A true Chicago summer tradition, Navy Pier’s fireworks show is back and better than ever as Aon Summer Fireworks. With the new name comes a surprise show happening today with its first-ever preseason spectacle.
The fireworks are truly spectacular and light up the night sky high above Navy Pier all summer long. The show is accompanied by music and there are numerous vantage points along the pier to take in the experience.
Aon launches a partnership with Navy Pier that includes a five-year sponsorship of the show and a 20-year commitment of support of the Grand Ballroom.
Be sure to share the news with friends and family on social media about tonight’s show with the hashtag #SummerStartsNow. Whether viewing from the dock or on-board an evening cruise, fireworks are the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier.
The Aon Summer Fireworks preseason show kicks off tonight, May 20, at 9:30 p.m. at Navy Pier, located at 600 E. Grand Ave. After tonight the show will continue on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information visit navypier.com.
The LandShark Beer Garden, located at the east end of Navy Pier, is a great place for to relax, unwind and enjoy Chicago’s lakefront. The outdoor seating is perfect for soaking up some summer rays or watching the sun set behind the city skyscrapers.
For those over 21, the LandShark Beer Garden is the place to be. The beverage menu features imports, microbrews, and domestic beers in addition to its signature drink: LandShark Lager.
Despite its designation as a beer garden, this Navy Pier locale is definitely family friendly, with various menu items ideal for youngsters and plenty of beverages of the non-alcoholic variety. With the hottest live music and the opportunity for dancing, guests of all ages can enjoy the LandShark Beer Garden. This weekend’s lineup includes: Mike Flood & Co., Back Country Roads, Bassel & The Supernaturals, The Congreagation, Mike & Joel, Safe Haven, Nicholas Barron, Samadhi Vibe, Omar Coleman, and Train Company.
So grab your friends and savor the refreshing warmth of summer and an unbeatable view of the city. And if you happen to prefer your summer fun on Wednesdays or Saturdays, you’re in luck. The LandShark Beer Garden is located right at the edge of the waterfront and is a prime front row seat to Navy Pier’s biweekly fireworks show.
Live music at the LandShark Beer Garden kicks off Friday, May 22 and runs to Monday, May 25. After that it will run every Wednesday through Sunday. The LandShark Beer Garden is located at Navy Pier at 600 E. Grand Ave. For a full schedule of live music and more information visit chicagosbestbeergarden.com.
The weather can’t seem to make up its mind, but we might have a warm weekend ahead and the best way to get it started is outdoors with fresh food.
Yes, visiting farmer’s markets helps the struggling farmer but once you try a crepe, smoothie, fresh blueberries, and pasta at Green City Market you’ll realize the farmers are helping your struggling palate. The food sold here is so good that many of Chicago’s greatest chefs and restaurants get ingredients from the market. You can even catch some of these chefs giving cooking demonstrations at the market like Sean Sanders from Browntrout.
Along with the demonstrations you can catch some live music, and, in true Chicago fashion, probably some of the best meat available in a farmers market in the entire country. Green City Market also offers programs like the Edible Gardens, a 5,000 square-foot public garden; Club Sprouts, where kids get a chance to try different sustainably grown foods; and Savor the Seasons, where market-goers can try different varieties of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The next outdoor Green City Market is Saturday, May 23 at the south end of Lincoln Park at 1790 N. Clark. For more information visit greencitymarket.org.
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The upcoming three-day weekend is filled with activities, but it’s important to remember the reason for the long weekend is to remember the men and women who gave everything in defending this country.
Chicago does a great job of honoring our fallen troops with one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the country. The day begins at the eternal flame at Daley plaza with a wreath laying ceremony and then continues with the parade.
During the wreath laying ceremony those with Gold Star pins and Next of Kin pins will be recognized. The pins are not awards but given to those who lost loved ones who were in the military while on active duty or combat operations.
The Chicago Memorial Day Parade starts Saturday, May 23 at 11 a.m. with the wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza located on Dearborn St. and Washington St. The parade will kick off at 12:00 p.m. at State St. and Lake St. For more information visit cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/memorial_day_parade.
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With temperatures rising a little bit—yes, I know you’re probably wearing a sweater today—it’s time to get some spice in your life, and there’s no better place than a crawfish boil.
McGee’s Tavern is hosting the 26th Annual Headsucker’s Ball. Once every year over 2,500 pounds of crawfish are flown in from Louisiana for this massive, delicious crawfish boil. Along with crawfish McGee’s will be serving jambalaya, red beans and rice, and spicy gumbo. You can wash all that down with authentic Pat O’Brien’s Hurricanes.
To get some of that real Cajun feeling you can also enjoy the sounds from Hurricane Gumbo, who will be playing zydeco tunes.
If you’ve never had crawfish before it is a succulent delight. It’s easy enough to eat. All you have to do is straighten the tail of crawfish, push it in, pull it out, and take a bite of the meat. Of course, don’t forget to suck the juices out of the head.
The 26th Annual Headsucker’s Ball takes place Saturday, May 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McGee’s Tavern located at 950 W. Webster Ave. For tickets and more information visit eventbrite.com/e/headsuckers-ball-26th-annual-crawfish-boil-tickets-16485846611.
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Yes, it was cold this morning and it’s May, but we promise you that there will be sunshine coming. How do we know? Chicago Mayfest is here that’s how.
Kick off the summer street festivals with Chicago Mayfest in Lakeview. This three-day festival is in its 19th year and is always a good party that gets you outdoors with a delicious plate of food and a refreshing drink in your hand.
The cover bands are always great to catch as they let you put your arm around a friend with a beer in hand and belt out songs as if you were on stage. Whether it be the hilarious Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press, the always grungy Smells like Nirvana, or the country styles of Suburban Cowboys.
