Fireworks: Navy Pier’s Aon Summer Fireworks kick off Saturday, May 27 for the 2017 season, and Navy Pier is the destination for spectacular fireworks perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. Our biweekly Aon Summer Fireworks shows occur on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Be sure to check the schedule for additional shows added throughout the year. Whether you’re viewing them from the dock or aboard an evening cruise, fireworks are the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier! This year’s fireworks display will be synchronized with music from The Rolling Stones celebrating Navy Pier’s new exhibit, The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism. Aon Summer Fireworks can be viewed over Lake Michigan biweekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Labor Day. Saturday, May 27 at 10:15 p.m., located at 600 E. Grand Ave., 800-595-7437
Belmont Sheffield Festival — The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival kicks off Chicago’s outdoor street fest season. The party is located steps from the Belmont Red Line “El” stop and the fun goes down Saturday and Sunday.
Memorial Day Weekend Cruises: Many of Navy Pier’s ships and boats will be out sailing throughout the weekend to celebrate Memorial Day. Cruises will be available from Mystic Blue, Seadog, Odyssey, and the Spirit of Chicago. Check out Navy Pier’s calendar for a list of dates and times for cruises. Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, located at located at 600 E. Grand Ave., 800-595-7437
Live on the Lake: The Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend featuring free, live outdoor music performances. The beer garden offers a large menu of beers, cocktails, frozen drinks and food. On Friday, May 26, 97Nine and Waxworks will be the first performance of the season from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Hot Rocks and special guests Creedence Revived and Almond & Olive will perform from 2-11:30 p.m. On Sunday, May 28, Michele Thomas & Soulmeme will perform with special guest John Kimler & Friends from 2-8 p.m. And on Monday, May 29, Hillbilly Rockstarz and Rebecca Rego will be on stage from 2-8 p.m. Located at 600 E. Grand Ave., 800-595-7437
Chicago House Party: This year’s Chicago House Party takes over Millennium Park with DJs and live performances throughout the day showcasing the sounds of house music. The party will debut the House Legacy Project. The event is free. Saturday, May 27 at 2 p.m., located at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.
Mole de Mayo: The weekend festival at 18th Street and Ashland Avenue in Pilsen features art, musica, lucha libre and all the mole you can eat. Obviously Mole De Mayo is much more than just mole, with two stages of great live entertainment. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is a $5 suggested donation.
Randolph Street Market: Mark your calendars, Randolph Street Market is heading outside! The huge antique and vintage market spans inside and out Plumbers Hall for their biggest market of the year, the May Garden Party. More than 300 vendors will have fashion, accessories, furniture, home decor and so much more. You know, like live music, a disco dance party, kids fun fare & pirate arcade and Master Makeup Artist and Body Painter, Orlando Barsallo doing live body painting in “Versailles Garden. Tickets are $10.
Millennium Park – Memorial Day Monday traditionally marks the kickoff of Millennium Park‘s Downtown Sound free concert series.
Chinatown Walking Tours: From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Chinatown hosts public walking tours that explore the historic neighborhood. The 90-minute tour begins at Chinatown Square by the Zodiac Animal Statues and tours seven spots from the shopping district to Ping Tom Memorial Park. Tour is on Monday and cost is $10.
Chicago Farmer’s Markets | Support your local farmers by checking out vendors selling fresh fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers at a variety of venues throughout the City of Chicago.