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Blue Man Group, open run, Briar Street Theatre

The Winner . . .of Our Discontent, open run, Second City

Dream Freaks Fall From Space, open run, Second City

Late Nite Catechism, open run, Royal George Theatre

Rick Stone The Blues Man, July 14 through August 26, Black Ensemble Theater

California Suite, through July 14, Skokie Theatre

Wild Women of Planet Wongo, through July 14, Chopin Theatre

Bat-Hamlet, through July 14, Conservatory

Empty Threats, through July 14, Neo-Futurists

The Cher Show, through July 15, Oriental Theatre

Neverwhere, through July 15, Lifeline Theatre

The Pirates of Penzance, through July 15, Stage 773

The Color Purple, July 17 through July 29, Auditorium Theatre

Clear CONscience, through July 18, Annoyance Theatre

Waitress, through July 22, Cadillac Palace Theatre

Guards at the Taj, through July 22, Steppenwolf Theatre

Haymarket, through July 22, The Den Theatre

You Can't Take It With You, through July 22, Oak Park Festival Theatre

Spotlight Reading: The Independence of Eddie Rose, July 23, Court Theatre

No Home for Bees, through July 28, Flat Iron Arts Building

Steamworks: The Musical, through July 29, Annoyance Theatre

Southern Gothic, through July 29, Windy City Playhouse

Hamlet, through July 29, The Gift Theatre

The Odd Couple, through July 29 Oil Lamp Theatre

Daughters of Ire, through July 29, Open Door Theater

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Romeo and Juliet, through July 29, Conservatory

The Roommate, through August 5, Steppenwolf Theatre

Monty Python's Spamalot, through August 5, Mercury Theatre

Victims of Duty, through August 5, Red Orchid Theatre

3 Blocks From Broadway, through August 8, Annoyance Theatre

Pamplona, through August 19, Goodman Theatre

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, through August 19, Lookingglass Theatre

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, through August 26, Drury Lane Theatre

Gaslight District, through September 2, Second City

Heartbreak Hotel, through September 9, Broadway Playhouse

Avenue Q, through September 9, Mercury Theater

BUDDY––The Buddy Holly Story, through September 15, American Blues Theater

Mind Reader, through October 31, Greenhouse Theater Center

Bible Bingo, through November 17, Royal George Theatre 

Hamilton, through January 20, 2019, CIBC Theatre
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Taste of Chicago, July 11-15, Grant Park

Tony Robbins: Unleash The Power Within, July 12-15, United Center

Windy City Smokeout, July 13-15, 560 W. Grand Avenue

Southport Art Festival, July 14-15, 3704 N. Southport Avenue

Chinatown Summer Fair, July 15, 2200 S. Wentworth Avenue

Pitchfork Music Festival, July 20-22, 1501 W. Randolph

Fiesta del Sol 2018, July 26-29, Pilsen (1000-1600 W. Cermak Road, between Morgan and Ashland)

Amplified Chicago Blues (exhibit), through August 10, Chicago History Museum

Bronzeville Echoes: Faces And Places of Chicago's African American Music (exhibit), through January 6, Chicago Cultural Center
THEATER
CONCERTS
ASSORTED ACTIVITIES
Beethoven's 9th Symphony (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), July 14, Ravinia

Faith Evans and Carl Thomas, July 14, Country Club Hills Theater

Audra McDonald and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, July 16, Ravinia

Mary J. Blige, July 20, Ravinia

Boney James and Avery Sunshine, July 20, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Kenny Lattimore, July 20 (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.), City Winery

Goodie MobCee Lo GreenKhujoT-MoBigg Gipp, July 20, Park West

B.J. Thomas, July 22, Arcada Theatre

Summer Jam 2018 (featuring Big Sean, Trey Songz, YFN Lucci, Money Bagg Yo, Lil Baby, Famous Dex, Kash Doll, CDOT Honcho, Queen Key), July 26, United Center

The Smithereens, July 26, Arcada Theatre

Foo Fighters, July 29, Wrigley Field

Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson, July 29, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
         (Go From "I Don't Know" To Being "In The Know")
A theater version of the popular movie Waitress is at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from through July 22.
In the prequel to long-running Million Dollar QuartetHeartbreak Hotel focuses on the early life of Elvis Presley, through September 9 at Broadway Playhouse.
Award-winning saxophonist Boney James will be joined by Avery Sunshine at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino on July 20.
During her 50-plus-year fascinating career, Cher became an icon in the entertainment world as a singer, actress and host of a variety TV, and all of that is featured in the Oriental Theatre production of The Cher Show through July 15. The show highlights several memorable events in the entertainer's life from the early days with husband Sonny Bono to her successes that made her an Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner. The production includes 30 songs––ranging from "I Got You Babe" to the late-in-her-career hit "Believe"––and the Bob Mackie gowns and sequins that were part of  her signature look. For more information, go to www.broadwayinchicago.com.
Styx, Joan Jett & The BlackheartsTesla, July 7, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, July 8, Ravinia

Foreigner (with special guests Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience), July 11, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band (with special guest Boz Scaggs), July 13, Wrigley Field
Gabriel Iglesias, July 13-14, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino

Def Leppard & Journey, July 14, Wrigley Field

The Art of Rap (featuring Ice-T, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Slick Rick Raekwokn, Kurtis Blow, Kxng Crooked I, X-Ecutioners, Rob Swift and Mista Sinista, B-Boy Tata and hosted by Chief Rocker Busy Bee), Juy 14, RiverEdge Park in Aurora

4th Annual V103 Summer Block Party (Keith Sweat, Brandy, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Ne-Yo, Tank, Kevin Ross, Daley), July 14, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Entertainer Keith Sweat will headline the 4th Annual V103 Block Party at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on July 14.
The internationally acclaimed Taste of Chicago annual food festival returns to Grant Park on July 11-15.