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The Mix: 6 cool things to do in Chicago in the week ahead

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Welcome to our weekly newsletter for The Mix, a rundown of some cool things to check out in the Chicago area over the next few days.
Whether it’s music, theater, dance, family fun, museums or art, we’re highlighting the happenings you don’t want to miss.
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The Greek Heritage Parade in Chicago’s Greektown.| Courtesy Greektown Chicago
The Greek Heritage Parade in Chicago’s Greektown.| Courtesy Greektown Chicago
Greek Heritage Parade
This weekend’s parade and other activities in Greektown celebrate the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence.
Parade begins at 2:30 p.m. May 22 along Halsted. Visit
Long Grove Chocolate Fest
The hugely anticipated event returns with chocolate vendors, music and family activities.
From noon-10 p.m. May 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 21 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 22 in downtown Long Grove at 308 Old McHenry Rd. Visit
Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
The company presents its spring concert, “unimaginable,” featuring songs such as “It’s Quiet Uptown” from “Hamilton,” “Pure Imagination” from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Eric Whitacre’s “Cloudburst” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
At 8 p.m. May 20 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, 8 p.m. May 21 at North Shore Center, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie, and 3 p.m. May 22 at Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th. Tickets: $28-$50. Visit
National Tap Dance Day
M.A.D.D. Rhythms and Chicago Tap Theatre partner for a celebration of National Tap Dance Day with a weekend of classes and a performance May 21-22 at Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr.
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young star in “Skates.” | Russ Rowland Photo
Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young star in “Skates.” | Russ Rowland Photo
“American Idol” alums Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young lead the cast of this new musical. It’s 1994 and a rock star is about to go on tour when she agrees to attend the reopening of her childhood roller rink only to unexpectedly take a trip back in time.
From May 24-Aug. 28 at the newly renovated Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan. Tickets: $65-$99. Visit
“Grandma’s Jukebox”
A family begins to heal after the death of their matriarch when they listen to the music from her old jukebox.
From May 21-June 26 at Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark. Tickets: $55. Visit
For more cool things to do in Chicago, read The Mix in its entirety at the link below.
Things to do in Chicago, May 19-25
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