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Byline: Jacky Runice Daily Herald Correspondent


Walk right in

How big is the universe? Where did it come from? And are we alone in this colossal space stew? Explore possible answers to these questions and more in a new interactive exhibit, "The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time," at the Adler Planetarium. Through immersive media from spectacular projections to touch screens, experience how the universe evolved over 13.7 billion years.

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 3 at 300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. The exhibit is included in the general admission, which is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children 3-11. (312) 922-7827 or .

Dancing machine

Chicago SummerDance returns for its 16th year of moving and grooving. The series offers free, introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by music and dancing. The event kicks off at the 32nd annual Taste of Chicago, July 11-15, with DJs spinning a different genre of music each night in Grant Park, and then it moves to the Spirit of Music Garden for the rest of the summer.

6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays; 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays, July 11-15, and July 19 to Sept. 16, at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. (312) 742-4007 or .

St. Patty's in July

Get to the 27th annual Irish American Heritage Festival and enjoy the best in Irish music, dancing, food, and culture. Entertainment on six stages includes The Tossers, The Young Dubliners, The Mickey Finns, The Great Whiskey Project, the Dooley Brothers and the Larkin and Moran Brothers. Kids stuff includes an inflatable kicking wall, arts and crafts, carnival games and a Sham-ROCK Stars! contest for budding young singers. Come hungry for fish and chips, sausages, shepherd's pie, corned beef sandwiches and more.

6 to 11 p.m., Friday, July 13, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday to Sunday, July 14-15, at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. Admission is $8 through July 11 or $15 at the gate. (773) 282-7035 or .



Visit the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in July for family-friendly golf options. …