8 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: May 31

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!

Cream of Wheaton 

Kick off your summer fun at the Cream of Wheaton! This weekend-long event features your favorite carnival rides, a beer garden, food vendors, business expo, arts & crafts fair, and kids’ activities. An exciting lineup of live musical entertainment includes Hello Weekend on Friday night and the 80’s cover band Hi Infidelity on Saturday. 

Date: May 30 to Jun 2 
Time: Thu & Fri 4:00 to 9:30PM; Sat 9:00AM to 10:00PM; Sun 1:00 to 6:30PM  
Cost: Free 
Location: Memorial Park, 225 Karlskoga Ave, Wheaton (Carnival rides on Liberty Dr) 
More Info: wheatonparkdistrict.com  

061117-N-5307M-113 Virginia Beach, Va. (Nov. 17, 2006) – John Nugent, Vietnam veteran, plays the bagpipes as a part of the opening ceremony at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall at Mt. Trashmore Park. The exhibit crisscrosses the country each year, allowing millions of visitors to see and touch the black, mirror-like surface inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. The wall honors all U.S. veterans and is dedicated to Vietnam veterans. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tristan Miller (RELEASED)

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall 

Designed by an architecture student, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC was heavily criticized when it was unveiled 42 years ago; five million people a year now visit the site to honor those who died in the war. At 3/5 scale of the DC Memorial, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall stands 6 feet tall at the center and spans almost 300 feet from end to end.

Date: Through Jun 2 
Time: 9:00AM to 8:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: College of DuPage, Fawell Parking Lot C, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn 
More Info: cod.edu 

The Great American Songbook 

Delight in this afternoon concert with the Silvertones, a senior choir that sings with passion and musicality. You’ll be transported to a bygone era with favorites from the Great American Songbook, including Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies and Blue Moon, the 1934 ballad by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

Date: June 1 
Time: 2:00PM 
Cost: $8 Pre-sale; $10 At the door 
Location: Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard St, Wheaton 
More Info: wheatonparkdistrict.com  

Greek Fun in Lincoln Park… Opa! 

The annual Lincoln Park Greek Fest features a weekend full of authentic Greek food, great live music, folk dancing, and a whole lot of fun. Held at the historic Greek Orthodox Church founded 101 years ago, the event is an authentic experience of Greek traditions and culture. 

Date: May 31 to June 2 
Time: Fri 5:00PM to 11:00PM; Sat 12:00 to 11:00PM; Sun 12:00 to 10:00PM 
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation 
Location: St, George Greek Orthodox Church, 2701 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago 
More Info: lincolnparkgreekfest.com 

Rhino Fest 

Billed as Chicago’s longest running fringe festival, the Rhinoceros Theater Festival begins this weekend and runs through June 30. Enjoy more than 50 plays, solo works, music, dance and more at six locations throughout Chicago from Andersonville to Humboldt Park and the Southside.

Date: May 30 to June 30 
Time: Varies by event and location 
Cost: Pay What You Can 
Location: Six venues around Chicago including Facility Theater (1138 N. California Ave) and Perceptions Theater (1825 W. 79th St) 
More Info: rhinofest.com

Black Girls Dance® 

Blending ballet, contemporary dance and hip-hop, the talented young performers of Black Girls Dance® will take to the stage this Sunday for ICONS, a mesmerizing tribute to iconic figures who have shaped the arts, culture and history. 

Date: June 2 
Time: 6:00PM 
Cost: $34 
Location: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St, Chicago 
More Info: harristheaterchicago.org  

House Music Festival 

It’s been 40 years since the music genre was born in Chicago, revolutionizing dance music around the world. Celebrate four decades of House Music with an outstanding lineup of local and international DJs performing on two stages, including Pritzker Pavilion. At 10:00AM on the North Promenade House Stage, Slo ‘Mo and Kido will host Queer Fam Pride Jam, a celebration of LGBTQ+ families, kids and allies with dance lessons, DJ sets, and more. 

Date: June 2 
Time: 10:00AM to 9:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Millennium Park, Multiple entrances including Michigan Ave & Washington St, Chicago 
More Info: chicago.gov

The Glenwood Sunday Market is Back 

This Sunday is opening day for this popular Rogers Park farmers market! Founded in 2010, this neighborhood market is composed entirely of farmers and food artisans who work in the local food shed to provide sustainably grown and produced foods. Organized by the Rogers Park Business Alliance, their mission is to make sustainable, regionally produced foods accessible to the entire Rogers Park community. 

Date: Sundays from Jun 2 to Oct 27 
Time: 9:00AM to 2:00PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: 6960 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago 
More Info: glenwoodsundaymarket.rpba.org

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