Sunday, May 19, 2024

Chicago Weekend Guide: Cinco de Mayo Parade, Comic Book Day, and More!

This weekend in Chicago promises a vibrant array of activities, from the spirited Cinco de Mayo Parade to the geeky delights of Comic Book Day, along with a plethora of cultural events and entertainment options across the city.

The festivities kick off with the Green City Market West Loop’s season opener, offering a cornucopia of local food delights at Mary Bartelme Park. Running from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4, this market promises a delightful exploration of culinary treasures through November.

For comic book enthusiasts, Free Comic Book Day beckons, featuring 48 free titles including nods to the iconic Star Wars franchise. Participating stores across the city and suburbs will also host signings, discussions, and cosplay events, ensuring a day of geeky fun for all.

Families can delight in “Bluey’s Big Play,” a live stage adaptation of the beloved Emmy Award-winning TV show at the Auditorium Theatre. With puppets bringing the animated dogs to life, this promises to be a heartwarming experience for fans of all ages.

Those seeking a touch of elegance can attend the Mane in Heaven Miniature Therapy Horses Derby Party Fundraiser in Glenview. Attendees can mingle with therapy horses, sip mint juleps, and compete in best-dressed contests while supporting a worthy cause.

Music aficionados won’t want to miss the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio’s performances in Evanston. Renowned for their soulful blend of jazz, soul, and funk, these shows at Space offer an evening of feel-good music for all ages.

Additionally, the Cut to the Chase Short Play Festival in Wicker Park and the romantic drama “Brooklyn Laundry” at Northlight Theatre in Skokie offer diverse theatrical experiences for culture enthusiasts.

For those with an interest in history and culture, the National Museum of Mexican Art presents “Ancient Huasteca Women,” showcasing nearly 100 artifacts that illuminate the roles of women in Mesoamerican civilization.

Lastly, delve into the University of Chicago’s unique culture with the “Scav Hunt” exhibition at Regenstein Library, offering insights into a tradition that blends fun, camaraderie, and intellectual challenge.

Whether you’re craving culinary delights, cultural immersion, or geeky adventures, Chicago offers a weekend brimming with exciting options for all tastes and interests.

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