Weekend Weather Warrants Outside Activities

May 27, 2011

The weather might actually match the calendar this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

There are a ton of Memorial Day parades and celebrations throughout the area — you can click Chicago Real Estate Forum for those details — but here are some other events this weekend that might peak your interest while you enjoy the warmer temperatures.

Belmont Sheffield Music FestivalBelmont-Sheffield Music Festival:

The 27th annual festival is a reflection of the trendy lifestyle of this area. It offers some of the best local music in the Midwest and also features arts, crafts, fashion, food and drink. The event is free, though a $5 gate donation is requested and will benefit the Central Lakeview Merchants Association, a group of businesses dedicated to improving the community. The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29; noon to 10 p.m. on N. Sheffield from Belmont to School St. in Chicago. Visit for more details.

Randolph Street Market with city as backdropRandolph Street Market:

This European-style market offers one of Chicago’s largest vintage, art and antiques events of the year. Find something spectacular for your home, and it will be delivered within downtown Chicago for free. Set for Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1340 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, admission is $8 online or $10 onsite; kids under 12 are free. Visit for more information.

Inside the Cuneo mansion

Annual Art Fest:

This 6th annual event will take you outside of Chicago and up north to Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, 1350 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills. Set for Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the two-day festival will include art from more than 70 artists, live entertainment, food, kids activities and more all on the grounds of the historic Cuneo estate. Admission is free; parking is $5. You can also tour the historic mansion for $10. Visit or for more information.

cyclists biking along Lake Shore DriveBike the Drive:

There will be no driving the drive on Sunday morning, as Lake Shore Drive will be closed to cars and open for cyclists during the annual Bike the Drive event. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one. It does cost to participate in the Drive, and it’s less if you do it in advance, so visit today. Proceeds benefit the Active Transportation Alliance’s mission to improve biking, walking and transit in Chicago. LSD closes to motorists at 5:30 a.m.; the last chance to pedal the drive will be 9 a.m.; everyone must finish by 9:45 a.m.

Remember to visit for more information on Memorial Day events, and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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