Events, Festivals

Things To Do in Chicago in June

Gospel music festival

June 1 – 2, 2018
0.5 miles south

Hear gospel choirs and soloists at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival in Millennium Park. Free.

Ale tasting

June 1 – 2, 2018
0.9 miles south

Chicago Ale Fest features samples of 200 beers from 90 craft breweries, plus live music and restaurant food at Butler Field in Grant Park.

Division Street festival

June 1 – 3, 2018
4 miles NW

Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale has rousing live music, a sidewalk sale, a fashion show, and a family fun fest (Sat. & Sun.) on Division Street between Ashland and Leavitt. Donation.

Greek festival
June 1 – 3, 2018
5 miles north

Lincoln Park Greek Fest serves Greek food, music, and dancing on Sheffield Avenue at 2701 N Sheffield Avenue. Donation.

Maifest

June 1 – 3, 2018

 (begins May 31)
8 miles NW

The German festival known as Maifest Chicago serves beer, brats, sauerkraut, and music in Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave. Free. [Not to be confused with Mayfest listed under May 18.]

Taste of Mexico

June 1 – 3, 2018
9 miles SW

Taste of Mexico [formerly Taste of Little Village: Flavors of Mexico] offers food, music, and carnival rides at 26th & California Avenue. Free.

Stamp show

June 1 – 3, 2018
17.6 miles NW

See postage stamp exhibits and shop from 50 dealers at Compex in River Grove. Free.

Small-town festival

June 1 – 3, 2018
70 miles NW

Harvard Milk Days has 30 events, including a parade on Sat., milk-drinking contest, talent show, carnival, petting zoo, entertainment, and fireworks. Free.

Friday sunset cruise

June 1 & 8, 2018

 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
0.7 miles east

Booze Cruise aboard the Anita Dee II offers amazing views from three decks, dancing, and a cash bar, departing from 200 N Breakwater Access for age 21+.

Ticket deal $20 to $25

Innovative theater

June 1 – 9, 2018
5 miles north

Physical Festival includes five creative theater shows that tell stories physically and visually, plus a one-night showcase of short theater at Stage 773.

Ticket deal $12

Arts festival

June 1 – 10, 2018
8 miles north

Pivot Arts Festival features dozens of innovative performances (some for kids), including a community parade (Saturday 3:30 p.m.) in Edgewater and Uptown.

All-American musical

June 1 – 10, 2018
34 miles north

Oklahoma! is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize winner with classic songs and a romantic rivalry on the Western frontier at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

Ticket deal $30

Adult variety show

June 1 – July 21, 2018
7 miles north

Kiss Kiss Cabaret is a fun mix of burlesque, off-color comedy, music, magic, song, and variety acts for age 21+ Fridays and Saturdays at Uptown Underground.

Ticket deal $12 to $14

Music on the lake

June 1 – Sept. 3, 2018

 (begins May 25)
1 mile east

Hear live music in the Beer Garden at Navy Pier. Closed Mon. & Tues. except May 28. Free for all ages.

Movies in the Parks

June 1 – Sept. 14, 2018
Chicago locations

See 250 Movies in the Parks, if weather allows. Free.

Ravinia music festival

June 1 – Sept. 16, 2018
23 miles north

See nationally known performers at Ravinia Festival, billed as America’s oldest outdoor music festival at Ravinia Park in Highland Park. Available discounts:

Pet parade

June 2, 2018
17 miles SW

The LaGrange Pet Parade includes marching bands, floats, clowns, and a creative costume contest. Line up is 8:30 a.m. at Cossitt Ave. & LaGrange Rd. Free.

Chicken-wing tasting

June 2 – 3, 2018
2.5 miles NW

A ticket to Wingout Chicago includes 20 varieties of chicken wings from restaurants and a beverage (beer, wine, or soda) at St. Michael’s Church parking lot with live reggae music. Expect lines.

Hyde Park festival

June 2 – 3, 2018

 (noon)
7.5 miles south

It’s free to attend Hyde Park Brew Fest to hear live music and shop from craft vendors, but the beer and cider tasting at 1 p.m. requires a ticket.

Art fair in Hyde Park

June 2 – 3, 2018
8 miles south

Billed as Chicago’s oldest juried art fair, 57th Street Art Fair allows only original art and no alcohol on 57th Street (from Kenwood to Woodlawn). Free.

Holistic living expo

June 2 – 3, 2018
28 miles SW

Body Mind Spirit Expo features speakers, workshops, and vendors for remaking your life at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Run at the zoo

June 3, 2018
2.5 miles north

United Run for the Zoo is a popular 10K, 5K, and kids’ stampede in Lincoln Park Zoo and Lincoln Park.

Millennium Park movies

June 5 – Aug. 21, 2018
0.5 miles south

Get a seat or sit on the lawn to see films on a 40-foot screen at Millennium Park Summer Film Series on Tuesdays plus July 9. Free.

