Festival listings: May

May 19–22


Mayfest Fri 20, 5–10:30pm; Sat 21, 11am–10:30pm; Sun 22, 11am–10pm. 3100 N Ashland Ave (773-665-4682). El: Brown to Paulina. Bus: 9, 11, 77. $5. Celebrate spring’s arrival by dancing around the maypole and feasting on pretzels and beer at this Lakeview neighborhood tradition. Bring Fido to the Pet Parade on Sunday.


* FREE Chill & Grill Festival Sat 21, 11am–6pm; Sun 22, noon–5pm. LaSalle Dr at Stockton Dr. Bus: 9, 11, 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, 156. Weber Grill and Better Homes and Gardens host this Lincoln Park grilling party. Local restos like Girl & the Goat, Nacional 27 and Black Dog Gelato offer tastings while celebrity chefs lead cooking demos and grilling contests. Book signings, live music and kids’ activities will round out the fest.


* FREE Chicago Turkish Festival Sun 22–May 25, 10am–6pm. Daley Plaza, Washington St between Clark and Dearborn Sts. El: Red to Lake; Blue to Washington; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Randolph. Take a lunch break and sip Turkish coffee, eat kebabs and orchid ice cream, and watch Turkish folk dancers whirl about Daley Plaza.


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