Things to do in the Chicago area – NBC Chicago
With the sun on the way and COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise, activities in the Chicago area are experiencing a Memorial Day weekend comeback.
From beaches to farmers’ markets, Chicagoans will likely get a taste of normalcy during the holidays as businesses and events reopen across the city.
Take a look at things to do in and around the city this weekend:
Visit a farmer’s market
As the city continues with its plan to reopen, Chicago‘s farmers markets have started welcoming residents again for the 2021 season.
While some markets have not announced official summer reopening plans, others have released schedules and information regarding upcoming launches after last year’s closures due to the COVID pandemic.
For a list of Chicago Farmers’ Markets, click here.
Catch a baseball game
Take a trip to the south or north sides of Chicago to watch a White Sox or Cubs game, as fans can now fill the stands to a limited capacity.
The guaranteed rate field can hold 22% of fan capacity while adhering to social distancing protocols, allowing six-foot distance between groups of fans during their matches, according to a team spokesperson. Meanwhile, at Wrigley Field, capacity is limited to 20% with additional safety requirements.
On Saturday and Sunday the White Sox face the Orioles at 1:10 pm, both are expected to be sunny with high temperatures in the mid-60s and 70s. The Cubs are expected to host the Reds on Saturday and Sunday at 1:20 pm, then the Padres at the same. time Monday.
Enjoy a unique art exhibition
This summer, Chicago hosts a variety of new art exhibitions unique to the city, including âMichelangelo Sistine Chapel Exhibitionâ and âImmersive Van Goghâ.
In addition to special exhibitions, the city’s famous art museums are now open, such as the Chicago Art Institute and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. MCA will also kick off on Tuesdays on Terrance on June 1, a series of concerts in the heart of the city.
Take a trip to outer space with Art on theMart
For those who prefer to stay outside to see art, the 2021 season of Art on theMart runs until July 4, with the new digital production âAstrographicsâ in partnership with the Adler Planetarium.
The 16-minute digital light performance explores outer space, with an array of planets, stars and other landmarks, according to a statement. Art on theMart officials said the show would show how humans imagine their worlds over time.
Take a ride on the miniature golf course at Maggie Daley Park
The Chicago-themed 18-hole miniature golf course and Maggie Daley Park’s ribbon are open daily. In summer, the ribbon transforms to welcome users of scooters, roller skates and skaters. Weekend rentals are now available.
The park will be offering daily rentals starting May 28. The Maggie Daley Park concessions will also be open. For more details on Maggie Daley Park’s activities, visit www.maggiedaleypark.com.
Enjoy a bite to eat outside at one of the city’s outdoor dining areas
As the city warms up over the next few months, Chicagoans will likely be looking for places to taste wine and dine al fresco. The city is known for its food scene, filled with numerous patios and rooftops.
Choose Chicago offered a list of places currently offering outdoor dining in Chicago. Here are some highlights:
Avli Taverna: 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Beatrix Fulton Market: 834 W Fulton Market
Beatnik on the river: 180 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Aba: 302 N. Green St. 3rd Floor
Ema: 74 W Illinois St.
Mesler: 1401 E. 53rd St.
The duck inn: 2701 S. Eleanor Street
Theater on the lake: 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Beatnik on the river: 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.
BOKA: 1729 N. Halsted St.
Formento: 925 W. Randolph St.
Siena Tavern: 51 W. Kinzie Street
Offshore: 1000 E Grand Ave
Wood: 3335 N. Halsted St.
Happy camper: 1209 N. Wells St.
Tzuco: 720 N. State St.
LuxBar: 18 E. Bellevue Pl.
To learn more, click here.
Go through a Dino Safari
Fox Valley Mall was transformed into Pangea National Park this month, with more than 40 life-size dinosaurs, organizers say.
From Triceratops to T. Rex, Dino Safari takes guests on a journey, discovering how dinosaurs have evolved over time, where they lived and what their lives were like.
The company recommends booking tickets in advance, which start at $ 49.95 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased here.
Enjoy a live performance
The Pivot Arts Festival presents the Utopian Performance Tour, bringing together a small, masked group through a gallery-like exhibition of video installations and live works.
Tickets are available here.
Navigate through an architectural tour of Chicago
Admire the city’s iconic architecture as you cruise along the Chicago River on one of the many boat tours. The 90-minute tours run every hour and a half and cost $ 40 for an adult and $ 18 for a child.
Due to COVID-19 mitigations, Wendella’s boat tours require passengers to wear face masks while on the ship and practice social distancing.
To buy tickets here.
Watch the fireworks light up Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier
To celebrate the reopening, Navy Pier will also host a 10-minute fireworks display every Saturday in May. Shows are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and guests will be allowed to view the exhibits from the open spaces of Navy Pier.
During the initial phase of reopening, Navy Pier will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. New rides will open “in the coming weeks” and the rest of Navy Pier will reopen “sometime in May”.
Guests will be required to wear a face mark at all times and encouraged to keep a distance of six feet between others who are not part of the same group. All Pier Park rides and attractions will operate at a limited capacity and will be cleaned after each use, according to Navy Pier.
Take a road trip to a new destination in Illinois
As part of the state’s progress toward a full reopening, officials have launched a new campaign to encourage road travel through Illinois, providing an approved travel itinerary for each destination.
Through the Illinois Board of Tourism, the Time for Me to Drive campaign details more than 60 planned trips, organized by category and length of stay.
For the full list of destinations, click here.
Hit the beaches
Memorial Day weekend marks the reopening of Chicago beaches, an important summer is on the way.
The more than two dozen beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan will reopen on Friday, said Mike Kelly, superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. The city’s beaches were closed during the summer of 2020 in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.
Kayak down the Chicago River
Trying to see the city’s skyscrapers from a new perspective? Guided tours and kayak rentals take you down the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.