There is absolutely nothing like Chicago summers and August is the perfect time to take advantage of all kinds of great events before heading back to school and embracing fall. All of the below events are open to the public and are totally free. Check them out!
Full Moon Fire Jam
Monthly, from Spring to Fall, people congregate to celebrate the electricity of the full moon and the power of community. According to the website, “The Full Moon Jams unite performing artists and spectators through a love and appreciation of fire art. Encompassing myriad performance styles and tools, fire dancers from the greater Chicago area and Great Lakes share their creative gifts by the shore of Lake Michigan, set to the percussive beats of local musicians.” What started as a birthday celebration amongst friends in 2004 has now grown into an uplifting ritual for those in the Chicagoland and Great Lakes area.
The next full moon jam is Wednesday, August 16, at 7:00pm. Jams are open the public but you should join the Facebook group in order to receive invites and to RSVP. They are located ¼ mile south of the Foster Ave Turf Fields on the lakefront (the approximate address is 5100 N & Lake Shore Drive, 60640). These events are family friendly, alcohol free, leave-no-trace compliant (meaning leave no garbage behind!), and end promptly at 10:00pm. For more information about attending or performing, visit the website and/or the Facebook page, both linked above.
Northerly By Night
Broadway in Chicago
Sit or picnic at the iconic Jay Prizker Pavilion at Millennium Park and listen to a collection of famous Broadway tunes including those from Aladdin, The Carole King Musical, Fun Home, The Phantom of the Opera, and many more! This free concert is hosted by Janet Davies of ABC 7 and is presented with The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Come if you’re a long-time fan of theatre or simply if you’d like an introduction to some of the greatest show tunes in history.
The concert will take place on Monday, August 15 at 6:15pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St). For more event details (as well as details on future events) please visit the official Broadway in Chicago website.