Underground film festival

June 6 – 10, 2018
7 miles NW

Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) shows independent, experimental, and documentary films from around the world at the Logan Theatre, followed by nearby after-parties.

Adult zoo night

June 7, 2018

 (6:30 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles north

Leave the kids at home and head to Adults Night Out at Lincoln Park Zoo to experience unique animal chats and live entertainment. You must be age 18+ to attend, and age 21+ for the cash bars.

Modern dance

June 7 – 10, 2018
0.5 miles south

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs the premiere of “Decadance/Chicago” during Summer Series at Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

Ticket deal $20 to $53

Dark underworld fantasy

June 7 – July 15, 2018
10.2 miles north

Deep below the streets of London lies a Neverwhereinhabited by a rogues’ gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, which two heroes must navigate as they seek to uncover a dark conspiracy at Lifeline Theatre.

Ticket deal $20

Blues festival

June 8 – 10, 2018
1 mile south

World-famous Chicago Blues Festival brings top talent to Millennium Park, and music continues late into the night at city clubs. Free.

Electronic dance music festival

June 8 – 10, 2018
3.9 miles SW

Spring Awakening Music Festival draws 75,000 to Addams/Medill Park to hear the best in electronic dance music (EDM) by some of the world’s top DJs. Requires age 18+ ID.

Pork ribs festival

June 8 – 10, 2018
7 miles NW

Brave crowds, heat, and smoke in the quest for Chicago’s best BBQ from 15 Chicagoland restaurants at Ribfest Chicago, with 20 bands and a weekend kids’ area on Lincoln Avenue (from Irving Park Road to Berteau Avenue). Donation.

Midsummer festival

June 8 – 10, 2018
7.5 miles north

Andersonville Midsommarfest is a street fair with music, dancing, crafts, a kids’ area, and ethnic food (like cevapi, glogg, and sangria). Donation.

Magic show

June 8 – 30, 2018
0.7 miles south

The Magic Parlour is an evening of close-up magic by an award-winning magician in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel.

Ticket deal $49

Amazing interactive melodrama

June 8 – July 29, 2018
7.5 miles north

All 30 members of the audience get to walk around the actors during Southern Gothic [website has sound], a retro drama about four Southern couples that takes place in a 1962 house inside Windy City Playhouse.

Tickets $75 to $100

Naked bike ride

June 9, 2018
Location uncertain

Ride in the World Naked Bike Ride: Chicago, nude or painted, to support safe biking and the environment. Free.

Jazz dance

June 9, 2018

 (7:30 p.m.)
1 mile south

Watch jazz dance company Giordano Dance Chicago, which is known for exhilarating and emotional performances, live at Auditorium Theatre.

Ticket deal $34

Lombard beer festival

June 9, 2018

 (1 to 5 p.m.)
24 miles west

Lombard Ale Fest has 100 craft beers, food trucks, and live music for age 21+ at Lilacia Park in Lombard.

Classic rock

June 9, 2018

 (7 p.m.)
31.8 miles south

Fronted by reality TV star Bret Michaels, Poison (Every Rose Has Its Thorn) performs with Cheap Trick (I Want You to Want Me) at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.

Ticket deal $20 (level 200)

Beer festival in St. Charles

June 9, 2018
48 miles west

Sample 80 different craft beers and hard ciders with music and food trucks at Tri-City Craft Brew Festival at Lincoln Park in St. Charles for age 21+. No pets.

Book fair

June 9 – 10, 2018
1 mile south

Shop from 175 booksellers and attend 120 literary events and signings on the south end of Dearborn Street at the Printers Row Lit Fest, billed as the largest free outdoor literary festival in the Midwest.

Wells Street Art Festival

June 9 – 10, 2018
1.5 miles north

See works by 225 juried artists, hear live music, and enjoy beer and local restaurant food at Wells Street Art Festivalon Wells Street (from North Avenue to Division Street). Morning is quieter. Donation.

Old Town Art Fair

June 9 – 10, 2018
2.7 miles north

Shop from 250 juried artists at the highly rated Old Town Art Fair, with a garden walk, food court, live music, and children’s corner on the tree-lined streets surrounding Old Town Triangle Art Center. Donation.

Fitness expo

June 9 – 10, 2018
17 miles NW

See martial arts, power-lifting, strongman, and wrestling competitions plus 200 vendors of fitness products and services at TheFitExpo Chicago at the Rosemont convention center.

Ticket deal $18

Hinsdale art festival

June 9 – 10, 2018
18 miles SW

See works by 130 juried artists in shady Burlington Park at Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival. Free.

Arlington Heights festival

June 9 – 10, 2018
26 miles NW

Shop from 100 artists, taste restaurant food, hear live music, and check out the activities for kids at Promenade of Art in Arlington Heights. Free.

