Neighborhood News – Happy Summer Days (and nights!) from Edgewater, Grant Park, Lincoln Park, Northcenter, Chicago Loop

There’s a month left in summer, and Chicago’s neighborhoods are taking full advantage of the longer days and nights to celebrate Summer in the City! 

Nights on Broadway, Part 1...On Friday, August 19, restaurants on and off Broadway in the Edgewater neighborhood are gathering together for Bands on Broadwayfrom 6pm-9pm, filling their patios with music and great food! Stroll up and down Broadway to hear everything from Jazz and Blues to Latin to good ‘ ol rock n roll! Fifteen restaurants and twenty bands will light up the streets of Edgewater with their performances. For a complete lineup, click here

Dance, Dance, Dance!…The City of Chicago’s 25th Anniversary SummerDance Seriesbrings people of all ages and skill levels together in Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S. Michigan Avenue, on an open-air dance floor for an evening of live music and dancing. Come for free lessons from a pro dancer or simply sit back and enjoy the music. On Thursday, August 18, from 6pm–9pm it’s Country & Western with Jeffrey Cannon & Meg Kindelin (Country Two-Step, Waltz, Polka), and at 7pm Wild Earp & The Free For Alls take the stage. On Friday, August 19, 6pm–9pm, salsa starts with the Latin Rhythms, followed at 7pm by Afinca’o. Saturday, August 20, 6pm–9pm, it’s ‘A Dance Party for Every Body!’ with Desueño Dance and MOMENTA Dance Company, followed by Calculated Discomfort.  For more information, click here

Up, Up and AwayLook, up in sky…is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s the 63rd Annual Chicago Air and Water Show! Bring a blanketand binoculars to North Avenue Beach for the best view onSaturday, August 20 through Sunday, August 21, from 10am-2pm, Fullerton to Oak Street. Besides dizzying, amazing performances from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights, the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and U.S. Navy Legacy Flights will be presented in the same show, incorporating a “Missing Man” dedication to Chicagoan Rudy Malnati Jr. For more information, click here

Ribs and Music… In Northcenter, just north of Wrigleyville, the 22nd Annual Ribfest Chicagoprovides a memorable weekend of lively music, family fun and satisfied appetites from Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21. Enjoy the sweet smells of BBQ filling the streets of Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park Road, as Chicagoland restaurant BBQ masters  compete for the title of ‘Best Ribs’ and ‘People’s Choice.’ While ribs reign supreme, Ribfest Chicago is also a nationally recognized indie music festival, hosting two stages that feature  original music from top local and national acts.’Kids Square’ allows children to slide, climb, jump, ride, dance and enjoy live entertainment all weekend long. For music lineups, fest hours, and more information, click here.

Nights on Broadway, Part 2…  The Broadway-boundDevil Wears Prada, The Musical ends its Chicago run this Sunday, August 21, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph Street. Based on the hit film and featuring an all-star creative team led by Elton John and Anna D. Shapiro, with lyrics by singer-songwriter Shaina Taub, the musical follows the story of aspiring journalist Andy Sachs, whose foray into the world of high fashion brings her under the tutelage of Miranda Priestly, the grand dame (editor) of Runway Magazine. Andy is pushed to the edge, forced to choose between her career and her own happiness. What will she choose? For tickets, click here

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago