A new month and 8 ways to enjoy it. Wait no more.
1. To support print.
Remember that college art class you dropped? Or the zombie comic that never realized its full potential? Chicago Zine Fest is back to awaken the strange, thrifty, fearless, and free. Draw inspiration from independently published and authentically crafted magazines and mini books. Free workshops and other events include letterpress tutorials, button making, karaoke, and exhibitor talks. Go make.
Where: Various venues
When: May 5-6
2. A need to see cutting-edge flicks.
Upstage movie reviewers by digesting this year’s Chicago Critics Film Festival program. Stop to gather your thoughts in the lounge with other pundits over a specialty cocktail. Expect filmmakers and actors to appear afterward for Q&A and if you’re lucky, a photo op.
Where: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Ave
When: May 12-18
3. To spend the day and just $49 at the ballpark.
You may not be able to snag Cubs tickets for that price, but procure the next best thing. Premier beverages and bites from Chicago’s elite joints make the play at Craft and Cuisine. MVP chefs from Girl & The Goat, Big Star, Smoke Daddy, and Spiaggia dish on their kitchen magic while you nod and taste.
Where: The Park at Wrigley, 1060 W Addison St
When: May 13, 1-4PM, 6-9PM
4. Your mother.
Funk things up this Mother’s Day by treating the matriarch to brunch. Rhyme or Reason offers bottomless mimosas, 70s flare, and fried chicken & doughnuts (pictured). Do the hustle, and book your experience stat.
Where: Rhyme or Reason, 1938 W Divison St
When: May 14, 10:30AM-3:00PM
5. For the love of ferns and fermentation.
Start Chicago Craft Beer Week by drinking where the wild things grow. No creatures, but over 200 craft beers, eight indoor houses and outside gardens, a handful of local food trucks, and one souvenir glass sustain Beer Under Glass. Relish this opportunity to sample brews and explore the greens. Tickets on sale now.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave
When: May 18, 5:30-9:30PM
6. Because it’s finally May.
This month’s eponymous festival boasts live music, a well-stocked beer garden, and nonstop stimulation. Welcome summer prematurely, rain or shine, at Mayfest. Mimic your favorite boy band songs like no one’s listening with a cold beverage and no judgment.
Where: 3100 N Ashland Ave
When: May 19, 5-10PM / May 20 & 21, 12-10PM
7. Some Girl Talk.
Tired of voicing your feminist values at parties of one? Join DNAinfo editor Jen Sabella, teacher/activist Erika Wozniak, and May’s “Chicago women you should know” for a night of enlightened comradery and sexism stifling. Equal parts purpose and play.
Where: The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave
When: May 23, 6:30PM
8. City cycling.
Sign up for a most exhilarating Memorial Day weekend activity. Chicago’s lakeshore pavement is yours for the chasing at Bike the Drive. Car-free biking and custom rider numbers allow you to customize your cycle and fulfill the dream of obliterating traffic.
Where: Lake Shore Drive (Bryn Mawr Ave to 57th St)
When: May 28, 5:30-11:00AM
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