Fly Me to the Moon, starring Diane Kruger, is the opening night feature of the Chicago French Film Festival, showing Friday, July 26, 7:15 pm at Music Box Theatre.
Chicago French Film Festival Friday, July 26-Thursday, August 1
The French Film Festival returns to Music Box Theatre for its third year, presenting both new movies and restored classics. The event lasts an entire week, but attend opening night for showings of Fly Me to the Moon (July 26, 7:15 pm), a romantic comedy featuring Diane Kruger, and the thriller The Prey (9:40 pm). To purchase tickets ($10 per film or $75 all access), visit musicboxtheatre.com. 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604
SheddBlu Saturday, July 27, 7 pm-12 am
The Shedd Aquarium Auxiliary Board presents a fête with the fishes at Blu, a gala event honoring the Wild Reef’s 10-year anniversary. The night includes cocktails and cuisine, dancing to live music sets on the lakefront terrace, and fireworks over Navy Pier. Proceeds support animal care, conservation, and more through the Shedd. VIP guests get a private viewing of the Stingray Touch exhibit. To purchase tickets ($175-$250), visit sheddaquarium.org. 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chefs and the City 2013 at Galleria Marchetti Sunday, July 28, 12:30-5 pm Mercedes-Benz USA sponsors an afternoon garden party and food tasting at Galleria Marchetti. Bill Kim of BellyQ, Shin Thompson of Kabocha, and Brian Huston of The Publican are just a few of the chefs participating in the event, which also includes a game of croquet and Grey Goose cocktails with proceeds benefiting Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care. To purchase tickets ($150 individual or $600 for a croquet team), call Vital Bridges at 773-271-9161. 825 W. Erie St., 312-563-0495