Big Ten Athletic Conference @ McCormick Place
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day

big-ten-conferenceKnown as one of intercollegiate sports’ most successful undertakings, the Big Ten is home to a lineage of legendary names and an ongoing tradition of developing strong leaders. Even in its infancy, the conference established itself as the preeminent collection of institutions in the nation, where the pursuit of academic excellence prevailed as the definitive goal.

The history of the Big Ten traces back 120 years to the Palmer House hotel in Chicago, where on January 11, 1895, then-Purdue president James H. Smart and leaders from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University and University of Wisconsin set out to organize and develop principles for the regulation of intercollegiate athletics.

Sage Summit 2016 @ McCormick Place
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – Jul 28 @ 9:00 am

sage-summitSage Summit is the biggest small and medium business conference in the world. It also has the biggest names and the hottest business topics . . . all in the Windy City.

Anyone who wants to grow their business should attend from anywhere in the world. Sage Summit attendees include business owners, executives, managers, people in IT, merchants, HR professionals, food and beverage distributors, manufacturers, construction industry experts, accountants, sales personnel, partners, leaders, and more.

This event is not open to the public.

Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs @ U.S. Cellular Field
Jul 25 @ 7:10 pm – 8:10 pm

July 25, 2016 – July 26, 2016

WhitesoxSee the White Sox play the Chicago Cubs July 25 & 26 at U.S. Cellular Field!


Monday & Tuesday: 7:10 p.m.

John Primer @ SPACE
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

john-primerAs the title of his critically acclaimed Atlantic Records CD suggests, Grammy Award and Blues Music Award Nominee John Primer is truly “The Real Deal.” At 8 years old, John borrowed his first guitar and started to strum. Before that he played a homemade guitar built on the wall of the house with a broom wire, 2 nails, and 2 rocks to make it tight. With the sounds of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Little Milton, Elmore James, BB & Albert King reverberating through his Grandmother Laura Nell’s tube radio, John was instantly hooked. Early inspiration came from his family steeped in spiritual, gospel, blues and R&B tradition. As a young boy John’s mother knew he would be a singer, “he came out singing” she would say. John first appeared on stage at the local Baptist church, in his hometown of Camden Mississippi.

At the age of eighteen, feeling restless and in search of further audiences, John followed the path of his mentors and migrated to Chicago in the fall of 1963. He quickly found work in an era when Chicago’s modern electric Blues sounds were first taking shape. Forming his first band, The Maintainers in 1964, John and his old Harmony guitar rocked such West Side clubs as, The Place, The Bow Tie, and Lover’s Lounge. By 1968 John had left The Maintainers when the opportunity arose to front the Soul and R&B group The Brotherhood. Jamming late into the night and practicing by day, John was forming his own unique style and expanding his repertoire. John’s success would lead him in 1974 to replace John Watkins in the house band at the world famous Theresa’s Lounge on the South Side of Chicago. Over the course of the next 7 years, John would play with such originators as Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and Lonnie Brooks, all innovators sculpting the sound of Chicago Blues.

Drake @ United Center
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

July 26, 2016 – July 27, 2016

drakeSee Drake live during the Summer Sixteen Tour with Future and special guests July 26 & 27 at the United Center!

Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He first garnered recognition for his role as Jimmy Brooks on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He later rose to prominence as a rapper, releasing several independent mixtapes before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake’s EP, So Far Gone, spawned the singles “Best I Ever Had”, “Successful”, and “I’m Goin’ In”, all peaking in the top ten of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Goo Goo Dolls @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

goo-goo-dollsThe Goo Goo Dolls are an American rock band formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, by vocalist and guitarist John Rzeznik, vocalist and bassist Robby Takac, and drummer George Tutuska. Mike Malinin was the band’s drummer from January 1995 until December 27, 2013. Although renowned for their commercially successful 1998 single “Iris”, they have had several other notable and popular singles including “Name” and “Naked” from 1995’s A Boy Named Goo, “Slide”, “Black Balloon”, “Dizzy”, and “Broadway” from 1998’s Dizzy Up the Girl, “Here Is Gone” from 2002’s Gutterflower, “Better Days”, “Give a Little Bit”, and “Stay with You” from 2006’s Let Love In (although “Give A Little Bit” was originally released on the 2004 live CD/DVD album Live in Buffalo: July 4th, 2004), and “Home” from 2010’s Something for the Rest of Us. The Goo Goo Dolls have had 19 top ten singles on various charts, and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

Stravinsky’s The Firebird @ Ravinia Festival
Jul 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

stravinsky-the-firebird“Inspired by the profoundly moving music of Stravinksy’s Firebird, the visual performance evokes the conflict of innocence, passion, and creativity versus doubt, defense, and anger. Ultimately the marriage of these opposing forces results in a creation of magnificent power, a creature animated by the 15 dancers and puppeteers working in unision to give it life.”—Janni Younge Handspring Puppet Company

Tall Ships® Chicago @ Navy Pier
Jul 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

July 27, 2016 – July 31, 2016

tall-shipsOne of Navy Pier’s most recognized events, Tall Ships® returns July of 2016. Navy Pier anticipates being host to more than 15+ majestic vessels. The five-day festival kicks off at Navy Pier with a spectacular Parade of Sail on Wednesday, July 27. The remaining days of the festival (Thursday-Sunday) allow visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the vessels. Guests are more than welcome to walk the grounds, board the ships and sail out to sea on one or more of the Tall Ships®.

Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox @ Wrigley Field
Jul 27 @ 7:05 pm – 8:05 pm

July 27, 2016 – July 28, 2016

Chicago CubsSee the Chicago Cubs play against the Chicago White Sox July 27 & 28 at Wrigley Field!


Wednesday & Thursday: 7:05 p.m.

Diana Ross @ Ravinia Festival
Jul 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

diana-rossDiana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown’s most successful act and is to this day America’s most successful vocal group as well as one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. As part of the Supremes, her success made it possible for future African American R&B and soul acts to find mainstream success. The group released a record setting, twelve number-one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including the hits “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “Come See About Me”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, “Love Child” and “Someday We’ll Be Together”.