Things to Do in the Chicago Area This Weekend: May 6-8

From concerts to festivals and springtime baseball, plus let’s not forget the moms; here are 10 things to do this weekend in and around the city.

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From concerts to festivals and springtime baseball, plus let’s not forget the moms; here are 10 things to do this weekend in and around the city.
Friday, May 6: Ellie Goulding + Years & Years; Address: Allstate Arena, 6920 N Mannheim Rd, Rosemont; Price: $35-59.90; Hours: 7 p.m.; Reasons to go: See Ellie Goulding singing tracks from her latest album Delirium and party the night away with her disco-meets-electric persona.
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Saturday, May 7: Kids and Kites Festival; Address: Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, Montrose & Wilson, Chicago; Price: Free; Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Reasons to go: Celebrate the peak of spring with the family at this free festival in Lincoln Park. Kids can fly a kite and watch professional kite demonstrations.
Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8: Arlington Race Track opening weekend; Address: 2200 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights; Price: General admission is free on opening day, but tickets for Saturday's Derby Day and Sunday's Mother's Day events cost $16; Hours: Gates open Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m.; Reasons to go: Arlington International will hold its opening day Friday with events continuing throughout the weekend for Saturday's Kentucky Derby and Mother's Day Sunday. Saturday will feature a major Kentucky Derby party with fashion contests, giveaways and all-inclusive packages. Sunday's events will feature Bloody Mary's and mimosas for mom along with a live DJ and special "family day" activities.
Saturday, May 7: Chicago Beer Classic; Address: Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., Chicago; Price: $39+, VIP $59+; Hours: Session 1, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Session 2, 4-7p.m.; Reasons to go: Come out to the city’s largest beer festival with over 100 unique beers to try. Draft your perfect lineup of beers on the grass of the Chicago Bears.
Saturday, May 7: Uncorked: Chicago Wine Festival ; Address: Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago; Price: $55, VIP $65; Hours: Session 1, 2-5 p.m.; Session 2, 6-9 p.m.; Reasons to go: This wine festival features 50 wineries, over 100 wines to taste, gourmet food trucks, live music, custom photo booths and more.
Sunday, May 8: Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago; Address: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago; Price: $15-35; Hours: 2 p.m.; Reasons to go: Celebrate Mother’s Day with music. The Art Institute is proud to host the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago featuring talented violinist Ilya Kaler and works from Chicago composer Michael Druzinsky.
Sunday, May 8: Navy Pier Mother’s Day Cruises; Address: 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago (Mystic Blue, Spirit of Chicago, Odyssey Cruises); Price: Vary; Hours: Vary; Reasons to go: Celebrate mom this Sunday on the water. Hop aboard one the Navy Pier’s cruise ships for a day full of festivities and fun, that she’ll never forget.
Thursday, May 5 – Saturday, May 7: Off the Trax Music Fest; Address: Multiple locations (Emerald Isle, Edison Park Inn, Firewater Saloon & Moretti’s); Price: $10 day pass, $15 weekend pass; Hours: Vary; Reasons to go: Travel out to Edison Park this weekend and see over 45 acts between four different venues at Off the Trax Music Fest.
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Thursday, May 5 – Sunday, May 8: Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals; Address: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St, Chicago; Price: $15+; Hours: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.; Friday, 1:20 p.m.; Saturday, 3:05 p.m.; Sunday, 1:20 p.m.; Reasons to go: The weather is getting warmer and the Chicago Cubs have been on fire. Come celebrate and cheer on the team as they take on the Washington Nationals.
Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8: Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins; Address: U.S. Cellular Field, 333 W 35th St, Chicago ; Price: $7+; Hours: Friday, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, 1:10 p.m.; Reasons to go: Get ready for a weekend full of baseball and wear your black and white, as the Chicago White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins all weekend long.
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