It's May in Chicago--the ultimate cure for cabin fever. The outdoor rooftops, street-side patios and backyard restaurant hideaways are open for biz and ready to rock. The first week of May sets the pace for the busy months ahead, when the Windy City attempts to squeeze 12 months of partying in the little space between May and September. So check out some of the happening events for the upcoming week and month.
- National Burger Month
- National Barbeque Month
- National Salsa Month
- National Artisan Gelato Month
- National Bike Month
- National Date Your Mate Month
Be on the lookout for Chicago Restaurants celebrating National Burger and 'que month with special prices and creations:
- For starters, you may want to check out R.J. Grunts' Chihuahua Burger ($13.95). The special burger created for "Burger Month" features a half pound of ground chuck and sirloin grilled to to order, and topped with Chihuahua Cheese, jalapeno cabbage slaw, pickled red onions, cilantro, and a schmear of Cholula garlic aioli.
Dive in...Chicago by boat.
- Put away the car, ditch the bus and travel Chicago's waterways. May 1 marks the opening of all things water in Chicago Shoreline Cruises and the water taxi commuter boats launch their daily service today with water taxis for the general public running weekends only in May-- starting their daily schedule in June.
Daily events May 1 through May 7
- Indoor types may want to check out Chicago's awesome theater scene with over 200 choices. If you like classic theater, Tea with Edie and Fitz may be just your ticket. The play is produced by the Dead Writers Theatre Collective, who limit their productions to plays written by or about writers who are no longer alive--thus the name Dead Writers. This month they are showing Adam Pasen’s Tea with Edie and Fitz, at the Greenhouse Theater Complex, 2257 North Lincoln Ave. The play chronicles the tempestuous meeting of literary icons Edith Wharton (Patti Roeder) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Madison Niederhauser) at her estate for tea in the 1920s. (Through June 9). For a complete list of theater happenings in Chicago visit Chicago Plays.
- Today is May Day with rallies scheduled to take place on Federal Plaza, Union Park and Haymarket Square.
- For the traditionalist...May Day Baskets. Fill a small basket with flowers or treats and leave it at a neighbor's front door.
- The House of Blues presents the hilarious "50 Shades! The Musical."
- Beckett protégé Rick Cluchey performs AN EVENING WITH BECKETT presented by Shattered Globe Theatre at Stage 773. (Through May 12).
- Buckingham Fountain is turned on for the summer season.
- Calling all Chicago history buffs to a free event at the Harold Washington Library Center. John F. Hogan and Alex A. Burkholder discuss their new book Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards. The book examines Chicago’s Union Stock Yards, the site of nearly 300 extra-alarm fires before its closure in 1971, including the most disastrous fire in 1910, where 21 firemen and three civilians were killed in a blaze at a beef warehouse. 6 p.m.
- Bruce Graham’s new play, Stella & Lou, premieres at Northlight Theatre in a production directed by BJ Jones and starring Rhea Perlman, (Cheers) May 3 – June 9, 2013.
- A must see for the fashion first crowd : The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s FASHION 2013 takes place today. Runway shows are at noon or 3 p.m. at Millennium Park Chase Promenade (201. E Randolph St.)
- It's the First Friday of the month with many art related events...here's two: The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts a social networking event on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 10 pm (ages 21 and up). The evening features a cash bar, live entertainment and complimentary appetizers. Or head to Wicker Park/Bucktown for their First Friday celebration that kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Flat Iron Arts Building. Explore two floors of art in more than three dozen artist studios and living spaces. Guest artists exhibit in the building's common areas, and impromptu perform. 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Northwest suburban Long Grove celebrates everything chocolate at their 14th Annual Chocolate Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (through May 5).
- The Cinco de Mayo Festival in Pilsen kicks off today--and it's the real deal. (through May 5)
- Today is Derby Day. It's a sure bet that many Chicago establishments will be celebrating Kentucky Derby Day with mint juleps and viewing parties. One such party will take place at Chicago q. Guests can cheer on their favorite horse while watching the race on a large projector screen in Chicago q's main dining room. Tickets are $42 and include a large southern style, all-you-can-eat buffet and a drink. Chicago q signature items as well as Kentucky Derby themed dishes will be on the menu which includes: Bacon Cheddar Hushpuppies, Pulled Pork Sliders, a flight of Deviled Eggs, Hot Brown Sandwiches. Ham and Biscuits, Southern-style Roasted Corn Pudding, Kentucky Derby Pie and Bread Pudding with a q Bourbon caramel glaze. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- In celebration of Run for the Roses, Division Ale House hosts a Sidewalk Pig Roast that includes coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans and Miller Lite. 3 p.m.
- The Chicago Kids and Kites Festival, returns to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Montrose at Lake Shore Drive) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
- It's Cinco De Mayo Weekend. Chicago needs more that a day to celebrate the popular Cinco de Mayo holiday which seems to get bigger each year. You'll find Cinco de Mayo celebrations and specials at HUB 51, Bub City, R.J. Grunts and Café Ba-Ba-Reeba...to name a few.
- Deal of the Day. In honor of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, R. J. Grunts will be offering $4 Margaritas on Saturday and Sunday.
- On the Wagon: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican-inspired Margarita cupcake at the Sprinkles Cantina. Sprinkles Cupcakes, 50 East Walton Street. The new seasonal flavor will be available in-store May 3 - 23.
- The Tap Beer Festival in Bucktown will feature specialty beers and snacks from 20 local bars and restaurants. $35 advance, $45 door. 2200 N. Ashland.
- Polish Fest comes to Jefferson Park at Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. (through May 5).
- Cinco de Mayo day. (see events listed above and check out Time Out magazine's roundup of celebrations).
- Chicago Flea MKT features one-of-a-kind and handmade works by Midwest artisans in an open-air market. Featured items include jewelry, art, fashion, food and more. A.N. Pritzker School, Wicker Park. Free Entry. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Mercadito All-Day Fiesta kicks off at 11:30 am. An all-day fiesta featuring a mariachi band, a live DJ. plus food and drink specials. 108 W. Kinzie.
- Beethoven Festival 2013: Kick-Off Celebration at 5 p.m. (remarks at 6:15 p.m.) Open Secret Studios, 401 N. Racine.
- The Taste of Streeterville celebrates the signature cuisines of Streeterville in The Ballroom at the InterContinental Chicago. The evening features over a dozen restaurants including: Cape Cod, D4 Irish Pub & Café, filini bar and restaurant, Markethouse, Michael Jordan’s Steak House, Shula’s Steak House, The Palm Restaurant, Quay Restaurant & Bar, Ron of Japan, Stetsons Modern Steak & Sushi, Su Casa, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Uno’s Pizzeria and Wow Bao plus live entertainment and a silent auction. Guests will be treated to Goose Island Belgian Style Ales and Terrazas Chardonnay and Malbec wines. 505 N Michigan Ave. Tickets are $125 each tickets are all-inclusive.
- National Teachers Day
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