Things to Do in the Chicago Area This Weekend: April 29-May 1

From Chicago sports to the Chicago eats, here are 10 things to do this weekend in and around the city.

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From Chicago sports to the Chicago eats, here are 10 things to do this weekend in and around the city.
Saturday, April 30: Chicago Zine Fest; Where: Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago; Admission: Free; Hours: 11 a.m.; Reasons to go: Take part in the annual celebration of DIY publications, as 200+ zinesters show off their creations.
Saturday, April 30: Midwest Rum Festival; Where: Bottom Lounge, 1375 W, Lake St., Chicago; Admission: $10-70; Hours: 12 p.m.; Reason to go: Become an expert on all things rum and taste new brands at this mixology seminar; plus do not forget to check out the after-party at Kupula Hula Tiki.
Saturday, April 30: Chicago Fire v D.C. United; Where: Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Toyota Park, 7000 S Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, Ill; Admission: $26+; Hours: 4 p.m.; Reason to go: See the Chicago Fire take on D.C. United at home for a MLS match.
Sunday, May 1: Cinco de Mayo Parade; Where: 1800 W Cermak Rd., (Cermak Rd & Wood St.), Chicago; Admission: Free; Hours: 12 p.m.; Reasons to go: Little Village celebrates the victory of Mexican forces over the French during the Battle of Puebla back on May 5, 1862.
April 22 – May 2: James Beard Eats Week: Where: Multiple Locations; Admission: Vary; Hours: Vary; Reason to go: Nearly 100 Chicago restaurants are celebrating James Beard and Chicago’s culinary scene with a week full of exclusive menus and dishes inspired by James Beard’s American classic recipes.
April 28-30: 2016 NFL Draft; Where: Grant Park; Admission: Free; Hours: Thurs., April 28, 12-10 p.m.; Fri., April 29 12-10 p.m.; Sat., April 30 10 a.m -6 p.m.; Reason to go: Join in on this three-day football festival full of football activities, games, youth clinics, free autograph sessions, and more.
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April 29-May 1: Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves; Where: Wrigley Field; Admission: Tickets start at $13; Hours: 1:20 p.m.; Reason to go: Come out this weekend to see the Chicago Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.
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Sunday, May 1: The iconic Mario's Italian Lemonade on Taylor St opens for the season on Sunday, will be open through September every day from 10 a.m. to midnight. The perfect treat for when the weather warms up!
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April 29-May 1: One of a kind Spring Show; Where: The Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plz.; Admission: Adults $10, Children 12 and under are free; Hours: Fri., April 29, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., April 30, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., May 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Reason to go: Shop over 300 artists and craft makers at the Mart whole enjoying food, entertainment and spring programming.
April 30-May 1: Baconfest Chicago; Where: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago; Admission: $100+; Hours: Sat., April 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. lunch, 6-10 p.m. dinner; Sun., May 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. brunch; Reason to go: Try some of the most creative bacon dishes at this bacon-filled tasting weekend.
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