Bean Spring

Happy Weekend, Chicago, and what a glorious one it will be! Get outside, enjoy you well-earned sunshine and hit up a beer festival, a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performance, or a discounted museum day. And don't forget to treat your mom this weekend to a brunch on the water, a screening of an old favorite, or even a stroll through Lurie Garden. Whatever you do, we've got your weekend covered for you. 

Chicago Celebrates Mother's Day! (5/11)

Zum Muttertag Mothers Day

Treat mom to a Chicago kind of Mother's Day this year.  Take to the water for a Mother's Day brunch with a view with special Mother's Day brunch cruises with Odyssey Chicago and Spirit of Chicago. Have a mom who prefers to stay on land? Make your reservationwith the Brookfield Zoo for Mother's Day Brunch at the zoo's Discovery Center, with a variety of breakfast favorites. Or maybe she prefers a little musical theatre with her special day! Stop by Music Box Theatre's screening of"Mama Mia!" and skip the brunch in favor of buttered popcorn and coke. If you're on the North Side and want to add a dash of culture to celebrate your mother, plan on Dank Haus for their Kaffee, Kuchen and Klaver celebration, and treat your mom to an afternoon of culture, coffee and cake (pictured above).

Stages, Sights & Sounds (5/6-24)

Stages Sights Sounds

Put on by the Chicago Humanitites Festival, Stages, Sights & Sounds kicks off this weekend and runs throughout the month of May. The Chicago Humanities Festival's mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. And Stages, Sights & Sounds does just that!  There's something for everyone throughout the festival, from lively theatrical to hands-on experiences for every age. 

2nd Fridays on the Chicago Cultural Mile (Starts May 9)

2nd Fridays

There's a new reason to love Fridays in Chicago - the second Friday of every month to be exact! You know all about the Magnificent Mile, now its time to shift your focus to Chicago's Cultural Mile: Michigan Avenue running from the Chicago River south to Roosevelt Road, and stretching eastward to the Museum Campus. That's a whole lot of culture to dive into. On 2nd Fridays, enjoy discounted museum entry, dining discounts and fun activities! Click here to learn more about this month's 2nd Friday specials.

American Beer Classic (5/10)

Beer Classic

A traveling collection of our country's finest beer, the American Beer Classic is stopping in at Soldier Field this Saturday. Sample and learn from a diverse lineup of breweries, and let your inner beer geek shine through, and save room for hot dogs, burgers, pretzels and all the beer food your heart desires! Check it out this weekend.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Adventures with Aladin (5/10)


In collaboration with Lookingglass Theatre Company, returning guest conductor Edwin Outwater leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this weekend in several selections from Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherazade. At each performance, enjoy a series of educational preconcert activities for the whole family, including performances by students form local community music schools, Civic Orchestra of Chicago workshops, and an Instrument Petting Zoo. Introduce the little ones to the symphony with this approachable and wonderful performance!