Taste of Bolingbrook

June 9 – 10, 2018
28.5 miles SW

Burgers, Brews & Blues Festival features 25 local restaurants, ticketed beer & wine tasting, live music, and kids’ activities. Free.

Pirate parody

June 9 – 17, 2018
14 miles north

The Pirates of Penzance is about a young pirate apprentice and the woman who captures his heart, with catchy tunes by Gilbert & Sullivan, in Evanston.

Ticket deal $25 to $35

Musical comedy

June 9 – 24, 2018
32.2 miles west

Featuring a teenager who becomes a celebrity on a TV dance show, Hairspray is “piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs” in Naperville.

Ticket deal $15

Patriotic bicycle ride

June 10, 2018
13.3 miles north

Ride with wounded veterans 18, 37, or 50 miles on the non-competitive Honor Ride Chicago, starting and ending at Evanston Subaru, followed by a lunch with music.

Mind reader

June 13, 2018

 (8 p.m.)
3.4 miles north

The Chicago Tribune calls mentalist Mark Toland “mind blowing” because he can tell you your birthday, where you grew up, and what you did last summer during his show of psychological illusions and mysteries of the mind at Greenhouse Theater Center for age 16+.

Ticket deal $13

Restaurant crawl in Lincoln Park

June 13, 2018

 (uncertain)
4.6 miles north

A ticket to Cravings on Clark gets you samples from 20 restaurants and discounts at shops on Clark Street and Diversey Parkway, beginning at HopCat.

Classical music festival

June 13 – Aug. 18, 2018
Chicago locations

Grant Park Music Festival is an outdoor classical music series at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The rear seats are free, or bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

Funny play

June 14 – July 29, 2018
20.1 miles north

A neat freak and a slob become roommates in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, a comedy about mismatched personalities starring two women at Oil Lamp Theater.

Ticket deal $18

German party

June 15, 2018

 (7:30 p.m.)
7 miles north

Schlagernacht features a band playing classic German pop hits, bratwurst and German beer for sale, and views from the terrace at Dank Haus. Free.

Beer tasting at the zoo

June 15 – 16, 2018
2.5 miles north

Taste 20 samples of 75 beers, buy food, play lawn games, hear DJ music, and visit the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo during Craft Brews at the Zoo for age 21+.

Ticket deal $36

Villa Park festival

June 15 – 16, 2018
20 miles west

Villa Park Summerfest has a car show, music, food, and drinks Friday night. On Saturday, enjoy an arts and crafts show, food fair, music, and kids’ entertainment on Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park. Free.

Scottish festival

June 15 – 16, 2018
29 miles west

Family-friendly Scottish Festival & Highland Games has athletic competitions, piping and drumming, highland dancing, food vendors, Scottish dogs, a children’s area, and a whisky & spirits tent in Itasca.

Taste of Randolph

June 15 – 17, 2018
1.5 miles west

Popular Taste of Randolph Street offers six blocks of artisan and restaurant booths plus three music stages on Randolph Street (from Peoria Street to Racine Avenue). Donation.

Italian block party

June 15 – 17, 2018
5 miles SW

Festa Pasta Vino celebrates Italian culture with three stages of entertainment, Italian wine and cuisine, and a Florentine market on Father’s Day weekend at 24th Street & Oakley Avenue. Donation.

Elgin festival

June 15 – 17, 2018
40 miles NW

Elgin Ribfest combines barbecue, live music, and a Sunday car show at Festival Park.

Country party (all included)

June 16, 2018

 (noon)
0.7 miles west

A ticket to the Country Day Party gets you a brunch buffet (noon to 2 p.m.), beer, Bloody Marys, and mimosas (noon to 3 p.m.) and live music (1 to 4 p.m.) at Old Crow Smokehouse for age 21+.

Ticket deal $25

Puerto Rican Parade

June 16, 2018

 (2 p.m.)
5 miles west

The Puerto Rican People’s Parade is on Division Street from Western Avenue to Sacramento Avenue. Free.

Wine festival

June 16, 2018

 (1 to 9 p.m.)
11 miles west

Sample 150 wines from 15 local wineries and taste artisan foods with live music at Uncork Illinois in Oak Park.

Art fair in Grant Park

June 16 – 17, 2018
1 mile SE

The Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park has 300 juried artists, plus live music, beer, and food at Butler Field on E. Monroe Street. Free.

Food truck fest

June 16 – 17, 2018
3.9 miles SW

Pilsen Food Truck Social has dozens of food trucks, local restaurants, live music, craft vendors, and kids’ activities on 18th Street (from Racine to Throop). Donation.

Pride festival

June 16 – 17, 2018
5.5 miles north

Chicago Pride Fest is a huge weekend street festival for gay and lesbian pride with dance and pop music on two stages, food, drink, and arts & crafts vendors at Halsted Street & Waveland Avenue. The pet and family pride parade is Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Donation.

