One of the best things about living in the Chicago area is the abundance of things to do. Whether you want to stay close to the North Shore or venture into the city, you’ll find plenty of events and activities to keep you busy. In fact, one or more of these spring events may make the perfect addition to your calendar.
Adler After Dark
Chicago - MARCH 21
Celebrate geek culture at Adler Planetarium’s Adler After Dark party. “Geek Chic,” this month’s theme, focuses on women who’ve made important contributions to science and explores female sci-fi characters in TV, movies and comics.
The party features a panel discussion on favorite female comic characters, a cosplay contest, samples of Space Camper IPA brew, sky shows, live entertainment and full access to the planetarium’s exhibits and galleries. Snacks and alcoholic beverages can be purchased during the party, which will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. Guest must be at least 21 to attend.
Spring Bird Walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe - APRIL 13
The robins aren’t the only birds chirping outside your windows this spring. During the Spring Bird Walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden, you’ll spot species that remained in the area over the winter plus a few spring arrivals. The walk will be held from 7:30 to approximately 9:00 a.m. and starts at the visitor center.
Can’t make it on the 13th? Register for the next walk on May 18 instead. The Bird Walk costs $15.20 for members and $19 for non-members.
Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with the Bunny
Brookfield - APRIL 13, 14 AND 20
Breakfast with the Bunny offers the perfect opportunity for your kids to spend a little one-on-one time with the Easter Bunny himself. The menu includes an assortment of muffins and pastries, fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast and other delicious breakfast favorites.
Admission is $29.95 for adults and $21.95 for kids ages 3 through 11. Children 2 and under attend for free. Your admission fee includes breakfast at 9 or 11 a.m., a photograph with the Easter Bunny, costumed characters and entertainment by the Banjo Bunnies.
Skokie Festival of Cultures
Skokie - MAY 17, 18 AND 19
Oakton Park in Skokie is the site of the popular Skokie Festival of Cultures. The annual event celebrates dozens of cultures that make up the community, from Irish to Armenian to Japanese and more. The festival features ethnic musical and dance performance, cultural booths and presentations, an international beer garden, arts and crafts, food, children’s activities and a merchandise bazaar.
The event kicks off with an international short films show at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17. Saturday and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
MB Bike the Drive
Chicago - MAY 26
Can you imagine what Lakeshore Drive would look like without car and truck traffic? During the early hours of May 26, thousands of bicyclists will take over the drive during the MB Bike the Drive. The event is open to cyclists of all ages and begins at 5:30 a.m., although you can certainly arrive a little later.
Between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m., riders will be directed to Lakefront Trail in preparation for the reopening of Lakeshore Drive to vehicles at 10:30. After the event, stop by the post-ride festival at Butler Field for food, music and freebies. Registration fees vary depending on when you register. The fee for kids 17 and under is $17 no matter when you sign up.
The North Shore just may be the perfect home base if you enjoy visiting local attractions and events. Whether you’re a new homeowner or a longtime resident, BDS Design Build Remodel can help you improve and enhance your home. Contact us to learn about our design/build approach and get the process started.