8 Things to Do in Chicago This Summer

Anna McAndrew | July 19, 2019 | Lifestyle

Washington, D.C.-based post-punk trio Flasher perform Sunday, July 21 as part of Pitchfork Music Festival.

Pitchfork Music Festival
Spend your weekend with more than 40 bands in Union Park at this fun and welcoming festival July 19-21. This year’s programming works to support local businesses, as it promotes Chicago as a whole. Times vary, tickets $85-$400, pitchforkmusicfestival.com

A Long Swim
Help raise money for ALS Aug. 4 as English Channel swimmer Doug McConnell invites you to swim alongside him in a race benefiting ALS research. 6am, registration $60-$80, Tower Road Beach, Winnetka, alongswim.org

Duck Derby
Adopt a rubber duck and have it race down the Chicago River with more than 60,000 others during the annual Chicago Ducky Derby Aug. 8, benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. All proceeds support more than 40,000 athletes across the state. 10am, duck adoptions $5-$1,000, 401 N. Michigan Ave., duckrace.com

2019 BMW Golf Championship
Get your golf claps ready. See the top 70 players in the world compete in the penultimate event of the PGA playoffs at Medinah Country Club. Aug. 13-18. Times vary, tickets $30-$795, bmwchampionshipusa.com

Chicago Jazz Festival
Spend Labor Day weekend at Millennium Park with this festival Aug. 23-Sept. 1 that includes performances by world-renowned artists like the Eddie Palmieri Sextet, Camila Meza and many more. Times vary, free, jazzinchicago.org

Around the World Wine Tasting
Travel the globe through wine Sept. 5 without ever leaving the Drake Hotel. Enjoy more than 200 different bottles curated by master sommelier Evan Goldstein and a few surprises along the way. 5:30pm, tickets $70, fullcirclewine.com

King Crimson
Celebrate 50 years of progressive rock legends King Crimson at the Auditorium Theatre Sept. 10. Experience pieces that have never been played live and brand-new arrangements of the hits you know and love during this once-in-a-lifetime performance. 8pm, tickets $40-$270, auditoriumtheatre.org

Between River & Rim
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park, this Nat Geo Live talk Sept. 24 explores the journey of writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer Pete McBride as they made their way through the canyon on foot. The pair will also delve into the numerous environmental threats to this beloved landmark. 7pm, tickets $42-$54, auditoriumtheatre.org


Photography by: jen dessinger