Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival
When to do it: June 17th-19th, 12-1pm
This comedic, talented, and possibly G-stringed Franco-Norwegian duo will make you believers in their circus take. Between juggling, trapeze-ing, and acrobat-ing, they’ll definitely up your lunchtime entertainment game, clown-free. Catch the rest of the three-day festival at Chopin Theatre and Athenaeum Theatre.
Punch Kings, Pigs n’ Tiki
Rooftop of Harris Theater
When to do it: Sept 26th, 8-11pm
While Chicago Gourmet is incredible, it’s also pricey. You could just go to this gem event and watch 12 of Chicago’s best bartenders compete for the best Tiki cocktail, while surrounded by 10 chefs turning out their most delicious and unique of pig roast offerings. There’s no better way to say farewell to summer than drenching your palate in island pours and succulently charred pork.