Show Me Chicago's Weekend 10: Top Ten Things To Do In Chicago

Show Me Chicago's Weekend 10: Top Ten Things To Do In Chicago
The Book Cellar will be celebrating Independent Book Sellers Day with mimosas

The Weekend 10…could easily be the weekend 10,000 with all that’s on tap for this weekend including the kick off for the Summer Festival season; the NFL Draft and the fan-friendly “Draft Town”  plus perfect weather for flying a kite. Here is Show Me Chicago’s Weekend 10…for the other 9,990 things to do this weekend–you’re on your own.

1. Green City Market

Green City Market steps outside for the season Saturday

Green City Market steps outside for the season Saturday

The Green City outdoor market opens for the season this Saturday, May 2 in Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive (approximately 1817 N. Clark). The market offers a festival like atmosphere while providing organic and sustainably raised products for the well over 200,000 shoppers who stop by annually. In honor of this week’s 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards, coming to Chicago visiting chefs will join the Chicago’s chef community at this Saturday’s Market beginning at 9:30 a.m.

2. The NFL Draft and Draft Town

A rendering of the NFL Draft Town in Grant Park. Photo credit: NFL

A rendering of the NFL Draft Town in Grant Park. Photo credit: NFL

The NFL Draft comes to Chicago for the first time in 51 years. The selections take place at the Auditorium Theatre. The fun takes in Chicago’s Grant Park and Congress Plaza, where the free admission Draft Town welcomes fans with a host of activities winding up with a free concert featuring American Idol winner and platinum-selling songwriter PHILLIP PHILLIPS, Saturday, May 2 at 8 pm. Draft Town hours: Thursday, April 30: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, May 1: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.;Saturday, May 2: 10 p.m. – 7 p.m. (concert at 8 p.m.)

3. Chicago Kids and Kite Festival

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The 17th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival returns to Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Montrose and Wilson) on Saturday, May 2,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Highlights of the free admission fest include: the Big Kite Candy Drop and  Kite Harbor–a haven for kite buyers, and professional flyers (who will demonstrate their skills with oversized and uniquely-shaped kites).

4. The Polish Constitution Day Parade

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Polish Constitution Day Parade. Photo: Choose Chicago

The Polish Constitution Day Parade, steps off Saturday May, 2, on Dearborn from Lake to Van Buren at 11:30 a.m. This colorful parade–the largest Polish parade outside of Poland–celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791.

5. James Beard Foundation Awards

Celebrity chefs head to the Windy City this weekend for the James Beard Awards Photo credit: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Celebrity chefs head to the Windy City this weekend for the James Beard Awards Photo credit: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The main event, the Awards Ceremony–an Oscar-like ritual for the foodie nation, complete with black ties and a red carpet–takes place Monday, May 4 at the Civic Opera House. Although this pricy event is sold out, there are many other opportunities to take part in the action and catch up with some of the celebrity chefs that will be in town including:  Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali and Ming Tsai.

James Beard Eats Week features special James Beard inspired menus at more than 80 Chicago restaurants starting today through Thursday, May 7.  OR, if you are more interested in getting a glimpse of the food stars, you may want join the onlookers at the red carpet ceremony that takes before the awards ceremony in front of the Lyric on Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

6. Cubs at Wrigley

Chicago Cubs are in action this weekend at Wrigley

Chicago Cubs are in action this weekend at Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs will host the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend with a series of afternoon games at Wrigley, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all starting at 1:20 p.m.

7. Derby Day

Many Derby Day celebrations will be happening around town Saturday

Many Derby Day celebrations will be happening around town Saturday

And they’re off.  No worries, if you can’t make it to Kentucky, Chicago is hosting many Derby Day celebrations around town including Pearl Tavern’s second annual Kentucky Derby party featuring $12 mint juleps or their “Thousand-Dollar Mint Julep” for $18 featuring Woodford Reserve–and, of course, the race.

8. Fight Night

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Looking for a fight or just a fun fight night.  Barn & Company is offering the whole package for $45. The price gets you a Premium Bar pass and an All You Can Eat Buffet from 6-9 p.m.

9. Lincoln Funeral Memorial

Seated Lincoln in Grant Park

Seated Lincoln in Grant Park

The Chicago History Museum celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the passage of the Lincoln funeral train in Chicago with the commemorative event, Abraham Lincoln’s Journey Home this Friday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. The program features CSO Principal Tuba Gene Pokorny’s performance of “Ashokan Farewell,” a well-loved Civil War song followed by a one-hour presentation by Lincoln actor, Fritz Klein. The Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street.

10. Independent Bookstore Day

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Photo: Terrence Antonio James, Chicago Tribune

Twelve Chicago independent bookstores, from Andersonville to Hyde Park, will be offering special activities and events to celebrate Independent Book Store Day and welcome patrons into their stores.

Lots of events both local and national are on tap for Independent Book Store Day. One of the best bets just may be the Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar at Lincoln Square’s Book Cellar. In addition to the liquid refreshments, there will be hourly raffles, CAKE and an opportunity to meet with authors David MacLean and Samantha Irby who will be at the store from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other Chicago bookstores celebrating the day include:  57th Street Books, Seminary Coop, Sandmeyer’s Bookstore, Unabridged Bookstore, Roscoe Books, Open Books River North, Open Books Pilsen, City Lit Books, Uncharted Books, Powell’s Bookstore University Village, and Women & Children First.

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