Temps are rising, and if you haven’t already, NOW is the time to get out and enjoy our beautiful city.  So many options, so little time.  Here are 10 Events You Should Look out for this  July…

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Dee Alexander- Museum of Contemporary Art – July 3

Summer’s quintessential celebration of jazz music- Tuesdays on the Terrace is back!  This annual summer performance series highlights artists from Chicago’s jazz community. On July 3, Chicago fan favorite Dee Alexander will grace the stage.

Tuesdays on the Terrace takes place from 5:30- 8:00 pm. Entrance is FREE.


House Club Tour Pub Crawl- Multiple locations- July 3

Househeads—It’s your season. In the run-up to the outrageously popular Chosen Few Picnic, you can get the party started with the House Club Tour Pub Crawl. Journey through Chicago’s South Loop and South side pubs and clubs enjoying mixes from Chicago’s hottest DJs. For more information and tickets, visit www.houseclubtour.com


 Chosen Few Picnic and Festival- Jackson Park – Saturday, July 7

This event really needs no introduction. Whether you’re from Chicago, or just passing through, if you know house music- you know about the Chosen Few Picnic and Festival. This year’s hosts- Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. Info and tickets available at www.chosenfewdjs.com.


Black Star (Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey formerly known as Mos Def) – Taste of Chicago- July 13

Two of the most respected artists in the rap game will bless this year’s Taste of Chicago. Get ready for Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) to rock the Petrillo Music Stage with hits from their solo careers as well as their critically acclaimed album Mos Def & Black Start Are Black Star. Showtime at 5:30 pm.


 DuSable 44th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival- July 14

Music, food, and arts and crafts vendors are all part of this long-running festival. Grab a unique find while supporting local small business owners.


The Soulful Chicago Book Fair- 61st St between Cottage Grove and King Drive- July 15

This is not your average book fair.   Expect titles from over 100 Black Authors, Live Entertainment including Open Mic and Spoken Word, a Children’s Pavilion, food courtesy of the Woodlawn Food Truck Festival and more. It’s definitely a family friendly affair. The event takes place on July 15 from 10 am – 8 pm. Find out more at www.soulfulchicagobookfair.com.

Bronzeville Summer Nights- Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour- July 20

Visitors can learn about Bronzeville’s business communities on the trolley tour, enjoy live music and performances and shop at the retail pop-ups. It’s a great way to get revisit this historical neighborhood.  For more on Bronzeville Summer Nights, visit http://bronzevillenights.com


The Silver Room Surround System Block Party- Hyde Park- July 21

It’s one of the biggest parties of the year. The Silver Room Block Party goes down on July 21. Multiple sound stages, tons of food vendors and dancing in the streets await. It’s good vibes, good food, good people and good music. Get into it on July 21 from noon- 10pm


A Johnson Publishing Story- Stony Island Arts Bank- through September 30.

This exhibition will “spotlight materials from the Johnson Publishing Archive, which features more than 15,000 items donated to Rebuild Foundation by JPC including books, periodicals, ephemera, paintings, and sculpture.” The exhibition will also feature archival photography. The exhibition will open on June 28 at 5:00 pm with curator Theaster Gates in conversation with Linda Johnson Rice.  Cost: Free


Bantu Fest- Featuring Amara La Negra- Midway Plaisance- July 28

The Bantu Fest bills itself as “A Free Community Festival Bringing Over 30 different Countries and Cultures Together to Celebrate Diversity, Unity & Love.” Enjoy food, live music and more…. Amara La Negra and Aleph Beatz are among the headliners. Cost: FREE


For July concerts, see our Summer Concert guide at LINK HERE.


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