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Author: Desmond Penn

Desmond is a Choose Chicago intern always searching for new ideas. Desmond was born and raised in Chicago and his love for the city continues to grow. As a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Desmond cherishes the opportunity to be in the heart of such a unique city. Desmond strives to explore the different neighborhoods of the city and capture the scenery through his writing and photography to provide a unique perspective.

The weekend in Chicago is finally here and like always, it's filled with some of the top happenings of the year! There's endless things to do in Chicago and we've got everything you need to enjoy your visit this weekend. Looking to see some of your favorite blues musicians, eat a bunch of BBQ ribs or enjoy a craft beer festival at Navy Pier? Well we've got it all and more. Create your Chicago weekend itinerary — here.

Are you as excited as we are about all that's happening in Chicago this weekend? Sure, there's a lot of must-see attractions that you can't miss but there are also a ton of festivals, parties and fairs you're sure to enjoy. Whether you're looking to enjoy a weekend full of German music and cuisine, a huge party along The 606 trail, craft beer or gospel music in Millennium Park, Chicago is the place to be. If that's not enough, check out this list of trips ideas and Chicago travel itineraries for all the classic Chicago activities. It's time to make weekend plans — check out the top 8 picks below.

Ready for a Chicago weekend full of eating, drinking and bicycling? Well maybe not all in a row! There's a bunch of things to do in Chicago this weekend, from biking down a car-less Lake Shore Drive to Memorial Day madness at several weekend parties and the annual Memorial Day Parade. Jurassic World dinosaurs take over The Field Museum, and once more Navy Pier is the place to be with the kick off to summer meaning FREE fireworks on the lake. Whether you're ready to jam to cover bands, get down with a House music party, catch local artists from a lakefront stage — or all of the above — Chicago is the place to be. It's time to make weekend plans!

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. 

We've got something for all to enjoy this weekend in Chicago. From ballet performances to the city's largest beer festival to building kites in Lincoln Park. You can also join Chicago in celebrating Buckingham Fountain's 90th birthday in Grant Park. Not only that, there's a bunch of Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby specials that you can't miss, not to mention a new brunch offering kicks off. It's time to make weekend plans in Chicago.

We're back with your favorite guide for making the most of your weekend visit to Chicago. The city is packed with attractions that you can't miss but this weekend we've got some specific events you can't miss. Take an Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones themed dinner cruise, shop from 300 unique makers, head to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier to see a funny love story, and much more.

Anyone else ready to suit up for C2E2, overload on a showcase of international movies and music, go on a "Chicago-style" food tour and celebrate Record Store Day with cook-outs, meet & greets and more? Chicago sounds like the place to be this weekend, am I right? You won't be disappointed with this list of epic Chicago events and festivals happening all weekend long. It's time to make weekend plans — here!

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

Ready to make the most of your weekend visit to Chicago? Well we've got some great weekend events and tours that you can't miss. From guided walking or bike tours (with a discount) to the grand opening of Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones at Navy Pier, to cruising with the Easter bunny, there's something for everyone to enjoy. It's time to make weekend plans!

Odysseo by Cavalia

Ready to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer this weekend? You're in the right place. Check out our list of some of the top events taking place in Chicago, including the NCAA Frozen Four hitting the United Center for the first time ever, and the world's largest touring production making its Midwest debut at Soldier Field. And on Monday? The 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs are back in the city for their home opener, and they're opening the new Park at Wrigley too. Create your Chicago weekend itinerary with these top picks!

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