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May 2021 events calendar for Chicago

The arrival of May 2021 events in Chicago means summer's just around the corner. Find things to do, festivals and more.

By Emma Krupp
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Chicagoans come alive again once May rolls around, shaking off the winter doldrums and exploring the city as the days get longer and warmer. You can make the most of spring sunshine by relaxing at a number of newly-opened rooftop bars in Chicago or sampling brews at the string of Chicago beer festivals happening this month. Lovers of the outdoors will also want to spend time in Chicago's best parks, one of which is hosting a kite festival for kids. On days when the weather still feels a little more like winter (because it's Chicago, there are certain to be a few), check out indoor attractions like an affordable art fair at the Chicago Board of Trade or the Art Institute's Monet exhibition. Regardless of what the forecast may throw at us this month, you won't want to miss the best things to do in May.


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“Monet and Chicago”

Things to do Cultural centers Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, IL, Grant Park

The Art Institute of Chicago hosted Claude Monet’s debut U.S. solo show in 1895 and was the first American museum to buy one of his paintings. This exhibit acts as an homage to Chicago’s special connection to the “father of Impressionism,” offering a mixture of major works as well as rarely seen sketches and landscapes sourced from local collections.

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