Do you hear it? The outdoors is calling to us here in Chicago as the weather begins to warm up! Which could only mean that more and more outside activities are being planned for us, but we still need to heed social distancing guidelines and wear a mask. So, let’s see what’s calling to us!

Time to have some safe fun socially with friends again. The Island Party Hut (355 Chicago Riverwalk) located between Lake Shore Drive and Columbus on the Riverwalk has multiple dates available for its Riverwalk Beer & Cocktail Fest – An Outdoor Tasting Experience. Guests will be seated at a private table and served 12 different beer and cocktail tastings in a lively tiki-style environment giving you that relaxed by the beach feeling! Only a limited number of tables will be sold at a time, so be sure to reserve yours now or you’ll miss out. Also, doors open 20 minutes prior to your experience start time, and it’s recommended to arrive at that time to be seated. All you need to do is kick back and enjoy the Riverwalk views as you and your friends sip away at your tastings!!

It’s also time for our “other” family member(s) to get out of the house and explore this Saturday (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) at the Spring Scavenger Hunt with the Pups in McKinley Park. Meet up is at 11 a.m. at McKinley Dog Park, located at the corner of Pershing Road and Western. Teams will be sent off at 11:15 a.m. sharp with a list of things to search for throughout the beautiful grounds and take a photo of what you found (don’t forget your mobile phone). Extra points will be given for each photo that includes your pup! Then at 12:45 p.m., make your way back to the dog-friendly area where points will be tallied and winners announced! A couple of small business and nonprofit friends will be on hand as well to vend refreshments and provide information on how to get involved. 

May the best team win!!

The Chicago Fashion Week powered by FashionBar LLC will kick off The Designer Reveal this Saturday (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) at Water Tower Place, 3rd Level (835 N. Michigan Ave.) as they showcase this season’s designers in a series of beautiful shows both live and virtually. The fashion shows will feature an incredibly talented roster of designers from the Bridal category to Swim Wear to their highly anticipated Trans Media Show! The Designer Reveal doors open at 4 p.m. with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m. Then, at 4:45 p.m., get ready to grace the Red Carpet with media interviews and mingle with public figures, celebrities, and influencers. Designer garment viewing will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a closing ceremony. Be sure to check out the entire schedule for Chicago Fashion Week on their website.

Chicago’s largest theater district, the Belmont Theater District, introduces a wide variety of Spring Offerings. With over 25 organizations, these offerings are available in-person and virtually and include comedy, performances, classes, readings, children/family offerings, and more! And, since the Belmont Theater District is full of tantalizing tastes from fine dining to fast-casual restaurants as well as a wealth of bars and cafes that fit any style, why not make your day or night out complete with a visit to any of these local businesses! Plus, the Lakeview and Lakeview East neighborhoods are home to some of the best shopping in Chicago!!

It’s Calling Us!!

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago