of outstanding independent films from across the United States in casual, intimate settings. Films and events will be announced in late May.

Jun 15 Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival, noon-10pm, Weko Beach, Bridgman. Wine and sun lovers will enjoy this annual event featuring samples of wonderful Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail locally-gown-and-produced varietals, live music and cuisine from local restaurants, all on the shores of the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan.

June 15 Rhumbline Regatta, 9-10am check-in, noon race, St. Joseph River Yacht Club, 1 Lighthouse Ln, St. Joseph. 269.983.6393. This single race yacht regatta has four divisions and a five-hour maximum time limit. A party follows the race, with delicious food served riverside and awards presented to the top three bats in each section, plus music and entertainment to follow.


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

Ongoing Randolph Street Market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. 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.

May 16 22nd Annual Chicago Benefit Dinner, 5:30pm, Hyatt Regency Chicago’s Grand Ballroom, 151 E Wacker Dr, Chicago. 312.345.3232. This business-attire event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a program featuring alumni from Facing History and Ourselves classrooms. The dinner benefits international educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves.

May 17 Voices of a Creative State Benefit Luncheon, Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.855.3105 ext 12. Arts Alliance Illinois’ inaugural benefit luncheon features a presentation by world-renowned cellist and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Yo-Yo Ma, about the powerful role that arts can and should play in the civic life of Illinois.

May 18 Goodman Theatre Gala, 6:30pm, The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. Guests can indulge in an exhilarating fusion of Indiana and American music, dance, food and festivities. The night also features melodies from The Jungle Book, a new musical adapted by the Tony Award-winning Mary Zimmerman and based on the Disney film, and music from Big Fun. Proceeds from the event benefit Goodman Theatre’s education and community engagement programs.

May 18-19 Green Festival, 10am-6pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. Green Festival features all things green—including an organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; eco-fashion exhibits; hands-on DIY workshops; live music; an organic beer and wine garden; keynote presentations and a nationally renowned green marketplace with products and services from local and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.

May 31-Jun 2 Millennium Art Festival, 11am-5pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun, Lake St & Michigan Ave, Chicago. Located in the heart of downtown, this annual art festival offers original works from more than 130 acclaimed artists in every medium—including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculptures, mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, wood and furniture. The event also features live music and festival fare from neighborhood restaurants.

Jun 8 Shedd Aquarium Gala 2013, 6pm-midnight, John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. Chicago’s most prominent philanthropic leaders will gather for a night of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and dancing at the aquarium’s annual black tie gala. Keeping in line with this year’s theme, Be like Bond—The Stingray Affair, the event promises an action-packed, cinematic experience for attendees.

Jun 13 A Summer Soirée with Gwyneth Paltrow, 6-10pm, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E Pearson St, Chicago. 312.846.2072. The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago hosts an evening to celebrate the work of Academy Award-winner Gwyneth Paltrow and honor her with its prestigious Renaissance Award.



Through Jun 2 A Trip through the Studebaker Factory, Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend. 574.235.9714. This exhibit replicates a Studebaker factory tour through images from the museum’s archives. Visitors can see how the South Bend plant appeared during its peak period in the early 1950s and the methods and materials used to build Studebaker automobiles.

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. 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. Also, through May 19: 2013 Thesis Exhibition by BFA and MFA Candidates.

Through Jun 30 Civil War Memorial Exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. 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 Aug 19 Bird Exhibition, Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. 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.

May 18-Jul 28 Construction Sites, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. 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 May 12: Drawing to Conclusion and Line of Thought; May 18-Jul 28: Body Language.


Through Jun 2 Bryan Whitney—Radio Flora, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. A photographer/artist and Michigan native now living and working in New York City, Bryan Whitney creates delicate x-rayed botanicals that transform familiar organic forms—including cherry blossoms, tulips, and roses—into unfamiliar, ethereal, dreamy works of art that bring new excitement to the garden experience.

Through Jun 16 Building Blocks Exhibit, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. Highlighting the talents of many Michigan ceramic artists, this exhibit introduces the visitor to a wide range of ceramic materials, forming methods, surface treatment and glazing, as well as various firing techniques. Jun 21-Aug 4: Formed/Fired—An Invitational Ceramic Exhibition.

Through Jul 7 Titanic—The Artifact Exhibition, Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids. 616.929.1700. 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. Also, through Nov 13: Great Lakes Shipwrecks—Storms and Stories.

May 24-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. 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; May 25-26: Iris Show; Jun 22-23: Spring Rose Show; Jun 28-30: Standard Flower Show.

Jun 8-Aug 31 West Michigan Area Show 2013, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. This annual juried exhibition showcases the work of West Michigan area artists from a 14-county region. Also, through May 26: Reflections—African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection; through Jun 9: The Arts of China and Japan—Selections from the Collection; through Jun 23: Sight and Feeling—Photographs by Ansel Adams; May 18-Jun 9: High School Area Show 2013; 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 Sculpture and Works on Paper by Caroline Lee, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. 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, through Jun 2 The Floating World—Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.


Through Sept 2 Animal Inside Out, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. 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. Also, through 2018: The Art of the Bicycle.

Through Jan 5, 2014 Creatures of Light—Nature’s Bioluminescence, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. 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 Jun 9: Images of Afterlife; through Jun 16: Fashion and The Field Museum Collection—Maria Pinto; through Sept 8: Scenes from the Stone Age—The Cave Paintings of Lascaux.

Opens May 17 Cosmic Wonder, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.7827. During Adler Planetarium’s new immersive space experience, the world’s most technologically advanced dome theater transforms into a virtual observatory, allowing viewers to see stunning space visuals in a new way. This live show tells the compelling story of how, through time, humans have pieced together an understanding of the cosmos and invites audiences to ask questions and help scientists unlock modern mysteries of the unknown.

May 18-Sept 29 Chicago Conceptual Abstraction, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. Composed mostly of works from the MCA Collection and supplemented by loans from the Chicago community, this exhibit examines many of the defining artists and themes in conceptual photography over the past four decades. Also, through Jun 2: Destroy the Picture—Painting the Void, 1949-1962; through Jun 9: Martin Creed; through Jun 18: Jason Lazarus; through Aug 11: Amalia Pica; through winter 2013: Goshka Macuga; May 18-Oct 6: Theaster Gates—13th Ballad; May 18-Nov 10: Think First, Shoot Later, Photography from the MCA Collection; May 25-Sept 1: Gaylen Gerber; Jun 29-Oct 13: Modern Cartoonist—The Art of Daniel Clowes; Jun 29-Oct 13: Homebodies.

Jun 1-Sept 2 Abelardo Morell—The Universe Next Door, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. The first retrospective of Abelardo Morell’s photographs in 15 years, this exhibit features more than 100 works from 1986 to present, including many newer color photographs never exhibited before. Also, through May 27: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2004-2011; through Jun 2: The Artist and the Poet and They Seek a City—Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910-1950; through Jun 21: Rodney Graham—Torqued Chandelier Release; through Jun 23: Spot the Dog—Paw Prints! 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; May 23-Oct 27: Tomoaki Suzuki; Jun 1-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.



Cinemark at Valparaiso, 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd, Valparaiso. 800.326.3264, 219.464.0260. 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. 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.


The Vickers Theatre, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3522. 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.


The Gene Siskel Film Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago. 312.846.2600. 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.



Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. 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. Through May 18: A Picasso; May 24-Jun 8: A View from the Bridge.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Campus. 574.631.2800. 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. May 16: This House; May 17: Notre Dame Band Graduation Concert and Department of Music Commencement Concert; May 18: Notre Dame Glee Club Commencement Concert.

Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. 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 7-9, 14-16, 21-23: Fiddler on the Roof.

Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. 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. May 25: Hong Ngoc; Jun 15: Cheech and Chong; Jun 22: Summerland Tour 2013; Jun 28: Bad Company.

