The hours before Monday morning are dwindling, but that shouldn't stop you from making Sunday the best day of the weekend. Recharge your batteries with a leisurely brunch before making plans for a fun-filled day. Discover some of the city's best attractions, take care of some weekend shopping or relax in your neighborhood. Don't let the weekend pass you by—peruse our list of things to do on Sunday and enjoy it while you still can.
Live music this weekend
Sen Morimoto saxophone solos have long been a secret weapon of Chicago's independent music community, but his latest solo album, Canonball!, finds him crafting his own entrancing blend of jazz, hip-hop and indie rock. While his beat-making skills and instrumental prowess are on display, it's the heartfelt lyricism that tackle the meaning of life (and finding ways to make it manageable) that really hit home. At this album release show, Morimoto is joined by singer-songwriter Kaina and rapper Qari.
Chicago is the birthplace of house music, so it stands to reason that the city hosts a festival celebrating the homegrown genre. The free event brings DJs to Millennium Park and showcases the various styles of house music that have developed since it was popularized in local nightclubs in the early ‘80s. Expect to see plenty of local talent, some amazing dancers and a few international acts that have fell in love with the pulsing beat of house music.
Things to do this weekend
After a wreath is laid at the eternal flame in Daley Plaza, Chicago's annual Memorial Day Parade heads down State Street, from Lake to Van Buren, as onlookers wave the stars and stripes. The procession has been a city tradition since 1870, honoring the men, women and families who have fought for our country.
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.
Mark the end of Illinois Craft Beer Week at this new festival, which brings a tropical celebration to the Theater on the Lake. More than 60 local and out-of-state breweries will bring island-inspired beer to the gathering for attendees to sample, alongside food from Chicago chef Cleetus Friedman.
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.
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.