Saturday is your first full day of freedom after five days of office drudgery. Make the most of it by exploring the city, eating at a new restaurant or checking out a museum. In the evening, enjoy Chicago's exciting nightlife at a nightclub or head to the multiplex to catch the latest crowd-pleasing blockbuster. Take a look at our top picks for things to do on Saturday.
Things to do this weekend
Have you ever dreamed of cruising down Lake Shore Drive on your bicycle? Bike the Drive makes that dream a reality for one day this year, closing down the popular lakefront thoroughfare to cars early on a Sunday morning. Participants can bike from Bryn Mawr Ave to the Museum of Science industry (and back) during the five hours of car-free riding.
Neighboring Ravenswood Corridor breweries Dovetail and Begyle team up for an old-fashioned block party over Memorial Day weekend, inviting guests to celebrate spring with live music, food truck cuisine and lots of locally-brewed beer. Take a break from your cookout and sip a Dovetail's Maibock or one of Begyle's Sunny Afternoon American pale ales—proceeds benefit local nonprofits Foundations of Music, CHIRP Radio and One Tail at a Time.
During Memorial Day weekend, a Ferris wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, the Zipper and more of your favorite carnival rides take over a parking lot near Lane Tech for the school's annual carnival. Admission to the event is free, but you'll need to purchase ride tickets (or an unlimited wristband) if you want to take a spin on any of the attractions.
Now in its 43rd season, most folks can’t remember an adulthood without Saturday Night Live. What’s more, the majority of Americans grew up on (or are growing up on) the late-night sketch show; it’s played, to varying degrees, a role in most viewers’ understanding of our political and cultural surroundings. “SNL: The Experience” was crafted for those fans, for the people who revere the comedy goliath’s space in American culture and in their personal lives, too. Chicago is the first stop on the exhibit’s traveling tour—it just wrapped two years in New York City, and will be at the Museum of Broadcast Communications for the next 14 months. Chicago was a natural second stop for the exhibit. With so many SNL cast members and writers hailing from our city (and the Second City), producers sought to honor the show’s Chicago ties. The exhibit is spread over two floors of the museum and is structured like a week at SNL. If you’re not familiar, the show has a very rigid schedule; each day of the week has a specific purpose and goal. The first room of “SNL: The Experience” is Monday (with Lorne Michaels’ desk and a replica of the original 1975 set), the next is Tuesday (with videos screening late-night stories from writers including Seth Meyers and Paula Pell), and so on. It concludes, of course, with Saturday: a complete replica of Studio 8H. Three stages flank the audience (for the monologue, musical act and rotating sketch), as well as a remake of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s 2004 Wee
The Field Museum's latest exhibition examines the ancient tradition of mummification under new light. In 2014, the institution received a temporary, on-site CT scanner, allowing researchers to peer into these tombs without touching and potentially damaging the fragile artifacts inside. Those findings inspired this Field Museum’s exhibition, which focuses primarily on ancient Egyptian and Peruvian mummies. In total, 22 mummies—14 humans and eight animals—from the museum’s collection will be on display, plus two features lifelike, 3-D renderings of Egyptian mummies.
Developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, this exhibition at the Chicago History Museum takes a closer look at stories of race through several lenses, including biological, cultural and historical. The special display invites visitors to consider the idea of race and how it's been used to bring people together, create personal identities and divide communities. Today's scientific understanding of race is challenging our perceived differences and questioning the concept. Race, which runs through July 15, is included in the general admission fee at the Chicago History Museum.