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Focus on Food Festivals | May 2016

As you will see below, when it comes to food (and beverage) festivals, May is definitely a month for beer and wine lovers!

Once you have reviewed the basics below, check out the event websites for additional information. Be sure to visit any event beneficiaries online to learn more about whom you will be helping.

Please visit the Food Festivals page to find more upcoming events.
Chicago Beer Classic
Date: May 7, 2016

Session 1
11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (VIP)
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (General Admission)
Session 2
3:30 p.m.–7 p.m. (VIP)
4 p.m.–7 p.m. (General Admission)

Location: Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus Drive, Chicago

General Admission — $65 ($75 at the door)
VIP — $85 ($95 at the door)
Designated Driver — $25

Event Website:Chicago Beer Classic

Event Beneficiary: Chicago Beer Classic partners with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There is an opportunity to donate when purchasing tickets.

There will be almost 100 breweries at this year's Chicago Beer Classic, including…

2016 Chicago Blues Festival Preview Events

[caption id="attachment_1505" align="alignleft" width="225"] Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith[/caption]

Before heading to Grant Park for this year's June 10–12 Chicago Blues Festival, catch a preview event. Performances and documentary films are taking place in May and early June at locations throughout the city. All events are free!

Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 • 12 noon
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square
78 East Washington Street, Chicago

Blues Concert
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 • 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Garfield Park Conservatory, Horticulture Hall
300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago

Eric Noden and Joe Filisko
Saturday, May 7, 2016 • 12 noon
Sulzer Regional Library
4455 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

Toronzo Cannon
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 • 12 noon
Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square
78 East Washington Street, Chicago

Speakin' of the Blues: Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Alligator Records
With Bruce Iglauer and Lil' Ed

Lincoln Park Conservatory 2016 Spring Flower Show

If you love beautiful flowers, you will want to stop by Lincoln Park Conservatory and check out the annual Spring Flower Show, which runs through May 8.

Tulips, hyacinths, Easter lilies, daffodils, daisies, and azaleas are a sampling of the flowers on display. Your eyes and nose are in for a sensory feast! Don't forget to stop and smell the hyacinths, and any other flower that looks like it might have a delightful fragrance.

As the flowers move past their prime, conservatory staff members remove the plants and replace them with new plants, so feel free to come back more than once. You will see a new show each time!

Located at 2391 North Stockton Drive, Lincoln Park Conservatory is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days a year.

Chicago's May Racing Events

May is a great time to get outside and take a walk, jog, or run to support a charity. Many of this month's events have a course along Chicago's Lakefront Trail, offering participants incredible views of scenic Lake Michigan, the beautiful natural areas along the trail, and Chicago's fabulous skyline.

There are several runs benefiting area schools: Stem Step 5K, Sullivan High School 5K DREAM Run, St. John Berchmans Boulevard Bolt, and Horizon Hustle 5K. Consider supporting the city's students.

As you review the races below, be sure to visit the charity websites to learn more about the organizations benefiting from registration fees, donations, and fundraising efforts.
May 7, 2016
Cinco de Miler
Location: Soldier Field, 1410 South Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
Start Time: 9 a.m.
Event Beneficiary:100 Club of Chicago
May 8, 2016
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Grant Park, Chicago
Start Time:
8 a.m.
Event Beneficiaries:Komen Chicago (75% helps fund local programs) and Susan …

Focus on Food Festivals | April 2016

As you're checking out Chicago's April food festivals, you will see two major themes: beverages (particularly wine and cocktails) and pork!

Once you have reviewed the basics below, check out the event websites for additional information. Be sure to visit any event beneficiaries online to learn more about whom you'll be helping.
Pinot Days Chicago
When: April 16, 2016, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

Location: Navy Pier's Lakeview Terrace, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago
Lakeview Terrace is located on the eastern end of Navy Pier (see map).

Admission: Basic tickets are $79.54 ($75 ticket + $4.54 fee). Other options, such as early entry, are available for an additional cost.

Event Website:Pinot Days Chicago

Guests can sample up to 150 pinot noir wines representing every significant domestic region, talk with talented winemakers, and enjoy magnificent views of Lake Michigan. Sounds like an amazing afternoon!
When: April 24, 2016, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Location: Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 North Park Dr…

Chicago Bears Announce 2016 Schedule

2016 Preseason
Week 1
Thursday, August 11    7 p.m.    Denver Broncos    on FOX

Week 2
Thursday, August 18    7 p.m.    at New England Patriots    on FOX

Week 3
Saturday, August 27    12 noon    Kansas City Chiefs    on FOX

Week 4
Thursday, September 1    7 p.m.    at Cleveland Browns    on FOX
2016 Regular Season
Week 1
Sunday, September 11    12 noon    at Houston Texans    on FOX

Week 2
Monday, September 19    7:30 p.m.    Philadelphia Eagles    on ESPN

Week 3
Sunday, September 25    7:30 p.m.   at Dallas Cowboys    on NBC

Week 4
Sunday, October 2    12 noon    Detroit Lions    on FOX

Week 5
Sunday, October 9    12 noon*    at Indianapolis Colts    on FOX

Week 6
Sunday, October 16    12 noon*    Jacksonville Jaguars    on CBS

Week 7
Thursday, October 20    7:25 p.m.   at Green Bay Packers    on CBS/NFLN

Week 8
Monday, October 31    7:30 p.m.   Minnesota Vikings    on ESPN

Week 9

Week 10
Sunday, November 13    12 noon*    at Tampa Bay Buccaneers    on FOX

Week 11

Chicago Architecture Foundation Celebrates 50 Years in 2016

It's a Birthday Party!
For: Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Place: CAF, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
CAF is celebrating 50 years in 2016 and is having a birthday celebration! The event is free and open to the public.

What can you expect at this party?

Birthday cake!
Illinois residents receive walking tours for $1 (the price of tours in 1971, the year CAF began giving tours)
A brand new exhibition
Film screenings
Tours of architecture firms (Goettsch Partners; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and VOA Associates) located at 224 South Michigan Avenue
Family activities

Please visit CAF online to learn more about the upcoming celebration and to take a look at a CAF timeline.

Chicago Celebrates Shakespeare

April 23, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. To commemorate the poet, playwright, and actor, the Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center, located at 400 South State Street, will be hosting free screenings of Shakespeare-related films courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

Upcoming screening schedule:

The Taming of the Shrew (From Shakespeare Retold) (2005)
Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Lower Level
As You Like It (1963)
Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m.
Video Theater, Lower Level
Simon Schama - Shakespeare and Us (2012)
Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m.
Video Theater, Lower Level
King Lear (1998)
Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m.
Video Theater, Lower Level

The above screenings are part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago, a citywide celebration of Shakespeare taking place throughout 2016. To learn about additional library offerings, please visit the Chicago Public Library online.

Many Chicago organizations will be taking part in this yearlong celebration.…

Lincoln Park Zoo Offers Second Saturdays Garden Tours

When going to visit a zoo, most people are there to see the animals. However, as you stroll along the paths in Lincoln Park Zoo visiting the animals, you'll be treated to lush wooded areas, peaceful water features, and beautiful flowers. Walking along the Nature Boardwalk, you'll see wildflowers, cattails, grasses, ducks, red-winged blackbirds, and other plants, birds, and animals that call this area home.

Lincoln Park Zoo horticulturalists will be leading a one-hour tour of these gorgeous gardens, beginning at 10 a.m., on the second Saturday of each month from April through October (April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8). The tours are free. If you want to attend a tour, meet at the Nature Boardwalk kiosk next to Café Brauer. Tours will be different each time as the plants and trees change throughout the year, so feel free to take the tour each month!