Are you scrambling for something fun to do this long weekend? If Memorial Day means more to you than a parade or brat on the grill in a relative’s backyard, then you’ve got options. Here are some:
1. Cargo trade-in
You know he’s going to wear his cargo shorts. So, let him, then head over to His Stuff and trade in the shorts and upgrade your man to something more trendy yet comfortable. His Stuff carries 2Xist, Hugo Boss Red Line, Energie and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at His Stuff, 5314 N. Clark St., 773-989-9111; and 3162 N. Broadway, 773-281-6111. Prices vary.
2. Irish Fest
Get your Feis fix. Bring your favorite redhead for, what else? The Redhead Contest, and see an Irish dog exhibition while listening to the Screaming Orphans, the Larkin and Moran Brothers, American English and as much entertainment as five stages can hold at this annual Gaelic Park festival. New this year:
- The Chicago Feis, Irish Dance Competition, hosted on Monday
- A Traditional Irish Wake Tent and Genealogy Tent
- an exibition from the Irish Music Archives
- Irish Bred Conemara Ponies on Saturday and Sunday
- exibition Gaelic Football and Hurling matches on Sunday
- a lovely Dogs of Ireland exibition and parade on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
- our very own Irish Tea Room
- great entertainment for all audiences on four tents
- unlimited carnival rides included
- lots of events and activities for the kids
- a wonderful selection of theatrical performances from several area troupes
- a wide assortment of food and beverage offerings available
- the Irish Fest Mall, filled with 20 terrific Irish import stores
- and of course, Free Parking
Noon-8 p.m. at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest. $15, $12 for seniors and children 4-12, free for children 3 and younger; 708-687-9323, chicagogaelicpark.org
3. Birthday tribute to Miles Davis
It’s fitting that Robert “Baabe” Irving III pays tribute to Miles Davis, who would have turned 83 Monday, because he spent most of the ’80s playing with the legendary trumpeter. Although Davis went experimental, delving into electronic music later in his career, Irving says the tribute will focus on the classics from the ’60s such as “Miles Smiles,” “Sorcerer” and “Miles in the Sky.” Irving is joined by trumpeter Walter Henderson, James Perkins on sax, bassist Larry Gray and Ernie Adams on drums. 8:30 p.m. at Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak Rd.; $5-$15; 312-791-9050.
4. Pirates vs. Cubs
It’s so easy, you’re probably wondering why you didn’t think of spending a nice–woo woo!–holiday–woo woo!–at Wrigley Field. Don’t worry about the standings. Just go and enjoy. 7:05 p.m. at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St. $20-$325, cubs.com
5. Free Craft Day for Kids
On Saturday, May 30, 2009, patriotic Chicago families can celebrate Memorial Day with a free craft activity for kids ages 3 and up at area Lakeshore Learning Stores between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Families can visit two area locations: the Chicago store at 2255 W. 95th St. and the Palatine store at 1403 N. Rand Road. In May, shoppers can save 15% on all super savings items marked with orange stickers.
6. Lincoln Park Zoo Cafe at Wild Things opening
Why do you still have that flip phone from four cell contracts ago? Bring it to the cell phone recycling drive and help the Lincoln Park Zoo celebrate the opening of Cafe at Wild Things, the zoo’s new food stop for local and organic eats. The covered cafe overlooks the lions and tigers (oh my!) habitat. A cell phone also gets you a 15 percent discount (Monday only). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (weather permitting) at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2234 N. Cannon Drive. Free; 312-742-2000, lpzoo.org
7. Chicago Riverwalk opens
Even though the weather in Chicago doesn’t always cooperate, many say that Memorial Day is the beginning of the summer season. You can be a believer, too, strolling along the Chicago Riverwalk, which opens for its summer season Monday. The promenade along the Chicago River offers cafes, tour boats, water taxis, bicycle rentals and more. The Riverwalk runs along Wacker Drive and the south bank of the Chicago River from Franklin Street to Lake Shore Drive. Monday hours will be 6 a.m.-11 p.m.
8. Dora the Explorer at Kiddieland
On her way to adventure and exploration–with enough sugary positive messages for the crankiest of pessimists–Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, Boots, Mr. Map and her Backpack will stop at the amusement park to take pictures with Kiddieland guests. 2-7 p.m. at Kiddieland, 8400 W. North Ave., Melrose Park. Park admission is $23, $20 for children 3-5 and seniors, free for children 2 and younger with paid adult; 708-343-8000, kiddieland.com
9. Chicago Architecture Foundation tour
Let someone else do the driving, talking and explaining when you take one of the many tours offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. You can cruise on the Chicago River and learn about the city’s grand architecture; see the treasured landmarks from the 19th and 20th Centuries along State Street and Michigan Avenue; or Segway around town viewing the splendor of the city’s structures. For a complete list of tours, go to architecture.org
10. Nordstrom half- yearly sale for women
Ladies, there’s weddings, holiday gatherings, bridal showers and more coming up this summer. So, shop, shop, shop until you have all the wardrobe you need. Discounts on women’s clothing and accessories will be 33 percent and higher . 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Nordstrom, 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-327-2300; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 6 Woodfield Shopping Center, Schaumburg, 847-605-2121; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-573-0700; and 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at 34 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, 847-673-6800.