Streeterville: The 7th Annual Chicago Jazz String Summit is going virtual this year. Taking place on Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, this virtual concert and workshop series focuses on the creative works of string players. The free showcase kicks off Friday at 8 pm with performances by Leyla McCalla on cello, Judith Insell on viola and Joe Fonda on bass, and many more. Other performers over this two-day event include violinist Biliana Voutchkova, harpist Brandee Younger, drummer Ches Smith, and more! Find out more info here.
Lincoln Park: Our favorite local zoo lets us get an intimate look at their amazing animals virtually with the Animal Experiences at Lincoln Park Zoo. Taking place this Friday, April 30, at 1 pm, enjoy this 30 to 45-minute meet and greet with a zoo expert and the featured animal of the day. This zoom session event occurs twice each month so that you can plan ahead for a memorable streaming experience with the zoo’s animals. Tickets are $15 plus a $1.45 fee. Find more info here.
River North: Celebrate the festivities a little early on Saturday, May 1, with the Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl- River North. Taking place at Moe’s Cantina, located at 155 West Kinzie Street, from noon to 5 pm, this Cinco de Mayo party is sure to be a great way to see friends again and celebrate while a live DJ spins tracks as you enjoy the day! Private tables are available for a four-person table with four drink tickets per person for $60 plus fees for the noon to 3 pm slot. A six-person table plus four drinks per person is available for $90 plus fees for the same time slot. From 3 pm to 5 pm, you can reserve tickets for a 4 or 6-person table with one margarita person for $20 and $30, respectively. Find more info here.
Virtual: While we wait to hear live opera once again, the Lyric Opera of Chicago has made available complete operas you can stream online for free anytime you desire! The Lyric Audio Streaming Series presents archival recordings of blockbuster performances featuring the most prominent opera stars backed by a full orchestra and chorus in front of a live audience that you can enjoy from the comfort of home. Featured performances include a 2019 performance of Luisa Miller, a 2020 performance of
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, and many more, with new additions added weekly. Find more info here.
Loop: If you’re looking to make this Cinco de Mayo a memorable one, head out to Lake Michigan for the Cinco de Mayo Party Cruise aboard the Anita Dee II on Wednesday, May 5, from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm. Enjoy the city’s amazing sights on a 140-foot luxury yacht with both climate-controlled interior decks and an open-top deck while a live DJ spins tunes. With multiple onboard bars serving up your favorite drinks, this is sure to be a Cinco de Mayo that you won’t forget (hopefully). Tickets for this cruise start at $30. Find more info here.
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