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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

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