Museum Campus: Beginning Friday, May 21, learn the history of Jane Goodall’s contributions to the natural world at the “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall.” This event takes place at The Field Museum, located at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive. Take part in interactive experiences that chart Goodall’s beginnings as a young girl to her iconic scientific work with chimpanzees. Highlights include a hologram of Dr. Goodall that shares her fieldwork memories, augmented reality activities, including one that lets you match the vocalizations of chimps, and a projection of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park with virtual chimpanzees, of course. The exhibit runs until Monday, September 6. Admission is included in the Discovery Pass ($26) or the All-Access Pass ($32). Find more info here.
West Loop: The historic Maxwell Street Market reopens to the public on Sunday, June 6. Located at 800 South Desplaines Street, this long-standing outdoor market features a wide variety of handmade arts and crafts, resale housewares and clothing, live music, and, of course, an amazing array of beloved Chicago street food. The market will be open the first and third Sunday of each month until December from 9 am to 3 pm. The best part? This legendary Chicago happening is free! Find more info here.
Virtual: With summer right around the corner, it’s time for the 7th annual Switch on Summer Celebration, taking virtually on Saturday, May 22. This year’s event features guest appearances by WGN-TV Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling and more. A ComEd sweepstakes winner will flip the switch that turns on Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain. The virtual celebration, brought to you by ComEd and the Chicago Park District, streams live on ComEd’s Facebook page Saturday at 2 pm. Find more info here.
Wrigleyville: The Music Box Theater, located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, is teaming up with streamer Mubi to bring Chicagoans the Back on the Big Screen cinematic celebration. Taking place Friday, May 28, through Thursday, June 10, come view amazing films that are best experienced on the big screen in 35 mm with auditorium-filling sound. The series kicks off on the 28th with a screening of Akira Kurosawa’s rarely seen RAN AT 3:30 pm, followed by Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven at 7:15 pm, before finishing off the night with Dario Argento’s classic horror flick, Suspiria at 9:30 pm. Other movies being shown include Orson Well’s noir epic Touch of Evil, an original theatrical cut of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso, Joe Dante’s Matinee, and many more. Tickets are $11 per screening. Find more info here.
River North: This Saturday, May 22, join the fun at the Crawfish Boil Fest taking place on the patio and parking lot of the Hard Rock Cafe, located at 63 West Ontario Street. Chef Allen & enFULLAffect Marketing bring you this all-you-can-eat crawfish celebration from 11 am to 5 pm. Dig into delicious crawfish and sides, including Cajun fried potato salad, red beans and rice, and jambalaya. Tickets are $10 if you arrive before 2 pm, $20 for the Chef Allen Sampler, and various prices for VIP tables. Find more info here.
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