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May 2020 events calendar for Chicago

The arrival of May 2020 events in Chicago means summer's just around the corner. Find things to do, festivals and more.

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Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

You've probably spent the better part of the past six months indoors, so the arrival of May (and warm spring weather) is a cause for celebration. It's the time of the year when Chicago rooftop bars open for business and the best outdoor restaurants in Chicago are usually packed with folks soaking up the sun. The rise in temperature is accompanied by lots of May events, including the beginning of summer festival season, with events like Mayfest, Mayfestiversary and the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival taking over streets throughout the city. The May concert calendar is also packed with great options, including sets from R&B legend Al Green, singer-songwriter Weyes Blood and classic rock heroes the Who. And don't forget about May events like Memorial Day weekend, an exhibition devoted to Hamilton and the arrival of Chicago Craft Beer Week. Fill your spring itinerary with the help of our May events calendar.

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