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We know it’s hard to believe, but summer will be here soon, and before you know it we’ll be searching for ways to beat the heat. Our advice? Cool down while soaking up some of Chicago’s best cultural happenings taking place this month (A/C included).

Hubbard Street Dancer Kellie Epperheimer in Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián

1. Hubbard Street Dance Summer Series
Chicago’s premier modern dance company returns with its summer series June 5-8, a sizzling program of works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe and Jirí Kylián, as well as the 13th world premiere from acclaimed resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Tickets from $25. Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, 312.850.9744

2. The Last Ship
We’d be lying if we told you we aren’t counting the days until Sting’s musical lands on its Chicago stage for its pre-Broadway world premiere June 10-July 13. With an original score by the 16-time Grammy winner, the musical is loosely based on his childhood and follows the life of Gideon Fletcher, a young man who after 14 years returns to his English seafaring town to discover the shipyard is in decline. Tickets from $30. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., 800.653.8000

3. Red Bull Flying Bach
What do you get when you combine break dancers, ballet and b’boys with Johann Sebastian Bach? We’re betting a culture clash that’s sure to heat up any summer evening, thanks to the energizing performance combining moves from four-time break dancing world champions the Flying Steps, Swedish ballerina Anna Holmstrom and Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” Catch the high-flying action June 20-29. Tickets from $20. Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, 312.419.0033

4. Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938
The Art Institute of Chicago’s highly anticipated exhibition of the Belgian surrealist opens June 24 and features more than 100 iconic paintings, collages and objects from the artist’s formative years. Our tip: spend a Thursday soaking up the sun, then cool down during the museum’s extended evening hours. Tickets from $18. 111 S. Michigan Ave., 312.443.3600

5. Earthly Delights
The MCA’s newest exhibition, which opens June 28, brings together paintings, sculptures and installations from eight diverse artists whose works explore the theme of beauty in all its forms and interpretations. Keep your eyes open for pieces from Chicago’s own Nick Cave. Admission $12. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312.280.2660