Things To Do This Week

May 16, 2011 2:51 PM


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From galas to concerts, here are some featured events around Chicagoland this week.

Monday (5/16) Exhibit: Go Swedish!

Swedish American Museum Center
5211 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Go Swedish! Smorgsbord and Beyond centers on the traditional foods in the Swedish Smorgsbord buffet, how different regions in Sweden focus on different types of food and how some things have changed as well as the importance of the table setting and cookware. The Museum will showcase some of the items from its collection. For more information, please visit our website.

Tuesday (5/17) Peter Pan

Chicago Tribune Freedom Center
700 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL

threesixty entertainment, in association with Broadway In Chicago, is excited to announce a unique event ? a spectacular new production of J M Barrie?s classic story, PETER PAN, at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center. Conceived by an award-winning creative team, the SMASH HIT Peter Pan features twenty-two actors, stunning puppets, epic music and dazzling flying sequences surrounded by breathtaking video projection using the world?s first 360-degree CGI theater set. Both cast and audience fly over Edwardian London. Performed in a state-of-the-art theater pavilion, this magical new ?in-the-round? production of Peter Pan is an extraordinary experience for the whole family.

Ticket Pricing: $20-$75

Wednesday (5/18) Chef’s Fest

Arlington Park
2200 W Euclid Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

A great celebration of cuisine and racing. Chef’s Fest is your chance to sample a variety of cuisines from over 50 restaurants in one place—Arlington Park. Some of the top chefs from area restaurants will prepare some of their signature dishes for you to taste and sample as you enjoy the excitement and action of thoroughbred racing. All for only $35, or $40 for early entry.


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Thursday (5/19) GRANTA: The Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists

Instituto Cervantes
31 W Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Building Bridges: Spanish and English Writers in Conversation The Spain-USA Foundation and the Embassy of Spain, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Spain, Duomo ediciones, Granta en espanol, and the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago, are pleased to present this literary tour in major US cities featuring some of the best young Spanish language novelists.


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Friday (5/20) Usher With Special Guest Akon

Allstate Arena
6920 N. Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Ticket Pricing: $29.50 – $125.00

See Usher With Special Guest Akon at the Allstate Arena, May 20th! Tickets on sale now for $29.50-$125.00.

Saturday (5/21) Wish Ball 2011

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607

Ticket Pricing: Tickets are $500/person or $5000/table or $10,000 for a premium table

Join us for our annual black-tie gala on Saturday, May 21 at the UIC Forum for a glamorous evening of entertainment, dining, dancing and much more. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. Celebrity entertainment to be announced. Tickets are $500/person or $5000/table or $10,000 for a premium table includes cocktail hour, sit down dinner, dancing, entertainment and opportunity.

Artist Talk

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Sunday (5/22) Artist Talk with Betsy Odom

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615

Ticket Pricing: Free

Get an insider’s view on artwork. Come hear Betsy Odom talk about her exhibition, Sis Boom Bah, at the Hyde Park Art Center. Dig into issues of gender identity and sports. Join the discussion on Sunday, May 22 from 3 to 5 pm. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 S Cornell. For more information, call 773-324-5520, or visit

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