The weekend is here and so is June! That means Chicago is buzzing with tons of fun things to do. We may have it rough during the long winter months, but the summer months sure make up for it. Here's what's happening around town this weekend:
- Chicago Turkish Festival: May 31-June 1
Chicago Turkish Festival is celebrating its 11th year this year. It is being held at Pioneer Court, at 401 N Michigan Ave, for the first time since it started. This year's Festival will feature art demonstrations, lively dancing, music and delicious gourmet food. It's a great opportunity for Chicagoans to celebrate, learn, and savor Turkish culture, heritage and cuisine.
- Millennium Art Festival: May 31-June 2
Do you love sculptures, photography, paintings, and more? Then you'll want to head down to the Millennium Art Festival this weekend. With original works from more than 130 acclaimed artists, this Art Festival has a variety of arts from ceramics to sculptures, glass to wood, photography to furniture, and much more in between. It is in its fifth year and located in the heart of downtown Chicago at Michigan Avenue and Lake Street.
- Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project: Saturday, June 1, 10am
Help make the beach "barefoot friendly" by joining the Surfrider Foundation at Oak Street Beach on Saturday, June 1st. Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation, along with community volunteers, are embarking on a 15 stop tour to help cleanup the nations beaches. Volunteers are also invited to attend a surf-inspired celebration featuring a live performance by Lee DeWyze after the cleanup. Be sure to look for the Surfrider tent!
- United Run for the Zoo: Sunday, June 2
Take a walk on the wild side this Sunday and head on over to the Lincoln Park Zoo for their annual 5K and 10K USATF-certified, chip-timed race. This race helps raise funds for the zoo's residents and conservation programs.
With summer officially in sight, I'm looking forward to discovering more fun activities and festivals the city has to offer. What are some of your favorite "off the beaten path" summer events around the city?
Contributed by Meghan R.