Spring is in full swing here in Chicago, and we couldn't be more ready for it. Check out what's going on this weekend throughout downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, and bring your gameface: festival season is on!
Millennium Park's Loops and Variations concert series is back for the summer! Tonight, catch the first concert of the season with YACHT + Hauschka with Q Ensemble. Loops and Variations features a mix of contemporary classical music with electronica, and not just that but it was named "Best New Music Series" by Chicago Magazine. Grab you blanket, pack a picnic and head to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion tonight! Loops and Variations runs through July 3.
Say auf wiedersehen, winter, und hallo to spring at the 14th Annual Maifest Chicago. This is a weekend full of German bands, dancers, and authentic German cuisine, enough to have you dancing in the Lincoln Suqare streets. The four days festival will feature six bands playing traditional polkas, crowd-pleasing sing-a-longs, and classic hits. Sunday you'll even get to enjoy a full ethnic program of German dance groups, choirs, brass bands, and the Jesse White Tumblers.
Do-Division Street Fest returns for an eighth consecutive year. This West Town music festival booked by Empty Bottle and Subterranean is one of Chicago's great street music festivals with three days of non-stop live music on two stages. The $5 suggested donation for admittance is one of the steals of the summer concert season. But wait, there's more! Local restaurants, artisans, and family fun, as well as a dedicated "Do-Fashion" area span 10 city blocks on Division from Ashland to Leavitt to make Do-Division a Must-See festival.
Spice up your weekend, and your walls at home, with works from more than 130 acclaimed artists found right of Michigan Avenue at this weekend's Millennium Art Festival. You'll find artwork of every medium, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, drawings, photography, wood and furniture. Besides the fabulous works of art, you'll also enjoy live music and festival fare from neighborhood restaurants!
Let the "Veg-olution" begin! The goal of the parade is "Celebrating Vegetarian & Vegan Lifestyles," which will feature guest speakers, a costume contest, and a day of rallying around Chicago's vegetarian community. The parade will meet at Columbus Dr. and Balbo Ave.