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10 Things to do in Chicago: Lionel Richie and ‘Mockingbird’


Today is Lollapalooza weekend, Chicago, but not just Lollapalooza weekend. As the four-day festival continues in Grant Park, can we suggest a few alternatives?

Is this like an escape room? Like laser tag? In Chicago, west of the suburb of Oak Brook, the new Activate Games looks like something different; an indoor “immersive gaming experience” where players test their physical and mental skills on LED checkerboard grids, a glowing basketball court or a maze of laser beams. For groups of two to 10 people in 75 minute experiences.

Activate Games is open daily at 1600 16th St., Unit 6, Oak Brook; Tickets starting at $24.99 and more information at 630-756-7563 and enable games

The long-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year and is now on the road with the Sing A Song All Night Long tour. His concert in Chicago also features guests and stars in their own right – Earth, Wind & Fire.

7:30 pm, August 5, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; Starting at $36.95 united center.com

“Where the Light Goes”, the fifth studio album by the ’90s rock band, was released by Atlantic in May. This weekend they arrive at Tinley Park for their Slow Dream tour with guest Matt Nathanson.

19:30 Aug. 6, Credit Union 1 Amphitheater, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park; Starting at $30 livenation.com

We remind you that Boss is coming to Chicago next week for two of the biggest, best-selling concerts of the summer with the E Street Band.

19:30 on August 9 and 11, Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.; mlb.com

Broadway plays don’t always go on tour. If they are Harper Lee’s classic novel, the new stage adaptation of Aaron Sorkin directed by Bartlett Sher. The game has been the source of strong opinions since it made its debut on the Great White Mile in late 2018.

8-13 August CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.; Tickets starting at $31.50 at 800-775-2000, and broadwayinchicago.com

Head to the Morton Arboretum this weekend to be transported around the world in this event that celebrates the traditions and cultures of Asia. Taste food from local vendors, listen to music and watch traditional dances and performances. Plus, most of the plants and trees in the arboretum are from various countries in Asia.

5:30-20:30 August 4 and 9:30-16:30 August 5-6, Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle; more information mortonarb.org

This three-day convention celebrates everything magical from “Harry Potter” to “Lord of the Rings.” This year’s special guests include Tom Felton, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin. Browse the market for a souvenir, listen to your favorite fandom podcast, record a special live episode, enter a cosplay contest, listen to guest interviews on the main stage, and get autographs and photos with your favorite celebrities.

August 4-6 at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. Martin Luther King Drive; single-day tickets $79, for more info leakcon.com

Stroll through the Lincoln Park Zoo while sipping beer, wine, mineral water, or cocktails at this after-hours activity for adults 21 and older. Watch musical performances by DJ Marcus Carter, Maddy Griseto and Gerry D’ Antonio or join the musical action with karaoke in the foreman’s pavilion. Food will be sold and lawn games can be played at the concession stands.

6:30-22:00 August 5, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark Street; tickets $20-35, for more information eventbrite.com

The 22nd annual Jeff Fest brings music and food to Jefferson Park. Artists include Petty Union, Think Floyd, and Kashmir, as well as tribute groups The Four C Notes and Infinity. In addition, family-friendly activities are organized in the children’s area in the northern part of the park.

5-10 p.m. Aug. 4, 2-10 p.m. Aug. 5-6, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.; chicagoevents.com/event/jeff-fest/

This festival honors the Bronzeville neighborhood, which has a rich history of jazz and blues music. Watch music performances by Buddy Fambro, Marqueal Jordan, Joan Collaso and the Willie Fultz Band featuring Skinny Williams.

8:30 p.m. on August 5, 39 to 37 on Martin Luther King Drive; free, more info eventbrite.com


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