CHICAGO — You can go on a Historic Pullman walking tour, check out a Mother’s Day pop-up shop, celebrate Greater Englewood Unity Day and more to kick off May.
Here are 26 things to do in Chicago this weekend:
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday
Caminos de Michoacan, 1659 W. Cullerton St.
Sip on cocktails and dance the day away to live DJs during this Cinco de Mayo bar crawl through Pilsen. There will be trolleys running all day to transport you between eight participating bars, including Caminos de Michoacán, Twisted Cantina and Honky Tonk BBQ. There will also be a Caminos Block Party with music, dancing and fun in the streets. Tickets are $50 online.
6-10 p.m. Sunday
Dorothy, 2500 W. Chicago Ave.
Lesbian cocktail bar Dorothy is hosting its first Middle Eastern-inspired dance party, or hafla, featuring Detroit-based DJ Tammy Lakkis and Chicago’s own Rumr. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the DJs start spinning at 7 p.m. Entry is a sliding scale of $15-$25, and proceeds will be split between the lounge and performers. If you’re a guest who requires elevator access, you can reach out to Dorothy ahead of the event or talk to onsite security upon arrival. You must be 21 or older and have a valid ID.
Noon-4 p.m. Sunday
The Joinery, 2533 W. Homer St.
Shop vintage and upcycled items, home decor, jewelry, self-care products and more from local makers at this Mother’s Day celebration event. Admission is free.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday
Peace Campus, 6402 S. Honore St.
Imagine Englewood If will serve light breakfast and refreshments 9-10 a.m., followed by two hours of cleaning up the neighborhood. Afterwards, there will be a “unity celebration” with food, drinks, music, games and more until 2 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Honore Street.
Noon-4 p.m. Saturday
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Hyde Park Art Center is hosting a free day of wellness activities this weekend, complete with meditation, yoga, art-making activities and stand-up comedy. RSVP online.
Noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday
Indelible Bliss Candles, Soaps & More, 4342 N. Central Ave.
Shop handmade goods from local artisans and enter a raffle to win prizes at this Mother’s Day pop-up event.
1:30-3 p.m. Sunday
Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Take a walk through history this weekend as you explore Pullman on a guided tour. While you stroll around the neighborhood, you can learn about the community’s contributions to rail innovation, urban design, the labor movement and more. You’ll also get access to the Pullman Exhibit Hall. The walking tours, organized by the nonprofit Historic Pullman Foundation, start this weekend and run through October. Tickets are $10-$15 online or $20 at the door. Kids younger than 12 can attend for free.
6-8 p.m. Saturday
Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St.
This is a free showcase for melanated films and filmmakers from around Chicago and the country. The films highlight the experiences of people of color in America — they’re stories from, by and for melanated people. RSVP online.
5:30-8 p.m. Friday
Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave.
The Uptown Chamber of Commerce is throwing a party to mark 100 years in existence and to celebrate Uptown’s achievements. There will be small bites from local eateries, performances and a museum-style storyboard of the neighborhood’s history. The celebration is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. RSVP online.
10-11 a.m. Saturday
North Pond, 2610 N. Cannon Drive
Lincoln Park Conservancy volunteers are leading a guided walk around the North Pond Nature Sanctuary. You’ll learn about native wildflower species that are in bloom during this 60-minute walk, which is geared toward adults. Walkers are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes, hats, water bottles and to be dressed for the weather. There is a $10 donation, which helps support the Lincoln Park Conservancy. You can register to attend online.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday
EDGE Athlete Lounge, 1747 N. Elston Ave.
Run alongside UIC Professor Rachel Weber as you learn about Lincoln Yards, one of the city’s largest redevelopment projects. During the 2.5-mile jog, you’ll learn about the area’s industrial history, the redevelopment project’s progress, possible benefits and disadvantages and more. Afterwards, head to EDGE Athlete Lounge until 2 p.m. for complimentary coffee and recovery services, including cold and hot tubs and compression boots.
2-6 p.m. Sunday
Promontory Point, 5491 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Craft of Color — a community group for queer and Black, Indigenous and people of color crafters, makers and artists — is hosting a craft picnic kickoff event this weekend. Bring craft supplies to swap with fellow picnickers, work on your own craft projects and mingle with other creators. Admission is free, but you should bring your own blanket and/or seating. Food, refreshments and tarot readings will be available to buy.
1-3 p.m. Saturday
Bronzeville Children’s Museum, 9301 S. Stony Island Ave.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, there will be mental health activities for children 4-9 at the Bronzeville Children’s Museum this weekend. Activities include a reading circle, drawing, painting, mindfulness moments and more. There will be a $5 donation at the door to enter.
7:30-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday
The Davis, 1825 E. 79th St.
“Panther Women,” a play honoring revolutionary Black women, runs through May 27. It was written by India Nicole Burton and tells the story of a young Black woman consulting the stories of Black radical icons like Angela Davis and Assata Shakur as she discovers herself amid modern life. Tickets are $20. You can buy them online.
