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A scene from 'Leonardo!  A wonderful show about a terrible monster'
Cinematography: Mo Willems

1 children’s literature live

The latest from the Manual Cinema puppet-theater-video hybridizers is leonardo! A wonderful show about a terrible monsteran adaptation for the Chicago Children’s Theater of Mo Willems’ book about a monster who’s just not good at scaring people. September 10–October sixteen. chicagochildrenstheatre.org

two art on broadway

A four-block stretch of Broadway turns into an outdoor art fair with 17th. Lakeview East Festival of the Arts. Enjoy the works of 125 juried artists, along with live music, a children’s area, food and drink stalls, and more. September 10 and 11. lagovieweast.com

Actors of the musical 'Girlfriend'
Photography: Jay Spain

3 gay 90s

in the musical Girlfriend, songs from alternative rocker Matthew Sweet’s 1991 album of the same name become the soundtrack to a romance between two Nebraska boys from the same era. Watch the PrideArts Chicago Premiere While You Wait for Season 2 of heartstopper to hit Netflix. Until September 25. pridearts.org

4 sci-fi password

The meeting nicknamed boy 8 it is actually the 80th iteration of the World Science Fiction Convention; 2022 becomes Chicago’s eighth turn as host city. The highlights of the convention, which is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees, include the presentation of the prestigious Hugo Awards and, of course, a costume contest. September 1 to 5. chicon.org

parijat desai
Photography: Mansura Khanum

5 circle up

Parijat Desai´s Dance in the Round The project invites viewers to become participants in garba, a traditional form of circular dance that originated in Gujarat, India. Join the circle at one of three Chicago Park District performances presented by Soham Dance Space and Night Out in the Parks. September 10 to 18. sohamdancespace.org

6 give me five

The fifth edition of Destinations: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival features visiting companies from Puerto Rico and Mexico, as well as productions by Latino playwrights from across the city and, for the first time, beyond, as Aurora’s Paramount Theater brings the festival to the suburbs. September 14–October sixteen. destinationsfest.org

7 reeling in the years

See a diverse slate of independent documentaries, narrative feature films, and short films such as Reeling: The Chicago International LGBTQ+ Film Festival marks its 40th year showing queer stories on screen. September 22–Oct. two. reelingfilmfestival.org

bow music festival
Photography: Kurza

8 house of the house

Beyoncé and Drake’s summer releases heralded a revival of Chicago house music, but an earlier forecast was the well-received 2021 debut of the bow music festival. The three-day, four-stage house and techno festival returns for a second outing in Union Park. September 2 to 4. arcmusicfestival.com

9 franklin coined

Artist Krista Franklin works in forms that include collage, sculpture, and poetry, sometimes juxtaposing existing works to create new contexts that center Black women’s experiences. The DePaul Art Museum exhibit Solo(s): Krista Franklin provides an overview of Franklin’s additive approach. Sept. 8–Feb. 19 depaul.edu

Street Dance Hubbard Chicago
Cinematography: Michelle Reid

10 Duncan’s lines

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago opens its new season at the Harris Theater with Refractiona program that includes pieces by Osnel Delgado and Darrell Grand Moultrie along with an as yet untitled premiere by Chicago choreographer Randy Duncan. Sept. 29–Oct. two. hubbardstreetdance.com

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