This weekend is destined for greatness. The weather forecast includes spring-like temperatures. And, Sunday is Mother's Day. That, to me, is the perfect recipe for a fabulous, family-focused weekend in Chicago.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, May 9, Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11:
1. Stages, Sights & Sounds
Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. (Loop)
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St. (Loop)
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (Lincoln Park)
Now through Saturday, May 24
Tickets are available online or by calling 312.494.9509
Earlier this week, the Chicago Humanities Festival ushered in its 15th annual Stages, Sights & Sounds. This year, 48 family-friendly theatrical performances are scheduled to run over the course of two weeks at three theaters - two in Chicago's Loop and one in Lincoln Park. The program features performers from Chicago and across the globe, including Australia, the Czech Republic, Japan, and Spain. Based on a recent email from the festival organizers, I understand that several performances are sold out, but there is still plenty of availability for other ones. Tickets are available online or by calling the Chicago Humanities Festival box office at 312.494.9509.
2. CineYouth Film Festival
Now through Saturday, May 10
Columbia College Chicago's 1104 Building
11o4 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor Theater (South Loop)
Today marks the opening of the 10th annual CineYouth festival. Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth showcases short films made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from across the globe. The full schedule is available online. Be sure to check out Kid-Tested, Parent-Approved, which will be shown on Saturday at 11 am. The 43-minute showing includes live-action, animated shorts about a variety of fun topics, including a pizza artist and a tea party with squirrels. The free festival is open to moviegoers of all ages.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago (Streeterville)
Saturday, May 10, 11 am - 3 pm
Free admission for families with children 12 years old and under
This Saturday is the second Saturday of the month, which means its time to head to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for its free monthly Family Day. Dream is the theme of this month's Family Day, and participants are encouraged to "think big" when creating masterpieces of your own. Activities are appropriate for all ages.
4. National Train Day Celebration
Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. (West Loop)
Saturday, May 10, 10 am - 3 pm
Do your kids dream of hitting the rails and seeing the word? Budding train enthusiasts, travelers and engineers will want to head to the 7th annual National Train Day celebration being held at Chicago's Union Station on Saturday. At National Train Day, you can check out model train displays, enjoy kid-friendly activities from Chuggington, and much more. You also can purchase a round-trip ticket for a short, 54-minute ride on the Chicago Excursion Train.
5. Facets Family Film Series: Celebrate Mothers in Film!
Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. (Lincoln Park)
Saturday, May 10
Films at 9:30 am and 11 am
$9 for adults and $6 for children
This weekend, Facets Family Firm series is all about moms. The theatre will show two films from around the world that celebrate moms:
- Mum's The World (ages 8 and under) at 9:30 am - The hour-long program includes animated, live-action film shorts from the US, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and other countries around the world.
- Showing the Way (ages 10+) at 11 am - The 78-minute long program includes three selections from the US, Canada and Taiwan that showcase the legacies handed down by women to their children and their ancestors.
I wish you a very happy Mother's Day!
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