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Chicago House Party

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 LOGANSQUARIST MODERN FÊTE

When: Thursday, May 26th

Where: Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey Ave, 60647

Why: LoganSquarist’s is celebrating five years with a unique event, Modern Fête—a fundraising event and anniversary celebration. In partnership with Greenhouse Loft, enjoy a unique night of sips, nibbles and community love while helping LoganSquarist raise money to cover their operating costs. Additionally, 5% of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Center for Changing Lives, a nonprofit organization doing work right here in the neighborhood. Event features include an evening gala, silent auction, and more!

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Meet the Brewers, Try their Beer

When: Thursday, May 26th

Where: Graham Elliot Bistro Patio, 841 W. Randolph Street, Chicago IL 60607

Why: Celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week and warmer weather on the Graham Elliot Bistro patio with Marz Brewing. Admission includes Marz Beer Rhubarb Rain, a tropical pale ale, a special firkin, Grahamburger sliders & frites, and a few special gifts from Marz! Plus, chat with the brewers!

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Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

When: Saturday, May 28th – Sunday, May 29th; Noon -10p each day

Where: Belmont & Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657

Why: Celebrating its 32nd year in 2016, Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest will kick off Chicago’s outdoor street fest season when it again welcomes the start of summer and the warm weather.

 

Located just steps from the bustling Belmont Red Line “El” stop, this wildly popular street party in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood will again showcase the region’s favorite tribute bands. This iconic fest (sponsored by the Central Lakeview Merchants Association) also features plenty of food and libations as well as artisans who will roll out their newest creative handiwork.

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Summer Launch Party with Burrell Vodka

When: Saturday, May 28th

Where: Joy District, 112 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago IL 60654

Why: Join the most influential people in the Industry as they toast to the summer courtesy of Burrell Vodka. Who doesn’t love Chicago summers and on Saturday May 28th summer is hear to stay! Enjoy delicious Passed Hors D’oeuvres produced by executive Chef Matt Wilde. Wash it all down with 3hrs of Burrell Vodka. You call it at the main bar, or try a Frozen Passion Fruit Daiquiri. Enter the putting contest and taste the refreshing John Daly cocktail for a chance to win over $1000 in prizes. What would a summer launch party be without a signature Spiked Lemonade Stand! Music by DJ Danny Olson will keep the party going until 4pm. Ticket prices will increase and sell out fast!

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Free Chicago House Party

When: Saturday, May 28th

Where: Millennium Park

Why: Celebrate House music, born in Chicago 35+ years ago.

Live Artists:

The House Legacy Project – Keys: Jerry C King, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Rob Diggy. Bass: Day Rock, Sam Glover. Guitar: Duane “Rude” Jones. Drums: Chuck Lacy, Phillip Glover. Horns: Led by Eddie Dunn, Evrett Newchurch, Steve Thomas. Background Vocals: Kim Jay, Tony Dyson, Robert Townsend, Bernetta Donalson, Jon Pierce, Gus Lacy, Lady Laronda Maestro.

Featuring: Byron Stingily (Ten City), Dajae, Lidell Townsell, Faith Howard, Paris Brightledge, Ronnell, Kim Jay, First Lady, and introducing Ivelisse Diaz.

Choreography by Zenaida Saez of Zendless Productions. Choreographic appearances by Sarah and Faith Lloyd.

Guest appearance By Studio Confessions

Peven Everett Trio

Vick Lavender Ensemble

DJ Sets By:

Joe Smooth

Steve Miggedy Maestro

Superjane’s DJ Heather & Lady D

Hosted by Dana Divine of WGCI 107.5

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Free Chicago Walking Tour of Lincoln Park

When: Monday, May 30th

Where: NE corner of Armitage & Halsted in front of Citi Bank

Why: FREE! Guides work off the generosity of guests. If you felt your guide has done a good job you can show your appreciation at the end of the tour by leaving a tip.

What you will see:

Historic Armitage-Halsted District

Oz Park

Historic Mid-North Residential District

Wood-frame homes that survived the Chicago Fire

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Zoo

Stories you will be told:

History of Lincoln Park neighborhood

German immigrants influence on the look and feel

Creating Oz Park

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Introduction to famed architect Louis B. Sullivan

The Bellinger House

Creating the Lily Ponds

What you should bring:

Comfortable shoes

Drinking water

Snacks

Camera

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Jacket (if necessary)

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Kari Herrera is the creator of Chicagoings.com, Chicago’s indie city guide and blog. She often writes about the city’s points-of-interest as experienced by a local. She is a Social Media Marketing Manager and freelance writer. When she’s not working, Kari donates much of her time to the education of French-speaking immigrants in Chicago.

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