The City of Big Shoulders can lift spirits with Make Music Chicago, a one-day festival on the first day of summer that celebrates music. People of all ages, music of all genres and amateurs, professionals and marquee artists gather throughout the day in Chicago's public spaces for spontaneous music making. Performance sites include Daley Plaza, Millennium Park, the North Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Park Apple stores, Macy's State Street, John Hancock Center, Lincoln Park Zoo and other spaces throughout the city. The grand finale will be at St. James Cathedral.
6 a.m. to midnight, at various venues and times, Thursday, June 21. Grand finale runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., Chicago. Free. (773) 850-0662 or makemusicchicago.com.
Check out an eclectic mix of live music at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays. Some of the highlights of the free series includes indie rockers Cloud Cult, The Sadies, Jonathan Richman, soul-singer Charles Bradley, Chico Trujillo and Ana Tijoux from Chile, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem from Colombia, Sidi Touré and SMOD from Mali and Ireland's James Vincent McMorrow. Chicago musicians Kelly Hogan, Joan of Arc, the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and The Eternals round out the lineup.
6:30 p.m. Mondays, June 18-July 30, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 742-1168 or millenniumpark.org.
The other Summerfest
Just steps from Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Summerfest is an outdoor, casual family festival that features live music, food and drink vendors, art and jewelry and a family area with activities for kids. Bands performing include 16 Candles, South of 80, Classical Blast, Trippin' Billies and more.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, at 2000 N. Clark St., Chicago. $5 suggested donation. (773) 665-4682.
Strawberry yields forever
Get your fill of strawberries at the annual Long Grove Strawberry Festival, a three-day tribute to the tasty treat. You can sample fruit smoothies, ice creams, strawberry doughnuts, baked goods and the farm-fresh berries au natural. While you are there, check out Long Grove's many shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. There also are activities for the kids including the Strawberry Jam Kids' Fair, entertainment, mascots, balloon artists, samples, kiddie rides and face painting.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 22-24, at Old McHenry Road and Robert Coffin Parker Road in Long Grove. (847) 634-0888 or longgroveonline.com.
Easy riders to Milwaukee
"Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket" is a new exhibit at Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum, which chronicles the story and evolution of the iconic 20th-century clothing. The museum's special event space, the Garage, has been transformed to house the exhibition that features nearly 60 leather jackets once worn by World War II fighter pilots, film stars, rock legends and models.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays until Sept. 3 at 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for kids 5 to 17 and $12 for seniors, military and students. (414) 287-2789 or harley-davidson.com.
You're bloody well right
Sample countless variations of the Bloody Mary as Highwood holds its Third Annual Bloody Mary Fest. Vendors bring their best recipes to share and compete in the professional and amateur competition for "Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest." There also will be the Bloody Buddy 5K Challenge, live music and family activities, including a kid's bounce house. Also, don't miss the Evening Gourmet Farmers Markets with vendors offering a variety of local produce, gourmet cheeses, homemade pastas, baked fare, assortments of breads and pastries, and other treats.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Everts Park in downtown Highwood. (847) 432-1924 or celebratehighwood.com/bloodymaryfest.html.
Worth the trip
If you've avoided a cruise vacation because water slides and 24/7 food buffets don't appeal to you, consider a voyage on the Cunard Line, which has become synonymous with British refinement. The cruise line has secured talk show host Sir David Frost to lecture aboard Queen Mary 2 on the transatlantic crossing July 27 as part of Cunard Insights, the company's onboard enrichment program. Cunard Insights features lectures by prominent speakers in the fields of history, science, politics and the arts. Upcoming speakers include Lynne Truss, author of "Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation" and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, a former NASA astronaut. (800) 728-6273 or cunard.com.