5 Things to do this Weekend: May 12

Enjoy the spring season with new experiences to make your days brighter! From outdoor activities like nature walks and festivals, to exploring new areas and shops, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of five activities this weekend that we think you will love to kick off the spring season!

Discover the Flavors of Sauced Market

Experience a foodie’s wonderland at the Sauced Market! Discover a diverse array of gourmet food vendors, indulge in unique flavors, and engage with passionate artisans. Immerse yourself in workshops, demonstrations, and live entertainment while supporting local businesses. Don’t miss this vibrant event that will leave your taste buds craving for more.  
Date: May 12 and 13 
Time: 5:00 – 10:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: House of Vans, 111 N Elizabeth St 
More info: saucedmarket.com

See ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Go from Page to Stage

Immerse yourself in the world of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show! Based on the beloved children’s book by Eric Carle, this family-friendly show brings those colorful characters to life on stage. Join for a journey through the stages of metamorphosis, as the caterpillar munches through various foods before transforming into a beautiful butterfly. With storytelling, puppetry, and a dose of whimsical charm, this show is a must-see for families and fans of Carle’s iconic work.
Date: May 12 and 13 
Time: 9:30 and 11:30AM 
Cost: $32.25 
Location: Chicago Children’s Theatre, 100 S Racine Ave 
More info: chicagochildrenstheatre.org

Witness the Magic of Art on the Mart

Prepare to be mesmerized by the captivating Art on the Mart: Selected Works from the Class of 2023. This outdoor art installation transforms the façade of the iconic Merchandise Mart into a gigantic canvas for visual displays from the graduating class of 2023. Experience the fusion of art and technology as colors, animations, and imagery dance across the building’s surface.

Date: Closes May 14 
Time: 8:30 and 9:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: The Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza 
More info: artonthemart.com

Toast to WhiskyFest!

Whisky enthusiasts, get ready to indulge in a sophisticated evening of tasting and discovery at WhiskyFest Chicago! Presented by Whisky Advocate, this renowned event brings together a remarkable collection of whisky brands and experts under one roof.  Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, WhiskyFest Chicago offers a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and flavor palate while connecting with fellow whisky lovers. 
Date: May 12 
Time: Doors open at 5:30PM 
Cost: $295+ 
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago,  
More info: whiskyadvocate.com

Explore Art at the Hyde Park Art Center

Prepare to be captivated by the artistry and thought-provoking creations of Edra Soto as the Hyde Park Art Center proudly presents the exhibition Destination: El Destino – A Decade of Graft. Step into a world where personal narratives, cultural exploration, and intricate craftsmanship intertwine. Through a decade’s worth of Soto’s work, this exhibition invites you to contemplate themes of identity, migration, and the complex relationship between art and society. 
Date: Runs through August 6 
Time: Open During Gallery Hours 
Cost: Free 
Location: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell Ave 
More info: hydeparkart.org


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