Want to know what’s happening this weekend in Chicago? Look no further. There’s a whole calendar of exciting events, exhibits, and activities taking place all over the city this month in Chicago.

This weekend in Chicago is a jam-packed one, with jaw-dropping art and architecture events, culinary celebrations, riveting live theatre, family-friendly fun, exhilarating live music, outdoor adventures, and so much more. Plus, there are tons of events celebrating AAPI Heritage Month and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Check out just a few of the top things to do this weekend in Chicago, May 17 – 19, 2024. Please note that all events are subject to change.

Chicago Cabaret Week 2024
May 10 – 19
Chicago Cabaret Week 2024

May 10-19, 2024 COOL ACTS. SMALL CLUBS. SWEET DEALS. This ten-day festival features a lineup of Chicago's top cabaret artists performing blues, Broadway, burlesque, jazz,…

May 10 – 19
Citywide
2024 AAPI Restaurants Week
May 17 – 19
2024 AAPI Restaurants Week

Celebrate 2024 Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with us as we support AAPI-owned restaurants all around the Chicagoland area. This year…

May 17 – 26
Chicago
Chicago Mayfest 2024
May 17 – May 19
Chicago Mayfest 2024

Chicago Mayfest kicks off the summer festival season May 17th through the 19th! Located in the Historic District of Lincoln Park at Armitage & Sheffield,…

Friday May 17, 2024 — Sunday May 19, 2024
1000 W Armitage Ave
Take Two: The Improvised Movie at Second City
May 17
Take Two: The Improvised Movie at Second City

Take Two is a longform, narrative show consisting of TWO never-before-seen, made-up-on-the-spot movies! Give us a song, we’ll give you a movie! Based on a…

May 17, 2024
The Second City
1616 N. Wells St. , Chicago, IL, 60614
WBEZ Presents: Mortified Live – Summer Vacation
May 18
WBEZ Presents: Mortified Live – Summer Vacation

  Witness personal redemption through public humiliation in a refreshing show that is equal parts comedic, cathartic and voyeuristic. Presented by WBEZ at the Studebaker…

Saturday May 18, 2024
Fine Arts Building – Studebaker Theater
410 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago Jazz String Summit
May 17
Chicago Jazz String Summit

Tomeka Reid's 10th Annual Chicago Jazz String Summit celebrates string instruments in jazz, improvised, and experimental music with a phenomenal lineup of musicians from Chicago…

May 17, 2024
Constellation
3111 N Western Ave
Wanda Sykes: Please & Thank You Tour
May 18
Wanda Sykes: Please & Thank You Tour

Comedian Wanda Sykes will perform live at The Chicago Theatre on May 18, 2024.

Saturday May 18, 2024
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State
Sensory-Friendly Morning
May 19
Sensory-Friendly Morning

About the Event Sensory-Friendly Morning is a free program for all people who benefit from visiting the MCA without large crowds and other sensitive environmental…

May 19, 2023
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Records & Beer: Vinyl and Vittles at Half Acre Brewery
May 19
Records & Beer: Vinyl and Vittles at Half Acre Brewery

* Shop Local Record Vendors with the Best Vinyl of the Past and Present * Taste the Samplings of Local Food Businesses on the Scene…

Sunday May 19, 2024
Half Acre Brewery
2050 W Balmoral Ave
American Writers Festival
May 19
American Writers Festival

Join us for the American Writers Festival at the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago on Sunday, May 19, co-presented by the American Writers Museum and…

Sunday May 19, 2024
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago Bacon & Bourbon Fest with Free Game Play at HQ Beercade
May 18
Chicago Bacon & Bourbon Fest with Free Game Play at HQ Beercade

It's time to get down on all three of the greatest things on this earth: bacon, bourbon, and arcade games! Get ready for a mouth-watering…

Saturday May 18, 2024
Headquarters Beercade
213 W Institute Place
Hebru Brantley: The Art of Representation
May 18
Hebru Brantley: The Art of Representation

The Bronzeville native and preeminent Black pop artist of his generation, Hebru Brantley, straddles the worlds of fine art, street art, and hip-hop—often name-dropped in…

May 18, 2024
Illinois Tech – Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship
3137 S Federal St
A&A Ballet’s Cinderella is A Family Favorite That Delights
May 18
A&A Ballet’s Cinderella is A Family Favorite That Delights

“electric” and “echoing with audiences of all ages.” - The Huffington Post The family favorite, done only as A&A Ballet can, returns to the Chicago…