Barbecue festival

June 16 – 17, 2018
8 miles NW

Enjoy barbecued ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken at 6 Corners BBQ Fest on N Milwaukee Avenue (from Irving Park Rd. to Belle Plaine Ave.). Donation.

Evanston arts festival

June 16 – 17, 2018
11 miles north

Custer Fair is a big arts and craft fair with three stages of jazz music, a children’s area, and food from 30 restaurants at Main Street and Chicago Avenue. Donation.

Cantigny Park art fair

June 16 – 17, 2018
27 miles west

Art in Bloom has juried artists, live music and demos, beautiful gardens, food trucks, and a Father’s Day brunch in Wheaton. Free admission except parking.

LEGO expo

June 16 – 17, 2018
39 miles NW

See amazing LEGO creations at Brickworld Chicago, with displays and vendors at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 17, 2018
Chicago locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day dining cruise

June 17, 2018
1 mile east

Take a Father’s Day brunch or dinner cruise with views, departing from Navy Pier.

Craft fair

June 17, 2018
6 miles north

Shop from independent artisans at the pop-up Renegade Craft Fair, with craft cocktails for sale outdoors at The Park at Wrigley. Free.

Father’s Day BBQ

June 17, 2018
14 miles SW

Make a reservation for the all-you-can-eat Father’s Day BBQ buffet with a cash bar at the Brookfield Zoo.

Millennium Park music

June 18 – Aug. 16, 2018
0.7 miles SE

Millennium Park Summer Music Series features great music artists Monday and Thursday evenings in Millennium Park. Free.

Monday movies on the lake

June 18 – Aug. 20, 2018

 (Mondays 7 p.m.)
0.9 miles east

Watch 10 different movies “that are sure to get you singing, clapping, and dancing along” during Water Flicksat Polk Bros Park. Free.

Swedish Days

June 19 – 24, 2018
42 miles west

Swedish Days features arts & crafts, Scandinavian food, a Maypole dance, music, and a Swedish Days Parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Geneva. See schedule.

Jazz at the aquarium

June 20 – Oct. 10, 2018

 (5 p.m.)
2 miles south

Hear musicians and vocalists, see views from the terrace, buy cocktails & food, and visit the aquarium at Jazzin’ at the Shedd at Shedd Aquarium.

Music day

June 21, 2018
Chicago locations

Hear music at dozens of locations on Make Music Day. Free.

Adult night at the planetarium

June 21, 2018

 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles SE

Adler After Dark offers open access, unlimited shows, entertainment, and no-host bars at Adler Planetarium for age 21+. The June event is a “Solstice Bash” to celebrate the longest day of the year.

Block party at St. Pat’s

June 22 – 23, 2018
1.6 miles SW

The World’s Largest Block Party has bands, food, drink, and a kids’ area (Saturday 2 to 6 p.m.) on the campus of Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Greek festival on Gold Coast

June 22 – 24, 2018
1.3 miles north

Looking for a small, friendly, free festival? Gold Coast Greek Fest offers Greek food, beverages, music, and dancing at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Free admission.

Country music festival

June 22 – 24, 2018
2.4 miles SE

Hear 33 country artists, including Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert, at the all-ages Country LakeShake, with food, drinks, vendors, and games at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island.

Latin music festival

June 22 – 24, 2018
3.6 miles SW

Ruido Fest “celebrates youth-oriented Latin music and culture with internationally headlining acts from all over the Spanish-speaking world” performing on four stages, plus vendors at Addams/Medill Park.

Art festival on Logan Square

June 22 – 24, 2018
6.5 miles NW

Logan Square Arts Festival offers art installations, local music, family activities, beer, and local restaurant food on Logan Square. Donation.

Zombie march

June 23, 2018

 (2 p.m.)
0.5 miles south

The annual Chicago Zombie March begins at Millennium Park. Free.

Volunteer day

June 23, 2018
0.7 miles SW

Join 5,000 volunteers helping to make Chicago a better place during Serve-a-thon, a single day of community service starting at Daley Plaza. You must register in advance for $10, which includes lunch, transportation, and an after-party.

Chicago Bears run

June 23, 2018

 (8 a.m.)
2 miles south

Join the official Chicago Bears 5K (and kids’ dash for ages 5 to 12 at 9:30 a.m.), with food, games, live music, the Bears Drumline, Monster Squad, and Staley Da Bear at Soldier Field.

Dragon boat races

June 23, 2018
3 miles south

Watch teams compete in colorful boats on the river, hear music, see dance, shop vendors, and attend an awards ceremony at Dragon Boat Race for Literacy at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 300 W 19th Street. Free.

Beer at the arboretum

June 23, 2018
27 miles west

Bring a chair or blanket to the Craft Beer Festival to taste beers from 40 breweries, buy food, and hear a cajun band in the green surroundings of The Morton Arboretum for age 21+.

Beer and wine festival

June 23, 2018
31.8 miles NW

Try samples from 10 local breweries and wineries at Solstice Hop & Vine Fest, with food and live music at Meineke Park in Schaumburg for age 21+.

