When you're able to drag yourself away from the trade show, you might want to enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago. (All area codes are 312 unless indicated.)


The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave. (443-3600), has three exhibits going on: "Focus: Rineke Dijkstra," "2001: Building for Space Travel," and an exhibit of recent acquisitions of American paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative objects.

Chicago Children's Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave. (527-1000), features "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" which leads visitors of all ages through three decades of this pioneering children's series.

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. (744-6630), offers "An American Diary: Paintings by Roger Shimomura."

Chicago Historical Society, Clark St. at North Ave. (642-4600), "Raymond Hudd: Hats over the Edge," 50 years of provocative women's headwear; "Building Images," 70 years of Hedrich Blessing photography.

City Gallery, 806 N. Michigan Ave. (inside the Water Tower), presents "No Ketchup," Patty Carroll's kitschy photos of Chicago's many hot-dog stands.

Field Museum, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. at Roosevelt Rd. (992-9410). Sue, the world's largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex, has found a permanent home here; plus there's "Living Colors: A Butterfly Garden," through which hundreds of butterflies flutter and swirl.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (397-3834), offers "Original Language," promoting key works from the 50 years following World War II.

Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St. and Lake Shore Dr. (773-684-1414), offers "Under the Big Top," with circus costumes, props and performers in action and "Journey into Amazing Caves," a cave expedition with a five-story, domed wraparound screen.


Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. (773-935-6100). The Vagina Monologues has an open run.

Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon St. (773-769-4451), tells The Jackie Wilson Story: My Heart Is Crying, Crying. Boxer Rebellion Theater, 1257 W. Loyola Ave. (773-465-7325), revives Pippin.

Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. (977-1700), presents the ABBA musical Mama Mia. City Lit Theater Company, 410 S. Michigan (943-9446), presents Jeeves and the Mating Season. Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. (773-753-4472), presents a rotating repertory of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Trevor Griffiths's Piano.

Goodman Theater, 200 S. Columbus Dr. (443-3800), stages Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize—winning Wit.

Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (773-761-4477), matinees The Emperor's Groovy New Clothes, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic with Burt Bachrach— and Tom Jones—inspired songs.

Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark St. (773-871-1212), offers Donald Gecewicz's Night Battles.

Piper's Alley, 230 W. North (664-8844). Bring rice to Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding as they head toward their eighth anniversary.

Piven Theatre & Workshop, 927 Noyes St. (847-866-8049), presents King Lear.

Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway (773-549-1815), showcases Ben Elton's award-winning comedy thriller, Popcorn.

Second City, 1616 N. Wells St. (337-3992). Improvisational humor, sketches and funny stuff.

Steppenwolf Theater, 1650 N. Halsted St. (335-1888), features The Drawer Boy.

Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield Ave (773-549-3250), presents The Evil Show, a late night (1 a.m.) of graphic, raunchy improv comedy. Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. (773-327-5252), presents Tom Stoppard's Artist Descending a Staircase.

Timeline Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. (409-8463), performs Tom Stoppard's new version of Chekhov's The Seagull.

Victory Gardens Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (773-871-3000), offers Fossils, starring Tony Award winner Julie Harris.

Writers' Theatre, 644 Vernon Ave. (847-835-5398), presents Strindberg's The Father.


17th Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival (June 1—3), Grant Park. The three-day festival provides entertainment on two stages and attracts more than 250,000 music enthusiasts.

40th Annual Roselle Lions Rose Festival (June 2—3), Roselle Train Station, Irving Park Rd., west of Highway 53. More than 50 rides and attractions, a beer garden, music and food vendors. (630-894-3010.)

Printers Row Book Fair (June 2—3; 10 a.m.— 6 p.m.),. 500, 600 & 700 S. Dearborn & 30—80 W. Polk Streets (987-1980; www.printersrowbookfair.org).

57th Street Art Fair (June 2—3; 11 a.m.— 6:30 p.m.), 57th St. between Kenwood and Kimbark. Artists showcase paintings, sculpture, photography and more.


Chicago White Sox, Comiskey Park, 333 W. 35th St. (674-1000). May 31—June 3: the White Sox play the Detroit Tigers (5/31, 6/1: 7:05 p.m.; 6/2: 6:05 p.m.; 6/3: 1:05 p.m.).