''What's On Dec'' w/ Billy Dec June 14-20: Best Events, Concerts, Parties, Games, Fests in Chicagoland
Billy Dec, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions, shares his favorite events, concerts, fundraisers, parties. . . every week on ''What's on Dec!''
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Spring Awakening Music Festival, June 16th & 17th at 1pm, Soldier Field Campus, $65-$240
Details: Head down to the Soldier Field Campus to partake in Chicago's first all electronic dance music festival. Skrillex and Afrojack are headlining.
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The Divining Rod Launch Party, June 14th at 7pm, The Underground, $10
Details: From Winemaker and Water Witch Extraordinaire Marc Mondavi comes wines that aren't just natural, they're supernatural! Join the The Divining Rod as they kick-off the newest brand in the world of wine!
Summer Lovin, June 15th at 7pm, Museum of Contempory of Art, $85
Details: Say hello to the city's most eligible singles, featured in the July issue of Chicago magazine. Proceeds benefit research and therapies for stroke patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
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The 3rd Annual Rainbows Uncorked Wine Extravaganza, June 15th at 6:30pm, Eugenie Terrace Concierge, $35-$45
Details: Enjoy this wine tasting event to benefit Rainbows For All Children, the international nonprofit that helps children and teens grieve and grow after loss.
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Shape Summer Beach Tour, June 16th at 8am, North Ave Beach, $10
Details: Head to North Ave Beach and get yourself in bathing suit shape with various fun fitness classes!
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The Victorian Ball in the 21st Century, June 15, Stan Mansion, $50
Details: It's a chance for all to don their best Victorian style for a great cause: Chicago Lost and Found. Features character mimes, a performance from Joffrey Ballet's Abigail Simon and Mauro Villaneuva, plus opera by reigning Miss Chicago, Marisa Buchheit.
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Dancing Queen ABBA's Greatest Hits, June 14th at 7:30pm, Riverfront Theater, $35-90
Details: Celebrating timeless hits from the pop phenomenon Abba and hot on the heels of the huge success of the Broadway Musical "Mamma Mia" this outrageous glittering production is a non-stop, fun filled party for everyone.
Dancing With The Stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Timex Intelligent Quartz Collections Father's Day Pop-Up Barbershop, June 16, The Shops at North Bridge, FREE
Details: Timex hosts a vintage Pop-Up Barbershop this Saturday with Maksim Chmerkovskiy for Father's Day! Your man can get a fresh (free) new 'do & you can shop the latest Timex pieces.
Taste of Randolph Street Festival, June 15-17, Randolph & Peoria, $10 suggested donation.
Details: Some of the Windy City's best in food, music and festival fun converge for One Rockin' Weekend to Benefit the West Loop Gate Community Organization.
Father's Day BBQ, June 17th at 12 pm, Brookfield Zoo, $29-$49
Details: Bring Dad for a fun Father's Day celebration featuring all of Dad's barbecue favorites! Enjoy a complete, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring all of your summertime favorites!
Chicago Late Night Six Glo Run, June 16th registration starts at 8:30pm, Race starts at 9:30pm
Details: Run Chicago like never before. Not only is it night time, but the on course DJ and black light section on the course will make this run super exciting. Fundraising for STOP-IT, a charity dedicated to help stop the human sex and labor trafficking happening right here in our own backyards.
Fiestas Puertorriquenas, June 14th-17th at 4pm, Humboldt Park, FREE
Details: This four day festival is the second largest in Chicago and the largest Hispanic event in the Midwest. Includes international and national music headliners, more than 60 food booths, 80 art booths, a parade and carnival, and an 8k run and walk!
Creative Living in the City: The City in the Garden, June 14th at 8am, Chicago Cultural Center, Free
Details: Lecture series focuses on issues and initiatives affecting the quality of life in Chicago, such as innovative park design, urban development and environmental conservation. explorechicago.org
WDCB Jazz Salon-Elmhurst College Jazz Band, June 14th at 7:00pm, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, $18-25
Details: Doug Beach directs this show that has gained international acclaim! The band has toured 17 nations and performs with well-known artists such as Louie Bellson and Clark Terry.
Tap This! Cider Night, June 14th at 6pm, Fischman Liquors, FREE
Details: Kicking off their summer series of tappings with a Cider Night. Meet the owner and brewer of Vander Mills Ciders, Paul Vander Heide. Food trucks and live music will also be there!
