Summer is traditionally a slow time for museum exhibit openings. This could be because of the heat or the humidity or the marked decrease in school field trips during the season. No matter. Area museums and zoos do make concerted efforts to bring in adults, usually for evening events. We've scoured the news releases and the websites to come up with a list of summer (or close to summer) potential highlights that could add enrichment to your, or your family's, warm-weather agenda. As always, check the institutions' websites for more details.
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If you missed
"Civic Hack Day" at the Adler
As part of a National Day of Civic Hacking,
U-505, the 70th anniversary at MSI
The route that led to one of the city's most remarkable artifacts being hauled out of the water and put on display at the
Adults Night Out at
Admit it: Zoos would be a lot more civilized without all those pesky children underfoot. For the first time, Chicago's urban zoo is trying a couple of 18+ evenings during which the pathways will be entirely free of strollers. June 6 and Aug. 8,
Summer Nights at
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"A Salute to Dick Cavett" at the Museum of Broadcast Communications
If you don't remember Dick Cavett, ask your parents. The erudite talk show host was sort of the Charlie Rose of his day but with a stronger, albeit very dry, point of view. The Museum of Broadcast Communications likes to throw these dinner-dancing, black-tie-optional parties for vintage TV stars. Those who don't want to part with $125-$350 for an individual ticket can experience Cavett through the museum's summerlong exhibition "Dick Cavett: A Retrospective" (June 24 to Sept. 27). 6:30 p.m. June 21, Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St.; $125 and up; museum.tv
This is one example of the kind of musical programs that several institutions run during the summer. Highlights here include the live music, cocktails and, at 9:30 p.m., a great view across the water of the
The Chicago Symphony returns to the Lisle woodland park; its outdoor concerts there last summer sold out quickly. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53,
- "A Summer Night on the Red Carpet" (7:30 p.m. June 26): Conductor Richard Kaufman leads a program of excerpts from Academy Award-nominated films, including "
Mary Poppins," "Gone With the Wind" and "Out of Africa."
- Tchaikovsky and Beethoven (7:30 p.m. June 27): Conductor Cristian Macelaru leads a program from the familiar classical repertoire.
- Dvorak's New World Symphony (7:30 p.m. June 28): Conductor Cristian Macelaru leads a program that includes violinist Elena Urioste as soloist in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9.