Spring is in the air, and that means the Chicago summer schedule is right around the corner. For now, however, let’s focus on what is happening in Chicago in May. Here are a few favorite events for tourists, as well as local Chicagoans.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Month of May
Are you looking for grown up entertainment for the evening? Then leave the kids at home and check out the schedule for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They play almost every night, and have world famous composers, the Chicago civic orchestra, and classical music.
Art Institute of Chicago Every Thursday evening in May
Every Thursday evening from 5-8 PM, the Art Institute of Chicago offers free admission to Illinois residents. The historic museum holds a range of exhibitions – from current collections like the Chicagoism gallery to world famous American collection (highlights include American Gothic, Nighthawks) to the Modern European wing with the famous A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. The Art Institute is a Chicago icon, and definitely something to check out while you are here in the city. Even better, it is right next to Millenium Park downtown, so you can explore the downtown during the day, and then go into the museum after 5 PM for the free time on Thursdays.
American Beer Classic May 10th
What could be more American than beer? An American Beer Classic with breweries from across the country showing off their latest and greatest suds. Tickets start at $60, but a night sampling beer does not sound too bad now, does it? Even better, the event is held at Soldier Field, so there is ample parking and public transportation nearby. A final note, let us know if you need our shuttle service to drive you there. Safety first!
Chicago Craft Beer Week May 15-25th
If a beer convention does not sate your taste buds, then you might want to attend the Chicago Craft Beer week held at various locations throughout the city. The 5th annual event includes breweries like
Goose Island, Monks Pub, and Lagunitas Brewing among other craft beers found in Chicago and the surrounding area.
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers May 16-18th
The Cubs play their northerly neighbors in the middle of May. It should be a good match up. Hopefully, the Cubs will have found their way after an awful April start.
Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees May 22-24th
If the northside grinds your gears, fear not! The Chicago White Sox are taking on the Bronx Bombers the following weekend at Comiskey. Get your tickets now, and enjoy the long standing rivalry between the Yanks and the Soxs.
Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 24th
Honor the men and women who gave their life in defense of this country. The annual Memorial Day parade is one of the largest in the country, and has been celebrated every year since 1870.
Randolph Street Market Festival May 24-25th
Check out the antiques, and stay for the art and fashion show. The Randolph Street Market Festival has a little bit for everyone. They even have food and music for those inclined to do a jig with a hot dog in hand.
Getting The Most Out of May
With all of the events going on in the city, Chicago is the place to be in May. From street festivals and baseball games to parades, museum outings, and the opera; Chicago has something for everyone.
For those Welcome Inn Manor guests, we also understand that getting around in a strange city can be a bit confusing sometimes. So, let us know how we can help you experience all that Chicago has to offer. From shuttle services to free morning drops offs, we can help you get where you want to go in the city at your convenience.
Finally, feel free to share in the comment section, which is your favorite event in May?