Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Free Summer Screenings lineup announced by Cinema/Chicago: May 26-Sept 29





Films that explore the world of sports, games, and competition will take audiences on daring and emotion-filled journeys around the world, free and viewable across the U.S., from May through September


  Cinema/Chicago today announces its annual free Summer Screenings Program with a selection of 19 feature films from around the world exploring the theme of sports, competition, and games. All screenings are free and open to the public, viewable on the Chicago International Film Festival’s streaming platform for a 24-hour watch window starting at 6:30pm CT every Wednesday from May 26 through September 29, 2021. Various filmmakers will introduce their films or participate in post-screening discussions. Free tickets will be available to reserve beginning on Mondays 16 days in advance of each screening. Limited tickets available. Summer Screenings is presented by Cinema/Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and 19 consulates and cultural institutions from around the city. The full 2021 schedule can be found at


“We’re thrilled that Summer Screenings has returned for 2021 and will be available to film lovers across the U.S. for the first time,” said Vivian Teng, Cinema/Chicago Managing Director. “For this program, we have always valued the opportunity to collaborate with our cultural partners across Chicago, and we’re excited to once again join forces to take audiences on a global cinematic journey all summer long.”


Featuring everything from timeless soccer legends and hilariously obsessed sports fans to breathtaking breakdance competitions and the epic clash of sumo wrestlers, this collection of films explores the ways in which sports, games, and competition shape our lives. The weekly program kicks off on May 26 with We Wanted More (Germany) which chronicles the 1981 German Women’s Soccer World Cup team as they fought for gender equality in the face of misogyny that dominated German soccer culture. Tickets for this screening are now available to claim here.


Free screenings continue all summer long with films from 18 additional countries. Knuckle City (July 21, South Africa) examines the legacy of apartheid and its impact on South Africa’s Indigenous communities as it follows an aging boxer struggling for one last shot at glory. Sumodo: The Successors of Samurai (August 4, Japan) sheds light on the daily lives and mentalities of the wrestlers of this often mysterious sport as they train, eat, and compete in larger-than-life tournaments.


The 2021 Summer Screenings Program is sponsored by Xfinity and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


The full 2021 Summer Screenings program of free movies is as follows:


May 26

We Wanted More 

Das Wunder von Taipeh

Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut

Dir. John David Seidler, 2019, Germany, 85 min.

Tickets available: May 12


Officially banned in Germany until 1970, women’s soccer struggled to get institutional backing. Barely acknowledged and begrudgingly supported, a team of German women took center stage in the 1981 Women’s World Cup in Taiwan as they competed for more than just athletic glory. A blend of priceless player interviews and archival footage, We Wanted More chronicles their fight for gender equality and an equal playing field in a male-dominated world. German and English with subtitles.


June 2


Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest

Dirs. Gadi Aisen and David Ofek, 2018, Israel, 71 min.

Tickets available: May 17


This perceptive documentary follows 12-year-old Idan, a talented young athlete anticipating his Bar Mitzvah. More than a rite of passage, it represents the first time the boy will meet his African father, Tony Toklomati, a professional soccer player removed from the country for lying about his age. But will the family raise enough money to pay his way to Israel, and how long will he be able to stay? Hebrew, French and English with subtitles.


June 9



Co-Presented by Dutch Culture USA and the Netherlands Consulate General in Chicago

Dir. Rogier Hesp, 2020, The Netherlands, 90 min.

Tickets available: May 24


In this sensitive yet fierce drama, top gymnast Timo, who is aiming for the World Championships, trains tirelessly with his exacting father, a former athlete who has used a wheelchair since a debilitating accident. Their intimate, if co-dependent, relationship and stringent daily routine are disrupted when Timo falls for Irene, the team physiotherapist. Will Timo be able to balance the rigor of his training and his filial duty with his surging emotions? Dutch with subtitles.


June 16

With Drawn Arms

Co-presented by the Chicago Film Office

Dir. Glenn Kaino, Afshin Shahidi, 2020, U.S., 84 min.

