SAIC Fashion Show, Wing Fest, Good Libations, Wright House Architectural Walk plus more exciting events to check out in Chicago this month. Say, hey! To May with this guide of unique things to do in the city.
SAIC Fashion 2018
Friday | May 4th | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Venue SIX10, Spertus Institute | 610 South Michigan Ave. | Free
This May, check out a one-day exhibition of cutting-edge garments and fashion exhibition from students of the School of the Art Institute(SAIC). The installations will be held on the first, second, and tenth floors of the architecturally stunning building, VenueSix10. The exhibition will conclude with a ticketed fashion show featuring the collections of graduating seniors of the local institution. This event will hit capacity! Register to attend the event for free and celebrate the new wave of graduating designers.
Small Business Expo
Thursday | May 24th | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
UIC Forum | 725 W Roosevelt Rd. | Free
The Small Business Expo is America’s Biggest business-to-business networking event, trade show, and conference for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and startups. The expo is a one-day event full of workshops, vendors, seminars, and more to help businesses get the tools they need to grow their businesses. This event is free and open to the public. Get more details by visiting the event page here.
Buzz: A Spring Maker Market
Friday | May 18th | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
3641 S Morgan Ave. | Free
Make your way to Bridgeport this May for a spring pop-up market featuring some of Chicago’s most well-known artisans and designers. The spring marker market will feature over a dozen designers ranging from accessories to apothecary. Be sure to check out this event and refresh your home and style this season. More details and vendor information available by visiting the event page here.
Show of Hands
Friday – Sunday | May 4th – 6th | Time Varies
Artifact Events | 4325 North Ravenswood Ave. | $0 – $10
Show of Hands, now in its 5th year, is a unique craft show featuring 100+ vendors from the Midwest. The spring show will take place at Artifact Events in the Ravenswood neighborhood, right in time for Mother’s Day. The high-caliber marketplace will also host a preview night before their all-weekend long event. Get a sneak peek of the exhibiting vendors before anyone else, plus enjoy a selection of cocktails and brews from local makers. For more details on this event and tickets to the Friday night preview, be sure to visit the event page.
Wing Fest 2018
Friday – Sunday | April 13th – 15th | Time Varies
UIC Forum | 725 W Roosevelt Rd. | $50 – $100
Make your way to Wing Fest this month for a day of wing-slingin’ from the city’s top restaurants, battling for the title of “Best of Fest.” Thousands of visitors will make their way to UIC Pavillion for an event that includes: unlimited wings, live music, raffles, eating contests, games, and more. Part of the event proceeds from the event will benefit National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Get your tickets plus more details about the event here.
Smokin’ Pork in the Park
Thursday | May 24th| 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Park Grill | 11 North Michigan Ave. | $45 – $90
The 2nd Annual Smokin’ in the Park brings together over a dozen of the best BBQ restaurants and pit-masters in the city for a people’s choice baby back ribs competition. The BBQ filled event will take place at Millenium Park. Tickets to the event get you unlimited baby back ribs, as well as complementary sides such as mac & cheese, cornbread, and slaw. Grab your tickets by visiting the event website.
Friday | May 25th | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Theater on the Lake | 2401 N. LakeShore Dr. | $60
Closeout Illinois Craft Beer Week with good vibrations and good libations this month. The closing event is an intimate festival that brings the tropics to the Chicago lakefront. The unique event challenges brewers to pour and produce tropical-inspired craft brews. The event will feature more than 60 local and out-of-state breweries plus a gourmet of small bites sampling prepared by a well-known local chef. Learn how you can enjoy the brews and views at this event by making your way over to the event page.
Mole De Mayo
Friday – Sunday | May 25th -27th | Time Varies
Ashland Ave. & W. 18th St. | Free
Mole de Mayo, one of the city’s most highly anticipated festivals of the season. Thousands of locals and visitors make their way to Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood for a mole showdown, determining whose version of the Mexican staple is the best in the city. The outdoor festival will also feature some food vendors, an open Mercado/Market, two stages of full of live music, plus lucha libre wrestling. This free event is organized and benefits the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, an organization serving the Pilsen neighborhood for over three decades. Learn more about Mole de Mayo along with the full schedule of weekend events by visiting the event page.
Greenheart at the Garfield
Thursday | May 3rd | 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory | 300 N Central Park Ave. | $99
Join Greenheart Gala for their 6th annual fundraiser: A Purposeful Journey. Funds raised from the event will support several Greenheart initiatives. All initiatives are focused on global leadership and training for middle schoolers to young professionals. Guests in attendance will enjoy delicious appetizers, artisanal cocktails, global music, and a captivating presentation with 250 of Chicago’s most prominent change-makers and community champions at Garfield Conservatory. Support this initiative by purchasing tickets to the gala here.
Embarc’s 8th Annual Variety Spectacular
Friday | May 17th | 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Moonlight Studios | 1446 W Kenzie St. | $100 – $1000
Embarc celebrates its 8th year of Unbelievably Amazing & Terribly Entertaining Blow Out Variety Spectacular. The non-profit organization whose mission is to provide community-experience and experience-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students. The celebration will feature chef-driven cuisine, interactive experience, customer cocktails, hip-hop dancers, comedians, and more, for a self-proclaimed “anti-gala.” Tickets start at $100 where a 100% of the proceeds will be used to support Embarc’s programming.
On The Table
Tuesday | May 8th | Time Varies
Location Varies| Free
Join hundreds of Chicagoland area residents for The Chicago Community Trust’s fifth annual On the Table event. On the Table brings together small groups for mealtime conversations to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing their communities. Not only will participants share a meal, but ideas. The ideas from the discussion will become tangible actions that support and benefit neighborhoods. In conjunction with On the Table is the Acting Up awards – cash awards to help diverse projects make their ideas into reality. To get involved or host your own On the Table, check out the event website here.
Arts + Culture:
Chicago Science Fest
Tuesday – Wednesday | May 8th – 16th | Time Varies
Location Varies | $0 – $50
Illinois Science Council hosts the 4th annual Chicago Science Festival — a celebration of the wow-inspiring, mind-expanding, human-benefiting awesomeness that is STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) in the Chicago area. The full week of events includes hands-on activities from well-known food ventures such as Publican Quality Bread to the Future of Technology at Microsoft. Get more information and registration details by visiting the website.
Wright Architectural Housewalk
Saturday | May 19th | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location Varies | $90 – $600
Ever wanted to explore the history Frank Lloyd Wright Homes? This month, you will have your chance! Experience history as your tour living spaces of Wright and his contemporaries during the annual Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk. For more details on the one-day event or the weekend package, visit Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Ballet Nacional de Cuba — Don Quixote
Friday – Sunday | May 18th – 20th | Time Varies
Auditorium Theatre | 50 E Congress Pkwy. | $10 – $45
Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns to Chicago this month after a 15-year hiatus from the windy city. The legendary story of Don Quixote comes to life with a distinctly Cuban spin and will be accompanied by the Chicago Philharmonic. The beloved ballet will fuse the best of European ballet, Cuban customs, and classic traditions. Check out the highly anticipated performance, in Chicago for one weekend only, by heading over to the event website here.
Friday | May 11th | Time Varies
Location Varies | Free
Columbia College Chicago invites you to their annual showcase on student-led, student-created showcase. Manifest brings together thought-provoking gallery exhibitions, live performances, fashion shows, original game design, literary readings and more–all curated by the talented students at Columbia College. In addition to the student showcases, there will be food and entertainment for the all-day celebration of creativity and freedom of expression. Join these students as they celebrate Manifest. Check out the full schedule of events by heading over to the website.