Founded in 1947, Jazz Showcase is the oldest jazz club in Chicago. Every night of the week, the Jazz Showcase features live music from local jazz musicians and international artists. The ‘#1 Jazz Club in Chicago’ is famous for hosting Jazz legends like Count Basie, Joe Williams, Hank Crawford, and countless others. Admirers of music will enjoy performances by artists, both up-and-coming and established. The vibe inside Jazz Showcase is both intimate and lively, evocative of 1950s jazz clubs.
Jazz Showcase, 806 S Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 360 0234
It’s called Printer’s Row for a reason. This neighborhood within a neighborhood was once the center of Chicago’s publishing industry. While most of the old printing buildings have been converted into lofts, the area honors the neighborhood’s rich history with the annual Printer’s Row Lit Fest in June. On Dearborn Street, the festival offers new and antique books sold by booksellers from across the country, panels with over 200 authors, and an arts and poetry stage. The free two-day event is a book lover’s dream.
Surely the only place in Chicago to transport you out of this world is the Adler Planetarium in the South Loop neighborhood. The Adler Planetarium was first opened in 1930 by Chicago businessman Max Adler, who planned for the museum to be a ‘classroom under the heavens.’ Today, it is just that. Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Adler Planetarium offers shows, events, and exhibits focused on the exploration of the universe. Experience the moon landing from the perspective of a NASA captain, view an 18th-century model of the solar system, look through the Dearborn telescope, or take a journey through the galaxies.
Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, USA, + 1 312 922 7827