There's an old song from the Broadway Musical Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein that pretty much describes Chicago's spring of 2013: "March went out like a lion, Then April cried and stepped aside, And along came pretty little May, May was full of promises
But she didn't keep 'em quickly enough for some, And the crowd of doubtin' tonuses, Was predictin' that the summer'd never come." But sure nuff, it came and June is Bustin' Out All Over (or festin' out all over)...with summer happenings like the following:
The Blow-out Neighborhood Fests
Do-Division, Ukrainian Village, West Town, ten blocks down Division St. from Damen to Leavitt. The huge fest is preparing for an expected 75,000 fest-goers. Enjoy live music programmed by Empty Bottle and Subterranean, lots of food, drink, arts, crafts and more. Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. May 31-June 2
Lincoln Avenue Live, Lincoln Park, on Lincoln Ave. from Webster to Belden, music, food, drinks, vendors and more. June 1-2, noon to 9:30 p.m.
Maifest, Lincoln Square, Lincoln and Leland. The traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring with food, dancing, live entertainment and German Gemutlichkeit. Thurs. 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat. noon to 11 p.m.; Sun. noon to 10 p.m. May 30 through June 2.
Run for the Zoo, The 31st annual United Run for the Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, June 2, pre-register or register on the day of the run at 6:30 a.m.
Eastside Millennium Art Festival, Loop, Lake Street and Michigan, 125 artists, Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 31-June 2.
Fashion in the Street, South Loop, Dearborn and Polk, June 1-2, noon to 10 p.m., both days.
The 66th Annual, 57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park, June 1-2, Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Chicago Blackhawks continue their quest for the Stanley Cup Saturday, June 1 against the Kings at the United Center, 4 p.m. then again on Sunday, same place, different time, 7 p.m.
Sharon Van Etten, Monday, June 3 at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 6:30 p.m., free admission.
Rush Hour Concerts
The summer Rush Hour free concert series kicks off Tuesday, June 4 with Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor, Op. 19
Brant Taylor, cello; Kuang-Hao Huang, piano at St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron. 5:15 p.m., reception with artists, 5:45 p.m., half-hour concert.
Red Squad Symposium
The Chicago History Museum announces the Red Squad Symposium on Saturday, June 1, a day of discovering the narratives of individuals monitored by the Red Squad
Merit School of Music invites the public to enjoy Stringtacular, a free concert on Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at Harrison Park Fieldhouse, 1824 S. Wood Street in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The celebration of string instruments features over 200 young players from throughout Chicago, all enrolled in Merit's Suzuki-Alegre Strings music education program.
Sing Happy Birthday to Marilyn Monroe at Kit Kat
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club celebrates Marilyn Monroe's 87th Birthday with brunch and Kit Kat Diva Madam X performing classic hits plus "Marilyn Martinis" for $6. Don't be surprised if it's a bit of a drag...but it should be a lot of fun if you don't have a problem with that. Reservations: 773 525 1111. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Marilyn was born on June 1, 1926).
An Artist Talk
Abelardo Morell is coming to the Art Institute to give a free talk about his exhibition, Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door, opening at the Art Institute on June 1, noon, Rubloff Auditorium, Free with museum admission.
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