We hope you’ve maximized our recommendations on what May had to offer in Chicago. Next stop: summer! From museum exhibitions and art installations to festivals and outdoor activities, we’ve compiled a list of diverse activities for all ages. Take advantage of life slowly going back to normal with this list of fun summer activities below!
Get Growing! Expo from June 11th to June 20th
It’s time to bring your indoor plant garden knowledge to another level. Spread over three weekends and at three different locations in Chicago, the Get Growing Expo will increase your garden and plant knowledge with their free classes, workshops, and other educational events. This is the perfect family outing you were waiting for!
Grant Park’s Pride Festival – from June 26th to June 27th
You don’t want to miss out on this 2-day music festival celebrating Pride Month! Stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race will be performing alongside none other than Chaka Khan, Tiësto, and Gryffin who will headline the event. Book your tickets here now!
Drag Brunch in the Walnut Room from June 12th to July 24th
Drag show? Yes. Brunch? Yes. A drag brunch? Heck yes! Raspberry-stuffed French toast and world-known drag performers are on the menu. Make a booking here if you don’t want to miss out on this first-time series of drag brunches at Macy’s luxurious Walnut Room this summer.
Chicago’s beer festivals from June 18th to June 20th
A new year means new locations and new offerings. Head over to Chicago’s Craft Beer Festival in the West Loop or take part in a sipping fest on the wooded grounds of The Morton Arboretum. Regardless, you are guaranteed some quality beers, pizza, jukebox music, and fresh air! What’s not to like?
To celebrate local bartender, Nick Kokonas’ new book release, “Something & Tonic”, learn all there is to know about tonic cocktails at this new pop-up. With a live cocktail show and a gifted book with more than 60 cocktail recipes, we can’t guarantee you’ll be scoring many strikes but what we can guarantee is an evening filled with fun. Don’t forget to brush up on your at-home bar car knowledge before booking a spot!
The Art Institute of Chicago and Monet until June 14th
The Art Institute of Chicago has a special relationship with Claude Monet’s work as it was the first American museum to purchase one of his paintings in the late nineteenth century. You can expect a mix of worldly known works as well as rarely seen sketches and landscapes sourced from local collections. Your relaxing summer weekend activity awaits…
Near North Side Neighborhood’s Old Town Art Fair on June 12th and 13th
Enjoy local art and local performers at your own pace with the return of the popular Old Town Art Fair. With over 200 local artists and a tour of 50 local gardens, you can plan a full day of it! Make sure you register ahead of time if you want to be admitted.
“Theaster Gates: How to Sell Hardware” until July 31st
This unique art installation tells the touching story of a family-owned, local hardware store in the 70s and 80s on the South Side of Chicago. “How to Sell Hardware” explains the evolution of consumer behavior and the inspirational value these one-of-a-kind hardware parts have for artists’ creativity.
El Jolgorio de Salsa y Más until August 28th
Humboldt Park’s neighborhood and Puerto Rican community are hosting live cultural performances with DJs and salsa dancers every Saturday through August. You can learn how to salsa dance, eat delicious Puerto Rican delicacies and support your local community all at once! It’s a win-win. Check out the El Jolgorio de Salsa y Más Facebook page for the latest updates from organizers.
And last but certainly not least, take a scenic drive with your friends and family to some of the most beautiful state parks Illinois has to offer. Hit play on that road trip playlist, roll the windows down, and enjoy the warm summer breeze.
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