Late Nite Catechism, June 14th at 8pm, Royal George Theatre, $16
Details: This is a hilarious interactive comedy, two-act solo performance that's part catechism class from back in the day, part stand-up routine. Sister will take you back to the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and remind you about that ruler across the knuckles.
Amplify'd at Next Door, June 14th at 10am, Next Door Cafe, FREE
Details: Calling all entrepreneurs! This one-day lightning round of pitches is all about your "game-changing" idea. This is the chance to get your voice heard by Chicago's biggest backers.
Predator: The Musical, June 14th at 7:30pm, Stage 773, $25
Details: Following its sold out and extended premiere last summer, this musical relaunches! Roundhouse presents a show that parodies the innate elements of the 1987 action film, while presenting an alternate version of the film's intentions.
Montezuma Nights, June 14th-21st at 6pm, Mars Gallery
Details: Lawyer Brad Weiss was forced to end his law career due to Parkinson's Disease, but found a new hobby: photography. A collection of his work from Montezuma will be on display with 20% of the proceeds benefitting Rush University Medical Center.
26th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games, June 15th-16th at 4pm, Hamilton Lakes, $9-$20
Details: Promoting Chicago's Scottish tradition, revelry and culture all in one weekend celebration for the entire family!
Old Canal Days, June 15th-17th at 10am, Lockport, $3
Details: This is the city's longest running festival! Includes a parade, craft show, horse drawn carriages, historic reenactors, Teen Battle of the Bands, petting zoo, carnival rides, live music, beer tent and more!
"Veterans in Need" Benefit Dinner, June 15th at 6pm, Union League Club of Chicago, $175
Details: Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Chicago will host an inaugural benefit dinner to provide veterans with job placement, counseling, housing and other services. Admiral Vernon E. Clark, former Chief of Naval Operations will be the featured speaker. All proceeds will benefit veteran services programs.
The Vic & Paul Show, June 15th at 8pm, Beverly Arts Center, $20-$22
Details: This show incorporates music, sketch comedy and hilarious tales from Beverly-born Victoria Zielinski and her husband, former SNL writer, Paul Barrosse- founding members of famed Practical Theatre Company in the 80s- bring their smart and snappy comedy back to the Chicago stage.
Wiki Waki Luau, June 16th at 4pm, Chef Shangri-La, $30
Details: Features a three-course meal, the Harrison Street Ukulele group, Pesi Mauga Royal Polynesian Revue, Roger and the Wraybands, hula dancing from Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, and Tahiti. Enjoy a fire knife show by sunset!
Chicago Pizza Fest, June 16th & 17th at 12pm, Wilson & Broadway, FREE
Details: It's the 3rd Annual Chicago Pizza Fest & after taking a 3 year hiatus, the fest has moved to a new location! Head out to taste your fav thin or thick crust or gourmet pizza and vote on your favorite one and enjoy live music too!
Kristin Chenoweth, June 16th at 8:00pm, Cadillac Palace Theater, $55-$105
Details: In a rare concert appearance, Sony Recording Artist Kristin Chenoweth will perform songs from her latest album Some Lessons Learned, as well as an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from Wicked, Promises, Promises, and Glee.
Custer's Last Stand Festival, June 16th - 17th at 10am, Custer Ave. (Evanston), FREE
Details: Named after General Custer as a sign of gratitude for his service to the Union during the Civil War; the Custer Fair, as it's called by locals, is a production of Evanston Festival Theatre, Inc.
6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 16th-17th at 12 pm, Six Corners, $5 donation requested
Details: They're back this year for another delicious weekend! Some of Chicago's best BBQ restaurants will fire up the grills and dish out ribs, burgers, hot dogs, chicken and more! Great family event with kid's activities, local jams, a marketplace and more street festivities!
Journey's Backyard Barbeque Tour, June 16th at 12pm, Orland Square Mall, FREE
Details: This is an Action Sports & Music tour where Top XGames and MEtal Mulisha stars will fly through the air in gravity-defying demonstrations of the best of Skateboard, BMX and Freestyle Motocross. The day includes a headliner concert by Never Shout Never and Battle of the Bands for local acts. Also, an interactive "FunZone" with free giveaways.
