May is such a great time to be in Chicago. Whether you’re a lifelong citizen, recent transplant or just passing through, there is something for everyone this month. To keep everything together, we have compiled a list of our favorite festivals and events for May 2017. Enjoy!
Festival Cinco de Mayo (5/2-5/4): Located in the Little Village neighborhood is one of the best Cinco de Mayo celebrations you will find in Chicago. This street festival is perfect for the whole family. It features food, arts & crafts and live music from a variety of artists. Grab some great food, explore the area and dance the night away.
Kids and Kites Festival: (5/6): Everyone loves the colorful sight of kites flying in the wind on a warm summer day. What makes this even better is that the festival is FREE! Grab the whole family and head to Montrose Harbor in Uptown. Kids are encouraged to bring their own kites for demonstrations or grab a free one at the event. If that wasn’t enough, there is even a giant kite that drops candy like a piñata! This is something the kids will go crazy for!
Farmer’s Market (5/11- all summer): Every Thursday through the whole summer, stop by Daley Plaza for fresh produce, sweet treats, and guaranteed local fare. Chicago has a long tradition of Farmer’s markets, and this one in the heart of downtown will never disappoint. If you find yourself outside of downtown, these markets are held all over the city.
Chicago Critics Film Festival (5/12-5/18): If you’ve never been to the Music Box Theatre in Wrigleyville, this may be the perfect time to check it off your list. For a week straight they will be showing the best of the unreleased movies that everyone is talking about. Passes are available for individual films, weekdays, and the whole festival.
Mayfest (5/19-5/21): Chicago has no shortage of street festivals all summer long, but Mayfest in Lakeview is always seen as the official kick of to “street festival season.” With live music, an ice-cold beer tent and cuisine from all over the city, what more could you ask for? Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Now that you have this list, you and the whole family are set for the month. So clear the calendar, get out there, and enjoy the weather and the beauty that is May in Chicago.