5 Things to do this Weekend: May 13

Spring is here with fresh adventures for you around town and online! Here’s a round-up of five activities that we found most interesting for you this week.

Discover the Art of Making Art!

Chicago Cultural Center’s ongoing series Meet An Artist continues this month with artist, teacher, and cultural worker William Estrada. William activates his Mobile Art Cart to engage visitors in the art of printmaking.

Date: Friday and Saturday, May 13-14
Time: 12-2pm
Cost: Free
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
More info: 
chicago.gov

Get Inspired by the World Around You

The Chicago Humanities Festival presents its most diverse calendar yet that features everything from public art to academic lectures and so much in between. Explore the world of Afro-Punk, learn about the 1910 Mexican Revolution, or take a Floating Museum tour of Chicago’s public art. It’s all happening at the Humanities Festival!

Date: May 10 – June 2
Time: Various
Cost: $0 – $44
Location: Various locations across Chicago
More info: chicagohumanities.org

Be a Part of the Music

The Chicago Jazz String Summit gives players of all skill levels an opportunity to take a hands-on workshop with jazz masters. Attend the in-person workshops at Constellation Chicago, or learn about topics like improvisation and Ethiopian music from the comfort of your own home with free virtual sessions. Dust off that old saxophone and get back in tune with your favorite jazz stylings.

Date: May 13 – 14
Time: Various
Cost: $0 – $10
Location: Online and at Constellation Chicago, 3111 N Western Ave
More info: chicagojazzstringsummit.com

Celebrate Writers and their Work

To commemorate its fifth anniversary, the American Writers Museum is hosting the inaugural American Writers Festival. The free event at the Chicago Cultural Center boasts more than 75 beloved contemporary authors, artists, and playwrights, sharing their experience and artistry to all who love the written word.

Date: May 15
Time: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
More info: americanwritersmuseum.org

Take a Taste of Global Whiskies

Whisky distillers, master blenders, and world-renowned whisky experts will all be in one place at the annual Whisky Festival, hosted by Whisky Advocate magazine. Take a tour of whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Tennessee, Japan, and Canada, as well as unique craft-distilled whiskies, all while meeting fellow whisky fans. The focus is education, with distillers on hand to explain how their unique flavors are captured and how to get the most out of your bottle of whisky.

Date: May 13
Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Cost: $295 – $375
Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Wacker Dr
More info: whiskyadvocate.com