Food truck festival

June 23 – 24, 2018
2.1 miles south

Chicago Food Truck Fest brings 50 food trucks, music, a sangria garden, and games to 1600 S. Wabash Ave.

Beer festival

June 23 – 24, 2018
7.6 miles north

Ravenswood on Tap features beer & spirits from local producers, food from nearby restaurants, live local music, and handmade goods from vendors outdoors at Ravenswood Avenue and Berteau Avenue. Donation.

Evanston fair

June 23 – 24, 2018
12 miles north

Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest features 100 juried artists, an eco-art “remix” area, strolling musicians, a kids’ area, food vendors, and craft beer and wine tasting at Church & Sherman in Evanston. Donation.

Beer at the zoo

June 23 – 24, 2018
14 miles SW

Enjoy 80 craft beers, live music, and animals at Zoo Brewat Brookfield Zoo for age 21+.

Hot sauce tasting

June 23 – 24, 2018
15.4 miles SW

The new Chi Town Hot Sauce Expo promises free hot sauce tastings, competitive eating events, and 40 vendors, plus both a chihuahua beauty pageant and a cocktail competition on Sunday at Toyota Park.

Ticket deal $4.75

Civil War event

June 23 – 24, 2018
22 miles west

Hear a cannon fire (11 a.m., 12 & 1 p.m.), see a battle skirmish, hear about Sherman’s march to the sea, meet Abraham Lincoln, and buy lunch on Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Fischer Farm in Bensenville. Free.

Pride parade

June 24, 2018
6 miles north

Chicago Pride Parade for gay and lesbian pride has 200 floats, decorated vehicles, performers, and marching bands that go past 800,000 spectators on N. Broadway. No alcohol. Free.

Hot-air balloon festival

June 29 – July 1, 2018
28 miles west

Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival has colorful hot-air balloon launches, flights, and evening balloon glows, plus a food court, craft booths, a kids’ area, live music, and nightly fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Carnival rides begin earlier on June 2. Kids age 0 to 8 free.

Windy City RibFest

June 29 – July 1, 2018
7.6 miles north

Windy City RibFest in Uptown has food, beer, wine, bands, arts & crafts, and afternoon kids’ activities at W. Lawrence Avenue & N. Broadway. Donation.

Botanic Garden Art Festival

June 29 – July 1, 2018
24 miles north

Browse 95 booths of botanic-inspired arts and fine crafts offered by juried artists in pretty gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival in Glencoe. Free except parking.

Frontier Days

June 29 – July 4, 2018
26 miles NW

Frontier Days Festival has family activities, live music, a carnival, a food pavilion, a beer & wine garden, a parade (July 4 at 10 a.m.), and a weekend craft market at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights. (Closed on Monday July 2 except for carnival rides.)

Cardboard boat regatta

June 30, 2018
26 miles west

Watch crazy cardboard boats float or sink at the Cardboard Regatta on Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn. Bring a picnic or shop from the food trucks. Free.

Alternative-rock concert

June 30, 2018

 (1 p.m.)
31.8 miles south

PIQNIQ is an all-star lineup of alternative-rock bands headlined by American band AWOLNATION at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

Ticket deal $20

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Events, Festivals

Things to do in Chicago in May

Chicken wings festival
May 6, 2018
3 miles SW
Restaurants compete to win the “Best of Fest” award at WingFest, and your ticket includes unlimited samples at UIC Pavilion for age 10+. No pets.
Elmhurst Art in the Park
May 6, 2018
17 miles west
Art in Wilder Park is a juried show of fine art, craft, and design, which is held rain or shine in Elmhurst, with food for sale in Wilder Mansion. Free.
Critics film festival
May 6 – 10, 2018
6 miles north
Billed as the first film festival to be created and curated entirely by film critics, Chicago Critics Film Festival is held at the Music Box Theatre.
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Lilac festival
May 6, 2018
27 miles west
Enjoy lilac-themed events at Lilac Time in Lombard, including concerts, plant sales, tours, a formal ball, a stroll through Lilacia Park, beer and wine tasting, 5K, and an art & craft fair.
Chicago attractions
May 6 – June 30, 2018
multiple locations
These discount prices include all taxes and fees.
Aquarium + SkyDeck + Field Museum + more
CityPass gets you into 5 attractions for $107.

Axe throwing (1.5 hours)
Ticket deal $25 (reserve 2 days ahead)

Chicago History Museum
Ticket deal $13

Segway Tour of Downtown Chicago (2 hours)
Ticket deal $37 (reserve 2 days ahead)

The Wizard of Oz
May 8 – 20, 2018
0.4 miles SW
Featuring brightly colored sets, a timeless score, and new special effects, The Wizard of Oz takes you over the rainbow to a magical kingdom full of munchkins, witches, flying monkeys, and wizards at The Chicago Theatre.
Ticket deal $35 to $55

J.C. Superstar
May 8 – 20, 2018
1 mile SW
Jesus Christ Superstar is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic rock musical with unforgettable songs, high-energy dance, and powerful storytelling at Lyric Opera House.
Ticket deal $48 to $116

Dinner cruise
May 8 – June 14, 2018
1 mile east
Enjoy a buffet meal aboard the Spirit of Chicago Dinner Cruise, with views of the Chicago skyline and DJ dance music, departing from Navy Pier.
Ticket deal $66 to $82

Tropical musical
May 8 – June 17, 2018
18 miles west
South Pacific is the Rodgers & Hammerstein story of Americans living in exotic lands during World War II, dealing with love, prejudice, and cultural differences at Drury Lane Theatre.
Ticket deal $37 to $45

Roaring Twenties musical
May 9 – 27, 2018
4.8 miles north
It’s 1928, the world is at peace, and the stock market is booming, but issues of life and death face diverse characters we meet as they share their hopes and dreams in the lobby of the Grand Hotel at Theater Wit.
Ticket deal $28

Magic show
May 10 – 27, 2018
3.1 miles NW
The Rosenkranz Mysteries is a “truly unusual and immensely likable magic show” [Chicago Tribune] by a local medical doctor who performs tricks and illusions at Royal George Theatre.
Ticket deal $25 to $38

Urban arts festival
May 11, 2018
1 mile south
Manifest is a full day of student art, live performances, fashion shows, original game design, and literary readings in and around Columbia College. Free.
Cinco de Mayo
May 11 – 13, 2018
15.4 miles SW
Viva Cinco De Mayo Festival has live music, Mexican food, arts & crafts, a carnival, and family activities outdoors at Toyota Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.
Tour tiny homes
May 11 – 13, 2018 (10 a.m to 8 p.m.)
32.4 miles NW
Tiny homes are getting big attention, and now you can visit 20 of them during Chicago Tiny Home Show at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, easily reached by Chicago Metra Rail Line. Moms get free admission.
Magic show
May 11 – 25, 2018 (Fridays 7:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles west
Magic & Mystery is an evening of astonishing magic, mind reading, and hypnosis by professional magician Mat LaVore at the Den Theatre.
Ticket deal $20

Magic show
May 11 – 26, 2018
0.7 miles south
The Magic Parlour is an evening of close-up magic by an award-winning magician in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel.
Ticket deal $49

Adult variety show
May 11 – July 21, 2018
7 miles north
Kiss Kiss Cabaret is a fun mix of burlesque, off-color comedy, music, magic, song, and variety acts for age 21+ Fridays and Saturdays at Uptown Underground.
Ticket deal $12 to $14

Science talks
May 12, 2018
1 mile west
Hear six experts talk about fascinating science subjects ranging from animals to engineering at Chicago Science Fest, with exhibits about electric cars, biology, and edible bugs at the Merchandise Mart.
Yoga event
May 12, 2018
1 mile south
Wanderlust 108 combines three events in one: a 5K run/walk, 75 minutes of yoga with DJ music, and 30 minutes of guided meditation, plus other activities at Butler Field in Grant Park. Optional lunch.
Pop music party
May 12, 2018 (2 p.m.)
7 miles north
Watch Europe’s pop singing competition live from Lisbon at Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party at Dank Haus. Free, with beer and snacks for sale.
Small art fair
May 12, 2018
16 miles NW
Arts & Crafts Adventure is a friendly juried show at Hodges Park in Park Ridge. Repeats in Sept. Free.
Family theater
May 12, 2018 (10 a.m.)
34 miles north
A gullible king buys magical clothes “invisible to fools” and only a young boy can teach him an important lesson about outward appearance in The Emperor’s New Clothes at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.
Ticket deal $9

