THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Summertime Fun During Winter!

After being teased with spring-like temps this past week, it’s back to reality this weekend.  But that doesn’t mean we have to give up on warmer temps altogether!  Check out these events for some summertime fun during winter!

Check out the Windy City’s biggest marine and outdoors sales event at the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show this Saturday (10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at McCormick Place – South (2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.) in the South Loop.  Get a glimpse of summertime fun with the best in boating, RVing, or sailing.  There are boats for every activity, lifestyle, and budget.  Or get the latest in RVs, campers, fifth wheels, motorhomes, and trailers.  Or check out the sailboats, sailing gear, rigging, and accessories.  Plus, there’s an incredible lineup of family friendly features and hands-on activities such as Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, the Huck Finn Trout Pond for kids, Captain Bill and the Floaty Boat (new), the Chicago Maritime Arts Center Build-a-Boat (new), and much more!  You can even book trips with travel, charter, and resorts!! And, it’s all under one roof!!!

It’s time again for the 2018 Cubs Convention, taking place this weekend at the Sheraton Grand Chicago (301 E. North Water St.) on the Near North Side.  Now celebrating its 33rd year, the convention will feature player meet and greets, autograph opportunities and panel discussions with current players. There will also be alumni, a Cubs memorabilia room, interactive exhibits, enhanced kids’ activities, and so much more.  Saturday’s program brings back a fan favorite with the return of “Cubs Jeopardy” and popular reoccurring sessions such as “Baseball Operations Update,” “Business Operations Update,” “Joe Maddon & His Coaching Staff,” “Kids Only Press Conference,” and others.  The evening will conclude with a long-time convention favorite – “Cubs Bingo” – led by Wayne Messmer!  Sunday wraps up with additional autograph sessions and panels.  Be sure to check out the above link for the most up-to-date information!  I can smell summer already – PLAY BALL!!

The Professional Bull Riders will be celebrating 25 years during its 2018 season as the world’s top bull riders converge on The Windy City this Saturday and Sunday.  It’s the 8th time the “Toughest Sport on Dirt” returns to the Allstate Arena (6920 Mannheim Rd.) in Rosemont for two days of nonstop exhilarating rides and jaw dropping wrecks!  If you don’t believe it’s the toughest sport on dirt, check it out for yourself!!

Recommended by The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, and featured on ABC’s Windy City Live, The Greatest Story Never Told takes place every Sunday (3:00 p.m.) at the Under The Gun Theater (956 W. Newport Ave.) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  Kids from the audience can volunteer to come on stage and perform characters alongside professional adult improvisers to create “The Greatest Story Never Told”.  And, the original improvised story is transformed into a storybook available for purchase after the show!  Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with pre-show activities including crafts, coloring, games, and dress-up fun on the stage.  Complimentary snacks and coffee are provided as well!!

In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, the Jane Addams’ Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted St.) in the University Village neighborhood will host Family Day on Sunday (12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.).  This program includes a reading, discussion, and book signing of “Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of her People” with author, Harriet Tubman’s great-great-great-grandniece, Michele Jones Galvin. There will also be arts workshops, tours, and games that focus on collective community action and more!  It’s a day that highlights resistance and liberation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.!!

Will You Have Summer in Winter?