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Welcome to the first full weekend in May! A convergence of events…from Cinco de Mayo (Thursday, May 5) to Polish Constitution Day and the Kentucky Derby (Saturday, May 7) to Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8) and you’ve got the makings for an amazing Chicago weekend!  

Life is a Cabaret…This could be the start of something big! Friday, May 6 begins a celebration of Chicago Cabaret Week, where you can enjoy Chicago’s wide-ranging entertainment  for just $15 to $30 from May 6 to 16! Participating cabarets include Alliance Française (River North) The Cliff Dwellers Club (Loop) Davenport’s Cabaret (Wicker Park) DePaul School of Music (Lincoln Park) Drew’s on Halsted (Northalsted) Epiphany Center for the Arts (West Loop)  Hideout Inn (Bucktown) Newport Theatre (Lakeview)One Mother’s Day show, on Sunday, May 8, is Judy, Liza and More: A Mother’s Day Concert, at Le Piano, 6970 N. Glenwood Avenue, from noon-1:30pm. Real-life mother/daughter duo Nancy Hays and Mary Heffernan perform classic solos and duets, including a young Liza Minnelli joining her mother Judy Garland on the stage of London Palladium theater. For a complete schedule, show tickets, and venues, click here.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a healthy run at Montrose Harbor on Saturday, May 7! The Cinco de Miler Runis a five-mile race along Lake Michigan, featuring a 3-story piñata, breakfast tacos, a free beer, and  live mariachi music. For registration and more information, click here

Wolność i Pokój dla Świata! (Freedom and Peace for All!) Chicago’s Polish Constitution Day Parade is one of the biggest in the country. The Polish National Alliance sponsors the parade, which celebrates the 231st anniversary (1791) of the Polish Constitution. The parade steps off Saturday, May 7, at 11:30am on Balbo Drive and Columbus Drive. The Parade is followed by a public concert at the Chopin Garden, at 11th Street and Michigan Avenue, immediately following the parade. For more information, click here.

And they’re off! Watch forbig, fancy hats and mint juleps around town as the Kentucky Derby, the crown jewel of Triple Crown horse racing, steps off at 5pm on Saturday, May 7. River West’s Time Out Market Chicago , 916 W Fulton Market goes all-out with a Kentucky Derby Watch Party, starting at 3pm. They urge you, at this 21+ event, to “come dressed in your Derby Best for a chance to win a TOMC gift card, prizes for best hat & best dressed.” Mint juleps, whiskey sours & old fashioned specials. For more information, click here.

Immerse Yourself…in the artof Frieda Kahlo…and take Mom! Experience Frida’s artwork on a monumental scale accompanied by ravishing music at Old Town’s Lighthouse Immersive, 108 W. Germania Place. See how her art is the self-expression of overcoming pain and adversity. Tickets are available now for Sunday, May 8. For more information, click here.

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago