Hope It Doesn’t Rain on our Parades

May 04, 2012

There are celebrations this weekend around the Chicago area honoring Cinco de Mayo, Polish Constitution Day, spring, plants, chocolate and kites.

No matter what you do or what you celebrate, have a great weekend around Chicagoland!

*Cinco de Mayo Festival: The Little Village neighborhood in the heart of Chicago’s Mexican community is hosting this free three-day party with live music, authentic cuisine, arts & crafts, activities for kids and more. The third annual fest will take place around 26th Street and Kostner on Friday, May 4 from 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6 from 2 to 11 p.m.

*Cinco de Mayo Parade: Cinco De Mayo remembers the victory the Mexican forces had over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo Parade steps off at noon on Sunday, May 6 on Cermak Road and Wood Street and travels west to Marshall Boulevard in the heart of the Pilsen neighborhood.

*Polish Constitution Day Parade: This weekend also marks Polish Constitution Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the Polish Constitution on May 3, 1791. The largest Polish Constitution Day Parade outside of Poland takes place right here in Chicago and will step off for its 121st year on Saturday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m. near the corner of Columbus and Balbo in Chicago. The parade will be televised on ABC Channel 7.

*May Fest 2012: Polish Constitution Day will be honored all weekend long with an inaugural three-day festival in Bridgeview featuring live music, traditional Polish dancers, carnival rides, ethnic food and more. The party is set for Friday, May 4 from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. at 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview.

*Green City Market: Chicago’s only year-round farmers’ market promoting local farmers, producers and chefs is hosting its first outdoor market of the season this Saturday, May 5 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the south end of Lincoln Park, 1800 N. Clark. The market regularly features cooking demonstrations by renowned local chefs, edible gardens, farmer education workshops, children’s activities and more.

*23rd Annual Plant Sale: This Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory event will include a great assortment of plants, flowers, vegetables, vines, ground covers and more, almost all grown at the Conservatory. The sale is open to the public on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park.

*Listen Up! Turn It Down!: The Junior League of Chicago is offering free hearing screenings at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. More than 35 million Americans have significant hearing loss. Make sure no one in your family is one of them. All ages are welcome.

*Long Grove Chocolate Fest: The town will have live music, chocolate-making demonstrations and workshops, kids activities and lots of other chocolate-themed goodies and treats. The party will take place amongst the many shops and special vendors in Long Grove, Route 83 and Route 53 from Friday through Sunday, May 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Flying 4 Kids: Park districts all over Illinois will raise awareness for the Park District Youth License Plate program through this statewide kite fly. Bring a kite or build one on-site at the Block Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane, Schaumburg, on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of kite flying.

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