Lincoln Square Maifest
Date: Friday, June 3rd through Sunday, June 5th
Time: Friday 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday noon to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday noon to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Square, Chicago
Mayfest (Maifest in German) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Maifest is still celebrated throughout Germany with the maypole (maibaum) decorated to show off the history and crafts of the local village or town.
Mayfest, like Octoberfest, has now become a popular celebration throughout the world. Chicago’s German community welcomes all to their Mayfest in Lincoln Square; the heart of Chicago’s German Community.
Road Closures: Western Ave Between Eastwood and Leland
Brown Line to Western
#49 Western Avenue Bus
#81 Lawrence Avenue Bus
#11 Lincoln Bus (however, only from the north since the #11 doesn’t connect through the Northcenter neighborhood. It is coming back next month. Read more here.)
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Date: Friday, June 3rd & Saturday, June 4th
Time: Friday at 12:00 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Millennium Park, Chicago
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Gospel Music performers, and the admission is FREE!
For the full lineup, click here.
A panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m. to kick off the weekend.
Pink, Orange, Green, Brown and Purple (rush) Lines – Randolph
Blue Line – Washington
Red Line – Lake
Buses #3, #4, #6, #10, #14, #26, #143, #144, #145, #146, #147, #151, #157
Taste of Little Village; Flavors of Mexico
Date: Friday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 5th
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kedzie at 26th Street in Little Village, Chicago
From the event website:
Beyond authentic Mexican treats (tacos, gorditas, flautas, enchiladas and tortas) from nearly a dozen Chicago restaurants, there’s also a non-stop music lineup, daily cooking demonstrations on a Culinary Stage with top chefs, carnival rides and arts/crafts.
Traffic Alert: 26th Street from Kedzie to Sacramento
Pink Line – Kedzie (just over one-half mile, south to 26th Street)
Hyde Park Brew Fest
Date: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hyde Park, Chicago
Located in the heart of downtown Hyde Park at 53rd and Harper, the Hyde Park Brew Fest boasts “good music, great people, craft beer, food and craft vendors.”
The event is free, though tickets for sampling beer and cider from over 50 different breweries must be purchased.
Traffic Alert: 53rd at Harper closed
#2, #4, #6, #10, #15, #28, #55, #59
The Steve Dahl Show at Hooters in Downers Grove
Date: Friday, June 3rd
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Hooters Downers Grove
Steve, Dag and Brendan will be watching the White Sox game from Hooters in Downers Grove on Friday. Ten lucky listeners will also have a chance to win tickets to an upcoming White Sox game!
Girls on the Run 5k – Chicago
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 6:30 a.m. On-site registration opens, 8:00 a.m. Start Time
Location: Grant Park, Chicago
For registration and more information visit this link.
The Squeez’d Girls on the Run 5k is a family-friendly event and fun run. It is open to the public. Girls who are currently participating in the program are already registered for the 5k. All finishers receive “woo hoos!” and the admiration of numerous spectators, but runners are not timed nor are awards given.
Everyone who crosses the finish line is a winner!
Do you have a child between the ages of two and six? Li’l Spark Sprints go from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and are 20-60 yard dashes!
Morning Traffic Anchor, Jen DeSalvo, coaches for Girls on the Run. Read about her work with the organization here!
Traffic Alert: Balbo closed from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive. Event will take place on lakefront bike path.
Weekend Festivals in the Suburbs
Information from Festing.com
In Itasca, Parkside will close between Thorndale and Granville avenues at 7 a.m. Thursday for removal to make room for new ramps and frontage roads as part of the Illinois Route 390 Tollway Project.
Beginning on Thursday, June 2, 104th Avenue will be closed at 159th Street until Winter 2016. A posted detour will direct traffic to use 108th Avenue, 167th Street and Lagrange Road (U.S. 45).
Use Route 6 between Ottawa and Utica as an alternate.
Blue Line trains heading in the direction of Forest Park will bypass Montrose for platform repairs on weekends from Friday at 10:00 p.m through Monday at 4:00 a.m. until June 7.
Passengers are urged to use Irving Park or Jefferson Park.
Affects Train Tracker prediction availability
Orange, Green, Pink & Brown Line trains will be rerouted on the Loop elevated via Wells & Van Buren. No service will operate on Lake or Wabash.
Orange and Brown Lines: Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, via Wells and Van Buren.
Green Line: Trains will operate between Harlem and 63rd via Wells and Van Buren.
Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Downtown via Wells and Van Buren. Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station.
Customers may transfer between the Loop elevated, and Blue and Red line subways at Harold Washington Library (Loop elevated) and Jackson (Blue and Red lines) stations.