Memorial Day 2011 Events Kick off Summer in Chicago.


Chicago, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  It’s almost here–SUMMER.  Check out Show Me Chicago’s list of events for Memorial Day Weekend 2011–from the Parade to the Belmont and Sheffield Music Festival–in today’s kick-off to Summer 2011 post.

Friday, May 27.
It’s Closing night for Chicago Craft Beer Week.
‘A BEER FISTIVAL’! The closing ceremonies for Chicago Craft Beer Week take place tonight at Revolution Brewing.  Special and rare offerings from Chicago’s top breweries will be on tap.  $40.00, Reservations not required. 8:00p.m. to 11:00p.m. (773) 227 2739.

Summer Greeter Tours of Lurie Garden in Millennium Park kick off today.
Enjoy a free, guided walking tour of Chicago’s 24.5-acre, award-winning Park with a Millennium Park Greeter. Meet at the Millennium Park Welcome Center, located at 201 E. Randolph Street. Call (312) 744 8000 for more information. Daily, 11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.

Chicago Critical Mass Monthly Bike Ride.
Bring your bike and meet other bikers at Daley Plaza for a ride through the city, rain or shine, the last Friday of the month. Free event. 5:30p.m. Daley Plaza – 50 W. Washington St. – Chicago (Loop).

Chicago History Museum Pub Crawl, Prost!  
German Bars of Chicago explores the heart of German Chicago and discusses German immigration and contributions to the city. The tour will visit several of Chicago’s best bierstubes and learn about the history of each saloon.  6:00p.m. 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $30/25,  (312) 642 4600 or at the Chicago History Museum.

Saturday, May 28.
Get Your Greens.
The popular, mostly organic Green City Market is a healthy and fun way to start your Saturday. The market features locally farmed and organic meats, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, baked goods, demonstrations, samples and more. South end of Lincoln Park, from 7:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.   Discounted 2-hour parking is available at the Chicago History Museum lot at LaSalle and Clark.

Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony.


Marchers preparing for Chicago’s 2010 Memorial Day Parade. Photo credit: Show Me Chicago.

The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza in Chicago (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will step off at noon at Lake Street and State Street and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.

Belmont and Sheffield Music Festival.
The 27th annual
Belmont-Sheffield Music kicks off at noon Saturday, May 28 with some of
the hottest national and local musical entertainment, arts, crafts and
lots to eat.  $5 suggested donation, N. Sheffield between Belmont and
School.  noon to 10p.m. today.  Sunday, noon to 9p.m. Take the
Brown/red/purple lines to Belmont or the #77 Belmont bus.
donation of $5  benefits the Central Lakeview Merchants Association.  (773) 868 3010.
Here’s your weekend line-up for the Fest:
Saturday, May 28
Noon                            Velvet Jimis (rock/funk/blues)
2:00 p.m.                       Red Glare Rockets (rock tribute)
4:00  p.m.                      Libido Funk Circus
6:00 p.m.                       Rock Candy
8:00 p.m.                       Too White Crew
Sunday, May 29
Noon                             Sorry for Partying (rock tribute)
1:30 p.m.                       He Said, She Said (rock/pop tribute)
3:30 p.m.                       7th Heaven
6:00 p.m.                       Hairbanger’s Ball
8:30 p.m.                       Wedding Banned

Randolph Street Market Festival–First of the Season, Saturday and Sunday.
European-style urban antique market kicks off its 2011 season today. 
Over 200 antiques dealers will showcases antiques and vintage
collectibles. In addition, the Indie Designer Market will showcase
merchandisers, decorators, fashionistas and style setters from around
the world. This indoor/outdoor fair showcases antiques and vintage
collectibles. Randolph and Ada Streets – 1350 W. Randolph St. – Chicago
(West Loop). Tickets $12 at door, $9 online.  Today 10a.m. to 5p.m.. Sunday 10a.m. to
4p.m. Free and ample parking plus valet service. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday and 10a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday.

Alan Cumming at the Harris Theater.
Star of the CBS hit series The Good Wife and Tony award-winner Alan Cumming brings his hit one-man cabaret show, I Bought a Blue Car Today, to the Harris Theater for its Midwest premiere tonight (Saturday) at 7:30p.m. Tickets for I Bought A Blue Car Today range from $35 – $65 and are available at the Harris Theater Box Office located in Millennium Park at 205 E. Randolph Dr., by calling 312-334-7777.

Fireworks at Navy Pier.
The kick off to Summer 2011 fireworks at Navy Pier fires off this Saturday at 10:15. Free event. Fireworks will continue most Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day.
Sunday, May 29.
Bike the Drive 2011.
Bike the Drive 2011 pedals off from Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive at 5:30a.m. (through 9:45a.m.) on Sunday, May 29.  The ride offers an opportunity for bikers to navigate Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive car-free. Nearly 20,000 participants of all ages and expertise are expected for this year’s Bike the Drive which will be held rain or shine. In addition to the ride, there is a post ride festival at Grant Park’s Butler Field with live entertainment, giveaways and $7 breakfast options from Goose Island Brew Pub. 
Register online or at the event.  Fees for registration before the event are: $45 for participants who are not members of the Active Transportation Alliance (includes T-shirt); $40 for Active Transportation Alliance members (includes T-shirt); $15 for youth 17 and under (includes T-shirt). Fees for day of registration are: $55  (T-shirt NOT included). 

Monday, May 30.
Free admission to the National Vietnam Veterans Art  Museum on Memorial Day.


Angel in the Desert sculpture.

Celebrate Memorial Day with performances by the Black Hawk Performance Company and the Been Na Un Den Nah Drum Group, 1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m. Followed by artist talks and performances by members of the Warrior Writers Project from 3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.
Plus “Angel in the Desert,” a sculpture of a dying Iraqi waving his hands in the sand, by Persian Gulf War veteran, Marcus Eriksen will be unveiled at the museum on Memorial Day. 1801 S. Indiana Avenue

Downtown Sound with Justin Townes Earle + Andre Williams and the Goldstars.
Summer Monday Music Series, “Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays.”  Named after legendary country-folk artist Townes Van Zandt, Nashville-born and bred Justin Townes Earle has had the rich artistic roots of the deep-south flowing through his veins since birth. Putting that heritage to use, Earle has created a clean and simple aesthetic style that is truly all his own. After winning the prestigious American Music Award for “Emerging Artist of the Year” in 2009, Earle released the increasingly mature Harlem River Blues in 2010 to vast critical acclaim. Free event,  6:30p.m. Millennium Park, Pritzker  Pavilion, 210 E. Randolph Dr.

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