14 Ways to Enjoy Spring in Chicago This Weekend

Spring has officially sprung and there are plenty of outdoor events in the Chicago area to take advantage of. Click through the gallery to see events welcoming the nice springtime weather this weekend.

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Spring has officially sprung and there are plenty of outdoor events in the Chicago area to take advantage of. Click through the gallery to see events welcoming the nice springtime weather this weekend.
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Saturday, May 2: Green City Market opens at 9:30 a.m. as the largest outdoor market in the city. Just in time for the James Beard Awards, past winners will act as hosting chefs during its opening day. 1790 N. Clark St.
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Saturday, May 2: The Polish Constitution Day Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. along Dearborn Street from Lake to Van Buren streets. It's the largest Polish Parade outside of Poland with a quarter of a million people expected to attend. 50 W. Washington St.
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Saturday, May 2: Six Flags Great America opens for the season starting this Saturdya. Tickets cost between $19.76 and $66.99. 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee
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Friday and Saturday, May 1-2: Horse racing begins at the Arlington International Racecourse just in time for the Kentucky Derby. There's free admission on Friday (gates open at 2 p.m.) with a 12-ounch MillerCoors draft beer or canned soda and a hot dog for 50 cents for the first 4,000 guests. On Saturday (open at 12 p.m.), there will be a live racing for the first leg of the Triple Crown Race series starting at 1:15 p.m. Spectators can enjoy drinking a mint julep in a 2015 commemorative glass. Admission is $14 for adults and $4 for children. 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights
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Saturday, May 2: The city of Chicago will provide kite kits for those participating in the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival at Montrose Habor. The event also features face painting, balloon artist, a kite-shape refrigerator magnet craft, and The Big Kite Candy Drop where a pinata-like kite drops candy from the sky. On Cricket Hill near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Avenue
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Through Sunday, May 3: The fifth annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Little Village features live music, food, arts and crafts, carnival rides and activities for children for free. 2600 S. Kostner Ave. (26th Street and Kostner Avenue)
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Saturday, May 2: The St. Demetrios Spring Greek Fest begins at 12 p.m. and features full meals of Athenian chicken, kabobs and gyros. Baklava, homemade Greek yogurt, Greek beer and other Greek cuisine will be served. 1400 O'Plaine Rd., Libertyville
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Saturday, May 2: The DiCarlo Spring Wine, Food and Craft Beer Festival starting at 12 p.m. features hundreds of fine wines, dozens of craft beers and food from local restaurants. Tickets cost $30-$35. 510 E. IL Route 83, Mundelein
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Saturday, May 2: Andersonville's own Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl celebrates Halloween months earlier (and with nicer weather). Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit event's website for more information. 1515 W. Berwyn
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Sunday, May 3: Score bargains, enjoy entertainment and feast on food at the weekly Maxwell Street Market with no cost to enter. 800 S. Desplaines St.
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Through Sunday, May 3: Edison Park's North by Northwest Highway Music Fest brings local bands to four area venues, including Emerald Isle, Firewater Saloon, Edison Park Inn and Moretti's. Tickets cost $3 per show, $10 for a day pass and $25 for a weekend pass. 6713 N. Olmsted Ave.
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Sunday, May 3: The Touch a Truck Family Festival in Northfield from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. gives children a close-up look at the super-sized vehicles. The event will raise money for the Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago. Food, raffles and other entertainment will also be available. Tickets cost $40. 700 Frontage Rd., Northfield
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Saturday, May 2: Chicago Union Station will be the site of the Rioja Wine and Food Festival festuring 50 wineries, Rioja-inspired tapas from 30 chefs, live music, a jamon bar and a cheese cave. 225 S. Canal St.
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Saturday, May 2: Ring in Cinco de Mayo early with the River North Cinco de Mayo Cantina Crawl. The crawl will stop at four bars from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.: Taco Joint, Epic, Hubbard Inn and Moe's Cantina. A cocktail at every bar is included with each ticket purchase. Tickets cost $20. 158 W. Ontario St.
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