By: Celia Martinez
Summer is officially here! Kick off the first day of summer, Thursday, June 21st, with Make Music Chicago, an all day musical extravaganza featuring over 700 musicians performing at 75 different locations all throughout the city of Chicago including Millennium Park, Macy’s on State Street, Lincoln Park Zoo and Daley Plaza.
The 10th annual Chicago Pride Fest will take place Saturday, June 23 at 11am between Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue and will feature live music and food vendors and will be preceded by the 43rd annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24 at 12noon. The parade will start on the corner of Broadway and Montrose and will feature floats, performance groups and music.
Other outdoor fests taking place this weekend are Chicago Summer Fest in the Lincoln Park neighborhood (between Clark Street and Armitage Avenue); Green Music Fest, (on Damen Avenue, between North Avenue and Schiller Street) the eco-friendly fest will include recycled arts and crafts, DIY musical instruments, and live music; and the 9th annual Randolph Street Market Festival (along Randolph Street between Ada and Ogden) will feature indoor and outdoor vendors selling antiques, vinyl and vintage collectables and apparel and will run through September 30.
Looking to get away from the heat? Stop by the North Shore Center for Performing Arts for Ensemble Español’s American Spanish Dance and Music Festival. Ticket prices range from $26-$46 and the festival runs all weekend. Enjoy a night of comedy on Saturday at the Athenaeum Theater where former-prosecutor-turned-comedian Elizardi Castro will perform “Made in Puerto Rico: In Pursuit of Spanglish.” Show starts at 7:30 pm. Or be amazed by multi-instrumentalist Renato Anesi who will perform a night of Brazilian music at the Mayne Stage Saturday, June 23 at 9 pm.