Neighborhood News – If Music Be the Food of Love, Play on in the Chicago Loop, River North, and Millennium Park

“If music be the food of love, play on”

William Shakespeare, ‘Twelfth Night’

And on…and on…this weekend offers the best music throughout the city. Have fun at crowded Lollapalooza, purse your lips at ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and finish your weekend with a Venetian Boat Parade! 

Play that funky music… Metallica. Dua Lipa. J.Cole. Green Day. Put these headliners together, and what do you get? All together now…LOLLAPALOOZA! Nine stages of entertainment makes this the greatest music festival in the Midwest! The festivities start in Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph Street, now through Sunday, July 31. If the headliners weren’t enough, they are joined by acts like J-Hope, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby and Steve Aoki and Kygo. The original and the best! For tickets, click here.

Sailing Takes Me Away … The oldest boat parade in the Midwest returns to the Chicago River on Saturday, July 30 from 7pm-10pm! Find a spot on the Riverwalk on Wacker Drive and the Chicago River for a magnificent view of twinkling lights and decorated yachts and boats on Venetian Night! Theparade honors retiring Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

Chicago Riverwalk, Between Franklin & Lake St – South Side of the River Walk

Based on the Riverwalk, Chicago’s Venetian Night brings the charm of the famous Venice boat decorated boats, entertainment and a grand fireworks display at Navy Pier.  As dusk begins on Chicago’s lakefront, the Boat Assembly and kickoff by Secretary of State White gets underway, followed by entertainment on the Riverwalk, and finally, against the twinkling stars above Lake Michigan, the parade processions. Fireworks complete a dazzling evening on the lake. For more information, click here.

I Don’t Know How to Love Him …A short run celebrating Jesus Christ Superstar’s 50th Anniversary comes to an end at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph Street. As the website says, with lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’. For tickets, click here.

The B*** is Back … Hello, Miranda Priestly! Andy Sachs here. From 70’s fashionista and rock legend Elton John comes The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical. The James Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph Street, dares portray the story of the supreme authority of the high-fashion world, and the new home of assistant Andy Sachs. ”It’s a position a million people would kill for, but under the sharp stilettos of Runway’s legendary editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly, the job is no dream, up against Miranda’s blistering leadership and stratospheric expectations.” That’s all. (Purses lips). For tickets, click here.

I’ve Had…The Time of My Life. Looking ahead to next month, don’t miss free Movies at Millennium Park, now through September 6 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30pm. On Tuesday, August 2, celebrating the Year of Chicago Dance, watch no one put Baby in a corner as ‘Dirty Dancing,’ swings with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Movies are presented on the state-of- the-art, 40-foot LED screen. Enter the Park on Randolph Street, Monroe Street and Millennium Garage entrances. For more information, click here.

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago