It’s almost Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer! We’ve rounded up a variety of activities going on in the area so you can get out and enjoy.

Love a parade?

Wave your flags and feel the patriotism at one of the largest parades in the nation. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade starts at 11am on Saturday, May 28 with a wreath-laying ceremony in Daley Plaza, then steps off at noon. The parade will march south along State Street from Lake St. to Van Buren.

Ready for summer?

Dig out your swimsuits and sunscreen. East End Pool opens for the season on May 28.  Don’t forget that Friday, May 27 is the last day for residents to purchase discounted pool passes ($39) for the 2016 season. The price for pool passes will increase to $59 after May 27.

Head over to Berens Park to enjoy a variety of fun summer activities. The Spray Ground opens on Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. While you’re there, get in some miniature golf or take some practice swings at the batting cages.

Chicago’s miles of beaches open on Friday, May 27. Lake Michigan’s water might still be a little chilly, but the weather looks promising for sunbathing, sand castles, and people watching.

Feeling athletic?

Head out to Ty Warner Park and run or walk in the Race to the Flag 5K on Sunday, May 29. The 5K course includes a complementary breakfast after the race. Proceeds benefit the local Peoples Resource Center.

Lace up your running shoes and head downtown for the Soldier Field 10 Mile. The 10th annual event begins Saturday, May 28 at 7 a.m.  Enjoy gorgeous views of the city, a vehicle-free Lake Shore Drive, and a finish line on the 50-yard line.

Hop on your bike at the crack of dawn and join hundreds of other cyclists along Lake Shore Drive during the annual Bike the Drive event on Sunday, May 29. Bikers will get to see the sun rise and hear the birds chirp during the 15th annual ride, which will run from Bryn Mawr Avenue to 57th Street.

Feel like shopping?

Chicago’s famous Randolph Street Market will open for its first seasonal weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29. The world-renown antique and vintage clothing market will host more than 300 vendors at its indoor and outdoor venue.  1340 W. Washington St., Chicago

Ready for some barbeque?

The Westmont Lions Club will host its annual Red, White and BBQ competition Saturday through Sunday. Come hungry and enjoy plenty of BBQ, a carnival, craft and commercial vendors, a beer garden, and contests. A variety of bands are scheduled to play throughout the weekend. 

Love sports?

Nothing feels more like summer than a hometown baseball game. The Chicago Cubs are in town, playing the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The White Sox are out of town, but the Chicago Fire soccer team will play against the Portland Timbers on May 28 at Toyota Park.

Want to just get out?

Check out Playboy Architecture: 1953-1979 at the Elmhurst Art Museum. The exhibit features a collection of photographs, films, architectural models and more from Playboy magazine’s inception in 1953 through the 1970s.

The Elmhurst Historical Museum is in the summer spirit with Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard. The Smithsonian traveling exhibit includes vintage photographs, historic drawings, and period advertisements. A supplementary component features photos of Elmhurst families, and an interactive exhibit for kids allows them some backyard fun too.

The Summer Nights Classic Car Show rolls out on Friday, May 27 with an array of classic cars and live entertainment. Pre-1985 cars will line up along Curtiss Street in Downers Grove.

Oak Park will host its fourth annual Uncork Illinois Wine Festival on Saturday, May 28. Attendees over age 21 can sample more than 150 wines from more than 15 local wineries and enjoy live music.

Ready for music?

The queen is coming to Chicago! Beyonce brings her Formation World Tour to Soldier Field on Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28.

If you feel more retro, Donny and Marie will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Not only does Elmhurst have loads going on throughout the summer, but our  location gives us easy access to events going on downtown and in the suburbs. If you want to know more about what makes this a great place to live, contact us at (630) 441-5570 or

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