Pilsen craft fair
May 12 – 13, 2018
3.5 miles SW
Shop from independent artisans at Renegade Craft Fair, with food trucks and craft cocktails for sale on Halsted Street (from W. 18th Street to S. Canalport Avenue). Free.
Meet the authors
May 12 – 20, 2018
13 miles north
Evanston Literary Festival includes dozens of author readings and workshops on its schedule, plus a book fair on May 12 at the library. Free.
Mother’s Day restaurants
May 13, 2018
Chicago locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.
Gospel Brunch
May 13, 2018
0.4 miles west
Take Mom to the Gospel Brunch [website has sound] for a fine buffet of Southern and Creole-inspired food and joyful singing at the House of Blues.
Mother’s Day cruise
May 13, 2018
1 mile east
Take a brunch or dinner Chicago Mother’s Day Cruise from Navy Pier.
Mother’s Day Brunch – zoo
May 13, 2018
2.5 miles north
Make a reservation for the Mother’s Day Brunch buffet with live music at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Mom gets a free mimosa.
Mother’s Day run/walk
May 13, 2018
6.8 miles north
Join the 5K/10K Komen Chicagoland Area Race for the Cure at Montrose Harbor to help cure breast cancer.
Mother’s Day house walk
May 13, 2018 (12 to 5 p.m.)
12 miles north
Tour six historic homes plus the Dawes House on the annual Mother’s Day House Walk in North Evanston.
Mother’s Day garden brunch
May 13, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
24 miles north
Treat Mom to an elegant Mother’s Day Brunch followed by a walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.
Adult night at the planetarium
May 17, 2018 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles SE
Adler After Dark offers open access, unlimited shows, entertainment, and no-host bars at Adler Planetarium for age 21+. May theme is Planetary Prom: Fire & Ice.
Wine in the garden
May 17, 2018 (6 to 8 p.m.)
24 miles north
Try wines from eight wineries and light fare at Grapevines & Wines in McGinley Pavilion at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe for age 21+.
Antiques show
May 17 – 20, 2018
1 mile west
The Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show promises 100 vendors of fine antiques and decorative & fine arts on floor 7 of the Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Nerdy comedy
May 17 – 20, 2018
5 miles north
If you love comedy about nerdy subjects like Star Trek, Dungeons and Dragons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Jane Austen, then The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival will keep you laughing at Stage 773.
Beer at the conservatory
May 18, 2018 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)
5 miles west
Enjoy craft beer and food trucks at Beer under Glass indoors and outdoors at Garfield Park Conservatory.
German party
May 18, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
7 miles north
Celebrate spring and the arrival of Maifest at the Stammtisch – Maifest with traditional white asparagus and Maibock beer in the 6th floor lounge at Dank Haus. Free admission, with food and drinks for sale.
Small press festival
May 18 – 19, 2018
multiple locations
A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Chicago Zine Fest offers panel discussions Friday evening, plus exhibitions by 200 writers, artists, and publishers on Saturday. Free.
Wine tasting
May 18 – 20, 2018
4 miles north
Taste 80 wines at Lincoln Park Wine Festival, which has tented wine and food pavilions, live music, and crafts at Jonquil Playlot Park.
Ticket deal $33 to $39 at Goldstar

Ticket deal $33 to $39 at Groupon

Mayfest
May 18 – 20, 2018
5 miles NW
Mayfest features bands in a giant tent, festival food, pretzels, and beer at 3100 N Ashland Ave. Saturday includes a kids’ day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. [Not to be confused with Maifest listed under May 31.]
French classical music
May 18 & 20, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
12.7 miles north
Paris in the Springtime stars the Rembrandt Chamber Players performing four works by French composers.
May 18 – St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago
Ticket deal $19

May 20 – Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston
Ticket deal $19

Anime convention
May 18 – 20, 2018
16 mile NW
Anime Central (ACen) is billed as the largest Midwest anime, manga, and Japanese popular culture convention, at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and the convention center in Rosemont.
Craft beer week
May 18 – 25, 2018
Chicago locations
Illinois Craft Beer Week [formerly Chicago Craft Beer Week] typically offers hundreds of craft beer events in the greater Chicago area, from special tastings of rare beer to beer dinners. It’s sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.
Dog party
May 19, 2018 (9 a.m. to noon)
2.5 miles south
Register online for a 5K walk along the lakefront with your dog at 9 a.m., or arrive at 10 a.m. for the activities, vendors, and entertainment during Bark in the Park on the green near Soldier Field.
Food trucks at the zoo
May 19, 2018 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles north
The Food Truck Social features dozens of trucks selling food and beverages, plus activities, DJ music, and an opportunity to wander Lincoln Park Zoo after hours.
Running music festival
May 19, 2018
2.7 miles south
Night Nation Run includes a pre-party with dance music, a 5K run/walk with a starting-line light show, party zones along the course, and an after party stage show with DJs and special effects at Soldier Field.
Ticket deal $30

Baseball pub crawl
May 19, 2018
5 miles north
Cover Your Bases is a baseball-themed pub crawl that includes 10 bars, beginning at Murphy’s Bleachers. You get a T-shirt printed with “bases” that you cover with stickers from the bars you visit.
Ticket deal $10

Asian-American party
May 19, 2018 (7 to 11 p.m.)
6.5 miles SW
Dress up for the Lunar Ball to enjoy music, dancing, restaurant tasting, an open bar, and a silent auction at Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport.
Street fair
May 19, 2018
10 miles west
What’s Blooming on Harrison offers arts and crafts, artist demos, live music, and dance in Oak Park. Free.
Architectural tour
May 19, 2018
11.8 miles west
Tour innovative homes and buildings designed by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright on the Wright Plus Housewalk in Oak Park.
Charity dinner
May 19, 2018 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
26.7 miles NW
A $125 ticket to Hunger to Hope gets you a three-course dinner, live music, an international craft market, and a live auction at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center.
Riverside Arts Weekend
May 19 – 20, 2018
12 miles SW
Riverside Arts Weekend (RAW) has a juried arts fair with live music, a children’s corner, and a food court at Guthrie Park in Riverside. Free.
International festival
May 19 – 20, 2018
15 miles NW
Experience ethnic folk music and dance, exotic food, unique arts and crafts, international children’s games, beer tasting, a bazaar, and cultural exhibits at the Skokie Festival of Cultures in Oakton Park. Free.
Civil War event
May 19 – 20, 2018
33 miles west
See a Civil War encampment, meet actors like Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman in costume, hear a brass band, watch a battle at 2:30 p.m., buy food, and shop from vendors during Civil War Days at Naper Settlement.
Wine tasting
May 20, 2018 (3 to 6 p.m.)
9 miles north
Andersonville Wine Walk offers you a choice of three different routes that each have 10 retail shops serving wine to adults.
Elmhurst Museum Day
May 20, 2018 (1 to 5 p.m.)
19 miles west
Elmhurst Museum Day includes the museums of art, history, and minerals, with a free trolley connecting all three. Free.
Doggie dash
May 20, 2018
37 miles NW
Dash for the Dogs is a 5K run/walk and a one-mile family walk, followed by awards and food in Barrington, with the proceeds benefiting Animal House Shelter.
Rhubarb Festival
May 20, 2018
62 miles south
The Rhubarb Festival features rhubarb and strawberry pies and jams, a baking contest, kids’ games, and historic tours at Kankakee County Museum. Free entry.
BBQ tasting
May 24, 2018 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
A ticket to Smokin’ Pork in the Park gets you unlimited baby back ribs from competitors, plus macaroni & cheese, cornbread, coleslaw, and watermelon outside the Park Grill.
R & B music festival
May 25, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
1 mile south
Dress up in black attire for All Black Affair featuring Kindred Family Soul, Jon B, Carl Thomas, Ginuwine, Dru Hill, and a cash bar at Auditorium Theatre.
Ticket deal $73

Tropical beer tasting
May 25, 2018 (6 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
“Sip on tropical-inspired craft beer from more than 60 local and out-of-state breweries and sample gourmet small bites” at Good Libations at Theater on the Lake for age 21+. Creative tropical attire is welcome.
Mexican food festival
May 25 – 27, 2018
5.2 miles SW
Mole de Mayo features “mole” and other foods, a crafts market, two stages of entertainment, and a wrestling ring in historic Pilsen (at Ashland & 18th Street). Donation.
Barbecue
May 25 – 27, 2018
23 miles west
Billed as the state’s largest BBQ competition, Red, White, and Bar-B-Q has live music, craft vendors, a carnival, beer tent, and barbecue in Westmont. Free.
Big music festival near Peoria
May 25 – 27, 2018
144 miles SW
Summer Camp Music Festival typically attracts 20,000 fans watching 125 bands on 9 stages in Chillicothe.
Irish festival
May 25 – 28, 2018
26 miles south
Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest offers music, dancing, food, beer, wine, room, vendors, and children’s activities in Oak Forest.
Memorial Day Parade
May 26, 2018
0.5 mile SW
A wreath laying ceremony is 11 a.m. on Daley Plaza. The Memorial Day Parade at noon has high-school marching bands, drum and bugle corps, veterans’ groups, and active duty military on State Street (from Lake to Van Buren). Free.
Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest
May 26 – 27, 2018 (noon to 10 p.m.)
5 miles north
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with local bands, entertainers, food, drink, and street vendors at the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival on N. Sheffield Avenue (from Belmont to Roscoe). Donation.
Art fair in Barrington
May 26 – 27, 2018
38 miles NW
Barrington Art Festival features 130 juried artists, live music, food, and children’s activities. Free.
Games convention
May 26 – 28, 2018
15.3 miles NW
Wolfcon is for players of board games, computer games, and role-playing games at The Pavilion near the airport. Held in May and November.
Movie music
May 27, 2018 (3 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Chicago Philharmonic plays excerpts from the original scores of Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Wonder Woman, The Magnificent Seven, etc. during Hollywood Heroes at Harris Theater in Millennium Park.
Ticket deal $20

Spectacular bike ride
May 27, 2018 (opens 5:30 a.m.)
1 mile south
Register to ride your bike on 15-mile Lake Shore Drive when it closes to vehicles during Bike the Drive, and join the after-festival until noon at Butler Field.
Dirty Dancing
May 30 – June 3, 2018
0.7 miles SW
See the romantic story Dirty Dancing, with passionate dancing and hit songs from the movie live at Cadillac Palace Theatre.
Ticket deal $29 to $59

Maifest
May 31 – June 3, 2018
8 miles NW
The German festival known as Maifest Chicago serves beer, brats, sauerkraut, and music in Lincoln Square at Lincoln Ave. and Leland Ave. Free. [Not to be confused with Mayfest listed under May 18.]
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