Pride in the Park, White Sox – NBC Chicago

As Illinois continues to reopen during Phase 5, residents will likely begin to feel a sense of normalcy returning as COVID-19 mitigations ease statewide.

According to Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, entering Phase 5 “will mean businesses, large-scale events, conventions, amusement parks and seated performance venues, among others, will be able to operate at full capacity. capacity for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “

Learn more about what COVID-19 guidelines are changing in Phase 5

Here are some things to do in town this weekend:

Pride in the park

Pride in the Park will be one of the city’s first live concerts since the coronavirus pandemic began last year, and will be the festival’s second event since its launch in 2019.

The two-day festival is slated to take place Saturday and Sunday, with tickets starting at $ 40 for general admission.

These are the flagship acts.

Stroll through the Chicago Botanical Garden

The Chicago Botanical Garden in the suburb of Glencoe is open this weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., although the Rose Terrace closes at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, all visitors must register in advance to walk around the gardens and wear a mask indoors if they are not vaccinated against the virus. Weekend parking is free for members and costs $ 30 for non-members.

Navy Pier Pride Celebration

Navy Pier will host a Pride Celebration Day on Saturday, with live music, dancing, storytelling and evening activities.

Radio Gaga and Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus will take the stage at the event, organizers said.

Chicago Pride Bowl

The annual flag football tournament will be held along the lake on Saturday and Sunday by the Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association. The teams playing are members of the National Gay Flag Football League, according to organizers.

Visit a Chicago museum

Chicago museums are returning to their normal opening hours this past weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced, as part of Chicago’s full reopening.

However, some museums will continue to implement COVID-19 protocols. The Shedd Aquarium still asks visitors to purchase tickets in advance, but will no longer require vaccinated guests to wear masks.

Watch a White Sox game

Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, will once again welcome fans to capacity this weekend.

The White Sox will be in Chicago until the end of June. The team begin a three-game series against the Mariners starting with a game at 7:10 p.m. Friday night. On Saturday and Sunday, the team will play at 1:10 p.m. with the chance to get a free jersey and bobblehead.

Savor a bite to eat at Chicago restaurants indoors or out

Chicago restaurants and bars are allowed to return to full capacity during phase 5, and allow fully vaccinated customers to walk around without face coverings.

However, some establishments may choose to keep COVID-19 restrictions in place until further notice.

While Chicago expected sunny skies and warm temperatures this weekend, many might be looking for places to drink and dine al fresco. The city is known for its food scene, filled with numerous patios and rooftops.

Choose Chicago has offered a list of places that currently offer outdoor dining in Chicago. Here are some highlights:

Avli Tavern: 1335 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Beatrix Fulton Market: 834 W Fulton Market
Beatnik on the river: 180 N Upper Wacker Dr.
Aba: 302 N. Green St. 3rd Floor
Ema: 74 W Illinois St.
Mesler: 1401 E. 53rd Street
The duck inn: 2701 S. Eleanor St.
Theater on the lake: 2401 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Beatnik on the river: 180 N. Upper Wacker Dr.
BOKA: 1729 N. Halsted St.
Formento: 925 W. Randolph St.
Siena Tavern: 51 W. Kinzie St.
Offshore: 1000 E Grand Avenue
Wood: 3335 N. Halsted St.
Happy camper: 1209 N. Wells St.
Tzuco: 720 N. State St.
LuxBar: 18 E. Bellevue Pl.

Browse the Frida Kahlo exhibit in suburban Chicago

The legendary life and remarkable works of artist Frida Kahlo are on display this summer in the Chicago area in the new Timeless exhibition.

Open until September 6, the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAnich Arts Center at the College of DuPage in the suburb of Glen Ellyn showcase 26 original pieces by the 20th century artist.

Take a trip south to see Cavern Opening Weekend for the first time in over 10 years

The caverns in southern Illinois have reopened to the public for the first time in more than 10 years, after being closed due to extreme caution, officials said.

The South Attraction has reopened as another place residents can take advantage of as the state moves into Phase 5 of its coronavirus reopening plan. Until October, the caves will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a swing at the Maggie Daley Park mini-golf course

The Chicago-themed 18-hole miniature golf course and Maggie Daley Park’s ribbon are open daily. In summer, the ribbon changes to welcome users of scooters, rollerblades and roller skates. Weekend rentals are now available.

Choose seasonal produce at a town farmer’s market

As the city enters Phase 5, more farmers’ markets across Chicago will begin to welcome residents again for the 2021 season.

While some markets have not announced official plans for a summer reopening, others have released schedules and information regarding upcoming launches after last year’s closures due to the COVID pandemic.

Cruise down the Chicago River or Lake Michigan by boat, kayak

Admire the city’s iconic architecture as you cruise along the Chicago River on one of the many boat tours. The 90-minute tours run every hour and a half and cost $ 40 for an adult and $ 18 for a child.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation measures, boat trips to Wendella require passengers to wear face coverings while on board the ship and practice social distancing.

Trying to see the city’s skyscrapers from a new perspective? Guided tours and kayak rentals take you down the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.

Relax on Chicago’s recently opened beaches

Chicago’s beaches along Lake Michigan were opened to the public with lifeguards on duty over Memorial Day weekend and saw many residents come out to enjoy the water.

The more than two dozen beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan will reopen on Friday, said Mike Kelly, superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. The city’s beaches were closed during the summer of 2020 in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

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