Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Can you feel the pressure to have a grand ol' time? In case you're not having extreme fun (perhaps involving a grill, American flag short-shorts and a baker's dozen of locally sourced brats) all weekend, you may be in need of some help. There's an absolute ton of stuff going on—here are some of the highlights, below. For music/nightlife suggestions, head over to the AudioFile blog, where I'll have an extended Weekender post going up later today.
Friday 27 I love how my people, the Irish, have usurped this weekend for a huge Gaelic fest. Gaelic Park Irish Fest, out in the 'burbs, will have you finding your inner Celtic, tribal soul and toasting everyone from Brian Boru to Samuel Beckett.
Prefer a night in to rest up for a party weekend? Snuggle up with a noir thriller from glam-punk guitarist and soundtrack composer Nathan Larson, The Dewey Decimal System—a quick read with a sharply drawn protagonist.
Saturday 28 We can't guarantee temps in the 80s, but Saturday does mark the official opening of the Chicago beaches—so brush up on your kayaking skills. Looking for eye candy and vintage goods? Mosey over to the Randolph Street Market, an indoor-outdoor market with vintage items, gently used bikes, clothing and more.