5 Things to Do: Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Summer is here! Summer is here! And it even brought along an extra day to celebrate.

With so much to choose from, there’s no chance you’ll see your couch this weekend. Music, art, shopping, good eats … it’s all happening. And for the brave souls who can’t wait to hit the beach, most are opening this weekend, so break out the wetsuit and paddle boards! Here are 5 great suggestions for things to do:

Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

May 25 – 26

Kick off the outdoor summer arts and music scene this weekend in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood—it’s a large crowd and a lot of fun. Headliners include Trippin’ Billies and Wedding Banned.

Electric Daisy Carnival


May 24 – 26
Chicagoland Speedway, Elwood

This is the Electric Daisy’s inaugural visit to Chicago—a mix of music, lights, theatrics and really late hours (the fest runs from 5 p.m. until 4 a.m.!) makes for a brand spanking new entertainment option this wekend.

Randolph Street Market Season Opener

May 25 – 26

It’s another summer of fun on Washington Street in Chicago, with a wide range of great flea market and antique finds. Don’t miss vintage carnival games, a beer garden, body painting, fashion shows and more as part of the season opener.

Barrington Art Festival

May 25 – 26
Downtown Barrington

We love outdoor summer art season—and the Barrington Art Festival is one sure sign the season has begun. Take this opportunity to enjoy great art and entertainment, and then stick around Barrington to enjoy some of its great shopping and dining.

Chicago Botanic Garden Chef Series

May 25 – 26

One of the coolest cooking demos you’ll ever watch is right in your North Shore backyard. The Chicago Botanic Garden offers up two chefs every weekend, all summer long, to show you how to put that fresh produce to good use. Yum!


Wait, there’s more!

Run for Kids 5K—Get up and run for a good cause this Saturday! The Run for Kids 5K supports Northwestern Settlement, a great organization that focuses on family nurturing and enrichment in Chicago’s West Town area.