Watson Adventures' Field of Screams Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt, June 16th at 1:30pm, Field Museum, $33
Details: Someone--or some thing--has been bumping off museum staffers involved in acquiring a sacred Egyptian relic. Your team of sleuths will have to crack a hieroglyphic code, question a suspect, and uncover the museum's secrets to stop the killings.
Puerto Rican Parade, June 16th at 12pm, Columbus & Balbo, FREE
Details: Celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and pride during this annual parade. Includes floats, folk dancers, reggaetón and salsa dancers.
projectMUSIC, June 16th at 7pm, Catalyst Ranch, $200
Details: Join American Idol finalist, Crystal Bowersox, for an intimate acoustic performance to raise money for LYDIA, an orphanage in Chicago, to help send their kids to overnight camp this summer.
Classic Car Brunch, June 17th at 10am, McGee's Tavern, FREE
Details: Every Father's Day Webster Avenue goes "retro" and we have a street full of classic cars for just one Sunday! If you drive your classic car to McGee's, we'll buy your brunch!
Father's Day Brunch and Dinner, June 17th at 10:30am, Sunda
Details: Join us this Father's Day as we celebrate dads all over the world! Brunch will be served 10:30 am to 3pm and dinner will be available 5-11pm.
Vintage Garage Chicago, June 17th at 9am, Vintage Garage Chicago, FREE
Details: Father's Day gifts aren't always that exciting. So come to the new vintage show that takes place in the Uptown neighborhood in a parking structure showcasing vintage Father's Day items- perfect gifts- like cuff links, records, old comic books, train sets, vintage T-shirts, old tv/movie memorabilia, vintage designer ties etc!
Chicago West Job Fair, June 18 11am-2pm, Marriott Chicago Oak Brook, FREE
Details: Meet face-to-face with top employers at the National Career Fairs Job Fair! Free RESUME REVIEWS will be available at the event from our two local career experts.
Chagall for Children, June 18th at 9am, Kohl's Children's Museum, $8.50-$9.50
Details: The Children's Museum is bringing back one of the most popular exhibits in its history- a multi-sensory, hands-on exploration of one of the best-known and best-loved artists of the 20th century.
Cloud Cult + Judson Claiborne at Downtown Sound, June 18th at 6:30pm, Pritzker Pavilion, FREE
Details: Part of the weekly music series, Downtown Sound, this week come enjoy the sounds of indie rockers Cloud Cult with opening act Judson Claiborne.
Medical Device & Manufacturing Expo Chicago 2012, June 19th at 9:00am, McCormick Place, FREE for qualified medtech professionals, $55 others
Details: A three-day educational conference plus an expo where suppliers and resources for every aspect of design and manufacturing will be exhibiting, including software, electronic components, medical-grade materials and packaging solutions.
63rd Annual Midsommar Swedish Days Festival, June 19th-24th, Downtown Geneva, Illinois (100 W. State), FREE
Details: An array of events and entertainment for all ages. The festival will feature performances by Mike & Joe, ABBA Salute, 7th Heaven, and more. In addition to great entertainment. Enjoy tasty food, carnival rides, a Swedish market on Saturday and Sunday, and a variety of children's activities.
Foster the People, June 20th-21st at 7pm, Congress Theater, $52-$145
Details: Foster the people will be performing along with Tokyo Police Club at the Congress Theater.
5th Annual Chefs on the Grill, June 20th at 5:30 pm, The Plaza at Park Grill, $75-90
Details: Join the Plaza at Park Grill for a friendly competition amongst 14 local chefs on the summer solstice. The event is emceed by Hungry Hound, Steve Dolinsky and proceeds benefit the Special Olympics Chicago.
Lisa Marie Presley, June 20th at 8pm, Bottom Lounge, $20
Details: As the King's only child, Lisa Marie has worked hard to establish herself as an artist away from her famous father, Elvis Presley. She's in town to perform songs from her latest album, Storm & Grace which was released last month.
Cirque du Soleil: Dralion, June 20th-24th at 7:30pm, Allstate Arena, $35-145
Details: Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature.
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls
When: Sunday, June 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Toyota Park 7000 South Harlem Avenue Bridgeview, IL
chicago-fire.com Single game tickets, starting at $15
24th ANNUAL FESTA PASTA VINO
When: JUNE 15-17
Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday, Noon to 11 pm, and Sunday, Noon to 9 pm. Where: 24th and Oakley
Suggested donation is $7 for adults