5 Things to Do: May 1-3

Hello, May!

This is a big month for Chicago, the host city for both the James Beard Awards (Monday, May 4) and the 2015 NFL Draft (this weekend!). If you don’t have tickets for the actual draft, catch all the action, as well as concerts, autograph signings and other activities, at the free fan festival in Grant Park.

Not a football fan? Support Bright Pink and pamper yourself at Westfield Old Orchard’s VIPink. Fashionistas also won’t want to miss goop’s Chicago pop-up shop.

And if you need some family time, take the kids to Touch a Truck and support a local museum, or visit one of the “Seven Wonders of Illinois”—the Bahá’í House of Worship—for the dedication of their new Welcome Center.

Here are five things to do this weekend:

2015 NFL Draft

May 1-2

The NFL Draft is back in Chicago for the first time in 51 years. The draft, which begins on Thursday, will take place inside Auditorium Theatre, but fans can stop by Grant Park and Congress Plaza for a free fan festival featuring interactive exhibits, autograph sessions and concerts by Phillip Phillips, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and Marc Scibilia.


Photo courtesy of Skirt Public Relations.

May 2-3

Visit Westfield Old Orchard on Saturday for yoga, a lip and blush bar, a makeup touchup bar, henna tattoos, a DJ, cotton candy and samples from California Pizza Kitchen, McCormick and Schmick’s and Adagio Teas. All events will be donation-based and will benefit Bright Pink. Come back on Sunday for High Tea, featuring a fun swag bag and chance to win a trip to London. Purchase your tickets here.

Touch a Truck Family Festival

Photo courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations.

May 3

Support Kohl Children’s Museum while also giving your kids an opportunity to sit in the real versions of their favorite toy trucks. There will also be food, raffles, kiddie train rides, a DJ and more.

Bahá’í House of Worship Dedication

Rendering courtesy of Baha’i House of Worship for North America.

May 3

The Bahá’í House of Worship will dedicate a new Welcome Center, the first architectural addition since 1953. After the dedication ceremony, guests are invited to explore the Welcome Center, which will feature panels, short films and exhibits, as well as the existing Auditorium and grounds.

goop Pop Up  

Through May 10

Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop is now in Chicago—but only for a limited time. The “clicks to bricks outpost” is filled with items that were exclusively picked for our city. And keep an eye on goop’s social media to see when Gwyneth herself will be stopping by.