The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. 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. June 14-16, 21-23, 28-30: Hello, Dolly.

The Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N Michigan St, South Bend. 574.235.9190, 800.537.6415. 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. Through May 19: Wicked; Jun 20: Gordon Lightfoot; Jun 22: South Bend Blues and Ribs Fest (Coveleski Stadium, 501 W South St, South Bend).

Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. 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. May 16: Ted Nugent.

The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. 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. Through Jun 2: What a Glorious Feeling; Jun 7-9: Defending the Caveman.

Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. 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. May 17-19: Jewtopia.


The Acorn Theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. The 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton Theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. May 24: Cathy Richardson Solo Acoustic; May 25: Livingston Taylor; May 26: Rickie Lee Jones Solo; Jun 7: Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael; Jun 8: A Divine Evening with Charles Busch; Jun 9: The Hat and the Little Black Dress; Jun 15: Amy and Freddy.

Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. 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 1: Lomax Big House; Jun 8: The Men of Riversong; Jun 15: A Concert of Portraits and Landscapes; Jun 22: Lake Effect Jazz Big Band; Jun 29: An Evening of Sinatra.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. 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 3: B.B. King; Jun 7: Dwight Yoakam; Jun 9: Smokey Robinson; Jun 13: Gov’t Mule; Jun 16: Sheryl Crow; 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.

Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.454.9451 ext 4. 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. May 16-17: Beethoven Symphony No. 6; May 17: New Horizons; May 19: Songs of Inspiration.

The Livery, 190 5th St, Benton Harbor. 269.925.8760. 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. May 18: Venitia Sekema and The Luna Madre Band; May 26: Joe Krown Trio; Jun 15: Paul Mow Presents; Jun 16: Black Lilies; Jun 28: Deadstring Brothers; Jun 29: Char Jones.

Silver Creek Event Center, Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. 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. May 24: Smash Mouth; May 30: Fuel; May 31: Huey Lewis and the News; Jun 7: Styx; Jun 21: Bill Engvall; Jun 27: Collective Soul.

Van Andel Arena, 130 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6600. 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. May 14: Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx; Jun 17: WWE RAW LIVE; Jun 21: Bachata and Salsa Dance Festival; Jun 30: Rush.

West Michigan Symphony, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave, Muskegon. 231.727.8001. 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. May 31-Jun 1: Season Finale.


Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. 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. May 15: Music + Movement Festival; May 17: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg’s Rodin.

Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. 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 Sept 8: The Book of Mormon. Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut. Jun 15-Sept 1: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St. Jun 18-Jun 30: Buddy. Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph. Jun 11-16: West Side Story.

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago. 312.733.9463. 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. May 13: Enter the Haggis; May 17: 10,000 Maniacs; May 18-19: Kenny Wayne Shepherd; May 21: Hot Club of Cowtown; May 23: Ester Rada; May 24: Sons of the Never Wrong; May 25: Cathy Richardson Band; May 26: Martin Sexton; May 27: Memorial Day Bluegrass Fest; May 28-29: Macy Gray Performing On How Life Is; May 30: Robin Hitchcock; May 31: Charlie Mars and Pieta Brown; Jun 1: The Westies; Jun 2-3: Calexico; Jun 4: Mosh Ben Ari; Jun 6: Marshall Crenshaw and the Bottle Rockets; Jun 11: David Davis and The Warrior River Boys; Jun 13-14: Josh Rouse; Jun 14: Official Taste of Randolph After Party with Ladyhawke, Stepdad and Kisses; Jun 15: Official Taste of Randolph After Party with Greensky Bluegrass, Trails and Ways; Jun 16: Official Taste of Randolph After Party with The New Mastersounds and Royal Southern Brotherhood; Jun 17-18: Leon Russell; Jun 25: Carolina Chocolate Drops; Jun 28: The Tubes.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. 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 May 26: Roadkill; through Jun 15: Othello—The Remix; through Jun 16: Henry VIII; Jun 25-29: Inner Voices.

Chicago Sinfonietta, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 2205 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. In its pursuit of “Musical Excellence through Diversity,” the Chicago Sinfonietta—the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet—presents compelling, innovative works, often by composers and soloists of color. Jun 8-9: City-Scapes (Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville).

The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. 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.

Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago. 773.753.4472. 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. Through Jun 9: The Misanthrope; Jun 20-Jul 14: Tartuffe.

The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. 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. Through Jun 2: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Jun 21-Jul 28: The Jungle Book.

Grant Park Music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago. 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 12: Opening Night; Jun 14-15: Alexander Nevsky; Jun 19: Pink Martini; Jun 21-22: Iris dévoilée; Jun 26: Clarinet Concerto; Jun 28-29: War Requiem.

Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. 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. May 14: Chicago Academy for the Arts’ A Taste for the Arts; May 18-19: Ballet Chicago’s Balanchine + Beyond; May 20: Music of the Baroche’s Bach’s St. John Passion; May 21: John Waters; May 22: Ludovico Einaudi and his Ensemble’s In a Time Lapse; May 24: Pam Ann’s Cockpit; May 28: Shaping Sound; May 30: Chicago Academy for the Arts’ Eat to the Beat; Jun 3: Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW—Three Rivers; Jun 5: DuDu Fisher; Jun 9: Annelies; Jun 16 Mayfair Dance Academy’s Mayfair 55—Living the Legacy.

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, Madison & Wacker, Chicago. 312.332.2244 ext 5600. 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 May19: Oklahoma! Jun 3-30: The Second City Guide to the Opera.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.397.4010. 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. May 16-19: Back to Back Theatre’s Ganesh Versus the Third Reich; May 30-Jun 2: International Contemporary Ensemble’s David Lang—The Whisper Opera; Jun 13-16: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s danc(e)volve.

Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. 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. May 13: Civic Orchestra’s Rivers—Nature. Power. Culture; May 14: CSO’s Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade; May 15: SCP Chamber Music’s Yo-Yo Ma and CSO Musicians; May 16, 18, 21: CSO’s Beethoven 6; May 19: CSO Chamber’s CSO Chamber at the Art Institute of Chicago and SCP’s Marc-Andre Hamelin; May 20: SCO’s Corporate Night—Aretha Franklin; May 23-25, 28: CSO’s Revueltas Noche de los Mayas; May 24: SCP’s Obert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; May 27: Manhattan Concert Productions’ National Children’s Festival Chorus and National Festival Chorus; May 29: Depaul Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; May 30-31, Jun 1, 4: CSO’s Fray Plays Mozart; Jun 2: SCP Piano Series’ Alice Sara Ott; Jun 3: Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW—Three Rivers; Jun 6-8, 11: CSO’s Muti Conducts Scriabin; Jun 7: SCP Jazz Series’ Wayne Shorter Quartet; Jun 8: Chicago Sinfonietta; Jun 12: Baroque Band; Jun 13-15: CSO’s Muti and Andsnes; 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 29-30: CSO’s Once Upon a Symphony at the Morton Arboretum—Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora. 630.896.6666. Named “One of Chicago’s Top Ten Theatres” by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount is renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic beauty. May 18: Herman’s Hermits and Ides of March; May 19: Raffi; Jun 2: Coppélia.

Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 630.584.6342. 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 May 19: Forever Plaid; May 24: Side Effects May Include…; May 31-Jun 1: The Best of The Second City; Jun 6-Jul 28: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.335.1650. 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. Through Jun 9: Head of Passes; May 28-Jun 16: The Drunken City, Fat Pig and The Internationalist; Jun 27-Aug 25: Belleville.

Victory Gardens Theater, various venues. 773.871.3000. 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 May 19: Collected Stories; May 24: BALL and Other Funny Stories About Cancer; May 25-Jun 9: Chicago Crash Dance; Jun 6-Jul 13: The Pride.

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