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Chicago Weekend Guide! Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend May 3-5

Chicago Weekend Guide! Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend May 3-5

  • Best events in Chicago this weekend March 22-24
Photo image of the downtown landscape of chicago featuring tall buildings and the famous chicago cloud gate aka the bean in Millennium Park

The weekend is upon us and many of you are looking for a good time or at the least somewhere to go and have fun, maybe meet new people or cultivate a new hobby? Keep scrolling as we’ve curated a nice varied selection of events taking place in and around Chicago this weekend from May 3 through May 5. You can have a basic weekend in Chicago or a great one when you tap in to our Chicago Weekend Guide.

FRIDAY

WHAT:: PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSUEM BUTTERFLY BALL
WHERE:: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | 2430 N Cannon Drive
WHEN:: May 3 | 6pm-
WHY:: The Butterfly Ball celebrates all moments of wonder. Over the last 25 years, Butterfly Ball has raised over $40 million in support of the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This support enables the Nature Museum to make a tremendous impact on the community as we build educational experiences for Chicago’s children that will reverberate for generations to come. Honoring David Hackett, Depaul University.
COST:: $Sponsorship Click here for more info

WHAT:: LONDONHOUSE CHICAGO X B-CYCLED BOTTLES
WHERE::LondonHouse Chicago | 85 East Wacker Drive 60601
WHEN::  through May 5  
WHY:: Celebrating Earth Day and Cinco de Mayo with a very special collaboration! We’ve partnered with B-Cycled Bottles to bring you a unique tequila cocktail called “Mi Cielo.” Our exclusive cocktail will be served in a creatively upcycled Clase Azul glass, highlighting one of Mexico’s most esteemed tequilas. This presentation reflects both the luxury of LondonHouse Chicago and the environmental commitment of B-Cycled Bottles. This initiative not only offers guests a unique tasting experience but also promotes sustainability through the reuse of materials. The best part — when you purchase the cocktail the upcycled glassware is yours to keep!
COST:: $50 Click here for more info

WHAT:: FLYOVER CHICAGO
WHERE:: Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Avenue Chicago 60611 
WHEN:: May 3-5
WHY:: Experience Chicago from a whole new perspective at Flyover. Follow your sense of adventure to Navy Pier and rediscover the feeling of absolute awe. Our exhilarating immersive journey connects you with Chicago like never before. Soar over iconic locations, dive into authentic stories and lose yourself to an adventure unlike any other.
COST:: $24.95 (Adult); $14.95(13 and under); $19.95 (military) Click here for more info

WHAT:: SILENT PARTY CHICAGO: THE SNEAKY LINK
WHERE:: Bassline | 2239 S. Michigan Avenue
WHEN:: May 3 | 
WHY:: It’s your typical party…with no speakers or amps. Instead, attendees don wireless headphones and turn them to various stations, then boogie on the dance floor amidst other revelers dancing to whatever’s in their headphones.
COST:: $10 Click here for more info

WHAT:: WESTTOWN FIRST FRIDAYS
WHERE:: West Town Chicago
WHEN:: May 3  
WHY:: Explore West Town on the first Friday of every month, when our neighborhood galleries stay open until 8PM! The WTFF program facilitates connection amongst West Town’s galleries and their represented artists, collectors, and patrons, as well as independent area artists.
COST:: $FREE entrance Click here for more info

WHAT:: WEEKEND AT THE SISKEL FILM CENTER
WHERE:: Gene Siskel Film Center | 164 N. State Street
WHEN:: March 22 through March 24
WHY:: The weekend’s lineup of films at the Siskel Film Center includes: “Doc10,” “Secret Sunshine,” “Pandora’s Box,”  “The Feeling That The Time For Doing Something Has Passed” and more 
COST:: Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: BEER UNDER GLASS 2024
WHERE:: Union Staton | 225 S. Canal Street 60606
WHEN:: May 3 
WHY:: Beer Under Glass returns to kick off Illinois Craft Beer Week (and the summer craft beer season)! Hosted where the State of Illinois meets the City of Chicago — under 200 feet of glass at Chicago Union Station’s Great Hall — Beer Under Glass welcomes attendees for a guided tour of Illinois’ dynamic craft beer scene. Featuring ~200 craft beer samples from 100+ Illinois breweries from Chicago to Downstate, Beer Under Glass gives craft beer fans a once-a-year opportunity to mingle with local brewers, enjoy timeless favorites, and discover new treasures. Light refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue.
COST:: $50 Click here for more info

WHAT:: JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE
WHERE:: Goodman Theatre | 170 N. Dearborn Street 60601 
WHEN:: through May 19
WHY:: Expert August Wilson interpreter Chuck Smith revives the second work in the famed American Century Cycle—one of Wilson’s best-loved, most compelling plays. Herald Loomis searches the country with his young daughter to find his estranged wife. But first, he must regain a sense of his own heritage and identity in this story of spiritual and emotional resurrection.
COST:: $35+ Click here for more info

WHAT:: FIRST FRIDAYS TRES DE MAYO
WHERE:: Promontory Chicago | 5311 S Lake Park Ave W 60615 
WHEN:: May 3
WHY:: For one night we put the Djs in the crowd and the crowd in the booth! Deep Down In The Pressure Cooker with Boolu Master, Vince Adams and Duane Powell.
COST:: $20+ Click here for more info

WHAT:: JOFFREY BALLET MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 
WHERE:: Lyric Opera Chicago |  20 N. Wacker Drive
WHEN::  through May 5 | 7:30pm
WHY:: Far from a Shakespearean tale, Ekman’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a mind-bending trip to a surreal realm of unearthly delights. Set during the traditional Scandinavian summer solstice festival, dancers celebrate a day of revelry and romance under the maypole, which soon unravels into an otherworldly dream. Ekman’s picturesque fusion of classical and contemporary ballet blurs the line between the real and the imagined and makes us wonder, is it all a dream?
COST:: $36+ Click here for more info

WHAT:: PROGRAMS AT LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS 
WHERE:: Logan Center For The Arts at the University of Chicago |  915 E 60th Street 60637
WHEN::  through May 5
WHY:: Explore the wealth of programs offered by the Logan Center and our myriad partners. Many Logan Center events are free and open to the public. This weekend catch: “The Speculative Archive: Deanna Bowen & Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich” “Praize Productions presents Black Love Reigns Supreme” plus the exhibit Jessica Stockholder: For Events.
COST:: $Varies Click here for more info

SATURDAY

WHAT:: CHICAGO MARKET FOR MAKERS
WHERE:: Artifact Events | 4325 N. Ravenswood Avenue 60613
WHEN:: May 4-5 | 11am – 5pm
WHY:: Our markets are known for bringing together independent artists + makers specializing in home decor, fashion, art, design, food (and more!) in a fun + inspiring environment that champions community.
COST:: GA: $8 | All Weekend VIP $15 Click here for more info

WHAT:: ROUNDTABLE ON VIRGINIA JARAMILLO
WHERE:: MCA Chicago | 220 E. Chicago Avenue
WHEN:: May 4 | 2pm – 3:30pm
WHY:: In celebration of the opening of Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence, join us for a roundtable conversation on Jaramillo’s profound commitment to abstraction with the exhibition’s originating curator, Erin Dziedzic; Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum; and Iris Colburn, MCA Curatorial Associate *Courtney Martin is no longer able to participate.* Members at Contributor $250+ are invited to celebrate the opening of Virginia Jaramillo: Principle of Equivalence with drinks and light fare in the Marisol Private Dining Room ahead of the countable.
COST:: $Free with museum admission. Registration is required. Click here for more info

WHAT:: BLUEY’S BIG PLAY
WHERE:: Auditorium Theatre | 50 E. Ida Wells Drive
WHEN:: May 3-5 
WHY:: Don’t miss your chance to see Bluey, Bingo, Bandit and Chilli live in their first stage show.
COST:: $33 Click here for more info

WHAT:: TYLER LEPLEY DAY PARTY BASH- CINCO DE DERBY
WHERE:: Hue Chicago | 67 E. Cermak  
WHEN::  May 4| 
WHY:: Join our Cinco De Derby festivities when our holiday lineup kicks off on Saturday, May 4th – hosted by Tyler Lepley ft. special guest djs, food/drink specials & more! Sponsored by Tequila Herradura and Woodford Reserve.
COST:: $Free with RSVP Click here for more info

