1. Peter and the Starcatcher: Now playing at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Peter and the Starcatcher is the origin story of everyone’s favorite lost boy Peter Pan. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the play follows Peter’s journey from being an orphan to finding Neverland. Grab some popcorn and enjoy this celebration of youth. July 13-August 20, tickets from $30, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights
2. Rubber Ducky Derby: Adopt a duck and be a part of the thousands of spectators that attend this annual fundraiser held on the Chicago River. Over 50,000 rubber ducks are sent swimming down the river towards the finish line each year. Champions have the chance to win a 2017 Chevy Equinox and all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Illinois. August 3, 10AM, duck adoptions from $5, 400 N. Michigan Ave.
3. Hot Dog Fest: It’s no secret that this city is synonymous with its hot dogs, so why not celebrate Chicago-style? With vendors including Chicago Dog House and Pinstripes as well as live music performances, including a tribute to Prince by Robert Cornelius & Friends, this weekend-long festival is a must, but leave the ketchup at home. August 11-13, prices vary, Stockton Dr. and LaSalle Dr.
4. Zoo Scavenger Hunt: Join Lincoln Park Zoo for a challenge developed exclusively for adults. Attendees are encouraged to form teams, don costumes and prepare themselves for a night full of solving clues. Participants will be tested on their animal knowledge while navigating the zoo after-hours, in order to win some wild prizes. August 25, 7PM, tickets $25, 2001 N. Clark St.
5. Circus in the Park: Ladies and gentlemen, head over to Wicker Park to be dazzled by the award-winning Midnight Circus. Tip your hat to the talented ensemble of acrobats and artists while raising money for local park improvement—so far they’ve raised over $850,000. Then sit back, relax and enjoy a night of late-summer entertainment reminiscent of days gone by. September 15-17, tickets $20, 1425 N. Damen Ave.