LAKEVIEW — You've got three whole days off, Chicago. Get out and explore the city's neighborhoods — from Beverly to Rogers Park, the lakefront to the far Northwest Side, there's plenty to do inside (if it rains, which it will) and out.
Enjoy a car-less Lake Shore Drive during the annual Bike the Drive event on Sunday. Cyclists take over the roadway beginning at 5:30 a.m., with a recommended start time of 7 a.m. for riders who want to complete the entire 30-mile loop before LSD is reopened to motorists. Registration is still open. Click here for all the details.
Heralding the start of the street festival season, the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival kicks off at noon Saturday at 3200 N. Sheffield Ave.
Local favorites Too White Crew and Wedding Banned are returning, and the fest has added a second stage at Sheffield and Belmont, where DJs and drag queens will perform in between rounds of Trader Todd's karaoke idol competition.
There is a $5 suggested donation for entry to the festival, which benefits the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.
The Beverly Area Planning Association will host the 40th annual Ridge Run and subsequent Memorial Day Parade on Monday. The first race begins at 8 a.m. [Supplied Photo]
After a brief Memorial Day ceremony, the final 5K race will begin at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available just ahead of the races at the park at 9625 S. Longwood Dr. It costs $55 to run the 10K, $40 for the 5K and $75 to run both races back to back. It costs $30 to run the youth mile.
The Beverly Hills/Morgan Park/Mount Greenwood Memorial Day Parade will immediately follow the Ridge Run. The city's longest-running parade begins at 110th Street and heads north on Longwood Drive to the park.
A ceremonial wreath will be laid in the area dedicated to veterans.
Those looking to get rowdy should head to Madison Public House, 2200 N. Milwaukee Ave., (near the California Blue Line stop) Sunday for a 12-hour dance party featuring Na$im Williams, Vic Spencer, The Boy Illinois, White Gzus and more. The free party kicks off at 2 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.
Not interested in nursing a hangover on Memorial Day? Galerie F, 2415 N. Milwaukee Ave., is hosting an opening reception for its newest exhibition on reinterpreted classic movie posters 6-10 p.m. Friday. Local artists include Chema Skandal!, Jonathan Carradine, Lisa Gray and Penny Pinch. The exhibit will run through June 11.
Local history lovers can head to the Edgewater Historical Society, 5358 N. Ashland Ave., to check out its newest exhibit: the "Made in Chicago Museum." The collection features 200 everyday Chicago-made items produced between 1900 and 1970 from neighborhoods across the city, including iconic brands like Maybelline Mascara, Zenith radios, Wrigley Gum and much more. The museum is free and open from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Had hopes of escaping Chicago for a quieter weekend among nature? Fear not: The Waterfront Cafe in Edgewater is a tucked-away, patio-only, lakeside eatery that feels more like a tropical dining experience than a meal in the city. Located behind Berger Park's landmark coach house at 6215 N. Sheridan Road, the restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (or 10 p.m. Sunday). Call ahead if the weather is poor to make sure the cafe is open.
Begyle and Dovetail breweries are teaming up for an epic two-day block party, Mayfestiversary, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1800 W. Belle Plaine Ave. There will be plenty of beer, food trucks, games and live music. Click here for the complete lineup.
Need a rainy day plan? Check out the world premiere of "T" at American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. The show is a fictionalized account of the story behind Tonya Harding's rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan and the "Why?" heard round the world. Tickets are available for 8 p.m. performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Swing by Cafe Chien, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, 4749 N. Spaulding Ave. for a sneak peek at the neighborhood's planned People Spot. Grab a cup of coffee, get goofy in the photo booth, plant a seed and meet neighbors at this community open house.
Spend Monday with thousands of Northwest Siders at the Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade, which celebrates its 95th consecutive year this weekend. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at Onahan Public School, 6634 N. Raven St., and ends around 12:15 at Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. A brief tribute ceremony will be held at Taft after the parade's end.
The cool and cloudy weather forecast for this weekend means Saturday could be a good night to get cozy and watch a movie. The Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, will be showing a special pre-release screening of the documentary "Whose Streets," which follows the turmoil that consumed Ferguson, Mo., in the weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot in August 2014. Brown's father, Michael Brown, Sr., will speak at the showing.
Sportsman's Club launches its summer-long backyard BBQ series this Sunday, kicking off with a guest chef from Birrieria Zaragoza, a Mexican restaurant known for its spicy braised goat meat tacos. For $20, you'll get a plate of food and a beer beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, until it runs out. At 948 N. Western Ave.
The back yard and patio at Sportsman's Club. [Courtesy of Sportsman's Club]
Buyers and lookers will be flocking to the 1300 block of West Washington Street in West Loop's Fulton Market this Saturday — embracing the return of the Randolph Street Market outdoor summer market. The two-day party features more than 300 vendors offering antiques, vintage items, art, global imports, food, drinks and more. The dog-friendly rain-or-shine market, which also has an indoor area, charges a $10 entry and runs from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat-Sun, at 1340 W. Washington Blvd.
Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya's summer sake sangria is designed for pairing with ramen or izakaya — appetizers like pork buns and Karrage, a Japanese salad topped with fried chicken. Available by the glass, carafe or pitcher (from $8-$34), the summer sake sangrias are apple pineapple, cucumber, pomegranate and "Mega Kuwaii," a strawberry, shochu sake and lime blend. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat; 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday; and 1:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday, 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Who says a cabin in the woods is the only way to get away? With many folks out of town, it could be the perfect time to book a last-minute "Staycation" in the center of Wicker Park's main hub, which will be calmer than usual this weekend. The Robey, a 69-room boutique hotel, offers a restaurant, Cafe Robey (see its new spring menu), plus skyline views from a rooftop cocktail lounge, the Up & Up. And since you'll be a guest, you can wade in the dipping pool next door at the Cabana Club, 1616 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The Cabana Club. [DNAinfo/Alisa Hauser]