5 Things to Do: May 4-6

5 Things to Do: May 4-6 (Touch-a-Truck at Kohl Children's Museum)

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Kentucky Derby in Chicago this weekend, but you can also say hello to May by going salsa dancing, playing catch at the new home of the Chicago Dogs, running (or walking) for humanity, and enjoying two family-friendly festivals.

Salsa and Salsa Night

5 Things to Do: Gorton Community Center's Salsa and Salsa Night
Photo by Juan Manuel Giraldo Grisales on Unsplash.

May 4
Lake Forest

Before Cinco De Mayo, learn how to make perfect salsa and then try salsa dancing at this Gorton Community Center event.

Impact Field Public Open House

5 Things to Do: Impact Field Open House
Photo by Daniel Boczarski.

May 5

Chicago’s newest baseball team, the Chicago Dogs, will open their season in Rosemont on May 25, but you can tour their new home, Impact Field, this weekend. Fans will have the chance to meet team manager Butch Hobson, audition to sing the National Anthem before one of the team’s home games, and play catch on the field.

Race for Humanity 5K and Kids 1K Fun Run

5 Things to Do: Illinois Holocaust Museum's Race for Humanity 5K
Photo by Arek Adeoye on Unsplash.

May 6

“Take a stand for humanity” and run (or walk) during this annual event that will benefit the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Visitors will also enjoy activities like giant Jenga and coloring stations, a recovery yoga session and massages, food and beer, and shopping at the “Make Mom Smile” Boutique. Make It Better is a proud supporter of this event. 

Celebration of Cultures

5 Things to Do: Northbrook Celebration of Cultures
This year’s Northbrook Celebration of Cultures on May 6 features a family-friendly performance by the Chicago Folklore Ensemble, along with food, music, art, and activities from diverse cultures in the community. (Photo courtesy of Creative Marketing Associates.)

May 6

The Northbrook Community Relations Commission will host this annual event celebrating “the diverse cultural heritage of local residents” at the North Suburban YMCA. Guests will learn about cricket, hear live music, take part in children’s activities and a book fair, dine on traditional snacks and sweets, and more.

Touch a Truck Family Festival

5 Things to Do: Kohl Children's Museum — Touch a Truck Family Festival
Photo courtesy of Kohl Children’s Museum.

May 6

This family-friendly festival to support Kohl Children’s Museum will return for its 13th year with more than 30 vehicles, food trucks, music, face painting, kiddie train rides, and more.

Looking Ahead

  • Grill House (3061 Dundee Road, Northbrook) and Backyard Grill (1825 2nd St., Highland Park) are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-12 by offering teachers, school staff, and administrators 15 percent off all orders (with school ID). Offer valid for dine-in, take-out, and deliveries.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital