Always one of the most anticipated events of the summer, the 49th annual “Venetian Night” seeks to transform downtown into Venice on Lake Michigan with a water parade of some thirty boats elaborately decorated with colored lights as they twinklingly reflect against the lakefront between Roosevelt Road and Monroe Street at 8:30pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30pm, synchronized to recorded pop music and all preceded by a live and festive Grant Park Orchestra concert conducted by Grogroy Vajda. Called “American Gems,” the show includes performances of Michael Torke’s “Run,” Aaron Copland’s “Red Pony” Suite, Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” David Diamond’s Fourth Symphony and Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento for Orchestra. (Dennis Polkow)
July 29 at Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan between Randolph and Monroe, (312)742-7638. 6:30pm. Free.