Whether you’re into banjo-rap, clown marching bands, tarot card readings, helping the environment, or just celebrating Mother’s Day – we’ve got it all here in Chicago this weekend. Enjoy – you deserve it!


1. Gangstagrass

  • When:   May 12, 2019, doors open at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Space, 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston IL 60202.

Why this is fun:  Banjos and rappers shouldn’t sound this good together, but they do! Gangstagrass has toured internationally, blowing minds on main stages from SXSW to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, with a live stage act taking full advantage of the improvisational aspects of both hip-hop and bluegrass.

Their live show has garnered a reputation among fans for its dynamism and spontaneity. Currently touring across the US, Gangstagrass is using live performances to organically develop new material for an album that will further explode the boundaries between genres generally thought to be incompatible. Visit the website to sample some tunes – you’ll be impressed!

For more details, visit the website. 


2. Tarot Readings at Quimby’s

  • When:  May 12, 2019, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Where:  Quimby’s, 1854 W North Ave, Chicago IL 60614.

Why this is fun:  Quimby’s is proud to welcome back tarot readings by Sarah Luczko. Sarah is a poet, dancer, performance artist, bookstore owner, and Tarot reader. Her readings are down to earth, while still keeping one foot in the other world. Sarah works with querents to produce a reading through collaboration with the cards. She embraces the traveling tradition of party readings. She prefers to read in loud bars, outdoors, in a garden, at art openings, or anywhere away from more traditional settings.

For more details, visit the website.


3. Timeless Toys 25th Birthday Carnival

  • When: May 11, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Where: Giddings Plaza, 4731 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60625

Why this is fun: Come to Giddings Plaza to help us celebrate a 25th birthday! There’ll be balloon animals, prizes, snacks, live music and much more!

Schedule of events include fire juggling and stilt walking, children’s portraits, live strong man, carnival games, cake cutting, Shananagan The Clown (Balloon Animals, puppets, music and Magic), and The Lucky Trikes Clown Marching Band!

Be sure to enjoy the cotton candy by Amy’s Candy Bar, birthday cake by Cafe Selmarie, and Cool Aid with brownies by Savory Spice Shop.

For more details, visit the website.


4. 2019 Chicago River Day

  • When:  May 11, 2019, from 9:00 am to Noon.
  • Where: Various location throughout Chicago – visit website for details.

Why this is fun: : This beloved annual volunteer day has an immediate impact and collectively brings about long-term improvements in the health of the Chicago River. Spanning the river’s 156-mile system with over 60 locations to choose from, there are many ways for people of all ages to get involved. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon, will be held rain or shine.

Over the last two and a half decades, we have witnessed an incredible shift in the health of the river and how people care for it; our volunteers and sponsors help make this happen.

Registration is now closed but volunteers are still welcome to come to a site on May 11. Check the link below and click on a location. Thousands of volunteers at some 65 locations across the area…come join the effort!

For more details, visit the website.


5. Mother’s Day Brunch at Lincoln Park Zoo

  • When:  May 5, 2019, Noon to 3:00 pm.
  • Where:  Café Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago IL 60614.

Why this is fun: Give your mother the ultimate Mother’s Day gift by taking her out to the Lincoln Park Zoo! Enjoy a wonderful brunch among all the beautiful gardens Lincoln Park has to offer.

Choose between four sessions that will feature live music and an incredible breakfast brunch buffet, as well as coffee, juice, and soft drinks. Mothers in attendance will receive one complimentary mimosa in celebration of the day.

For more details, visit the website.


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