Essential Events

Essential Events: Things to do in the Shore region

2013-07-01T00:00:00Z 2013-09-12T14:15:05Z Essential Events: Things to do in the Shore regionBy Shore Staff
July 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 



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

Through Aug 16 Summer Rhapsody Music Festival, Porter Health Amphitheatre, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. From classical to jazz, this musical festival offers a feast for senses of musical lovers of all ages. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic, a blanket and chairs to the event. Jul 17: Middle of the Road Band; Jul 24: Middle School Band; Aug 8: Chicago Rat Pack; Aug 16: Spazmatics.

Through Sept 26 Hobart Summer Market on the Lake, 3-8pm Thu, Festival Park, 111 E Old Ridge Rd, Hobart. 219.942.4511. This summer market offers fresh produce and handcrafted products, as well as sweet treats and live entertainment all evening.

Through 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.

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.

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

Jul 17-21 Festival of the Lakes, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2324 Calumet Ave, Hammond. 219.853.6378. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. This festival promises a great day in the park with food, beer and music from three live bands—including headliner Blue Oyster Cult.

Aug 2-3 Taste of Michigan City, 4-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat, between 7th & 4th on Franklin St, downtown Michigan City. Attendees to this event can sample a variety delicious foods from local restaurants, enjoy the beer and wine garden and experience live music and family entertainment along the streets of the Uptown Arts District.

Aug 2-11 Lake County Fair, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.3617. This family-oriented annual county fair boasts more than 30 rides, hundreds of concessions, horse shows, contests, live entertainment and motorsports, as well as thousands of exhibits and all types of food.

Aug 3-4 55th Annual Chesterton Art Fair, Hawthorne Park, 105 Ackerman, Porter. 219.926.4711. Set in the tree-lined Hawthorne Park, this juried art fair draws artists from across fifteen states, as well as Northwest Indiana residents. Attendees can view 100 artists’ mini galleries—including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, clothing and more—during the event and the fair also offers a public project for everyone to create, a children’s art area, music and more.

Aug 17-18 Lakefront Arts Festival, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, Washington Park, 115 Lakeshore Dr, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. The very best of art and fine crafts are on display along Michigan City’s lakefront Washington Park at this popular annual event. Attendees can meet with the artists who come from across the country while shopping for a wide range of one-of-a-kind items at every price point.

Aug 22-25 Michigan City In-Water Boat Show, noon-8pm Thu-Fri, 11am-8pm Sat, 11am-6pm Sun, Washington Park, 200 Heisman Harbor Rd, Michigan City. Boating enthusiasts will enjoy this show, which features all of the newest powerboats, sailboats and personal watercraft; daily flyboard demos and the return of Twiggy the water skiing squirrel.

Aug 31 Taste of Duneland, 11am-11pm, Thomas Park, Calumet & Broadway, downtown Chesterton. 219.617.1742. Duneland celebrates the last official weekend of summer with tasty food from local eateries and non-profit groups, a beer and wine garden, live music from local and regional acts and a bounce house for kids.

Sept 6 2013 Casino Gala, 6-11pm, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. This third annual gala benefits the Theatre at the Center and features free casino entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an oxygen bar, and a silent bar.

Sept 7 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. Now in its 35th year, the this annual festival offers fun activities for all ages with more than 200 arts and crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids’ games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, the nation’s first Popcorn Parade and more.

Sept 21 Bizarre Bazaar, 10am-5pm, Harrison Park & Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.512.4298. This unexpected, outrageous and whimsically bizarre extravaganza offers something for everyone—live music; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; kids’ games; art activities; a motorcycle, hot rod and custom car show; a 5k walk/run; contests and more.

Sept 21-22 25th Annual Celebration of the Arts, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Schoolhouse Shop of Furnessville, 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.2136 ext. 200. Every third week in September, The Schoolhouse Shop welcomes more than 30 artists—painters, photographers, jewelers, tailors and potters—from across the Indiana Dunes region—to the shop’s wooded grounds.

Sept 27-29 Covered Bridge Harvest Festival, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.661.3071. Honoring the only “covered bridge” in Lake County, this festival focuses on family fun, handmade crafts and entertainment. Friday evening begins with the Pumpkin Bash and silent auction, while Saturday features arts and crafts, pumpkin games and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the development of the Special Olympics Lake County Training Facility and improvements at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

Sept 28 Hooked on Art—Live Street Art Festival, 9am-5pm, Thomas Centennial Park, 176 Broadway, Chesterton. 219.728.1638. This community-wide family event presents a variety of artistic talent from across the region. In addition to live street art, the event features interactive family activities, music, shopping and more.


Through Aug 29 Riverfront Concert Series, 7pm Thus, Riverfront Park on Water St, South Haven. 269.637.0772. 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. 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. This annual fair on the shores of Lake Michigan is a premier event for antiquers, featuring more than vendors from around the Midwest.

Jul 13 Moonlight Madness, open-midnight, along Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, Sawyer & Union Pier. 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. This annual event has fun for all with music, kids’ activities, a car show, boat parade, firework shows, food and more.

Aug 3 Summer Jam, Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach, 101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.925.1111. Country star Casey James headlines this annual summer concert event, which features a family fun zone with activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Aug 3-4 Art & Music in the Vineyard, Round Barn Winery, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 800.716.963. This two-day event showcases the works—including pottery, glass, metal sculptures, paintings and more—of more than 35 of Michiana’s finest artists. Attendees can enjoy sipping on a glass of wine, beer or spirits while shopping and listening to live music.

Aug 8-11 Blueberry Festival, South Haven. Each year nearly 40,000 people join together in celebration of all things blueberry during this festival. Highlights include blueberry pancake breakfasts, a parade, a fish boil dinner, an arts and crafts show, the annual pageant, a 5k run, a blueberry bake-off competition, kids’ activities, free concerts and more.

Aug 9-11 Ship & Shore Festival, downtown New Buffalo. For three days, downtown New Buffalo hosts the largest street fest in Southwest Michigan. The streets are packed with great live music, food, kids’ activities and more. The highlight of the weekend is a floating parade through the harbor where yachts, sailboats and more transform into floating works of art and fireworks on the beach follow.

Aug 17 Umbrellas of Harbert, 5pm, Center of the World Showroom, 13400 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.1950. 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.

Aug 17-18 GRandJazzFest, noon-10pm Sat, noon-7pm Sun, Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids. Now in its second year, GRandJazzFest has expanded to a two-day festival with 10 diverse jazz bands and performers, both Michigan and nationally-known. Headliner Nick Colionne is joined by Deon Yates, The Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet, Sheila Landis & Brazilian Love Affair, The Kinsey Report, Randy March Organ Trio, Mind’s Eye and more.

Aug 31 Tri-State Regatta Party, St. Joseph River Yacht Club, 1 Lighthouse Ln, St. Joseph. 269.983.6393. Each year this annual sailboat race draws around one hundred teams of sailing enthusiasts together to compete. For the entire day, the clubhouse pool and facilities will be open to the racers and the public. The day features a pancake breakfast in the morning and riverside dinner and entertainment in the evening.

Aug 31-Sept 1 All-Crafts Fair, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Stankley Johnston Park, Dyckman Ave, South Haven. 269.637.5171. Hundreds of arts and crafts exhibitors display their wares and food booths offer gourmet selections and more causal fair at this free fair.

Sept 1 Buchanan Harvest Jazz and Art Festival, noon-9pm, Buchanan Art Center, 117 W Front, Buchanan. 269.697.4005. Buchanan transforms into a cultural and cuisine capital the first day of September with jazz musicians, visual artists displaying their talents, and evendors of some of the best locally produced art, cuisine, wines and beer.

Sept 7 Art & All that Jazz/Douglas Wine Stroll, 6-8pm, downtown Douglas. 269.857.1438. Douglas galleries, shops and restaurants open their doors for an evening of shopping, browsing, wine tasting, dancing, live music and delicious food.

Sept 13-15 Grand Haven Salmon Festival, downtown Grand Haven. For the last 10 years, this outdoor waterfront festival celebrates the fall harvest season and salmon migration. Highlights include live jazz music, a Michigan winetasting pavilion, a gourmet salmon cook-off contest, a fall harvest beer and entertainment pavilion, a downtown merchant market, a fine art fair on the waterfront, a fishing contest, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, and more.

Sept 28 Wine and Food Festival and Public Art Auction, 4-9 pm, Whirlpool Centennial Park, St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. Attendees can sample regional wines and local cuisine while bidding on their favorite piece of art during the public art auction at this festival in the park.

Sept 28 Weko Beach Brewers Festival, 1-7pm, Weko Beach, Bridgeman. 269.925.6301. Brew lovers can savor award-wining Michigan beers on the picturesque Weko Beach while enjoying an afternoon filled with sun, sand, tasty cuisine from local restaurants and live music.


Ongoing Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Hop-on Hop-off Signature Tour, 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 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. 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.

Through Sept 15 Chicago SummerDance, 6-9:30pm Thu-Sat, 4-7pm Sun, Grant Park Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. Grant Park blossoms into an urban dance space with the sounds of 44 different bands throughout the summer. The first hour of the event features a dance lesson followed by two hours of live music and dancing.

Jul 10-14 Taste of Chicago, 11am-9pm, Grant Park, 377 E Randolph, Chicago. 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. Everyone can enjoy world class jazz at beautiful Millennium park during this free weekly event.

Aug 3-4 Wrigleyville Summerfest, noon-10pm Sat, 12-9pm Sun, 3300 N Seminary, Chicago. This out-of-the-park festival features live music, a kid zone with interactive games, family-friendly activities and food Chicagoans know and love.

Aug 7-11 Tall Ships Chicago 2013, noon-10pm Wed, 10am-9pm Thu-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun, Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. Navy Pier proudly welcomes an international fleet of Tall Ships during this five-day festival. Visitors can walk the grounds and visit the Tall Ships, board a Tall Ship for a dockside tour and get a taste of life at sea with sail-away cruises on the Tall Ships. The nautical event also includes fun-filled festivities and educational opportunities for the whole family.

Aug 9 Glamorama—Fashion in a New Light, 8pm, Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. With a red-hot runway, power packed performances, and an outrageous after-party, this is a can’t-miss event. This glamorous night features the hottest styles for fall and performances by Sheryl Crow, Cirque du Soleil and The Summer Set. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Aug 17-18 Chicago Air and Water Show, 10am-3pm, North Ave Beach, Chicago. This annual show is the largest free show of its kind in the country and features a variety of ships and aircrafts from the U.S. Navy and Army, as well as parachuters and aerobatics teams. The show can be viewed best along the lakefront.

Aug 17-18 Chicago Fashion Fest, noon-10pm, 1725 W Division St, Chicago. 773.772.2772. Fashion, music and shopping unite at this two-day fest featuring Wicker Park Bucktown’s most electric summer trends on the runway and in the streets, plus live music, family entertainment and food from nearby restaurants.

Aug 29-Sept 1 Chicago Jazz Festival, noon-3pm Thu, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago; 5-6pm Thu, Roosevelt University Gantz Hall, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago; 6:30pm Thu, 2-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat-Sun, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago. A favorite Labor Day tradition, this festival showcases Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international artists.

Sept 6-7 Windy City Wine Festival, 4-10pm Fri, 2-8pm Sat, Buckingham Fountain, 500 S Columbus Dr, Chicago. 847.382.3270. Wine lovers can sample more than 345 wines from around the world at this two-day event. Activities include wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and live music, plus some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers offer their signature dishes.

Sept 7-8 Honey Bee Weekend, 7am-sunset, Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle. 630.968.0074. In celebration of National Honey Month, Morton Arboretum hosts a weekend of fun and educational activities—a honey bee expo with honey and bee-themed products, a honey-themed lunch buffet featuring entomologist and author May Bernenbaum who will present on the health of honey bee populations, a family honeybee hike, beehive tours, a honey competition, the second annual Honey Mead Dinner and more.

Sept 12-22 Chicago World Music Festival, various locations, Chicago. This city-wide, multi-venue festival spans 11 days and attracts more than 600,000 concert goers to its concerts—both traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures—and family-friendly activities.

Sept 19-22 Expo Chicago, noon-6pm Thu opening preview, noon-8pm Fri-Sat, noon-6pm Sun, Navy Pier Festival Hall, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago. This four-day art event features more than 120 leading international galleries representing 16 different countries and 35 different cities and offers a curated blend of contemporary and modern art and design.

Sept 27 The Devil’s Ball, 7:30pm, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. Presented by the Auditorium Theatre Junior Board, the third annual Devil’s Ball includes a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, theater tours, an auction and the return of the ever-popular Smilebooth.

Sept 27-29 Oktoberfest Chicago, 5-10pm Fri, 11am-10pm Sat, 11am-7pm Sun, Southport & Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Festivalgoers can satisfy their hunger with homemade bratwurst and other traditional German fare and quench their thirst in the beer garden. The festival also features music by German bands and top area headliners, interactive entertainment and activities for kids on Sunday.



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

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.

Through Sept 1 Form’s Transgressions—The Drawings of Agustín Fernández, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame. 574.631.5466. The first exhibition to focus solely on the drawings of Cuban-American artist Agustín Fernández’s drawings, this exhibit features graphite drawings from the late 1960s to the 1990s that provide an overview of the artist’s most recognizable imagery, a visual language instilled with images of desire and vulnerability. Also, through Aug 11: David Hayes Sculpture; Aug 25-Oct 13: José Guadalupe Posada and His Legacy; Aug 25-Nov 24: Heartland—The Photographs of Terry Evans.

Through Sept 2 SUPER-ficial! A Chris Cosnowski Retrospective, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. The fourth exhibit in the South Shore Arts Outstanding Midwest Artist Series features Chicago artist Chris Cosnowski, painter of iconic Americana in a photo-realistic style. Lifelike in detail and humorous in content, Consnowski’s artwork recalls classical art through its use of figurative sculpture as subject matter. Also, through Aug 4: Industry of Now—Works by Judit Mullen; Jul 19-Sept 7: Three is a Magic Number—Works by Brandon Ellis, Julio Guerra, Liz Mares, Martin Martinez and Larry Mickow (Substation No. 9, 435 Fayette St, Hammond); Jul 26-Sept 7: Eclectic—Works by Joseph Perryman (Crown Point Branch, 123 N Main St, Crown Point); Aug 9-Oct 6: True to Form—Paintings by Carole Stodder.

Through Oct 6 Rolling Canvas—Art and the Automobile, Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend. 574.235.9714. This exhibit centers on the idea of the automobile as an artistic medium and features artistic works on wheels—such as a wrought-iron Beetle from the Taj Ma Garaj; Phantoms and Cigs Kill from the Art Car Museum in Houston and a 1950 Studebaker Champion presented as a P38 Lightning airplane.

Aug 2-Sept 30 Photography Exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. This fourth annual exhibit features photographs taken in the area—from Chicago to Michigan along the South Shore—by local photographers.

Aug 4-Oct 27 Magical Realism, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. Visitors to this exhibit can explore the realm of magical realism at this exhibit, which features highly detailed, realistic painted images invaded by something “not quite right” or “too strange to believe.” Also, through Jul 28: Body Language and Construction Sites; Aug 4-Oct 27: The Documentation of Nature and Water Wrackets.


Ongoing St. Joseph’s Lighthouse Legacy Exhibit, The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at the Priscilla U. Burns Center, 601 Main St, St. Joseph. 269.983.1191. Visitors to this exhibit can learn about St. Joseph’s five lighthouses, the lights and the people who kept them in working order.

Through Aug 4 Michiana Annual Arts Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. This 11th annual competition features 404 entries from local artists in a variety of media—drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass art and more. Also, Aug 16-Sept 22: Mindi Bagnall, Fred Zemlick and 2 Sisters/2 Lenses.

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. 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 Star of the Lake Exhibit, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, 903 S Bailey Ave, South Haven. 269.637.3251. In celebration of the Star of the Lake Masonic Lodge’s centennial, this special exhibit explores the life of Liberty Hyde Bailey, pioneer farmer and founder of the lodge, and South Haven’s dark, wooded beginnings in a world of quiet frontiersmen and the place they gathered to relax, socialize, and plan the future of the town.

Through 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 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 21-Aug 4 Formed/Fired—An Invitational Ceramic Exhibition, 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 the wide range of ceramic materials, forming methods, surface treatment and glazing, as well as various firing techniques.

Jul 19-Sept 1 Drawings and Maquettes by ‘Sculpture Fernwood’ Scupltors, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. After viewing the sculptures on exhibit in the Fernwood gardens, view the planning drawings and maquettes used to make the sculptures, as well as a slideshow of the 2011 installation of Sculpture Fernwood, at this exhibit.

Jul 26-Sept 8 Face Value—The Art of Mimi Peterson, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. In her first solo exhibit, Chicago-based artist Mimi Peterson works with synthetic and fragmented surplus materials that hold urban connotations to address issues of ecology, social justice, violence and the cycles of life. Also, through Jul 21: Songs in Steel and Other Dreams—The Sculpture of Caroline Lee; Sept 13-Oct 20: American Painting Today—Physical & Visceral.

Aug 9-Sept 22 Wild & Wooly—The Art of Barb Bare, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. Barb Bare’s collection of work features traditional wet felted wall pieces and primitive rugs, both abstract and realistic in style. Bare shears the wool herself from sheep she raises on her farm, and then cleans it, spins it into yarn or hand presses it into felt, and then dyes it by hand. Also, through Aug 4: Formed/Fired—An Invitational Ceramic Exhibition; Sept 27-Nov 10: 4th Annual Regional Juried Show.


Through Aug 23 Planetary Machines, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.7827. 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. 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. 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.

Jul 20-Oct 6 Beyond the Great Wave—Hokusai’s Images of Mount Fuji, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. 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 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 and Fashion Plates—19th Century Fashion Illustrations; through Sept 22: Zarina—Paper Like Skin; through Sept 29: Undressed—The Fashion of Privacy; 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; Jul 20-Oct 6: Beyond the Great Wave—Hokusai’s Images of Mount Fuji.