Saturday May 18, 2024
Anthenaeum Theater
2936 N. Southport, Avenue
Megan Thee Stallion – 2024 Hot Girl Summer Tour
May17
Megan Thee Stallion – 2024 Hot Girl Summer Tour

Three-time, Grammy award-winning superstar Megan Thee Stallion is bringing her HOT GIRL SUMMER TOUR with Special Guest: GloRilla on Friday, May 17 and Sunday, May…

Friday May 17, 2024
United Center
1901 W Madison St.
Kathleen Hanna – Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk
May 18
Kathleen Hanna – Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk

A trailblazing feminist icon, Kathleen Hanna changed the punk scene in the 90's with her bands, Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. This rebel girl is…

Saturday May 18, 2024
Illinois Institute of Technology – Hermann Hall
3241 S Federal St
Chicago Fire FC vs. Columbus Crew
May 18
Chicago Fire FC vs. Columbus Crew

Chicago Fire FC vs. Columbus Crew Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. CT

Saturday May 18, 2024
Soldier Field
1410 Special Olympics Drive
Zhou B Art Center 3rd Friday
Sep15
Zhou B Art Center 3rd Friday

Zhou B Art Center opens exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm hosted by resident artists and galleries. This…

Friday September 15, 2023
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th St.
Mamma Mia
May 17 – 19
Mamma Mia

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Set on a Greek island paradise where the sun…

May 17 – 19, 2024
James M. Nederlander Theatre
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago Style
May 17 – 18
Chicago Style

Get ready to experience “classic” improvisation that will leave you laughing long after the curtains close! Combining lightning-fast wit, razor-sharp skills, and boundless creativity, Chicago…

May 17 – 18, 2024
The Revival
1160 E 55th St
ART on THE MART (Spring Season)
May 17 – 19
ART on THE MART (Spring Season)

ART on THE MART’s spring season (April 12 – June 5) will kick off to coincide with EXPO Chicago’s 11th edition (April 8 –14, 2024) with…

Friday April 12, 2024 — Wednesday June 5, 2024
THE MART
222 W Merchandise Mart Pl
Writers’ Bloc 2024 New Play Festival
May 17 – 19
Writers’ Bloc 2024 New Play Festival

Staged readings of ten new works by Chicago writers. The festival features five new musicals and five new plays from 14 local Chicago playwrights, lyricists,…

May 5 – 19
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave. , Chicago, IL, 60657
Flight of Butterflies
May 17 – 19
Flight of Butterflies

ntroducing the Flight of Butterflies! This city-wide exhibit merges nature, art, and story telling, creating a memorable experience for all in Chicago. Local artists adorn…

May 3 – July 7
The Choir of Man
May 17 – 19
The Choir of Man

DIRECT FROM LONDON’S WEST END! A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! March 27th – May 26th, 2024 “THE ULTIMATE FEEL GOOD SHOW” — Edinburgh Evening News ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A…

Wednesday March 27, 2024 — Sunday May 26, 2024
Apollo Theater
2550 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chryssa & New York on view at Wrightwood 659
May 17 – 19
Chryssa & New York on view at Wrightwood 659

This spring, Wrightwood 659 hosts Chryssa & New York, the first museum exhibition in North America in more than four decades to focus on the…

May 3 – July 27
Wrightwood 659
659 W. Wrightwood Avenue
The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige at Hyde Park Art Center
May 17 – 19
The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige at Hyde Park Art Center

Hyde Park Art Center proudly presents The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige, the career-spanning survey of artist, designer, and educator Robert Earl Paige (b.…

Saturday April 6, 2024 — Sunday October 27, 2024
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue
Opening Passages: Photographers Respond to Chicago and Paris
May 17 – 19
Opening Passages: Photographers Respond to Chicago and Paris

Opening Passages brings together ten photographic series by French and American artists that survey the dynamic social landscapes of Chicago and Paris. American artists include Marzena…

May 4 – Aug 25
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, 5th Floor
Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Judgment Day
May 17 – 19
Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Judgment Day

“Landing all the jokes... Moritz von Stuelpnagel tackles darkly funny materials with a shrewd balance of heightened reality, warped sitcom & underlying pathos” –Hollywood Reporter Emmy and Tony…

May 17 – 19
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
800 E Grand Ave
Local on Lincoln Artisian Market
May 18
Local on Lincoln Artisian Market

Join the Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce for an indoor pop-up market in the retail space at 3169 N Lincoln, on the corner of…

May 18, 2024
3169 N Lincoln Ave
3169 N. Lincoln Ave

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