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Celebrate Your Vaccination with These Five Summer Activities

Photo by Christopher Neseman | Courtesy of the Grant Park Music FestivalAudience members will be socially distanced at this years’ Grant Park Music Festival at Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

Whether you’re staying in Chicago for the summer or stopping in town for a few days in a post-finals state of bliss, here’s a list of events reopening this season.

Photo by Angela B. Garbot | Courtesy of Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce A customer peruses the fresh options at The Low-Line Market, located under the Southport CTA station.

Local Farmers Markets

Put down the Maruchan Ramen packet, grab your U-Pass and buy fresh produce at some farmers markets around Chicago. 

Support local farmers and business owners at Lincoln Park’s Green City Market, which is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1817 N. Clark St. Its counterpart in the West Loop opens June 5 and will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 115 S. Sangamon St. 

Beginning May 12, the Andersonville Farmers Market will be open at the 1500 block of West Catalpa Avenue every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the first half-hour is reserved for those “at-risk,” or 60 and older, according to its website. If you aren’t fully vaccinated yet or just don’t want to risk the crowds, you can also pre-order online with the WhatsGood app. 

Starting May 16, the Wicker Park market will be open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1425 N. Damen Ave. Along with your wallet and face covering, make sure to pack reusable bags since the market is plastic-free

Another one to visit is Lakeview’s Low-Line Market under the Southport CTA station. The market runs every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., starting June 3. 

In its ninth year, new vendors include pHlour Bakery & Cafe, Present Tense Bar and Urban Tables, according to the Low-Line’s website

Photo by Vivian Maier | Courtesy of The Chicago History Museum Lincoln Park’s Chicago History Museum premiered world-renowned photographer Vivian Maier’s exhibit May 8.

New Museum Exhibits

If you’re holding back tears because the Museum of Science and Industry’s Marvel exhibit is booked up through July, fear not. Here are other exhibits premiering this summer.

Lincoln Park’s Chicago History Museum recently unveiled the “Vivian Maier: In Color” exhibit, which documents the largely unknown Chicago photographer’s multimedia art, according to its website. General admission is $17 for students. Located at 1601 N. Clark St., the museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 

Visitors at the Field Museum can soon explore Dr. Jane Goodall’s chimpanzee research at the “Becoming Jane” exhibit, opening May 21. The museum is open Thursday-Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student tickets are $15.

The Museum of Contemporary Art will feature 60 years’ worth of comics on June 19 with its upcoming exhibit, “Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now.” The MCA, located near Loyola’s Water Tower campus at 220 E. Chicago Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Student tickets are $8 and Illinois residents get in free on Tuesdays.

Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association With mask requirements and self-scanning tickets, the Orchestra’s returning to live concerts.

Live Concerts

After more than a year without an audience, musicians are grabbing their rosin and mouthpieces to return to live concerts this summer.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its season with a lively “Fanfare” program on Thursday, May 27. The Symphony Center is located at 220 S. Michigan Ave. 

Health precautions include assigned seating, required mask-wearing and five to six “air-changes per hour,” according to its website

The Grant Park Orchestra is also returning (and re-tuning) for its Independence Day Salute on July 2-3 at Millennium Park. 

Spots in the Seating Bowl and Great Lawn pods, which accommodate parties of two to six people, can be reserved online starting June 30 through the festival’s website

Photo by Katie Kauss | Courtesy of Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants To encourage social distancing measures, the event is occupying “35% more space than 2019” outside the United Center this summer, according to its website.

Music Festivals

While Lollapalooza’s plans have yet to be announced, other music street festivals, such as the Windy City Smokeout, are lining up to advertise their lineups. 

The Smokeout event will be outside the United Center July 8-11. Daily tickets range from $35 to $50. Attendees have to be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 three days before the event, according to the festival’s website

Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky fans better practice their headbanging for the Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash festival, which is coming to Douglass Park Aug. 20-22. Tickets are on sale now. 

Other upcoming music festivals include the ARC Music Festival in Union Park during Labor Day weekend and Riot Fest in Douglass Park during Sept. 17-19. 

Photo by Lydia Hoover | Courtesy of Old Town Art Fair A musician entertains the crowd at the Old Town Art Fair in 2018. After a year off, the art fair will be held June 12-13.

Art Festivals

To round out your summer, grab your sunglasses, slip on comfortable shoes and check out the art fairs popping up throughout the city.

After being virtual last year, the Old Town Art Fair is back on to feature more than 200 artists, live music and a garden walk on June 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The art fair, located at 1763 N. North Park Ave., is one of the oldest in the country, according to the event’s website

Make sure to also note the Wells Street Art Festival. Although the festival’s plans are on pause, it usually happens the same weekend as the Old Town Art Fair about half a mile south on Wells Street between North Avenue and Division, according to its website

Or, if you aren’t comfortable going to an in-person fair, the 57th Street Art Fair is going virtual again this summer. 

With this itinerary, your hot person summer is just getting started. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately reported the Chicago Symphony Orchestra would be selling student tickets for $15. A photo from the Grant Park Orchestra also was credited as being from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. We regret the errors.

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