Neighborhood News – Chicago Loop, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Lakeview, Lincoln Park

Memorial Day honors all men and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. For this, we humbly say, “Thank you for your sacrifice, so we may live in freedom.”

This week also marks the unofficial start of summer, and Chicago’s neighborhood and downtown events this weekend honors our fallen servicemen and paves the way for a summer filled with memories!

Chicago honors these heroes with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. on Saturday, May 28 at 11am, followed by their annual Memorial Day Parade,State Street from Lake St. to Van Buren St. at Noon. 

Suenos Chicago! On Saturday, and Sunday, May 28-29, come to Grant Park to experience two days of nonstop Latin music, Sueños Music Festival features 15 Reggaeton & Latin artists on the Sueños Stage, including Puerto Rican singer Ozuna, veteran reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel, and rapper Myke Towers. This 18+ event also features local Latin food vendors, a Ferris-wheel, Free Water Stations, Art, Activities, and more! For more information and tickets, click here

Navy Pier FireworksLighting up the Chicago skyline, our favorite summer sky show starts this Saturday, May 28, at10pm, accompanied by popular music with ‘special occasion’ soundtracks. Navy Pier fireworks will continue on Wednesday and Saturday nights through Labor Day. For more information, click here

Japan Film Collectivecloses their 2022 edition with the documentary, ‘The Seppuku Pistols,’ on Sunday May 29, at 7pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street. In this road movie documentary, the guerrilla-style group performs throughout Japan and makes it all the way to New York City. For tickets and information, click here

The 36th Annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest on Saturday, May 28and Sunday, May 29, from 11am-10ppm features top local tribute bands on the main stage, great eats, libations (beer and wine) and artisans. Their website promises  “An eclectic “community entertainment stage near Bet filled with fun neighborhood music acts, deejays and other performers. For more information, click here

Family Night at Lincoln Park Zoobegins Tuesday May 31 and goes from 5:30pm–8:30pm. Weekly family nights for a $10 adult ticket, and free for kids ages 10 and under, features unlimited rides on the AT&T Endangered Species Carousel and Lionel Train Adventure, live children’s entertainments, animal chats and enrichment, and BOGO dinners at Park Place Cafe: one free kid’s menu entree with purchase of adult meal. For tickets and more information, click here.

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago