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BIG BASH MASH-UP
This annual radio-station package show of summertime pop stars features the usual lineup of current hitmakers, including the Wanted, Big Time Rush, Flo Rida, Mike Posner, Karmin, Dev, Sean Paul, Gym Class Heroes, Havanna Brown, Austin Mahone and Kat Graham. Celebrity gossipmonger Perez Hilton will emcee. At 5 p.m. June 16 at Toyota Park, 700 S. Harlem in Bridgeview. Tickets: $9.63-$125. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com. — Thomas Conner
SLICE OF LIFE
After a three-year absence the Chicago Pizza Fest returns to Uptown, noon to 10 p.m. June 16-17 at Wilson and Broadway. Eateries serving pizza by the slice include Dog House, Beggars Pizza, Papa Ray’s Pizza & Wings and Michael’s Pizzeria. Live entertainment all day, including One Night Band (noon, June 16) and Stache (noon, June. 17). Admission is $5. Call (773) 868-3010; chicagoevents.com.
KING TO KNIGHT
Original “King of Comedy” member D.L. Hughley and Gladys Knight partner for “A Legend With Laughter: Up Close” at 7:30 p.m. June 15-16, Country Club Hills Theater, 4116 183rd St., Country Clubs Hills. Tickets are $15-$85. (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
Emmy- and Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth performs songs from her latest album, “Some Lessons Learned,” along with tunes from her theatrical and television rolesin “Wicked,” “Promises, Promises” and “Glee,” at 8 p.m. June 16 at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. Tickets are $85. Call (800) 775-2000; broadwayinchicago.com or ticketmaster.com.
ABC’s Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky hosts the Fifth Annual Chefs on the Grill event, a friendly cooking competition among local chefs benefitting Special Olympics Chicago at 5:30 p.m. June 20 on the plaza at Park Grill, Jackson at Michigan. Tickets are $75; $90 at the door. Call (312) 521-7275; parkgrillchicago.com.
Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam hosted by Gary Owen (recently seen in “Think Like a Man”) and featuring Capone, Tony Roberts and Michael Blackson is at 8 p.m. June 15, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. Tickets are $53-$64. Call (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
The West Loop’s 15th Annual Taste of Randolph Street, stretching down Randolph from Peoria to Racine, opens at 5 p.m. June 8. Vendors include: Vivo; La Sardine; De Cero Taqueria; Nicholas Quality Meats; Alhambra Palace and Wishbone. The Real Gone opens the East Stage with a performance at 5:45 p.m. June 8. The Mild hit Center Stage at 6 p.m. June 8. Los Campesinos! gets the party started at 8:30 p.m. June 8 on the West Stage. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. June 8; noon to 10 p.m. June 9-10. Admission is $10. Visit tasterandolph.com.
The 41st Annual Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts, featuring more than 250 arts and crafts artisans, adopts a green theme with the addition of Whole Foods Market’s Eco-Village, when it gets under way 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 16-17 at Chicago and Main in Evanston. Entertainment includes a performance by a Native American dance troupe at 11 a.m. June 16-17. Visit custerfair.com.
Never Shout Never, professional skateboarder Pierre-Luc Gagnon and BMX stunt biker Ryan Nyquist headline Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour’s extreme sports and musical festival noon to 7 p.m. June 16 at Orland Square, 288 Orland, Orland Park. Freestyle motorcross team Metal Mulisha is also on the bill. Admis sion is free. Visit journeysbbq.com.
Hollywood fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins conducts her Bikini Bootcamp workout during the Shape Summer Beach Tour at North Avenue Beach, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16. The event includes fitness classes, athletic competitions and a look at hot summer fashions. General admission is free ($10 fee for each fitness class). Proceeds benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation. Visit shapebeach tour.com.
Enjoy a day of free music when Make Music Chicago, featuring more than 800 musicians at 75 different locations, strikes up a chord beginning with Erik Satie at 6 a.m. June 21 at New Music School of Chicago, 310 S. Michigan. For a complete list: make
DON’T MISS IT
Chicago Scots Highland Games & Scottish Festival at Hamilton Lakes, I-290 and Thorndale, Itasca, includes a Highland dance competition, haggis eating competition, athletic competitions, and a Celtic rock stage. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. June 15; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 16. Admission is $12-$20; $5, children ages 3-12. Call (708) 447-5092; chicagoscots.org.