Jun 26-Sept 22 Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. 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. 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.



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. Sept 14: The World’s Worst Fairy Godmother.

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. Aug 20-Sept 1: Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival—Richard III; Sept 18-20: Actors from the London Stage—Othello.

Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7509. The Dunes Arts Foundation provides this venue for the performing arts, which also furnishes classes for children, youth and adults. Aug 9-25: The Marvelous Wonderettes.

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. Aug 2-4, 8-11: Dearly Departed.

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. Aug 9: Amy Schumer; Aug 16: Gladys Knight and The Ojays; Aug 23: Jay Leno; Sept 6-7: Jeff Dunham; Sept 14: Ron White.

LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. This exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family. Sept 14: Hoosier STAR 2013 (La Porte Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge St, LaPorte).

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. Aug 9-11, 16-18: The Importance of Being Earnest.

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. Sept 27: Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mitch Ryder and Jimmie “JJ” Walker.

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 Aug 18: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Aug 23: Mark Salem—Mind Over Munster; Aug 28: Indiana Comedy Festival; Sept 12-Oct 20: Godspell.

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. Sept 6-8, 13-15, 19-22: Pursued by Happiness.


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.Aug 3: Complicated.

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. 

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. Aug 1: The Beach Boys; Aug 2: John Butler Trio; Aug 3: Grizzly Bear; Aug 5 Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Radio Romance Tour; Aug 8: Randy Newman; Aug 11: Owl City; Aug 15: Big Voodoo Daddy; Aug 21: Michal McDonald; Aug 24: Lyle Lovette and his Large Band; Aug 28: Smokey Robinson; Sept 5: Indigo Girls.

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. Aug 1-2: ABBA—The Concert (Cannonsburg Ski Area, 6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont); Sept 20-21: The Rite of Spring at 100; Sep 27: Boston Pops Tribute Show.

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. Aug 1: The Fixx and Wang Chung; Aug 3: Lynyrd Skynyrd; Aug 8: Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; Aug 23: Tony Bennett.

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. 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. Aug 10: The REEL Score Part II (Jean Klock Park, Jean Dr, Benton Harbor); Aug 17: Shrek The Musical (Shadowland Pavilion, Silver Beach County Park, 101 Broad St, St. Joseph).

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. Sept 19-22: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—Dragons.

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. Sept 27-28: Cirque de la Symphonie.


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. Aug 10: The Greg Spero Trio—Summer Cabaret Series and Brave New Voices—International Youth Poetry Festival; Aug 17: Dance for Life 2013; Aug 22: Chicago Dancing Festival 2013—Dancing in Chicago; Aug 24: On Stage With... Chicago Music Legends—Summer Cabaret Series; Sept 19-22: The Joffrey Ballet—Russian Masters; Sept 28: Pet Shop Boys—Electric Tour; Sept 30: Sigur Rós.

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 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.

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. 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. 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. Aug 20-21: The Allman Brothers Band; Sept 4: Il Volo; Sept 7: Corey Holcomb and Deon Cole; Sept 12: Kevin James; Sept 18: Joe Satriana; Sept 20-21: Earth, Wind and Fire; Sept 27: Iron and White; Sept 28: Bill Burr.

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. Sept 6-Oct 14: Jitney.

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. Aug 11: The Jungle Book.

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. Aug 9: Glamorama—Fashion in a New Light; Sept 21, 25, 27, 29: Chicago Opera Theater—Joan of Arc.

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. Jul 31, Aug 1, 3: Chicago Human Rhythm Project—JUBA!

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. Jul 31: Ravinia—Mozart in the Winds; Aug 3: Ravinia—Aida in Concert; Aug 4: Ravinia—Tchaikovsky Spectacular; Aug 7: Ravinia—Itzhak Perlman; Aug 8: Ravinia—Perlman Conducts; Aug 15-16: Ravinia—Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; Sept 13: SCP Special Event—Sonny Rollins; Sept 18: CSO Special Event—CSO Community Concert; Sept 19: CSO—Muti Conducts Verdi and Brahms; Sept 28: CSO—Muti Conducts Verdi’s Macbeth; Sept 29: SCP Special Event—Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.

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. Aug 2-11: Defending the Caveman; Aug 16-17: TV & ME; Aug 23-24: The Best of the Second City; Aug 29-Oct 20: Let’s Misbehave!;

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 Aug 25: Belleville; Jul 29-Aug 25: Buena Vista; Jul 31-Aug 25: Annie Bosh is Back; Aug 2-25: The Gospel of Franklin.

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.  Jul 12-Aug 11: Mojada.

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