Tickets available: May 31


Tommie Smith is the track-and-field gold medalist who famously raised a gloved fist at the '68 Olympic games to protest racial inequality in America. With Drawn Arms tells the story of that iconic moment and examines its lasting influence on the Civil Rights movement and the ongoing fight for racial equality. Featuring an intimate conversation with Smith himself in addition to interviews with Jesse Williams, Jemele Hill, Megan Rapinoe, and the late John Lewis, the film explores the historical intersections of protest, politics, race, and sports.


June 23



Co-Presented by the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago

Dir. Javier Fesser, 2018, Spain, 123 min. 

Tickets available: June 7


Marco, an assistant coach in Spain’s top basketball league, has both attitude and anger issues. One night, after a particularly bad game, he finds himself in hot water with the law. In court, the judge sentences him to the worst possible punishment for a man with his oversized ego: coaching a team of young men with disabilities. Through their guilelessness, tenderness, and good humour, they will teach Marco about the things that really matter. This comedy with enormous heart is a celebration of the true champions of life. Spanish with subtitles.


June 30

Nadia, Butterfly

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago

Dir. Pascal Plante, 2020, Canada, 106 min. 

Tickets available: June 14


Young and in her prime, Nadia decides to retire from her career as a world-class swimmer to escape a rigid and demanding life of sacrifice. After her very last race at the Tokyo Olympic games, Nadia drifts into nights of exploration and excess punctuated by episodes of self-doubt. But even this transitional numbness cannot conceal her true inner quest as she searches to define her identity outside the world of elite sports. An official selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. French and English with subtitles.


July 7

Breaking Ice

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Ireland, Chicago

Dir. Jason Branagan, 2020, Ireland, 70 min.

Tickets available: June 21


Tired of watching the Winter Olympics pass by without any Irish representation, a ragtag band of determined and talented multi-sport athletes banded together to brave the dangerously icy tracks and form a bobsledding team. Breaking Ice combines fascinating archival footage and charm-filled interviews with members of the 1992 Irish men’s bobsledding team to tell the previously untold story of the country’s first-ever Winter Olympians—a portrait of struggle, resilience, and national pride.


July 14

The Shiny Shrimps

Les Crevettes pailletées

Co-presented by the Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago and Alliance Française de Chicago

Dirs. Cédric Le Gallo, Maxime Govare, 2019, France, 105 min.

Tickets available: June 28


Under fire after making a homophobic statement on TV, Olympic swimmer Matthias is in hot water. Desperate to make good, he’ll do anything to regain his place on the national team. The penance? Coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water polo team angling to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia. This boisterous comedy, dripping with screwball gags, effervescent laughs, and an enormous heart, chronicles a bumpy-yet-joyful ride where both coach and teammates have something to prove. French with subtitles.


July 21

Knuckle City

Co-presented by the South African Consulate in Chicago

Dir. Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, 2019, South Africa, 124 min.

Tickets available: July 5


Dudu, a womanizing, aging professional boxer, is threatened by a young up-and-coming talent. When his career-criminal brother, Duke, is released from prison, the two leverage criminal connections in hopes of one last shot at a comeback, fame, and glory. Rendered with bracing visuals and a human touch, Knuckle City examines the legacy of apartheid and its impact on South Africa’s Indigenous communities. Xhosa with subtitles.


July 28

You Are My Passion

Eres mi pasión 

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago

Dir. Anwar Safa, 2018, Mexico, 105 min.

Tickets available: July 12


Pedro eats, sleeps, and breathes soccer. He schedules his entire life around the sport, dropping anything and everything to watch his beloved, downtrodden club, Cruz Azul. Fed up with being ignored, his family's patience with his obsession begins to wear thin. On the verge of losing everything, Pedro must choose between his family and his favorite team in this warm, hilarious sendup of modern day sports fanaticism. Spanish with subtitles.


August 4

Sumodo: The Successors of Samurai

Sumodo - Samurai wo tsunagu monotachi

Co-presented by the Japan Information Center at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago

Dir. Sakata Eiji, 2020, Japan, 104 min.

Tickets available: July 19


The world of sumo wrestling has always been something of a mystery to the world at large. Who are these gigantic athletes who willingly, violently collide with one another? Sumodo: the Successors of Samurai peels back the curtain on this invigorating sport by exploring the lives of the wrestlers themselves. Featuring rare footage of rikishi in training, the film offers a portrait of two dedicated wrestlers as they train, eat, and compete in larger-than-life tournaments in their quest to attain sumo’s highest rank. Japanese with subtitles.


