Time to get outdoors with all these fantastic events this weekend!  Here is just a sampling.  Enjoy – you deserve it!

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1. Kids and Kites Festival

  • When:   May 4, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Where:  Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, W. Montrose Dr. (Lake Shore Dr, between Montrose & Wilson Aves), Chicago IL 60640.

Why this is fun:  A favorite family event and a harbinger of springtime in Chicago, the 21st Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival returns to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Montrose and Wilson) on Saturday, May 4, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is FREE.

The City of Chicago will provide free kite kits, while supplies last, for children to get creative as they build, decorate and fly their own kites.

The Windjammers Professional Kite Team will once again be on hand to thrill the crowd with their synchronized kite flying maneuvers throughout the day, and festival goers can enjoy activities such as face painting, balloon artists, circus arts presented by CircEsteem and crafts. Chicago Kite will also be onsite for kite buyers.

Chicago Kite will be onsite for kite buyers, and professional kite flyers will demonstrate their skills with oversized and uniquely-shaped kites.

For more details, visit the website. 

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2. Cinco de Miler

  • When:  May 4, 2019, 8:30 am.
  • Where:  Montrose Harbor, 4400 N Lake Shore Dr , Chicago, Chicago IL 60640.

Why this is fun:  The day before we commemorate Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla, runners speed through a five-mile course before arriving at a finish-line fiesta, complete with breakfast tacos and mariachi bands. specials and writing.  After you cross the finish line, join us in the fiesta where Breakfast Tacos, Horchata, Mexican sweets and your first beer is on us! Enjoy a Revolution Beer (21 & older only for the beer) or Jarritos (non-alcoholic option), and take a turn at the carnival games! Continue your Cinco de Mayo celebration and dance the day away to live mariachi bands.

For more details, visit the website.

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3. Fyre Festival: The Pop-up

  • When: Opens Friday May 3, 2019 Sunday May 12, 2019, Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–2:00 am; Fri 3:00 pm–2:00 am; Sat noon–3:00 am; Sun noon–2:00 am.
  • Where:  2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago IL 60657.

Why this is fun: Forget about Woodstock; the latest music festival to capture the world’s imagination is Fyre Festival. Co-founded by entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the 2017 event promised guests a luxurious weekend of performances by the likes of Blink-182 and Migos on a private island. What transpired was more fiasco than fest, as attendees who arrived expecting a weekend of fun were greeted with the news of the event’s abrupt cancellation, sad cheese sandwiches and FEMA tent accommodations. Subsequent Hulu and Netflix documentaries exploring Fyre Festival’s collapse have only cemented its status as a spectacular failure—one with enough pop-culture clout to warrant a pop-up bar homage.

Replay Lincoln Park will pay tribute to the disastrous music festival by setting up palm trees, sand, beach chairs and fire pits throughout the arcade bar, recreating Fyre Fest’s tropical setting. Guests will enjoy a menu that includes tiki drinks, Bahamian beer, fish bowl cocktails and “gourmet cheese sandwiches.” The pop-up kicks off on Friday, May 3 with an evening of sets from DJ Matt Roan, DJ Real Co and DJ Orville Kline (tickets are $20) and will continue through Sunday, May 19, hosting events like hot dogs’ roasts, a treasure hunt and a performance by a Blink-182 cover band. Here’s hoping that Replay’s rendition of the Fyre Festival goes off without a hitch.

For more details, visit the website.

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4. Polish Constitution Day Parade

  • When:  May 4, 2019, at 11:30 am.
  • Where:  900 S Columbus Dr, Chicago IL 60605.

Why this is fun: The 128th Chicago Polish Parade is celebrating the Polish Constitution of 1791 in honor of the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the United States Constitution. We will celebrate 100 years of Poland’s Independence and Illinois’ Bicentennial. Every year the Parade gathers thousands of people devoted to Polonia and Poland. Thousands more are expected to be drawn to the television coverage of the parade provided by Polish TV stations.

Polish values, history, traditions and culture will be presented by the participants of this biggest outside Poland Parade.

The Parade Committee cordially invites all Polish-American organizations, societies, clubs, schools, businesses and individuals to take part as a marcher or spectator in this very important Polish American patriotic event.

For more details, visit the website.

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5. Switch on Summer

  • When:  May 5, 2019, Noon to 3:00 pm.
  • Where:  Buckingham Fountain, 337 E Randolph St, Chicago IL.

Why this is fun:  Join ComEd and the Chicago Park District to watch the historic fountain officially switch on at 2 p.m., and enjoy free family-friendly activities and live entertainment!

Celebrate the arrival of summer a few weeks early at ComEd’s annual season-changing ritual, which culminates with Buckingham Fountain being turned on at 2pm. Meteorologist Tom Skilling hosts the party, with live music from local cover band Sixteen Candles

Now in its fifth year, the annual event will feature more than two dozen of Chicagoland’s most beloved organizations, including the Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo, to help the city spring into summer. The festivities will include free giveaways, family-friendly activities, and live entertainment. This year’s event will also highlight the 85th Anniversary of the Chicago Park District, with complimentary slices of Eli’s Cheesecake while supplies last.

For more details, visit the website.

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