Summer starts on Friday, June 21, with Make Music Chicago—a completely free musical celebration across the city. Presented by Rush Hour Concerts with Presenting Sponsor Tishman Speyer, the festival features more than 25 sites that will host music events—from Daley Plaza to Lincoln Park Zoo. A complete list of performance sites can be found at www.makemusicchicago.com.
The first annual International Theater Festival runs from June 23 to August 2013 at Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center on 4450 N. Clark Street. Using various cultural arts to explore the global impact of racism, the festival features dance, music, and film, with a discussion following every performance. For tickets and more information, visit www.blackensemble.org.
Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy and New Orleans musician Dr. John headline Aurora’s 17th Annual Blues on the Fox Festival on June 14 and 15. For tickets and information,visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630-896-6666.
The Village of Rosemont’s Rockin’ in the Park series returns on Thursday, June 6 and continues through Thursday, August 15 on the lawn in the center of new MB Financial Park at Rosemont at 5501 Park Place. Sponsored by WXRT, the festival features 11 live bands, fireworks, and food and beverage tents. Admission is free, parking is free with validation and outside coolers cannot be brought into the park. All shows are from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Northwestern’s SummerStage 2013 season featuring live concerts, an Elvis film fest, and National Theater broadcast takes place this summer in venues on the University’s Evanston campus. Visit www.tic.northwestern.edu/summerstage for a full schedule and ticket information.
The Wilmette Theatre is hosting kid-friendly concerts featuring artists such as The Dreamtree Shakers on June 22, Mindy Hester & The Time Outs on July 27, and Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies on August 17. The theater is located steps away from the Metra station on 1122 Central Ave. in Wilmette. For tickets, call 847-251-7424 or visit www.wilmettetheatre.com.
Also this summer, the inaugural Three Oaks Theater Festival debuts in Harbor Country, Michigan. For its first season, the festival will present one-night-only engagements of Blair Thomas & Co.’s The Selfish Giant, a unique take on the Oscar Wilde classic featuring puppetry by Blair Thomas and music by Michael Smith; Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co’s acclaimed production of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie; TurnAround Theatre’s production of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer; and Complicated, a world premiere musical from Poi Dog Pondering. Performances will take place at The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Drive in Three Oaks, Michigan. Information and tickets will be available at www.threeoaksfestival.com.