There are plenty of outdoor, as well as some indoor, activities planned for this weekend in Chicago including Earth Day on Sunday!  It’s a good thing the sun will be joining us!!

The longest running cancer fundraiser Walk & Roll hosted by the American Cancer Society for the past 46 years returns to Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This one-of-a-kind event offers participants a walk or run (5K), a skate (10K), or biking (15K) to raise funds and save lives from all cancers!  Come out and honor cancer survivors and caregivers, as well as enjoy a day of family-friendly activities!!  New this year is the Garden of Hope where you can dedicate a pinwheel flower to a lost loved one, someone currently battling, or anyone who has overcome cancer.

Also taking place this Saturday (9:00 a.m.) is the Wintrust Lakefront 10 Miler and 5K at Montrose Beach (4400 N. Lake Shore Dr.) in the Uptown neighborhood.  Participants choose their distance to race, run, jog, or walk their way to a great finish.  The route is primarily within Lincoln Park and along sections of Chicago’s lakefront trail with incredible views of Lake Michigan and the city’s skyline.  Participants will receive a reflective tech hoody, a finisher medal, and a goody bag.  Afterwards, it’s time to celebrate with Lagunitas beer, food, and music!

Then, Sunday brings the 5T5K Chicago Breakthrough for Brain Tumors Run & Walk to Soldier Field (1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.) in the South Loop.  Come out and support the American Brain Tumor Association in their efforts to fund desperately needed brain tumor research, patient programs, and support services for those diagnosed with brain tumors.  Opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m., run followed by walkers begins at 9:30 a.m., and closing remarks are at 10:30 a.m.  Their goal this year is to raise $870,000!

In honor of Earth Day, head out to Brookfield Zoo (8400 W. 31st St.) in Brookfield for their annual Party for the Plant this Sunday.  This fun-filled family event features green-themed craft activities, helping staff plant flowers and trees, visits with representatives at the Eco Expo, and special Zoo Chats!  It’s a day to learn about the different ways you can make Earth-friendly choices such as conserving energy and recycling to have a positive impact on the planet!!  Also, several recycling organizations will be onsite collecting items from zoogoers.  For more information and a full list of recyclable items, click the link above.

Vintage Garage Chicago Season Opener kicks off their 7th season this Sunday (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at 5051 N. Broadway Street in the Uptown neighborhood.  Over 100 vendors of all things vintage will fill two floors with vintage furniture, mid-century, vintage clothing, jewelry, old signs, vinyl records, vintage home décor, and so much more!  It’s their biggest show of the year!!

The Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Fest comes to the red hot West Loop neighborhood this Saturday (11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium (1340 W. Washington Blvd.).  Over 50 vendors will be displaying their products for you to sample and purchase.  Highlights of this event include meeting the artisans, sampling artisan chocolates and foods, a benefit wine & spirits tasting (net proceeds benefit Holiday Heroes who bring holiday joy to hospitalized children), and demonstrations & pairings.  You’ll even receive complimentary admission to the companion Chicago Coffee & Tea Expo!   Go ahead and enjoy a sweet, fun-filled day!!

Don’t Forget Your Shades & Sunscreen!