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Summer Fun: Virtual and live entertainment opportunities abound in Region and Chicagoland

Summer Fun: Virtual and live entertainment opportunities abound in Region and Chicagoland


As more parks, venues, museums and other attractions start to open up throughout the Region and Chicagoland, entertainment fans will have lots more to enjoy.

Whether you'd like to listen to a live band, watch a virtual theatrical production or head to an outdoor venue for a number of activities, there's much to choose from in the area.

The following list includes a sample of entertainment to enjoy as we head into the summer.

•Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

The Pier's Wave Wall Wax will feature the music of DJ Mwelwa from 5 to 7 p.m. June 27.

The Fourth of July will be celebrated at the Pier from 10 a.m. to midnight on July 4. There will be free live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, boat rides along the lake and outdoor dining experiences. There will not be fireworks, however.

The Polk Bros Park, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, Pier Park, Crystal Gardens, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and other areas will be open.

Guests must wear a face mask and maintain proper social distancing.

Navy Pier Pride will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. June 27 and include a variety of activities. The LGBTQ+ Pride celebration will feature live musical performances, public art and more. For more information on Navy Pier activities, visit

• Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St., Michigan City

Lubeznik Center for the Arts  plans to reopen July 3. The exhibit "Well-Behaved Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage" will be in the spotlight at the venue. An open house for the exhibit takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 3.

The exhibit includes the work of 24 women artists. Admission is free but there will be timed tickets required to enter. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at

Guests must wear masks and maintain social distancing practices.

• "The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes Vol 4: Lockdown," available via streaming platform.

"The Golden Girls - The Lost Episodes Vol 4: Lockdown," will be streamed through Aug. 8.

The show is Hammond native David Cerda's latest version of "The Golden Girls"  in "The Lost Episodes" series. The theater company Hell in a Handbag Productions presents parodies and other productions, many often performed by males in drag.

For information and to purchase a ticket for the virtual production of "The Golden Girls", visit or Tickets are $20. Patrons will get a password and link to see the show via Vimeo.

• Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago, features various virtual entertainment

Porchlight Music Theatre presents "I’ll Drink to That" with Steve McDonagh on its Facebook page. The show is a new series, which is hosted by Hearty Boy Steve McDonough. As host, Mcdonough shares a cocktail recipe with visitors and pairs it with each Saturday's virtual program "Sondheim @ 90." Visit Porchlight Music Theater's Facebook page and YouTube for more information.

Porchlight By Request allows theater fans to request a show tune to be performed by one of the theater's artists. Visit

Chicago Shakespeare Theater continues its Shakes@Home. Offered through, the digital platform features various programs including Spotlight on Shakespeare, Now, Hear This, featuring past pre-show talks; At Home, Learning with The Bard, featuring various activities for youngsters; and Cooking Like Shakespeare starring actor/chef John Tufts. There's also a video featuring a Q & A with director Daryl Cloran, who will direct the theater's upcoming production of "As You Like It," which features songs by The Beatles.

Keeping up with The Aud is presented by The Auditorium Theatre. Visit the theater's Facebook to learn more about happenings every week. Visit for more information.

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Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.

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