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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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