MAY 2018 – If we listed everything you could possibly do in May, this would be one seriously long blog post. Thankfully we’ve sifted through some pretty stellar events, concerts and other happenings to help you narrow your choices. Here’s what we think you need to check out this May in Chicago.
Skate Night: Star Wars
What: May the Fourth be with you at these two Star Wars-themed roller skating sessions where you’re encouraged to dress up as your favorite character, whether you’re a Rogue One, flying Solo or with a Legion. Open to 18+ only.
Where: Stagg Court at Chicago Athletic Association hotel
When: May 4 – two sessions starting at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Cost: $20 – skate rental costs $5.
Foxy Ed’s: A Mini-Bar Pop-up
What: Celebrate the start of our property’s 125th anniversary with this pop-up bar inspired by one of Chicago’s most infamous barkeeps and politicians, Edward F. “Foxy Ed” Cullerton. Enjoy whiskey, beer and other libations at this pre-Prohibition saloon, with plenty of nightly activities – from poker lessons to burlesque.
Where: The Tank at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel
When: Kicks off the weekend of May 3 and continues Thursday through Saturday nights until May 26 – 5 p.m. to midnight.
Cost: No cover
Cindy’s Terrace Opens
What: Start the outdoor season off with a bang as Cindy’s officially opens its terrace with yakitori, friesling slushies, all the rosé and more.
Where: Cindy’s Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel
When: Starts May 4
Cost: No cover
James Beard Foundation Awards and James Beard Eats Week
What: The Oscars of the culinary world will once again bring thousands of food-industry professionals to Chicago for a weekend filled with parties, events and engagements, culminating at the awards ceremony hosted by Carla Hall of ABC’s The Chew. And even if you don’t go to the ceremony, you can still take advantage of restaurant and bar specials all over the city. Get more details about James Beard Eats Week to see where you can chow down.
Where: Lyric Opera of Chicago
When: Eats Week goes through May 7, when the ceremony takes place.
Cost: $500 benefits the JBF
The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience Movement & Hootenanny
What: Chicago’s longest-running improvised two-part comedy show takes place every Monday night and features a different person (well-known Chicagoans – actors, designers, bartenders, etc.) offering personal stories through a monologue, which then inspires the cast to create scenes for the latter part of the show.
Where: iO Chicago (1501 N. Kingsbury)
When: Every Monday at 8 p.m.
Haim + Lizzo
What: The Haim ladies bring their Sister Sister Sister tour to town to blow the roof off the Aragon with their 80s-inspired sound and some serious bass face. Alt-hip-hop artist Lizzo opens.
Where: Aragon Ballroom (Uptown)
When: May 11 and 12
Renegade Craft Fair
What: Renegade, which started in Chicago and is now in a dozen cities around the country, features artisan crafts in a variety of categories from T-shirts to trinkets and paper goods to pottery.
Where: Pilsen on Halsted between 18th and Canalport
When: May 12-13
Cost: Suggested donation.
Pinot in the City
What: Join 70 winemakers, including Argyle, Elk Cove and Van Duzer, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley as they tout some of the best pinot noir in the world. In addition to the award-winning pinot noir, many of the owner-winemakers will also pour pinot gris, chardonnay, riesling and various sparkling wines.
Where: Morgan MFG (401 N. Morgan, Fulton Market)
When: May 15 between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (VIP entry at 5:30)
Cost: $75 (GA) or $125 (VIP)
What: Officially kick off Chicago’s street fair season at Mayfest where you get to drink, eat and listen to great live music from Sixteen Candles, Too White Crew and others.
Where: 3100 N. Ashland
When: May 18-20
Beer Under Glass
What: Kick off Illinois Craft Beer week in style — and among some of the most beautiful flora from around the world. Sample more than 100 beers and enjoy food (available for purchase) from local vendors including 5411 Empanadas, Tamale Spaceship and Bub City.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory
When: May 18
Cost: $60 for GA, $80 for VIP
Bike the Drive
What: The annual ride that shuts down Lake Shore Drive to cars for five hours when both series and casual cyclists get to cruise the iconic motorway up to 30 miles!
Where: Lake Shore Drive
When: May 27
Cost: $50 includes the official T-shirt and the cost benefits the Active Transportation Alliance.
As always, check out the full lineup of happenings at the hotel at ChicagoAthleticEvents.com.