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Free Cinco de Mayo Festival

While Cinco de Mayo does not until Tuesday, get a jump on the celebration of an important Mexican victory over the French on May 5, 1862, with the three-day Cinco de Mayo Festival this weekend in Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento.

Free Tour of Chess Records Studio

In May, Blues Heaven Foundation offers a free 90-minute tour of the historical landmark, Chess Records Studio to any guest that arrives between 12-1pm. In the ’50s and ’60s, Chicago’s Chess Records was one of the country’s foremost labels for electric blues and rock ‘n’ roll with recording artists, including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Buddy Guy and a cavalcade of others.

Free Concert: Sunday in the Park with Civic

Called Sunday in the Park with Civic, a percussion ensemble from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s MusiCorps program offers a free, family-friendly, interactive chamber program for children Sunday May 3 at Indian Boundary Park in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Try a Tour of the Chicago Theater

The $12 Chicago Theater tour encompasses historical and architectural highlights of this grand old dame of theaters, including the grand lobby areas, majestic auditorium and backstage space (when possible). During the tour, you willl hear about the visionaries who opened The Chicago Theatre, whose influence on popular entertainment in Chicago is still recognized today. Tours also include the photo exhibit in The Chicago Theatre’s lower lobby, “Chicago: Three Centuries of Theatres.”

Free Ice Cream This Thursday – Carvel’s in Wilmette

Carvel Ice Cream turns 75 years old this year, and to celebrate, it’s giving away a free Iceberg drink concoction, which is made by blending any of your favorite soda flavors with ice and vanilla flavoring topped with a scoop of Carvel’s famous premium soft serve ice cream. To get yours, stop by the Wilmette Carvel Ice Cream shop on Thursday, April 30, from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (the only Illinois location is in Winnetka at 3232 Lake Street in Willmette). Telephone is (847) 853-1800.

Free Comic Book Day – May 2

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May (May 2 in 2009) – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores.

Check Out More than 1,000 Daffodils This Weekend

Check out some beloved springtime bulbs this weekend at the AMERICAN DAFFODIL SOCIETY’S FREE ANNUAL SHOW AND CONFERENCE at the the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois, a near-north suburb of Chicago. More than 1,000 daffodils will be on view at the free show’s juried competition.

Free Music: Mother’s Day Opera Program

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do to on Mother’s Day? Check out the free Sunday Salon Series where the talented duo of Julie Bentley and Kuang-Hao Huang present an eclectic Mother’s Day program which includes Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies and Messiaen’s Poemes pour Mì, as well as songs by Poulenc, Adams and Corigliano.

Free Music: Classical Mondays

Take a long lunch break and join Classical Mondays at the Chicago Cultural Center for an free afternoon concert of classical music as violinist Jasmine Lin and cellist Jacob Braun perform Homage II for violin and cello as well as Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.