Looking forward to this weekend and next week, there are concerts of Chance the Rapper, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Guns N’ Roses (all tickets available as of press time), plus an annual dance night and a two-day meeting. Taurus fans.
Chicago Dancers United presents a star-studded nightly “Dance for Life” this year with performances from Chicago dance troupes including Hubbard Street Dance, Joffrey Ballet, BOOM CRACK! A finale from Dance Co., Chicago Tap Allstars, Giordano Dance Chicago and South Chicago Dance Theater, Hiplet Ballerinas, dancers Joseph Massarelli and Riho Sakamoto, Moonwater Dance Project, Muntu Dance Theater and choreographer Randy Duncan. The event supports the local nonprofit with its mission to support the health and wellness of Chicago’s professional dance community through the Dancers Fund.
An After Party on August 19 at the Auditorium Theater at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, followed by Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave. $45-$500 tickets at 312-341-2300, and auditoriumtheatre.org
This two-day festival celebrates all things basketball and gives fans the chance to play, including a 3-on-3 tournament for adults and children. Younger players can also attend youth clinics. Other events include the 3-pointer contest and the dunk contest. You can also meet Bulls legends such as Randy Brown, Eddy Curry, Will Perdue, Nate Robinson and Horace Grant and watch their musical performances.
1901 W Madison St., in the parking lots on the south side of United Center, August 19-20; The festival entrance is at the southeast corner of the arena at Monroe and Wood Streets. free, information nba.com/bulls/bullsfest
Also known as Chancellor Johnathan Bennett, the Chicago superstar is doing everything he can to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his career-defining “Acid Rap” mixtape. and a concert at the United Center.
August 20, 19, United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.; Starting at $75.50 www.unitedcenter.com
Question: If you hit a fastball with a lightsaber, is there anything left to catch? “Star Wars” fans should head to this minor league baseball game in Rosemont this weekend. The Chicago Dogs host the Cleburne Railroaders on a special “Star Wars” themed night; dress according to the occasion. Also the usual Saturday night fireworks at Impact Field.
August 19, Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont; Starting at $9 thechicagodogs.com
One of the largest regional bonsai shows in the USA celebrates its 45th anniversary. Hosted by the Midwest Bonsai Society, this event gives attendees the chance to see bonsai trees, shop plants, and learn from experts. Bonsai lovers from all over the country bring their trees to be judged.
August 18 noon-5pm and August 19-20 9:00am-5pm at Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe; Entrance tickets to the garden are $18.95, no additional fees for the bonsai show. More information chicagobotanic.org
Big Night Out Tours, where alt-rockers tour behind their latest album “Chaos in Bloom”, is coming to Northerly Island. Also, Maryland-based rock band OAR
19:00 August 22 at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Northerly Island; Starting at $29.50 www.livenation.com
This family-friendly event will include multi-sensory activities, a scavenger hunt, and a medical history game. Visitors can explore the museum’s permanent exhibits as well as rotating art installations.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm on August 19, International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive; Tickets are $13 for adults and free for children under 13. imss.org
More than 100 artist booths, open studios and live entertainment and outdoor stages will be showcased at this free arts festival in Rogers Park. There will also be art shows, street food and craft beer.
Glenwood Avenue Arts District, 6900-7000 N. Glenwood Ave.; free, information glenwoodave.org
Their best-selling debut album “Appetite for Destruction” may be over 30 years old, but Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash are at the forefront of the series – their 2023 tour comes to Wrigley Field with guest Pretenders.
17:30 August 24, Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.; Starting at $25 www.mlb.com
This might just be a Hell in a Bag show. In the unnamed musical parody of the hit TV show, a mysterious writer visits the mansion of a faded movie star (David Cerda) and discovers that the star’s extremely annoying daughter has been murdered. Directed by Anthony Whitaker.
Until September 16, Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Starting from $35 www.handbagproductions.org