5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend
Memorial Day weekend continues Chicago’s festival season with the 29th annual Belmont & Sheffield Music Festival in Lakeview. But if you’d rather taste some fancy brews, head to the West Loop to check out the city’s largest craft beer festival—it’s the only way to conclude Craft Beer Week in the city. And don’t forget to give back by supporting public safety at this year’s Bike the Drive, or pay your respects to those who guard the nation during the annual Memorial Day parade. And finally, make sure to catch one of this summer’s epic performances by the daredevils of Cirque Shanghai.
Bike the Drive
Want to make biking, walking and public transportation in Chicago easier and safer? Support the cause by joining the Active Transportation Alliance for this annual, scenic 30-mile bike ride on Lake Shore Drive!
When: Sunday, May 26
Where: Columbus Drive & Jackson Drive
More info: bikethedrive.org
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
Tune in as Chicago’s number one tribute bands perform all your favorite songs at the 29th Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival. While you’re there, enjoy food, beverages and the handiwork of local artisans.
When: Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26
Where: North Sheffield & West Belmont Avenues
Admission: $5 requested donation
More info: chicagoevents.com
Memorial Day Parade
Take your place with thousands of Chicagoans, along with Grand Marshall Leon Panetta, former CIA director and Secretary of Defense, as they gather for one of the nation’s largest Memorial Day Parades.
When: Saturday, May 25
Where: State & Lake Streets
Hours: 11am (Wreath Laying)/12pm (Parade)
More info: cityofchicago.org
West Loop Craft Beer Fest
Get your fill of craft beer and culinary fare during this inaugural block party celebration! Enjoy samples from more than 35 breweries and your favorite dishes
from food vendors like Lillie’s Q and Fumare!
When: Saturday, May 25
Where: 131 N. Clinton Street
More info: brownpapertickets.com
You’ll be stunned by the athletically impressive daredevils of Cirque Shanghai as
they return to Navy Pier with the motorcycle stunts, acrobatics and Chinese Dragon Drums of their new show “Dragon Thunder”!
When: Wednesday, May 22-Monday, September 2
Where: Pepsi Skyline Stage (Navy Pier)
Hours: See site for schedule
More info: navypier.com