Weekend Alert May 3

Whether you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo or searching for an all-over-print look for the summer wardrobe, Chicago is the place to be this weekend. The city's hosting a fashion show, a beer festival and, of course, the Cinco de Mayo Festival & Parade. Everybody get loose, it's time to make weekend plans.

Cinco de Mayo Festival & Parade (5/3-5/5)

Chicago's Little Village neighborhood is always beaming with Mexican-American pride, but this weekend things are going to be off the charts. Before Sunday's big parade, which starts at the intersection of Cermak & Wood and moves west, Douglas Park will host a weekend festival with food, live music major fiesta-ing. Sunday's parade route ends at Little Village's Cinco de Mayo Festival grounds, bookending the weekend's festivities.

Fashion 2013 (5/3)

Millennium Park, a design masterpiece in its own right, will host some of the city's most distinguished up-and-coming fashion designers on Friday. More than 300 garments will be on display at the 79th annual School of the Art Institute's fashion show, which features works by the school's undergraduate students. Get your Tumblr turnt with some freshly Instagram-d looks at this one. #nofilter

Lucha VaVOOM (5/4)

This show combines Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy, which sounds A LOT like after hours at the Evans residence so I'll feel--literally--right at home. Billed as a "non-stop, action-packed, scream-a-thon," this throw-back circus is for those of us who need a little more excitement in our lives.

Russell Peters at The Chicago Theatre (5/4)

One of the continent's most distinguished comedians, Russell Peters, is make the journey from Canada to The States for a performance at The Chicago Theatre. Peters, like a Canuck version of Eddie Murphy, confronts racial stereotypes, draws on his own ethnic upbringing and can throw one funny tirade.

Wicker Park Bucktown TAP Beer Festival (5/4)

The Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce presents a four-hour taste of their neighborhood at Dolphin (2200 N. Ashland). Tickets to the event will include a commemorative 7 oz. tasting glass, 10 servings that you select from beers on tap and food offerings from local restaurants and bars. Participants include Piece, The Boundary and Bangers & Lace, so expect your Cinco de Mayo weekend to be on heck of a bender party.

For a detailed and up-to-the-minute calendar of Chicago events, click here.

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