The month of August is full of events that take advantage of the prime weather, including the annual Air & Water Show, which draws millions to North Avenue Beach for awe-inspiring stunts. There's also Sangria Fest in Humboldt Park and one of summer's last big festivals, North Coast Music Fest.
Major talent takes over in August with shows from Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Pearl Jam.
AUGUST 3 SHAKIRA
With her vocal chords now in top shape, the Colombian powerhouse returns to the stage to deliver her "She Wolf" howl. unitedcenter.com
AUGUST 10-11 BEYONCÉ & JAY-Z
The reigning king and queen of hip-hop and R&B are teaming up together for the massive summer tour and spilling some Lemonade. ticketmaster.com
AUGUST 13-14 THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin reunite for the first time in years for a summer tour that proves "Today" is still the greatest day we've ever known. unitedcenter.com
AUGUST 18 & 20 PEARL JAM
The '90s iconoclasts bring a bit of Seattle to Chicago's Wrigley Field. Expect to hear hits like "Even Flow" and "Jeremy" and maybe even Eddie Vedder's Cubs song "All The Way." mlb.com/ cubs/ tickets
AUGUST 31 THE B-52'S
The kitschy, retro space rock act returns to Ravinia Festival with hits like "Love Shack". They're joined by Boy George's Culture Club and Thompson Twins. ravinia.org