The free, weeklong festival that has made Chicago a national dance destination even in the off-season now “sells out” its three indoor events in minutes. But don’t worry; tickets can still be had for the shows at the Harris, the Auditorium Theatre and the MCA on standby. I recommend getting there early. What’s in the lineup this year? Hit pieces from favorite Chicago companies—Hubbard Street, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Giordano, the Joffrey and the addition of Natya and Ensemble Español—and guest companies from around the country, including Alvin Ailey, Brian Brooks, The Washington Ballet, founder Lar Lubovitch’s San Francisco-based company, plus about a half dozen more. Every night is a hot ticket, but Tuesday and Thursday feature premiere works commissioned by the fest (a first) from Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Joffrey. And there’s always room on the great lawn for the Saturday night finale in Millennium Park. (Sharon Hoyer)
Tuesday, August 20 through Saturday, August 24 at various venues. Full schedule available at chicagodancingfestival.com. Free.