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Chicago Craft Beer Week 2017: May 18–25

Monday, May 15, 2017 12:00 AM by Liz Garibay

Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 18–25) always offers an array of delicious opportunities for thirsty Chicagoans, and this year's schedule is no different. Here is a little intro to the events celebrating local Chicago and Illinois breweries, and some of my top picks for the 2017 #CCBW line-up. See you there!

94 stories above the city of Chicago, at the tippy top of the iconic John Hancock building, the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers a soaring bird's-eye view of the city. On a sunny day, vast Lake Michigan sparkles far below; at night, the city grid glows amber for miles upon miles. While a visit to this 360-degree is a must-do for every visitor to Chicago, a new series of fun activities—from yoga to painting workshops—makes a visit even more worthwhile.

Chicago's surprising fashion history is on elegant display at Chicago History Museum's landmark "Making Mainbocher" exhibit. Heralded by Vogue magazine as "the most important American designer that you've never heard of," Mainbocher — and his significant fashion influence — is finally receiving a much-deserved spotlight.

Are you as excited as we are that the weekend is finally here? Well the excitement is only getting started. We've got some great Chicago weekend picks for celebrating Mother's Day while on Lake Michigan or at restaurants around town, dance and theater productions, and even markets showcasing the finest crafts and artists. Sounds like Chicago is the place to be. It's time to make plans around these top things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

Meet Cube Solver, Daisy and Omron: Cube Solver can master a Rubik’s Cube in a flash, Daisy has six snake-like legs, making it easy for her to navigate even the roughest terrain and Omron is an agile shipping factory worker. This robotic trio, along with 40 of their pals, will be moving into Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry this May, with a mission to introduce humans to the future as part of the Robot Revolution exhibit.

On a quiet corner of Belle Plaine Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, beside the Metra tracks, wild, Chicago-born yeast blows in through the third floor window of the acclaimed Dovetail Brewery, magically turning water into some of the best Lambic-style beers in Chicago and beyond.

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