As usual, we have a ton of events for you to enjoy all around Chicago. Our online event listing is chock full of events hand picked just for you, including exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, workshops, and more!

It’s been hot out, so we’re taking a quick break from summer festival season to bring you a variety of indoors events. If you’re into socio-political commentary, delicious food and drink, or air conditioning, here are a couple of fresh new exhibits opening this Friday:

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Scarlet Waters / Patriot Nations
Open NowTrickster Art Gallery
190 S. Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60193Trickster Gallery hosts two exhibits: Scarlet Waters: D-Day on Omaha Beach (showing until December) and the Smithsonian’s Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces (showing until September).Learn more »Exhibition Opening: A Photographic Exhibition of Summer in Chicago
Open Now South Side Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653The South Side Community Art Center presents a photo exhibition spotlighting summer as shot by the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers.Learn more »

Sunday, July 15 from 3 – 5 pm

Muslim American Leadership Alliance
At WeWork River North
111 W. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Join the Muslim American Leadership Alliance for a talk exploring the history and heritage of Islamic art.

$15 tickets

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Barrio Arts Fest 2018
Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
3015 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622Enjoy the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’s Barrio Arts Fest 2018, featuring food trucks, a classic car show, traditional dance and music performances, and much more.


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Juan Pablo Diaz y su Orquesta
Friday, July 20 at 7:30 pmSegundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4046 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center hosts a special performance by Grammy-nominated salsa musician and composer Juan Pablo Diaz.Tickets $15Learn more »

Irish American Heritage Center

4626 N. Knox Ave.

The Irish American Heritage Center hosts young Irish performers The Byrne Brothers for a traditional Irish music and dance performance.


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July Movie Night – Entrapment
Tuesday, July 17 from 6 – 10 pmChicago Scots
2800 Des Plaines Ave.
North Riverside, IL 60546Join the Chicago Scots for dinner and a movie. On view: Entrapment, the 1999 thriller starring Sean Connery.Learn more »

Japanese War Brides in Post World War II America
Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 – 8 pmChicago Japanese American Service Committee
4427 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640The Chicago Japanese American Service Committee presents a talk on Japanese “War Brides”, or women who immigrated to the United States after World War II as brides to American servicemen. Learn more »

Undocumented Resource Fair
Saturday, July 28 from 12 – 4 pmLatinos Progresando
At Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607Join Latinos Progresando and partners for Undocumented Resource Fair, an open-to-all community celebration bringing together Dreamers, activists, the undocumented, and the organizations that support them for a day of information and community building.Learn more »


Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

“I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don’t pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story.”

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania’s columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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