Hopefully April showers will bring May flowers and some sunshine to Chicago. May includes the opening of Chicago's beaches on May 27, baseball, Memorial Day, and more. Things also start to pick up at Millennium Park when the park's Crown Fountain is turned on May 1, weather permitting of course.
Mother's Day - May 8, 2011: Check out our handpicked list of things to do with mom this Mother's Day.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration - May 1-4, 2011: Join thousands in Douglas Park for a Cinco de Mayo celebration that includes a festival, musical events, food booths, games, kids area, and more. For more Cinco de Mayo celebrations throughout the U.S., check out About.com's Honeymoons /Romantic Travel Guide Susan Breslow's list of Cinco de Mayo Celebrations. The official Cinco de Mayo holiday is May 5.
Chicago Green Festival - May 14-15, 2011: Engage with award winning journalists, New York Times bestsellers, actors, innovators and educational experts as they discuss today’s most pressing environmental and social issues and what we can do to create a more sustainable future.
Chicago Memorial Day Parade - May 28, 2011: Honoring fallen soldiers, Chicago's Memorial Day Parade is one of the largest and oldest in the United States kicking off at noon on State Street between Lake and Van Buren Streets.
Bike the Drive - May 29, 2011: Enjoy Chicago's skyline and shoreline as you bike up and down Lake Shore Drive. The complete route is 30 mile and the Drive is closed to automobile traffic. Event kicks off at 5:30 a.m.
Another event to keep on your radar in May thanks to Chicago-based writer Tom Mullaney: Vivian Maier, Photographer - thru June 18, 2011: Is there any Chicagoan left who, in the past three months, has not heard the amazing story of this Austrian-born, Chicago photographer who toiled for many years as a nanny to North Shore families? Her recently-closed show at the Chicago Cultural Center was a huge success. Like so many figures throughout art history, Maier received no recognition of her work during her lifetime but is now being hailed as one of the 20 Century’s greatest street photographers. It was only as the result of an estate sale shortly before her death in 2009 that a trove of 100,000 negatives and 3,000 of her prints revealed her secret, second identity. Art adviser Russell Bowman mounts a new show of her work at his River North gallery, 311 West Superior, on April 15. An opening reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. By all means go and be spellbound by Maier’s astute eye which, like Weegee or Helen Leavitt in New York, captured the life and people on Chicago’s streets of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.