One of the things Chicago does very well is outdoor entertainment. Because there’s nothing fun to be done outside for so many weeks out of the year, the city goes into hyper-atonement mode in the summer, and Millennium Park is the final resting place for a lot of city funding. This includes Millennium Park Blockbuster Week, the Park’s end-of-summer big bang line-up of arts entertainment. Chicagoans show up in hoards to these live, free, outdoor Park events and if you haven’t been, definitely check out some of this week’s events. Bring a picnic basket and blanket with food and drink and if you don’t remember the corkscrew, chances are someone on the blanket next to you will have one. The Opera in the Park events I’ve been to have been low-key and charming, provided the weather holds, and I really think these Park events are a display of Chicago at its best. Plus, the Park is gorgeous at night, and this coming from a vehement hater of Cloud Gate (the bean), who reluctantly admits that the thing looks pretty okay when it reflects the skyline after dark. Here’s a brief rundown of what’s going on this week:
9/3 Andrew Bird in Concernt
9/4 NPR Presents “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell me!” Live
9/6 Stars of Lyric Opera
9/8 Steppenwolf Theatre Company Presents “Dream Chicago”
9/11 Joffrey Ballet Presents “An Evening of Remembrances, A Salute to the Victims and Families of 9.11″
For more information on these and other Millennium Park events, check out their calendar at http://www.millenniumpark.org/parkevents/.