[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e did it! Chicagoans have survived another winter and without further ado, summer is here! Soak up the warm weather and enjoy a few of the many events the city has to offer this Memorial Day Weekend on our official kick-off into summer.
Chicago opens their beaches
The City of Chicago opens their beaches for the summer season on Friday, May 24, and they will remain open through Labor Day. Pack a lunch, get your feet wet and bask in the backdrop of the city as you enjoy Lake Michigan. Free.
Memorial Day parade
Honor the men and women who have defended our country at the annual Memorial Day parade this Saturday, May 25. Chicago has one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation and this year’s features Leon Panetta as Grand Marshal. The parade starts at noon and heads south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Free.
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival
The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival in Lakeview featuring the bands Dot Dot Dot, The Trippin Billies and Wedding Banned is a Chicago favorite. The festival runs Saturday, May 25, through Sunday, May 26, noon to 10 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
Randolph Street Market Festival
The Randolph Street Market Festival, featuring 200 furniture, clothing, jewelry and collectible vendors, can be found at 1340 W. Washington St. on Saturday, May 25, through Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 tickets at the festival or $8 tickets can be purchased ahead of time.
Millennium Park free concerts
Music lovers can enjoy free concerts at Millennium Park all summer starting with the concert on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. This year’s opener is Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and the Lee Renaldo Band at 6:30p.m. Free.