Just recently moved in the Chicagoland area? Need something fun to do this month? We have options for you!
Come May, Chicago officially emerges from hibernation, as rooftops and patios open and everyone trades in winter jackets for shorts and sandals. The warm weather may tempt you to spend money at the city’s best breweries and restaurants, but if you’re trying to save up for summer fun, you’ve got plenty of options. Among a packed May events calendar, you’ll find free concerts, art exhibitions, dance parties, outdoor festivals and more interesting happenings to keep you occupied.
Free Museum Days:
- The Art Institute- Every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. general admission is free for Illinois residents.
Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier- Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. are free as well as the first Sunday of every month. Kids under the age of 15 are free.
- Museum of Contemporary Art- On Tuesdays year-round admission is free for Illinois residents.
Go Run timed run series: The Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Runners Association presents this free series of timed 5K and one-mile runs, which take place every Saturday starting May 5th, at 9am in Humboldt Park, Warren Park and Washington Park.
Memorial Day Parade: On Saturday, May 26th, after a wreath is laid at the eternal flame in Daley Plaza, Chicago’s annual Memorial Day Parade heads down State Street, from Lake to Van Buren, as onlookers wave the stars and stripes.
Kids and Kits Festival: Let your spirits soar at this free, outdoor family-friendly festival at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park on Saturday, Math 5th. Where kids can fly a kite or watch professional demonstrations. Free paper kites will be provided, but families will also be able to purchase more intricate flying creations from a variety of vendors.
Soul Summit: While it’s been ousted from its longtime home at the Double Door, this killer monthly party lives on at East Room with dusty grooves and rare soul that will keep the dance floor packed until 5am. Resident DJs Scott “Sloppy White” Williams, Dave Mata and Duke Grip invite crate-digging experts to show off their collections of vintage vinyl. Catch this starting May 19th, until August 18th.
Maifest: It’s Oktoberfest (even though it’s June), as the traditionally German neighborhood of Lincoln Square throws down with all the beers, cheers, oompah, Lederhosen and pretzels you’d expect. This even is from May 31st, until June 3rd.
Slo ‘Mo: Logan Square’s monthly polysexual dance-off with Kristen Kaza and DJ Tess is anything but slow. Arrive early to avoid the inevitable 45-minute line outside the door and shake your derrière to soulful R&B jams and tunes that celebrate love of all kinds. This hits The Whistler in Logan Square on Thursday May 17th – Thursday June 21st.
Peace Yoga: Millennium Park, Choral Room, 201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601. May 6th, 10-11am.
Chicago House Music Festival: 201 E. Randolph St. , Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Chicago, IL 60601. May 26th, 2-9pm.
May 4–10: The Chicago Critics Film Festival screens films selected by Chicago-area critics (including Jurassic Park and a satire produced by Eminem) at the Music Box Theatre.
May 5: Local brewers crowd into Soldier Field to pour samples of their latest IPAs, lagers, stouts and more at the annual Chicago Beer Classic.
May 19, 20: Pour another glass of rosé and listen to classical music at the Lincoln Park Wine Fest.
May 19: Eat your way through the city’s best mobile vendors at the Food Truck Social at Lincoln Park Zoo.
May 19: Somewhere between an EDM concert and a 5K race, Night Nation Run lets you run through Museum Campus wearing a glow necklace.
Make the most of this month, and have a great time!