This Spring Weekend, Chicago Celebrates Summer

The season of summer might not officially start for a few weeks, but in Chicago, it begins this weekend with Memorial Day, and it’s going to feel like it.
Only four Memorial Days in Chicago have seen temperatures hit the 90s: It is possible this Monday could mark No. 5. Tune back in to Chicago Real Estate Forum this weekend for Memorial Day celebrations around Chicagoland.
This post is not about Memorial Day but about summer, and summer in Chicago means outdoor festivals. Here are a bunch, plus other things going on around Chicagoland this weekend:
Randolph Street Market Outdoor Season Opener: The Market, 1340 W. Randolph and 1340 W. Washington, Chicago, is celebrating the summer season by moving part of the party outside, where there will be vintage treasures galore, including antiques, furniture, art, music and more on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is cheaper is you buy it online.
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival: This 28th annual affair in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood will feature the area’s favorite tribute bands, plus an art show, food and more. The fest, sponsored by the Central Lakeview Merchants Association, will take place on N. Sheffield from Belmont to School on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1 p.m.
Bike the Drive: Lake Shore Drive is closing again, but this time it’s for Chicago residents. On Sunday starting at 5:30 a.m., bikes will replace cars along the historic Drive for this event that benefits the Active Transportation Alliance. All bicyclists must start at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive in downtown Chicago and be off the road by 10:15 a.m.
Harrison Street Art Festival: Harrison Street between Ridgeland and Austin Ave. in the Oak Park Arts District will be closed off for this fest, which will feature an art show with over 50 artists, live entertainment, a beekeeper demonstration and more on Friday, May 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in historic Oak Park.
Barrington Art Festival: More than 140 juried artists from around the world will be featured at this free outdoor art fest, which is taking place in downtown Barrington at Cook and Station Streets on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will also feature art demonstrations, live music and a youth art tent.
Free concert: Remember Haley Reinhart, the Wheeling resident who was a finalist on American Idol? She’s playing a free, all-ages concert on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe, 63 W. Ontario, Chicago, to promote her debut album that comes out on Tuesday. She will be signing CDs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 1455 E. Lake Cook Rd., Wheeling.
Set a world record: Calling all ukuleles! On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., the Old Town School of Music in Chicago will be offering a free ukulele lesson to as many people that show up with the instrument. If more than 1,378 appear at the gazebo in Welles Park, 2333 West Sunnyside Avenue, the group will set the Guinness World Record for the largest number of ukulele players in one place. Don’t have a uke? The Music Store is selling them for $25. A small price to pay to be part of a world record.
Have a great weekend!