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Shapes of Nature

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems, and discover the kind of nature scene collage can you make using basic shapes.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Outdoor Art

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Famous artists Monet, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe were all inspired by nature.  Look at pictures of famous nature art, and make your own water-lily masterpiece to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


The spectacle is choreographed to music and produced by award-winning Melrose Pyrotechnics. Watch from a lakefront boat cruise, Navy Pier’s South Dock or one of the Ferris wheel gondolas.

When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10:15 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

Cirque Shanghai

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Cirque Shanghai returns this summer to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a brand new show, “Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.” Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier. Tickets go on sale May 2, 2014.

Cost: Call for cost

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at:
Cost: $49-$99

Charlotte's Web

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

Emerald City presents this classic story. When Wilbur is saved and sent to live on farm, he finds a new unexpected family. Follow our piggy hero as he grows from being the runt of the litter to "Some Pig" with the help of a remarkable spider, Charlotte. Performances run July 11-Aug. 17.


Cost: Call for cost


Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

The musical based on the stories by Theodor Seuss Geisel and narrated by The Cat in the Hat. Performances run July 5-Aug. 17 at the Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier.

Cost: $28, $18 kids

Much Ado About Nothing

Midsommer Flight | Chicago, Ill.


This Midsommer Flight show runs in conjunction with the Chicago Park District from July 19-Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Performances will be st Schreiber Park, 1552 W. Schreiber Ave. from July 19-27; Gross Park, 2708 W. Lawrence Ave. from Aug. 2-10; and Touhy Park, 7438 N. Paulina St. from Aug. 16-24. For more information visit


When: 6 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Cost: Free
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