May-hem: What to see and where to be seen this month

Rachael Nass, Class of 2020

Rachael Nass, Class of 2020

Chicago Beer Classic

Soldier Field

Saturday, May 6, 11:30-2:30 pm or 4:30-7:30 pm

Join Chicago’s biggest beer aficionados for the area’s largest beer festival. For five years running, the Beer Classic has offered frosty beverage lovers the chance to sample hundreds of beers from a hundred breweries all in one place, learn from the best brewmasters, and even take tours of Soldier Stadium (well, if you get a VIP ticket). You can even make a pretzel necklace to take home to mum!

 

Rooftop Pool Party at the Robey

The Cabana Club at Robey Hotel

Saturday, May 13, 1:00-10:00 pm

The brand new Robey Hotel opens this month and they’re celebrating with a pool party open to the public. Grab your friends and your swimsuit and kick off Chicago spring with poolside beverages.

 

Food Truck Social

Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, May 13, 6:30-9:30 pm

Frustrated by the fact that your favorite food trucks are always parked on different streets? The Zoo is fixing that with their food truck social, which brings all your favorites together. Enjoy the zoo and Chicago’s best meals on wheels after hours. Grab yourself a VIP ticket if you want private restrooms, two free drinks, and four free samples (including exclusive VIP food items).

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Chicago Theater

Tuesday, May 16, 7:30 pm

Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist returns to Chicago for one night only for his “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” show — perfectly suited for Booth students.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright 150 Plus Tour

Oak Park

May 20, 9 am – 5 pm.

For one day only, get exclusive access to four private Wright homes in Oak Park in addition to the normal tour homes (which, honestly, does not at all take long to get to via the Green line) in honor of the man, the myth, the legend’s 150th birthday. This is not your normal home and garden tour — FLW was known for the meticulous detail put into his living spaces, down to the built-in furniture.

 

Mayfest

Lakeview

May 19-21, Friday 5-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-10 pm

Kick off festival season with Lakeview’s Mayfest, celebrating its 22 year. For $10, get access to a large-scale block party with live music under a big-top tent, beer garden, and lots and lots of food.

 

Bike the Drive

Lake Shore Drive

Sunday, May 28

Always wanted to ride your bike in the street but too scared of traffic? Bike the Drive’s gotchu. For 5 hours, bikers are getting guaranteed right of way as Lake Shore Drive is shut down. Bikers of all skill levels are welcome and proceeds go towards the Active Transportation Alliance, a group working to make walking, biking, and transit better and safer in Chicago.

 

Concert Watch:

The xx, deadmau5, Neil Diamond, Father John Misty, Bonobo, Ty Segall, Hudson Mohawke, Zara Larsson, Ben UFO, Wild Belle, Jimmy Eat World, Flux Pavilion, Mac DeMarco, Norah Jones, Classixx, Hinds, Broods, Wale, Wavves, and The Weeknd all play Chicago this month, not to mention the year’s final Booth Vibes on May 6.

Rachael works in litigation consulting at Epsilon Economics. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, forming emotional connections to TV show characters, and cooking/eating/talking about/writing about food