Families will enjoy Chicago Kids Day with kid’s Zumba and arts and crafts sessions. The parents will get some great health tips at the health and posture screenings. Those with four-legged friends can enjoy the Chicago Pet Pageant and Expo and discover new products for your pets.
Chicago Mayfest runs May 15 – 17 at 3100 N. Ashland Ave. Admission is $10. For more information visit starevents.com/festivals/star-background.
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A lot of people see craft brewing as a bubble ready to burst as every day there seems to be a new brewery opening up, but what they fail to understand is the craft brewing isn’t about taking over the world—it’s about art. Chicago craft brewers are arguably making the best art in the country and it’s time to celebrate it.
More than 300 venues will be showcasing Chicago’s best brews along with specialty beers at special events across the city during the sixth annual Chicago Craft Beer Week. Expect great flavors from countless breweries like Ale Syndicate Brewers, Half Acre Beer Co., Revolution Brewing, Scratch Brewing, Two Brothers Brewing Company, Vice District Brewing, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.
The celebration starts at Beer Under the Glass at the Garfield Park Conservatory where under the historic showhouses breweries like 5 Rabbit Cervecería, Atlas Brewing Company, and BuckleDown Brewery will be offering samples of their great beers. The week ends at the Welles Park Craft Beer Festival where 85 craft beers will be pouring over 170 beers. Here are some other Chicago Craft Beer Week highlights.
Chicago Craft Beer Week runs May 14 – 24 at various locations throughout Chicago. For a full list of events, schedules, and tickets make sure to visit chibeerweek.com.
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So it’s Wednesday and you still don’t have anything planned for your mom on Mother’s
Day. No big deal. It’s not like the woman gave birth to you, or sacrificed her dreams to raise you, or put up with your horrible musical skills during countless hours of piano practice, or saw you completely whiff a baseball thousands of times during little league. Feeling guilty? Here are some great options still available for Mother’s Day brunch.
For an old school Italian feel head to Club Lucky in Bucktown. They will have an all-you-can-eat-buffet with the traditional eggs, French toast, and applewood-smoked bacon, but they’ll also have their delicious, homemade cheese-filled tortellini in pesto cream sauce along with their infamous made-from-scratch desserts, and other Italian favorites.
1824 W. Wabansia Ave.
Mother’s Day Brunch 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$28.95 per adult and $16.95 for kids ages six to 12
Head south of the border at Cantina Laredo for a bit of a Mexican-fusion Mother’s Day brunch. Their brunch will include their famous French toast topped with fruits, syrup, and Mexican brandy butter along with chilaquiles, chorizo and eggs, their mango and chicken salad, among other. An addtion to their typical dessert will be the strawberry buñuelos, sugar-cinnamon dusted chips topped with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. Since it’s a special day there will be a complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary.
508 N. State St.
Mother’s Day Brunch 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
To give your mother a little nostalgia to when you were practically a wild animal take her to Chicago’s Zoological Soceity’s Brookfield Zoo. Their champagne brunch will feature countless brunch favorites like an omelet station, bacon, sausages, smoked salmon with roasted red pepper sauce, grilled chicken breast with marsala wine sauce, rice pilaf, beef kabobs, among many others.
Chicago’s Zoological Soceity’s Brookfield Zoo at the Discovery Center
8400 31st St., Brookfield, IL
$39.95 for adults and $29.95 for kids ages three 11
Another great way to give your mom some needed appreciation is by enjoying the warm weather on a Mother’s Day Brunch cruise. Entertainment Cruises’ fleet that includes the Odyssey, Mystic Blue, and Spirit of Chicago all have Mother’s Day brunches. Each breathtaking ship includes a brunch buffet, a flower for your mother, and a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa. The cruises will also include DJs and amazing views of the city’s skyline.
Mystic Blue Cruises, Odyssey Cruises, Spirit of Chicago
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.
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From bow to stern, Boats offers an immersive nautical experience, with a dock and bait shop, an assortment of boats and boating equipment, authentic signage—including the nautical flag alphabet—and accessories such as captain’s jacket, life vests, steering wheels, sails, buoys, fishing poles, and Lake Michigan fish. Lending to the realism is the spectacular view of Lake Michigan and boats along Navy Pier’s South Dock that serve as the exhibit’s backdrop.
Designed by Chicago Children’s Museum, Boats provides a fertile environment for the unstructured, make-believe play that’s essential for a child’s language and social-emotional development, particularly for Pre-K through early-elementary ages.
Whether seasoned sailor or nautical novice, toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting the sail, or dropping a fishing line. A two-level work boat, complete with a bunk and kitchen prep area, features a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin and boundless opportunities for kids to become cooks, biologists, captains, deck hands, or whatever roles they choose.
Boats will be open at Chicago Children’s Museum starting on May 8th and runs through November.
We’ve hit 70 degrees and the sun is out—kind of. So that means it’s time to enjoy the warm weather and great brews at the American Beer Classic.
While the Chicago Bears are off doing some rebuilding they’ve left Soldier Field for 75 breweries to showcase 200 different beers for fellow hop lovers. Along with the brews will be live entertainment, tours of Soldier Field, and food.
Along with the popular brews like Dogfish Head, Blue Moon, and Woodchuck Hard Cider, guests can expect less popular but equally delicious breweries like Vice District Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, and Deschutes Brewery.
Along with the beer will be educational opportunities like the screening of the documentary “Blood, Sweat, and Beer,” and Andrew Gil of WBEZ’s “Strange Brews” discussing beers and the podcast.
The American Beer Classic takes place Saturday, May 9 at Soldier Field located at 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.. For tickets and more information visit americanbeerclassic.com.