By Rachel Popa
Classes have started, but that doesn’t mean that summer fun has to end. There are still plenty of fun things to do around the city while the weather’s still nice. Consider taking a load off after class and attending one of these events:
Chicago Farmer’s Market: If you find yourself craving fresh and local produce, look no further than the Chicago Farmer’s Market in Daley Plaza. The market is open every Thursday from
7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during September to October.
Chicago SummerDance: The largest outdoor music and dance series in the United States has events going on this month until Sept.13. Dance lessons take place every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m., as well as every Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. A samba and reggae group called the Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta will be performing on Sept. 12, and the Latin Rhythms Academy of Dance and Performance will be making an appearance as well. Chicago SummerDance is free to attend and is held in Grant Park in the Spirit of Music Garden.
World Music Festival Chicago: This free, city-wide festival takes places Friday, Sept. 11 through the Tuesday, Sept. 22. Since 1999, the Chicago World Music Festival has presented over 650 ensembles from all across the world. For a complete schedule of events and locations, visit the city of Chicago website.
Concert for Chicago: The annual free Concert for Chicago will be held Sept. 18 at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park at 6:30 p.m. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be playing Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No. 3” as well as Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1”. Seating is general admission and is on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to get there early to get good seats.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival: On Sept. 26 and 27, there is going to be a jazz festival in Hyde Park featuring musicians such as the Corey Wilkes Quartet and the Bossa Tres Group. According to the festival’s website, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival is the essence of a world class jazz festival, and is a collaboration of academic, cultural and community institutions. Jazz enthusiasts can expect to experience over 18 hours of uninterrupted jazz performances at the Hyde Park Jazz festival. Admission to the festival is a suggested $5 donation.
There is still a little more fun to had as summer draws to a close, and in a city like Chicago, that fun isn’t hard to come by.