12:30-4 p.m. Saturday
2240 Gallery, 2240 S. Michigan Ave.
ConTextos, a nonprofit group that believes in the healing power of literature and art, is hosting its Spring Open Mic & Market this weekend. Watch performances by spoken word artists, comedians, musicians and more, or get up in front of the crowd. There will be a vendor market where you can shop locally made goods, from cookies and books to artwork and jewelry. Performances are on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP online.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.
This festival celebrating Latino spirits, wine, cocktails, blenders and mixologists is the first of its kind in Chicago. You can sample spirits, attend seminars and more. Tickets are $65-$95 online. This is a 21-and-older event, and you must have a valid ID to attend.
3-5 p.m. Sunday
Metropolitan Brewing, 3057 N. Rockwell St.
Music in Urban Schools Inspiring Change, or MUSIC Inc., is an orchestra program serving more than 200 students on he West and South sides. On Sunday, you can join the group for a free, family-friendly fundraiser. There will be snack boxes and MUSIC Inc. swag available to buy. All proceeds will help develop the orchestra’s music education program.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday
Three Avenues Bookshop, 3009 N. Southport Ave.
This month’s Three Avenues Book Club meeting focuses on “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed, which speaks to mental health and life struggles. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the group hopes to have a mental health professional to answer questions. You stop by the store to pick up a copy of the book or place an order online.
2-6 p.m. Saturday
The Wild Hare & Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary, 2610 N. Halsted St.
Rock out with Chicago musicians Kaotic Drumline, Ahmyo, Earth Radio, Queen Ari and more to raise awareness of and support the city’s homeless youth population. There will be food, drinks, music, raffles and more. General admission tickets are $45 online and $65 at the door, and it includes two food and drink coupons. All proceeds go to Stand Up for Kids Chicago, a Lakeview-based nonprofit working to end the cycle of youth homelessness.
2-4 p.m. Saturday
Oliva Gallery, 3816 W. Armitage Ave.
Learn how to weave with Chicago-based textile artist, painter and art educator Bryana Bibbs. Looms, yarn and other materials will be provided, but participants are also encouraged to bring found objects such as old clothes, ties, plastic bags and plants. You’ll also get a chance to browse Bibb’s solo exhibition, “Numb,” before it leaves the gallery.
Starts 11 a.m. Saturday
Cody’s Public House, 1658 W. Barry Ave.
This dog-friendly party features a Doggy Derby Best-Dressed Contest with prizes such as a $100 gift card, drink specials and more. You can also bring your own meat to grill during Cody’s Der-B-Que. Sides, including coleslaw, potato salad and rolls, will be provided.
12:30-3 p.m. Saturday
The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave.
Grab a yoga mat and towel for this yoga event in celebration of Chicago chef Nia’s birthday. There will be a 30-minute yoga flow session, plus mimosas, mingling, small bites and vendors until 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 online.
4-7 p.m. Sunday
Chicago Athletic Association, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, 12 S. Michigan Ave.
This weekend, you’ll be able to talk about anything and everything related to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Alongside a moderated panel discussion, there will be a live performance by Yna and The Seasons, guided rest and a healing ceremony. Register for free online.
6-8 p.m. Thursday
Sip of Hope Coffee, 3039 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago artist Myron Laban is hosting an intimate storytelling event in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month as part of a Lost & Found Storytelling series. Attendees can wear pajamas or comfortable attire and bring a blanket for floor seating. The venue’s coffee bar will be in service until 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but you must RSVP online. All proceeds will support Hope for the Day’s proactive suicide prevention and mental health education programs.
6-8 p.m. Saturday
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, one of Chicago’s premier professional dance companies, is hosting its annual spring showcase this weekend in honor of co-founders Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbott. Along with a Deeply Rooted dance performance, there will be a pre-show conversation with dance luminaries Cleo Parker Robinson, Iega and Abbot. Tickets for the pre-show talk are $35 tickets, and tickets for the dance performance are $25. You can buy them online.
3-4 p.m. Sunday
Visceral Dance Center, 3121 N. Rockwell St.
This showcase hosted by Mandala South Asian Performing Arts features classic and contemporary Asian dance and music performances. You can see artists, including Shalaka Kulkarni, an Indian America interdisciplinary artist trained in Indian Classical dance and other contemporary forms, and Ikunojo Fujima, a Chicago native and Japanese American who has performed with the Shubukai dance troupe for more than 30 years. Tickets are $25 online.
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6 p.m. Friday
House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St.
Get ready to dance and sing along with Half Alive and Tessa Violet at House of Blues. Don’t miss out on a unique blend of indie pop and funk. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.
8 p.m. Saturday
The Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B Wells Dr.
An all-new global touring film concert series, “DC In Concert,” debuts with the box office smash, “The Batman.” Experience the caped crusader like never before as a live symphony orchestra performs the blockbuster movie’s captivating score alongside the film for an unforgettable live concert experience. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.
8 p.m. Sunday
The Salt Shed, 1357 N. Elston Ave.
A decade into her career, Karin Dreijer Andersson – former singer of 90’s pop group Honey Is Cool and one-half of The Knife – needed to take some time off. She now returns as the solo artist Fever Ray. Fever Ray is the title, of both project and album, an evocation of the music’s sound, intense and anxious, yet luminous. Buy tickets or enter to win a pair here.
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