It’s been a rough week for Chicago, so you might be feeling like you need a weekend activity to take your mind off things. Luckily, there’s plenty going on, including beach bars, live music, the Blackhawks continuing their unlikely playoff run, and more. Here’s everything you can do in Chicago this weekend.
It’s the opening weekend of the 2020 return of the electric scooter, with e-scooter companies Bird, Lime, and Spin dropping 10,000 of the fun and convenient (yet also dangerous and polarizing) scooters on city streets as part of the pilot program’s second year. The four-month program features roughly four times the number of scooters as last year, with a large portion of the scooters focused on areas underserved by public transit on the South and West Sides. Also, this year scooters must be locked to a fixed object such as a bike rack or street sign to end the ride in an effort to reduce sidewalk clutter. We’ll see how it goes.
Get a drink on the beach… while you still can
While beaches remain closed, the city has finally given the green light for bars and restaurants on the beach to reopen — which means classic summer hangs like Castaways, The Dock at Montrose on the Beach, and Reggie’s on the Beach are ready and willing to take your order. Best take them up on the offer while the weather is still good.
Cost: No admission fee
Illinois Holocaust Museum
Just over a month after launching in February, the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s exhibit The Notorious RBG: The Life and Timesof Ruth Bader Ginsburg was cut short by the pandemic. The museum has now reopened, so go explore the first-ever museum exhibit focused solely on the judicial icon. Virtual tours are also available.
Cost: $15 for museum admission; $10 for virtual RBG exhibit tour
Low-key neighborhood pub Montrose Saloon has been quietly hosting some of the best live music experiences since the pandemic began, with intimate outdoor shows on their backyard-style patio complete with tents and fire pits. They’ve got a packed lineup of nearly daily shows until the end of September, so stop by whenever.
Cost: No cover
This Black Lives Matter march and protest seeks to ask the mayor and city officials to investigate whether a serial killer may have been targeting Black women on the city’s South and West sides over the past two decades, with more than 50 murders still unsolved.
Lakeshore Drive-In, the new drive-in concert and events series at the Adler Planetarium parking lot, returns this weekend with a solid lineup featuring two shows from Lil Yachty on Friday plus Houndmouth on Saturday and Mungion on Sunday. In other words, something for everyone.
Soldier Field parking lot
This weekend’s lineup of films shown during the Chi-Together drive-in at Soldier Field include Spider-Man (Friday), Charlie’s Angels (Saturday), and The Karate Kid (Sunday.) Each film will be preceded by a live DJ set. #moviegating. It’s a thing.
Cost: $55 per car
As part of SPACE’s new Space Summer Stage series, this outdoor afternoon class titled “Yoga Blues and Brews” will feature local yoga instructor Kristin Andrews and blues musician/venue co-owner Dave Specter.
Schaumburg Boomers Stadium
After their unexpected win in the playoff qualifying series, the lowest-seeded Blackhawks continue their series against the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights with Game 3 being shown once again on the big screen at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium. Let’s hope for the same result as last Saturday.
Disco/Celeste has recently launched its new Summer Music Series, featuring themed DJ sets such as “Mayan jungle” taking place every Saturday and Sunday at Disco and its Celeste roof garden.
Cost: $350 for private lounge for four guests with three-hour open bar, seasonal bites, and snacks