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In town for graduation weekend? Things to do while you’re here

When you’re not attending one of the many official events, check out walking tours, live music, art shows, baseball and fireworks
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There are a series of tours available for anyone who’s looking to explore or just get lost in the beauty of Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Are you visiting from out of town during Northwestern’s graduation weekend? Are you looking for a fun group activity for family and friends?

In between official events, celebrations and ceremonies, you can explore campus as well as Evanston and Chicago to take in art exhibitions, local theater, tasty restaurants and some of the biggest attractions on Chicago’s summer calendar.

Northwestern Now has curated a brief list to give you some inspiration along the way.

Get lost on campus

Explore the Northwestern campus at your own speed through a series of tours.

Taste Evanston

Looking for a place to grab coffee and a quick bite or enjoy a long and relaxing meal? The list of extraordinary Evanston restaurants goes on for days. Try Five & DimeKansakuTaco DiabloDave’s Italian KitchenBat 17LeTour and many more. Or, let lead the way.

Check out art at The Block

Noon – 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, and noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, The Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Stop by The Block to see “The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto,” which delves into the histories of medicine, biomedical engineering, sound recording and space exploration, and “The Living Image of Sound: Notes on Jazz and Protest at Northwestern,” about the intersections of visual art, music, and student-led social justice movements during the 1960s and ’70s.

Go back to the second world’s fair

10 a.m., Sunday, June 11, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Chicago; admission fee required

This two-hour walking tour will highlight the legacy of Chicago’s second world’s fair — the scientific marvels, changing cultural values and brazen entertainments and the world conflicts foretold under the fair’s pavilions.

Cheer on the Sox

7:10 p.m., Friday, June 9; 1:10 p.m., Saturday, June 10; and 1:10 p.m., Sunday, June 11

The White Sox host the Miami Marlins for three games this weekend at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Get your blues on

Noon-9 p.m., June 9-11, Millennium Park, Chicago

The Chicago Blues Festival features three days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming.

Browse the Old Town Art Fair

10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, June 10; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, June 11, intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street in Chicago’s Lincoln Park

The annual Chicago art festival takes place in the heart of the charming Old Town Triangle Historic District and features over 200 nationally acclaimed artists, a garden walk, live music, a food court and children’s entertainment.

Take in the fireworks

10 p.m., Saturday, June 10, Navy Pier, Chicago

Head on down to Navy Pier and pick any spot you can find before the night sky — and skyline — explodes in color and light.