August 11

Zen in the Ice Rift 

Co-presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Dir. Margherita Ferri, 2018, Italy, 87 min.

Tickets available: July 26


Maia, a talented hockey player and relative loner, is isolated and focused on her future. Training with the boys’ team, she is antagonized for her masculine appearance. But Maia's world begins to shift when her classmate Vanessa runs away from home and uses Maia’s family lodge as a hideout. The two begin to trust one another as they explore their dormant desires and embark on a journey of self-discovery. Italian with subtitles.


August 18

Baseball Girl 

Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago

Dir. Yun Tae Choi, 2019, South Korea, 105 min.

Tickets available: August 2


Soo-in, Korea’s top female baseball player, can pitch with the best of them. Dreaming of becoming the first woman to join a professional club in Korea, she enlists her coach as her personal trainer. When her fastball fails to hit pro-level speeds, the two develop a new strategy. In the face of skepticism and seemingly insurmountable odds, Soo-in strives to make history with her strikeouts. Korean with subtitles.


August 25

The Australian Dream

Co-presented by the Australian Consulate-General in Chicago

Dir. Daniel Gordon, 2019, Australia, 105 min.

Tickets available: August 9


The life and legacy of celebrated Australian rules football star Adam Goodes is inspirational not only for his remarkable play on the field but also for his courage and resilience off the field. Goodes, a player of Aboriginal heritage, faced racism and descrimination from players, fans, and society at large but used his stature to expose, educate, and heal. Dynamic and potent, The Australian Dream draws on Goodes’ particular experience as the prism through which to tell a deeper, if all-too-familiar, story about race, identity, and belonging.


September 1

Puskás Hungary

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Hungary in Chicago

Dir. Tamas Almasi, 2009, Hungary, 115 min.

Tickets available: August 16


Legendary footballer Ferenc Puskás was many things—a superstar player for Real Madrid, captain of the  Magical Hungarians, a globetrotting political exile, and a soccer genius whose life reflected Europe’s tumultuous postwar history. Puskás Hungary utilizes breathtaking footage of legendary 1950 - 60s matches and interviews with the people who knew him best to paint a complex portrait of the international soccer sensation and the era in which he lived. English and Hungarian with subtitles.


September 8

The Ice King

Co-presented by the British Consulate-General, Chicago

Dir. James Erskine, 2018, UK, 89 min.

Tickets available: August 23


Fed up with the strictures and traditions of competitive figure skating, John Curry set out to change the sport forever, partly as the first openly gay Olympian. He blurred the boundaries between sport and art by injecting his routines with elements of ballet, modern dance, and personal expression. Utilizing incredible archival footage and modern-day reflections from Curry’s friends and contemporaries, The Ice King examines the twists and turns in the life and extraordinary legacy of the skating icon.


September 15

We Are Champions

Xia ban chang

Co-presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago

Dir. Jung-chi Chang, 2019, Taiwan, 118 min.

Tickets available: August 30


Tung-hao and Hsiu-yu are living on the fringes of society, struggling to help their family make ends meet. When a video of the brothers playing basketball goes viral, the two become coveted recruits for the annual High School Basketball League championship. After an argument between the two causes a rift in their relationship, they join separate rival squads in the leadup to the big tournament. When they cross paths in the biggest game of the year, the brothers discover that some things in life are more important than basketball. Mandarin with subtitles.


September 22

The Missed Round

El Piedra

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Colombia in Chicago

Dir. Rafael Martínez Moreno, 2018, Colombia, 89 min.

Tickets available: September 6


In this unexpected and poignant drama, Reynaldo “El Piedra” Salgado is a once powerful boxer who, facing the end of his career, enters matches as “bait” – one who fights with no chance of winning. One day Breyder, a scrawny kid living on the streets in the outskirts of the coastal Carribean city of Cartagena de Indias, shows up on the ex-champion’s doorstep claiming to be his son. As father and son learn to live together, Reynaldo begins to reconsider his own sense of self as Breyder learns to admire the father who values sacrifice above all else. Spanish with subtitles.


