10 things to do this weekend: May 12-15 | Chicago News

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1. Dig

Over 150 varieties of organically grown vegetables, herbs and edible flower plants are available for purchase at Sale of annuals in the Kilbourn Park greenhouse. The organizers recommend providing a crate or container to transport your purchases.

Details: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave. Free / MENU


2. Beam

Activate summer and watch the iconic Buckingham Fountain light up for the season. Enjoy live music, family activities, giveaways and special appearances, including WGN-TV’s Chief Weatherman, Tom Skilling.

Details: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Buckingham Fountain, 301 S. Columbus Drive. Free / MENU


3. Gaze

For the first time in three years, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in Chicago. Take a look at the telescope at Lunar Eclipse #LookUp, hosted by the Adler Planetarium. Learn more about Chicago astronomer Joe Guzman’s upcoming celestial show.

Details: 9 p.m. Sunday at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Free / MENU


4. Plucking

The directory Chicago Jazz Strings Summit offers workshops, educational programs and live performances with the aim of encouraging and inspiring a new generation of improvising string musicians.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Constellation Chicago, 3111 N. Western Ave. $20 / MENU


5. Frolic

A petting zoo, face painting, balloon sculpting, bouncy houses and live entertainment from Scribble Monster are on the menu for Spring Festival.

Details: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Free / MENU

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6. Search

World Migratory Bird Day will be commemorated atBirdwatching at the “Big Sit” event, where participants will see how many birds they can spot or hear without leaving a 17-foot-wide circle. Binoculars and advice will be provided.

Details: Saturday 8 a.m. to noon at the Cook County Forest Preserves Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest. Free / MENU


7. All aboard!

To Pullman Railroad Daysyou can see four historic Pullman cars from different eras, including the last passenger car built by the Pullman-Standard Company in 1981. Learn what it takes to run a railroad using a pacemaker locomotive or don a pair of virtual reality goggles to see how cutting-edge technology powers the country’s freight railroad.

Details: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pullman Foundation Historical Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. $20 to $25; Free for children under 10 / MENU


8. Mingle

More than 70 contemporary authors, poets and playwrights converge to celebrate the written word at American Writers Festival 2022including novelist Rebecca Makkai and screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave. (MENU) and the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. (MENU). Free


9. Screen

Twenty-one new feature films and two short film programs make their Windy City premiere at the Chicago Critics Film Festival. The festival opens Friday with a screening of Sundance People’s Choice Award winner “Cha Cha Real Smooth.”

Details: Screening times vary Friday through May 19 at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave. $15 per movie; Festival pass $150 / MENU


10. Raise a glass

Dozens of beers are available Baseball Stadium Brew Festivalincluding soapy drinks from Revolution Brewing, Goose Island, Sketchbook Brewing and dozens of other breweries, meads and cider houses.

Details: 2-6 p.m. Saturday at 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. $49; $79 VIP (one hour early entry); $10 Designated Driver Ticket / MENU

(Peter Kraayvanger/Pixabay)(Peter Kraayvanger/Pixabay)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before heading out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Email us.


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