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Cinco de Mayo dance

May 1, 2020
CANCELED
4.6 miles NW
Cinco de Mayo Dance Party is a beginner salsa dance class for singles and couples with Mexican refreshments at Duet Dance Studio for age 21+. You can bring your own alcohol.

Famous speakers

May 1 - 6, 2020
CANCELED
Chicago locations
Hear today’s leading authors, thinkers, and fashion icons speak at the Springfest organized by the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Critics film festival

May 1 - 7, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Lilac festival

May 1 - 17, 2020
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. Some events have been canceled.

Bach festival

May 1 - 30, 2020
CANCELED
Chicago locations
Bach Week Festival is a series of four classical music concerts in North Chicago and Evanston.

Cinco de Mayo - bar crawl

May 2, 2020
(11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
A ticket to Cinco de Mayo Cantina Crawl includes a T-shirt, a brunch buffet, three gift cards, and drink specials at four bars in River North for age 21+.

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Polish parade

May 2, 2020
CANCELED
1.3 mile south
Polish Constitution Day Parade celebrates ratification of the Polish constitution in 1791 and is billed as the biggest Polish parade outside Poland, on S. Columbus Drive (from Balbo Street to Monroe Street). Free.

Chicago Beer Classic

May 2, 2020
2 miles south
Chicago Beer Classic has beer from 70 breweries, food vendors, games, and activities on the grass at Soldier Field for age 21+.

Spirits tasting crawl

May 2, 2020
RESCHEDULED
2.4 miles west
Taste a variety of tequilas and sangrias, and then vote for your favorites at Chicago Tequila & Sangria Festival at Alhambra Palace Restaurant for age 21+. Moved from May 2 to September 26.

Kite festival

May 2, 2020
CANCELED
6 miles north
Children can fly free paper kites, run around outdoors, get their faces painted, and do crafts at Chicago Kids and Kites Festival at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park. Free.

Elmhurst Art in the Park

May 2 - 3, 2020
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.

Japanese festival

May 2 - 3, 2020
24 miles north
Learn about summer celebrations in Japan at Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival. Listen to taiko drum and koto harp music, hear folktales, join kids’ activities, and watch a tea ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking. Repeats in May.

Cheap concerts

May 2 - 27, 2020
0.5 miles west
Hear a wide variety of live bands perform at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn Street for age 17+.

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Fountain festival for families

May 3, 2020
(12 to 3 p.m.)
1.1 miles south
Watch as Buckingham Fountain is turned on for the season during Switch on Summer, an event with giveaways, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment. Free.

Greek parade

May 3, 2020
CANCELED
1.5 miles west
The annual Greek Independence Day Parade is on N. Halsted Street (from Randolph to Van Buren). Free.

Made in Chicago

May 3, 2020
2.8 miles west
Shop 70 vendors of locally made clothing, housewares, jewelry, food, and drink at Made in Chicago Market at Bridge 410 in West Town. Held in April, August, and November. Free.

Nerdy comedy

May 6 - 9, 2020
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.

Wine tasting

May 7, 2020
CANCELED
8 miles NW
Sample wine with hors d’oeuvres on the Spring Wine Stroll in the shops of Lincoln Square and Ravenswood on your choice of five routes. Repeats in Nov.

Free film festival

May 8 - 10, 2020
CANCELED
9.2 miles north
Watch 64 films from 18 different countries that were made by filmmakers younger than age 23 during CineYouth Festival at Davis Theater.

Dog party

May 9, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Wine tasting at the zoo

May 9, 2020
RESCHEDULED
14 miles SW
A ticket to Roars & Pours includes seeing the animals at Brookfield Zoo until 6 p.m., and then wine and spirits tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. in the pavilion, with music and food trucks for age 21+. Moved from May 9 to September 26.

Small art fair

May 9, 2020
UNCERTAIN
16 miles NW
Arts & Crafts Adventure is a friendly juried show at Hodges Park in Park Ridge. Repeats in Sept. Free.

Beer festival

May 9, 2020
33 miles NW
A ticket to Ballpark Brew Fest includes 25 samples of beer (3 ounces) from 50 breweries, with food for sale at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium.

Meet the authors

May 9 - 17, 2020
13 miles north
Evanston Literary Festival includes dozens of author readings and workshops on its schedule. Free.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 10, 2020
UNCERTAIN
Chicago locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Gospel Brunch

May 10, 2020
(10 & 12:30)
0.4 miles west
Take Mom to the Gospel Brunch (10 a.m.) for a fine buffet of Southern and Creole-inspired food and joyful singing at the House of Blues. See the separate page for the Gospel Brunch (12:30 p.m.).

Mother’s Day Brunch - zoo

May 10, 2020
2.5 miles north
Make a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch at the zoo.

Mother’s Day house walk

May 10, 2020
UNCERTAIN
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 10, 2020
24 miles north
Treat Mom to an elegant Mother’s Day Brunch followed by a walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

Urban arts festival

May 11 - 15, 2020
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. All events will be online only.

Antiques show

May 14 - 17, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Beer at the conservatory

May 15, 2020
CANCELED
5 miles west
Enjoy craft beer and food trucks at Beer under Glass indoors and outdoors at Garfield Park Conservatory.

German party

May 15, 2020
UNCERTAIN
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 15 - 16, 2020
CANCELED
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 15 - 17, 2020
RESCHEDULED
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. Moved from May to September 4 - 6.

International festival

May 15 - 17, 2020
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.

Anime convention

May 15 - 17, 2020
CANCELED
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 15 - 22, 2020
CANCELED
Chicago locations
Illinois 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.

Wine tasting at the zoo

May 16, 2020
CANCELED
2.5 miles north
Sample wine, hear live music, and buy food at Chicago Wine Fest in the Mammal-Reptile House & Foreman Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo for age 21+.

Running music festival

May 16, 2020
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.

Baseball pub crawl

May 16, 2020
(12 to 7 p.m.)
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. [This event will have a new name in 2020.]

Mexican children’s day

May 16, 2020
5 miles SW
Celebrate Mexican culture and family health at Día del Niño Family Festival. Begin at 10 a.m. walking around Harrison Park with children in superhero costumes, followed by games, art, health screenings, and fitness activities at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Free.

Street fair

May 16, 2020
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 16, 2020
RESCHEDULED
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. Moved from May 16 to June 27.

Outdoor adventure convention

May 16 - 17, 2020
2.8 miles SE
Shop for outdoor gear, see adventure vehicles, paddle on Lake Michigan, test mountain bikes on an indoor dirt trail, and watch adventure films during Outside Experience on Northerly Island.

Artisan market

May 17, 2020
1.9 miles west
Shop from 100 independent vendors of food, fashion, art, and home goods at the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing, including a kids’ zone. Children age 11 and younger are free. Held four times a year.

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Wine tasting

May 17, 2020
UNCERTAIN
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 17, 2020
CANCELED
19 miles west
Elmhurst Museum Day includes the museums of art, history, and minerals, with a free trolley connecting all three. Free.

Mexican food festival

May 22 - 24, 2020
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 22 - 24, 2020
CANCELED
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.

Irish festival

May 22 - 24, 2020
CANCELED
26 miles south
Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest offers music, dancing, food, beer, wine, room, vendors, and children’s activities in Oak Forest.

Big music festival near Peoria

May 22 - 24, 2020
RESCHEDULED
144 miles SW
Summer Camp Music Festival typically attracts 20,000 fans watching 125 bands on 9 stages in Chillicothe. Moved from May to August 21 - 23.

Memorial Day Parade

May 23, 2020
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 23 - 24, 2020
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.

Block party

May 23 - 24, 2020
6.7 miles north
Mayfestiversary offers a full lineup of music, plenty of food trucks, a kids’ corner, and local beer on Ravenswood Avenue (from West Belle Plaine to West Cuyler Avenue). Donation.

Art fair in Barrington

May 23 - 24, 2020
38 miles NW
Barrington Art Festival features 130 juried artists, live music, food, and children’s activities. Free.

St. Charles art show

May 23 - 24, 2020
45 miles west
St. Charles Fine Art Show is billed as an award-winning show by 100 juried artists with live music in downtown St. Charles. Free.

Spectacular bike ride

May 24, 2020
1 mile south
Register to ride your bike on 15-mile Lake Shore Drive when it closes to vehicles during Bike the Drive, and then join the after-festival until noon at Butler Field.

Rhubarb Festival

May 24, 2020
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.

Gospel music festival

May 26 - 30, 2020
0.5 miles south
Hear gospel choirs and soloists at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. Free.

New art fair

May 28 - 30, 2020
CANCELED
1.1 miles SW
Based in London, The Other Art Fair “leads the way in uncovering and nurturing new and innovative creative talent” exhibiting works by 130 emerging artists in Skylight at the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

Whiskey tasting

May 29, 2020
1.9 miles west
Taste 60 whiskeys with entertainment and food truck vendors during WhiskyX Chicago at Revel Fulton Market for age 21+.

Mayfest

May 29 - 31, 2020
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 the similar event Maifest.]

Maifest

May 29 - 31, 2020
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 the similar event Mayfest.]

Stamp show

May 29 - 31, 2020
17.6 miles NW
See postage stamp exhibits and shop from 25 dealers at Compex in River Grove. Free.

Food trucks at the zoo

May 30, 2020
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.

Family convention

May 30, 2020
16.1 miles NW
Shop from vendors, make slime, follow an obstacle course, and build crafts during KidCon at the convention center in Rosemont. Date has changed from March 15 to May 30.

Pet parade

May 30, 2020
17 miles SW
The LaGrange Pet Parade includes marching bands, floats, clowns, and a creative costume contest, beginning at Cossitt Ave. & LaGrange Rd. Free.

Food truck festival

May 30, 2020
27 miles west
Shop from 15 food trucks and visit the playground or walk the trails during Cantigny Food Truck Festival at Cantigny Park. Bring chairs or blankets. Free admission. Held in May and October.

Tacos & tequila

May 30 - 31, 2020
RESCHEDULED
3.2 miles north
Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest promises “traditional and exotic ingredient-stuffed tortillas paired with tequila-infused cocktails” plus margarita flights and live bands at Lincoln Park for age 21+. Moved from May to August 29 & 30.

Gluten-free expo

May 30 - 31, 2020
RESCHEDULED
28 miles NW
Sample and purchase products from 100 vendors at Nourished Festival at the Schaumburg Convention Center. Moved from May to August 15 & 16.

Holistic living expo

May 30 - 31, 2020
28 miles SW
Body Mind Spirit Expo features speakers, workshops, and vendors for remaking your life at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

Doggie dash

May 31, 2020
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.

Music on the lake

May 2020
(undated)
1 mile east
Hear live music at Live on the Lake in the beer garden at Navy Pier. Free for all ages.

Science talks

May 2020
(undated)
1 mile west
Hear six experts talk about fascinating science subjects ranging from animals to engineering at Chicago Science Expo, with exhibits about electric cars, biology, and edible bugs at the Merchandise Mart.

Pop music party

May 2020
(undated)
7 miles north
Watch Europe’s pop singing competition live from Tel Aviv at Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party at Dank Haus. Free, with beer and snacks for sale.

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