September 29

Martha & Niki

Co-presented by the Swedish American Museum and the Honorary Consulate of Sweden in Chicago

Dir. Tora Mårtens, 2016, Sweden, 90 min.

Tickets available: September 13


In 2010, Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos became the first women to win the world’s biggest international street dance competition, Juste Debout, in Paris. Following their victory, the newly minted champions have the opportunity to bring their brand of hip-hop dance around the globe but must also grapple with their newfound fame. Featuring intimate interviews and exhilarating dance performances, Martha & Niki is a tender examination of friendship, identity, and artistic expression. Swedish with subtitles.


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Summer Screenings Sponsors and Partners
Summer Screenings is led by major sponsor Xfinity. This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


About Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. Cinema/Chicago's programs include the Chicago International Film Festival, Summer Screenings Program, CineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 57th edition October 13-24, 2021, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.  For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.


2021 Cinema/Chicago Sponsors and Partners

The 2021 sponsors and partners include Xfinity, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago Film Office, and National Endowment for the Arts


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Field Museum’s newest exhibition opens May 21, 2021 (Chicago, IL)


Photo by Hugo Van Lawick, Jane Goodall Institute

Dr. Jane Goodall revolutionized the way scientists study the natural world, and she challenged how people picture scientists, both in terms of research techniques and gender roles in the field. On May 21, the Field Museum will open their newest special exhibition, Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall, exploring the life and legacy of Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace. Produced by the National Geographic Society in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, the exhibition explores Dr. Goodall’s life from her early years as an intrepid young woman with a dream to learn about animals in Africa, to her years establishing herself as a renowned scientist in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, to her present role as an activist, mentor and advocate for creating a better world for all life on Earth.


Becoming Jane gives such a personal look at Dr. Goodall,” says Jaap Hoogstraten, the Field Museum’s director of exhibitions. “She’s a figure that’s changed the way that we see animals and inspired countless people to help protect our planet, and we’re excited to bring her story, and some of her personal belongings, to the Field.”

Widely known for her innovative approach to animal behavior research, Dr. Goodall traveled to what is now Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park and immersed herself in the natural habitat of wild chimpanzees. Her work studying the lives of chimpanzees in the wild captured the imagination of the world. Rather than seeing the animals as subjects, she came to know them as individuals with personalities and emotions—a notion once rejected by the scientific world, yet now considered revolutionary. Her story—one of fearless determination, curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and a passionate love of the natural world—has resonated with generations of people around the globe.

“Jane Goodall has been inspiring National Geographic audiences, young and old, for over half a century,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of public programming at the National Geographic Society. “This exhibition allows us to experience her amazing life story in a highly personal and powerful way. Through immersive media, authentic scenics, and interactives, this exhibition takes visitors into the field and around the world with Jane, walking in her shoes and experiencing her powerful message of hope firsthand.”

Highlights of the exhibition include some of Dr. Goodall’s childhood belongings, including a beloved stuffed monkey, interspersed with stories about her as a budding naturalist, studying a chicken coop at age four. The exhibition also features augmented reality interactives that invite visitors to try their hand at chimpanzee vocalizations, a hologram-like projection of Dr. Goodall sharing her memories of living among the chimpanzees, and a replica of her field research tent.

“Scientific institutions all over the world, including the Field Museum, are indebted to Jane Goodall-- her approach to animal behavior research and the immersive study of animals in their natural habitats changed the way we learn about nature,” says Abigail Derby Lewis, an ecologist at the Field Museum and the exhibition’s content advisor at the Field. “As we work to protect the natural world from climate change and habitat destruction, Jane Goodall’s legacy is ever more relevant, and we’re excited to share that legacy with our visitors in such a fun, meaningful way.”

The exhibition will run through September 6, 2021, presented in English and with a Spanish translation booklet. Admission will be included with the museum upgraded ticket. Becoming Jane is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Society.


About Dr. Jane Goodall


Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is an iconic voice for holistic, compassionate, and sustainable solutions. Through her global advocacy as an ethologist and environmentalist, she is shaping attitudes and policy on issues ranging from human rights to the climate crisis, and inspiring action through the power of hope.


Jane Goodall was born on April 3rd, 1934, in London, England. At the age of 26, Jane followed her passion for wildlife and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania. There, under the mentorship of paleoanthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey, she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild. Her revelatory observation in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific landscape and forever redefined our understanding of the relationship between humans and other animals.  


In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), a global community-led conservation, research, and animal welfare organization to advance her vision of a better future for all. In 1991, Dr. Goodall created Roots & Shoots, JGI's international youth program, now active in more than 60 countries, to develop the compassionate changemakers our world needs.  


From scientist to world-renowned activist, Jane has been a leader in the community-led conservation and animal welfare movements for decades.   


About the Jane Goodall Institute


The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global, community-centered conservation organization founded in 1977 that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall in over 30 countries around the world. We aim to understand and protect chimpanzees, other apes and their habitats, and empower people to be compassionate citizens in order to inspire conservation of the natural world we all share. JGI uses research, collaboration with local communities, best-in-class animal welfare standards, and the innovative use of science and technology to inspire hope and transform it into action for the common good. Through our Roots & Shoots program for young people of all ages, now active in over 50 countries around the world, JGI is creating an informed and compassionate critical mass of people who will help to create a better world for people, other animals and our shared environment.

About the National Geographic Society


The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature experiences, stories and content. To learn more, visit


About the Field Museum

The Field Museum is a forward-thinking scientific leader on a mission to explore, protect, and celebrate nature and culture. From exhibitions that inspire journeys of discovery in visitors young and old, to the groundbreaking research and conservation efforts driven by our 40 million artifacts and specimens, we’re on a mission to spark public engagement with science and uncover solutions for a brighter world.



Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Il 60605, United States

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Mayor Lightfoot Announces Summer Events Across The City — The Next Phase of the Mayor's "Open Chicago" Initiative (Chicago, IL.)



“Open Culture” signals the reopening of Chicago’s diverse and legendary cultural scene with music, dance, public art, markets, and more at Millennium Park and venues citywide 


 Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Choose Chicago, and Chicago’s cultural community today announced “Open Culture” — the next phase of Open Chicago, the Mayor’s latest initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.

Summer cultural events for Chicago residents and visitors alike will include a variety of activities. Music lovers will get a chance to experience “Chicago In Tune,” a new citywide festival celebrating Chicago’s diverse and legendary music scene and the 2021 Year of Chicago Music, as well as concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion featuring the 2021 season of Grant Park Music Festival. Fans of dance will enjoy performances in Millennium Park by American Ballet Theatre presented by the Auditorium Theatre, Dance for Life presented by Chicago Dancers United, and partake in neighborhood-based Chicago SummerDance lessons and live music. New public artworks by Nick Cave, Bob Faust, Andrea Carlson, and other celebrated artists will be on display. Chicagoans and visitors can also mark their calendars for the return of Chicago City Markets including, the historic Maxwell Street Market, Taste of Chicago To-Go community meals, and more. The City will welcome dozens of other free and affordable, in-person, and hybrid cultural activities throughout the summer. Most DCASE events will have limited capacity and require advance registration. All summer events will adhere to the latest public health and safety guidelines.

“Despite the unimaginable challenges that were thrown our way last year, we were still able to persist and come together to slow and stop the spread of this virus and put our city on the right path toward a safe reopening,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Open Chicago — including Open Parks, Open Streets and now, Open Culture — is not only the direct result of these efforts, but it also serves as the latest step in our mission to fully restore a sense of normalcy within our city by bringing back and reimagining some of our favorite summer- and fall-time activities. I am grateful to every City, arts, community, and business leader who partnered with us on this incredible initiative as well as our residents, who continue to follow public health guidance and keep our COVID-19 metrics low enough to launch efforts like these.”

City officials are also highlighting upcoming vaccination events for the arts community at The Promontory (5311 S. Lake Park Ave) on May 20 at 12-7pm and Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont Ave) on May 21 at 12-7pm, plus mobile vaccinations at many City-sponsored summer events. Additionally, arts workers are invited to attend seven virtual information and drop-in sessions to engage in conversation about the Arts 77 arts recovery plan — starting with a 2021 Neighborhood Access Program Info Session on May 5 at 4-5pm. To learn more, visit

“Chicago’s arts landscape has been devastated by the pandemic. We all must do our part to support the recovery of this vital sector, which is so necessary to our economy and our sense of belonging,” said DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly. “I am also excited to know that the arts will be on the leading edge of the city’s reopening as our music clubs, theaters, and festivals come back to life and energize Chicago. There is so much to be excited about as the arts return. During this Year of Chicago Music, our “Chicago In Tune” festival will emerge as a joyous month-long celebration of Chicago’s amazing music scene. Our Chicago Presents and Chicago Band Roster programs will animate our entire city with music, theater, and dance. The arts may have suffered greatly, but the arts will also bring us back into the public realm.”

DCASE is currently reviewing Special Events applications for outdoor festivals, street and art/craft fairs, and athletic events. Events must follow the State of Illinois Outdoor Markets and Festival Guidelines. Permit approval is conditional on improved public health metrics. All events must follow guidelines in place at the time of the event.

City residents can expect many exciting summer events and cultural activities across Chicagoland — including Open Parks and Open Streets events announced last week, new Millennium Park and other DCASE programming summarized below, plus:

  • The return of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts at Symphony Center including "Fanfare" opening on May 27
  • Hyde Park Art Center – Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shrouds by Faheem Majeed open May 3 – July 24
  • Rosa’s Lounge – Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band on May 7
  • Pivot Arts Festival: Reimagining Utopia – A Performance Tour: Live, MultiArts Experience from May 21 – June 5
  • Chicago Latino Theater Alliance – Sola en la pandemia está cañón at Joe's on Weed Street on June 19
  • The South Side Jazz Coalition – Jazzin’ On The Steps on May 23
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – Tuesdays on the Terrace kicking off June 1
  • Old Town Art Fair on June 12 & 13
  • Art Institute of Chicago – The Obama Portraits from June 18 – August 15
  • Pride in the Park on June 26 & 27
  • Goodman Theatre – School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play reopening in August
  • Court Theatre – Othello in October
  • Southport Art Fair on July 10 & 11
  • Smart Museum of Art – Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 on view July 15 – December 19
  • Chinatown Summer Fair on July 17 & 18
  • Jazz Institute of Chicago – Chicago Latin Jazz Festival on July 23 & 24
  • Printers Row Lit Fest on September 11 & 12
  • Hyde Park Jazz Festival on September 25 & 26
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago 2021/22 season including an all-new production of Verdi’s Macbeth opening September 17
  • Broadway In Chicago – Six at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place running October 5, 2021 – January 30, 2022

For these and other upcoming events, including many more to be added throughout the spring and summer, visit and for DCASE summer programming details including its artist lineups and ticketing (free advance registration), which will be available in the coming weeks.

Through Chicago Presents, DCASE will provide up to 100 grants ranging from $5,000 – $30,000 to activate cultural programs that comply with public health guidelines in neighborhoods throughout Chicago in Summer 2021. Emerging and established cultural presenters are invited to submit proposals for free live, inperson concerts and events, spanning all music genres, performance, and dance that activate Chicago’s streets, plazas, and parks. Additionally, presenters may select up to two solo musicians and/or bands from the Chicago Band Roster to play at their event. The Band Roster is a new resource listing over 200 Chicago-based musicians of all genres — created as part of the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. Chicago Presents is an initiative of Arts 77, Chicago’s arts recovery plan. Applications for July 1 – August 14 events are due May 7 at

Chicago In Tune (August 19 – September 19) is a new citywide festival celebrating Chicago’s diverse and legendary music scene and the 2021 Year of Chicago Music. This month of music will bring iconic neighborhood venues, presenting organizations, and musicians from across the city together to celebrate all music genres and forms — with both free and ticketed events at clubs, concert halls, and beyond. DCASE will present four special evenings at Jay Pritzker Pavilion presented by the Millennium Park Foundation honoring music born and innovated in Chicago: Gospel music (September 3), Jazz (September 4), House (September 11), and Blues (September 18) — all at 5:30-8:30pm. Venues, organizations and artists may submit Chicago In Tune events by visiting

Millennium Park summer programming — made possible in part by the Millennium Park Foundation — will include pop-up music, theatre, and dance performances throughout the Park starting in June; the 2021 season of Grant Park Music Festival (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, July 2 – August 21 at 6:30-8pm, featuring 21 classical music concerts at the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion; plus 10 more genre-defying concerts as part of the Millennium Park Summer Music Series (Mondays, August 2 – September 13 at 6-8:30pm, and Thursdays, September 2-16 at 6-8:30pm,

Special events at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion include The Auditorium Theatre presents ABT Across America featuring American Ballet Theatre (July 8 at 7:30pm,; as well as Dance for Life (August 26 at 6:30pm, presented by Chicago Dancers United. Jay Pritzker Pavilion events will be limited capacity and require free advance registration for both the seating bowl and lawn. Additionally, the Millennium Park Summer Workouts (Saturdays, July 3 – August 28 at 8:30am – 12:15pm, will return in person on the Great Lawn featuring Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba.

The beloved Chicago SummerDance ( series returns this summer at parks throughout the city, during August and September. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in introductory dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing. Schedule, locations, and other details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Chicago Riverwalk ( will welcome a new series of five large-scale banners near Michigan Avenue, scheduled to be installed by late May. Artist Andrea Carlson’s You are on Potawatomi Land will replace the current series of work by artist Ebony G. Patterson. Art on theMART ( continues to project its spring program nightly, exhibiting works by the Adler Planetarium and select images from current exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago. Hope is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021 launches on May 20 and three new commissions in alignment with the Year of Chicago Music will launch the summer program on July 5. Vendors in the Riverwalk concession program began operating earlier this month and will be followed by Pier 31 on the Riverwalk and the Community Marketplace opening in mid-May.

Another new public art project, Ways and Means is a Facility Artwork conceived and created by Nick Cave and Bob Faust (, presented by DCASE and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), late May through late June on the CTA Green Line. The project consists of eight fully wrapped CTA railcars and focuses on “ways forward and the myriad means we use to get there.” The interior of the railcars will also immerse riders in kaleidoscopic pattern created from Cave’s artwork, as well as the project statement.

Chicago City Markets presented by Humana (kicking off May 15 with Division Street) sell fresh seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, unique Chicago-made products, and rare finds — at Chicago’s longest-running farmers market on Daley Plaza (Thursdays beginning May 27); the historic Maxwell Street Market (reopening June 6 with a new schedule: 1st and 3rd Sundays at 9am – 3pm,; more City Markets in Austin, Bronzeville, Englewood, Pullman, Roseland, and West Humboldt Park; and dozens of independent markets operated by community organizations and chambers of commerce in neighborhoods across Chicago. For the complete schedule and the City’s latest health and safety guidelines, visit

Taste of Chicago To-Go ( will return this summer with special events around the city — including pop-up cooking demonstrations, the return of the “Community Eats” community meals program, and other special events promoting Chicago’s amazing restaurant industry.

Previously announced, the Chicago Cultural Center ( will reopen on June 2 with new visitor amenities and new exhibitions “Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford: League of Nations” and “what flies but never lands.” Soon after, “CHICAGO: Where Comics Came to Life, 1880–1960” will open on June 19.

As the city reopens to with more in-person activities for the summer, we urge residents to continue to be safe, social distance, wear their masks, and get vaccinated. As of April 19, all Chicago residents over the age of 16 are eligible to be vaccinated and can schedule an appointment or learn more about the City’s vaccination efforts at


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit


Music Biz >> Empower's Sally Velazquez to Keynote It's Your Money Day 1!


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Day 1 Keynote Announced – Don't Miss Out, Register Today!

Opening Keynote:
Sally Velazquez,
Founder & Partner,
Empower Business Management

As Founder of Empower Business Management, Sally Velasquez represents musicians, DJs, social media influencers, actors, directors, and producers in the entertainment industry, and is known for her expertise in tax and entity structuring. In this keynote interview, we’ll cover the most important topics when it comes to protecting your financial future and set the scene for our two-day event!
Previously Announced Day 2 Keynote:

Daouda Leonard
CEO of CreateSafe
Music fin-tech startup working with Grimes,
BloodPop® and other virtual Pop artists.

Panel Topics Include:
  • Finding Your Financial Dream Team
  • Talk The Talk: How to Successfully Work with Banks
  • Level Up: When It’s Time For Wealth Management…
  • Responding To Mistakes: Strategies For Financial Adversity
  • + Much More!
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