WHAT:: BAKARI SELLERS: MOVING FORWARD FROM RACE TO RECKONING
WHERE:: Ramova | 3520 S Halsted St 60609
WHEN:: May 4 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 
WHY:: A conversation on practical solutions for Black communities.
COST:: $Members  Click here for more info

WHAT:: AN EVENING WITH PHIL ROSENTHAL 
WHERE:: Chicago Theatre   | 61 West Superior Street  60654
WHEN:: May 4 | 7pm
WHY:: Following a successful 2023 tour run, creator, writer and producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, and Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil announced a series of 2024 dates for his live tour: An Evening with Phil Rosenthal.
COST:: $Varies Click here for more info

WHAT:: THE KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWING PARTY
WHERE::  I|O Godfrey | 127 West Huron Street 60654
WHEN:: May 4 | 12pm-8pm
WHY:: Join us for our award winning Kentucky Derby Viewing Party! Rain or Shine .. You can bet on it! Remember to wear your best Derby attire! We will have prizes for: Best Dressed, Best Hat, Best Couple.
COST:: $Varies Click here for more info

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Photo image of the downtown landscape of chicago featuring tall buildings and the famous chicago cloud gate aka the bean in Millennium Park

WHAT:: CHICAGO PICKLEBALL CUP TOURNAMENT SERIES #1
WHERE:: Grant Park, Maggie Daley Park
WHEN:: May 4 | 8am-2pm
WHY:: Join Players Sport & Social Group for the 1st of 4 “Chicago Pickleball Cup Series” events in 2024 at the awesome pickle ball courts at Maggie Daley Park! The event features different divisions competing at the same time. Enjoy DJ music playing all day during the event!
COST:: $Free Click here for more info

 

WHAT:: CHICAGO FIRE VS NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 
WHERE:: Soldier Field | 1410 Special Olympics Drive Chicago 60605
WHEN:: May 4 | 7:30pm
WHY:: The Chicago Fire FC are looking to get a Win against New England. Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night.
COST:: $Varies  Click here for more info

WHAT:: PURPOSE
WHERE:: Steppenwolf Theatre  | 1660 N. Hasted Street
WHEN:: through May 12
WHY:: Rowdy, hilarious and filled with intrigue, Purpose is an epic family drama – a long-awaited world premiere from one of the country’s most celebrated voices. For decades, the influential Jasper family has been a pillar of Black American Politics: civil rights leaders, pastors and congressmen. But like all families, there are cracks and secrets just under the surface. When the youngest son Nazareth returns home to Illinois with an uninvited friend in tow, the family is forced into a reckoning with itself, its faith and the legacies of Black radicalism.
COST:: $Varies  Click here for more info

SUNDAY

WHAT:: NATE SMITH & FRIENDS
WHERE:: City Winery | 1200 W. Randolph Street 60607
WHEN:: May 5 | 
WHY:: Nate Smith is a drummer, composer, & producer from Chesapeake, Virginia. His visceral, instinctive, and deep-rooted style of drumming has led to three GRAMMY® nominations and work with esteemed artists, including: Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Brittany Howard, Van Hunt, The Fearless Flyers, Norah Jones, and Somi. Smith fuses his original compositions with an eclectic mix of music, including everything from jazz to R&B to hip-hop to pop. His latest album, Kinfolk 2: See The Birds (released September 2021 on Edition Records) is the highly- anticipated follow up to his 2017 GRAMMY® Award-nominated album, Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere. In recent years, Smith’s viral videos been viewed by millions of people, underscoring his popularity as one of the most influential drummers of his generation.
COST:: $25+ Click here for more info

WHAT:: WICKER PARK FARMERS MARKET
WHERE:: 1425 N. Damen Avenue
WHEN::  May 5 
WHY:: The 2024 outdoor Farmer’s Market will kick off this weekend and every Sunday through October. The mission of the Wicker Park Farmers Market (WPFM) is to provide a space for regional food producers to sell to and interact with customers, for our residents and neighbors to access healthful foods and local goods, and to foster a sense of place and community in the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhood. Click here for more info

 

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