Events

Free: Top Chef Tour Rolls into Chicago May 30-31

Any of you folks love to watch the latest chefs? Well, this weekend is for you as the Top Chef TV Tour is coming to town MAy 30 and 31, showcasing chefs Antonia Lofaso, who was on the show as a contender from the Chicago-based season, and Chicago’s own Radhika Desai (ex-Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge), who competed in Season 5: New York.

Free Concert by Million Dollar Quartet on June 2

The cast of the smash hit Million Dollar Quartet will be performing a free concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. Chicago’s beloved musical was inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.

Free Memorial Day Fireworks at Navy Pier

Come join the party as Navy Pier kicks off the summer season of fireworks with a Memorial Day Fireworks Spectacular on both Saturday and Sunday night. Come to the lakefront and join in as the city kicks off Chicago’s favorite season with a soundtrack featuring classic and modern day songs sure to put you in the summertime mood.

Kane County Cougars Say “Buy One Get One Free”

The Kane County Cougars are offering a great free ticket promotion on Tuesdays throughout the whole summer as part of the national Kraft Cheese Singles promotion. Here are the details: If you bring a Kraft Singles wrapper to the Kane County Cougars ballpark, you can buy one ticket and get one free during the Tuesday Night Tickets promotion, which runs through September 1, 2009.

Taste of River North

This two day festival features the historic architecture and cutting edge design of the River North Community. It will showcase the areas renowned dining and art scene with live music.

Enjoy the Free Daley Plaza Farmers Market Every Thursday

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the free Chicago Farmers Markets and downtown folks wander over to Daley Plaza every Thursday to buy flowers, food and other fresh products from local gardens. The free Daley Plaza Farmers Market is open every Thursday from May 14 to Oct 15, 2009 andis perfect for anyone who works downtown or who takes the CTA. It provides direct access to over seventy vendors providing the highest quality fruits, vegetables and fresh cut flowers to the neighborhoods of Chicago.

Chicago’s Minor League Baseball Offers Good Bargain

In this day of billion-dollar stadiums, multimillion-dollar athletes and $100 tickets, minor league baseball can be a good deal – for the entire family. While not free, visiting the Kane County Cougars, Windy City ThunderBolts and the Joliet JackHammers to watch some good baseball can be had at a bargain price for the whole family.

Aleksandar Hemon & Jacob Weisberg: The Future of the Book, A Conversation About the Art of Writing and Publishing

Two of the most compelling voices in contemporary letters, fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon and Jacob Weisberg, writer, editor and online publishing pioneer, will discuss the future of literature and journalism. They will explore the art of writing and publishing, truth in reporting versus truth in fiction, the effect of technology on literature and journalism, and Chicago as a dynamic place to write and publish. The event is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs Publishing Initiative.

Cirque Shanghai: Bright Spirit

Cirque Shanghai presents its all new production, Bright Spirit, June 3 – September 7 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage on Navy Pier. Cirque Shangahi returns for their fourth consecutive year, and is known as Chicago’s Summer Circus.