5 Things to Do Around Chicago: PAWS Chicago's Angels With Tails Adoption Event

Angels With Tails Adoption Event (Photo by Rich Chen Photography.)

This weekend, don’t miss the start of a concert series at Brookfield Zoo, a walking tour of Pilsen’s murals, a pet adoption event, an art gallery reception, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s newest major exhibit.

Summer Nights Concerts

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo

Photo courtesy of Brookfield Zoo.

Begins July 6-7

Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights Concerts are back Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 18 with games, crafts, live music, food and drinks, a laser light show finale, and more.

Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Pilsen Murals Walking Tour

Photo courtesy of the Chicago History Museum.

July 7

Discover the meaning behind the murals during this walking tour of Pilsen hosted by the Chicago History Museum and guide Luis Tubens.

Angels With Tails Adoption Event

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: PAWS Chicago's Angels With Tails Adoption Event

Photo by Rich Chen Photography.

July 7

Meet homeless animals available for adoption outside 38 participating stores along Lincoln Avenue, Elm Street, and Chestnut Street in Winnetka. This event is hosted by PAWS Chicago along with As Good as Gold Golden Retriever Rescue of Illinois, Evanston Animal Shelter, Greater Chicago Cavalier Rescue, Heartland Animal Shelter, St. Sophia’s Forgotten Felines, and Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue.

Jordin Hartwig Reception

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Jordin Hartwig Reception at Ice House Gallery

Photo by Jordin Hartwig.

July 7

Ice House Gallery is set to host a reception with photographer Jordin Hartwig, whose series on “the challenges faced and overcome by Chicago’s urban wildlife,” particularly Lincoln Park Zoo’s avian residents, is currently on display at the gallery.

John Singer Sargent & Chicago’s Gilded Age

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: “John Singer Sargent & Chicago’s Gilded Age” at the Art Institute of Chicago

John Singer Sargent. Lake O’Hara, 1916. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Louise E. Bettens Fund.

Through Sept. 30

The Art Institute of Chicago’s newest exhibit features almost 100 items and “explores the cultural ambitions of Chicagoans to shape the city into a center of art, the development of an international profile for American artists, and the interplay of traditionalism and modernism at the turn of the 20th century.”


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital







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