Summertime in Chicago is wonderful, with so many outdoor events, from movies and music to festivals and art shows. Since the weather in August is warm and beautiful, there’s no reason to sit inside and miss out on the sun.
Here are a 6 summerworthy events happening in August in Chicago that are fit for the whole family.
Break out some dance moves this month at Chicago SummerDance, where you’ll hear performances by live bands and DJs from various genres. Taking place at Grant Park, you have free access to dance to different sounds for two hours and have a lesson before, so you can really nail down those moves beforehand.
There’s a different style of dance for everyone—so come out for your favorites or even try something brand new!
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
You’ll want to spend Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park in August. The Millennium Park Summer Music Series features live performances, with free admission, twice a week between August 6th and August 16th.
Musical performances come from all over the world, featuring the best talents from both local and international artists to provide a great night of entertainment. Be sure to check the calendar to see who’ll be performing.
Adler After Dark
Take the kids to Adler Planetarium in the day for mind-blowing and educational exhibits where their imaginations can wander and then head on over for an adults-only evening on August 16th at Adler After Dark.
As long as you’re 21+ of age, you’ll get access to unlimited exhibits, a museum “quest,” and special guests from NASA and Boeing for a night to remember.
Movies in Millennium Park
Take in a movie on a 40-foot screen in Millennium Park between August 7th and the 21st. It’s really enjoyable to watch a movie outdoors—as opposed to the typical Netflix binge—and the line up for Movies in Millennium Park has a ton of family-friendly options.
The three picks for August are The School of Rock, Coco, and Slumdog Millionaire, so be sure to check which dates correlate with the film. Grab a blanket and get cozy, along with some snacks to munch on.
Air and Water Show
The Chicago Air & Water Show is remarkable and fun for people of all ages. Set up a picnic, blankets, and games to camp out to see the show for the weekend of August 18th along the waterfront near North Avenue Beach. Admission is free and the performance is spectacular. You’ll see daredevil pilots, parachute demonstrations, and jets flying with choreographed routines that are sure to awe and inspire.
Taste of Greektown
Whet your appetite with traditional Greek cuisine at the Taste of Greektown taking place August 24th to the 26th. You’ll get to nosh on gyros, spanakopita, and baklava, while listening to Greek music. There will also be crafts and family games, so you can feel an artistic interaction with the Greek culture.
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