Features artwork, live music, food and kids' activities.
The wreath laying ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. The parade kicks off at noon and proceeds south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Participants include many area high schools' Drum and Bugle Corps as well as many veterans groups.
Along with the traditional mole puestos (mole booths) and mouthwatering festival food concession stands, this year’s celebration features more than 30 live bands, dozens of artisans, merchants and craft vendors, matches by professional masked wrestlers (Mexican lucha libre), flamethrowing performances, and a chance to ride the mechanical bull. At the Plaza de los Niños (kids zone), enjoy facepainting and carnival games and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) outreach component presented by Northeastern Illinois University.
The Squeez'd Girls on the Run 5K series is a spectale of girl power. Family friendly and open to the public, the 3.1 mile, non-competitive run celebrates health, confidence and strength. After the run, enjoy food, music and activities. Each participating site has been assigned a 5k location in one of the three regions: North: June 3 at College of Lake County, Grayslake; Central: May 20 at Butler Field in Grant Park, Chicago; Southwest: May 13 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.
Go on a hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark to see what animals come out when people go home.
Features 10 wolves, Siberian tiger, black bear, mountain lion and more. Plus, food, drinks, gift shop, music, raffles and fun. Season passes and adoptions available.
Camping trip includes meeting and care of farm animals, doing chores, exploring a creek, hiking forest and field, plus good times around the campfire. Bring a tent and gear, plus clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
Become an ice-cream scientist and conduct fun experiments to learn the unique chemistry of ice-cream, explore the science behind ice-cream floats, and make ice-cream and sorbets on the go.
A month-long Maifest celebration featuring a variety of authentic German entertainment and Maifest food specials. In addition to Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s daily entertainment schedule, Maifest will bring German dance troupes, brass bands to the Haus.
See ongoing horse and riding demonstrations, dog obedience and field trials, sheepherding demonstrations, raptors and reptiles from Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, and cows from Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. Enjoy pony and hay-wagon rides, fishing, archery instruction, food vendors, live music, and a display of vintage tractors with ties to the preserve’s agricultural history. Visit with Forest Preserve District rangers and St. James Farm staff and volunteers as well.