Don't let Mondays get you down. You don't have to wait until the weekend to celebrate. Chicago offers a calendar-load of weekday happenings that are second to none. Here's what's up for this week:
Just for Laughs (June 11-16). The 2013 edition of TBS Just For Laughs Chicago will take place across 15 locations, including such high-profile Chicago venues as The Chicago Theatre, Park West, The Vic plus many more with a roster of national and local names including: Bob Newhart, David Cross, Russell Brand, Bill Maher and Seth Meyers.
Chicago Bike Week (June 10-16). Chicago's 21st annual Bike Week offers daily events and encourages people to bike to work.
The Family Fun Festival features interactive activities, arts, dance, music, crafts, games and more for kids of all ages. Chase Promenade North in Millennium Park. (daily through August 18). Free.
- Downtown Sound: An Evening with Glen Hansard featuring Lisa Hannigan and members of The Frames at Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10 at Millennium Park. Free.
- Farmers Market at Federal Plaza, Adams & Dearborn, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Free Rush Hour Concert. 5:15 p.m. reception and 5:45 p.m. performance at St. James Cathedral, 65 East Huron.
- Tuesdays on the Terrace kicks off today on MCA’s garden lawn with live jazz plus Summer Studios art making for families. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., $25 dinner buffet. Free to attend
- Millennium Park's free summer films series shows "The Triplets of Belleville" tonight at dusk in conjunction with Chicago Bike Week.
- West Side Story opens at the Oriental Theatre. (through June 16).
- Free Lunch Talk at the Chicago Architectural Foundation. Today's talk: Aon Plaza, An Unvisited Ger; McCormick Place; The Elevated in the Loop. 12:15-1:00 p/m. Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan
- Philippine Cultural Show on Daley Plaza. A Philippine Independence Celebration with a cultural showcase of Philippine dances, songs and Filipino fashion show. Dearborn and Washington Blvd.
- The Grant Park Musical Festival Summer Series Kick Off: Grant Park Orchestra; Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Stefan Jackiw, violin. 6:30p.m. Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park.
- Theater on the Lake Opening Night features a USO Dance followed by "The Bear Suit of Happiness." 6 p.m.
- Navy Pier Fireworks, 9:15 p.m. free.
- Farmers Market on Daley Plaza, Washington & Dearborn, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Loops and Variations Summer Series Kick Off: The popular Millennium Park music series features new music mixed with electronica. Tonight's program: Falty DL with his unique style of abstractions and abrupt changes--a mix of dance music, drum’n’bass, hardcore techno, house, garage and dubstep--in his style. 6:30 p.m. Free.
- Movies in the Parks series kicks off today. The series will feature 195 screenings of current and classic movies in 150 citywide parks through September 14.
- Bike to Work Day Rally, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Daley Plaza
- The Grant Park Musical Festival with Alexander Nevsky, 6:30 p.m., Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park.
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