It’s summertime in Chicago. After more than a year of social distancing, events are finally returning to the city. Looking for fun stuff to get into over the next few weeks? We got you. From fireworks at Navy Pier to the acclaimed “Immersive Van Gough” exhibit, these are the June events in Chicago to check out this month.
Fireworks on Navy Pier (Now thru September)
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, you’ll have two weekly chances to catch a dazzling fireworks display at Navy Pier. For some mid-week excitement, head to Navy Pier on Wednesdays for the 9:30 p.m. show. Or, check out the weekend shows Saturdays at 10:15 p.m.
Roll N Peace: Juneteenth Celebration (June 19)
Head to Ogden Park on June 19 to celebrate Juneteenth on two wheels. This is a free communal event presented by Think Outside da Block, an organization working to reduce crime in the Englewood neighborhood. According to the event description, Roll N Peace, “decreases violence through community presence, increases physical fitness with exercise and mobility, and improves emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing through intentional community engagement.”
Pride in the Park (June 26-27)
While Chicago’s Pride Parade and Pride Festival are delayed until October, there’s still a lot to celebrate in Grant Park this June. Head there on the 26th and 27th for a two-day Pride in the Park festival. The event features a musical celebration of the city’s LGBTQ+ community. Headliners are Chaka Khan, Tiësto and Gryffin. You can also catch appearances and performances from RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Denali Foxx, Naysha Lopez, and The Vixen, plus more.
“Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall” (Now until Sept. 6)
Next, learn about the life and career of Dr. Jane Goodall. The Field Museum exhibit tracks her career progression from a young woman with a passion for animals to an innovative researcher of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. You’ll see a collection of Goodall’s childhood belongings along with a replica of her field research tent. Additionally, the exhibit features an augmented reality experience. Interact with representations of chimps and a hologram-like projection of Dr. Goodall.
“Immersive Van Gough” (Now thru November)
More than 50 digital projectors bring Van Gough’s greatest works to life through this high-tech immersive exhibition. Located in the Germania Club Building in Old Town, the exhibit features 35-foot walls animated with versions of Van Gough’s famous paintings. A score of electronic and classic compositions accompany you as you make your way through the tour’s four incredible rooms.