Best May events for families in Chicago and the suburbs


Like the tulips along Michigan Avenue or the cherry blossoms at Morton Arboretum, our calendar exploded with color this month. Here are our not-to-miss events, from a family kite festival to a whirlwind tour through Memorial Day celebrations.

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Long Grove Chocolate Festival

Downtown Long Grove will be dripping with chocolate! Savor a weekend of irresistible chocolate treats including tastings around town; plus spring flowers in bloom, kids rides and activities, live music, and more.


PianoForte Family Series: Animal Music

Brenda Huang and her students discuss and play examples of animals in piano music. Includes performance and discussion about different topics related to the piano and piano performance. Followed by a milk-and-cookies reception.


Bee-tastic Mother's Day

Learn about the Queen bee and all of her daughters, then dress in a bee suit to get a safe, up-close look inside the hives. Everyone will get a Heller Honey stick to enjoy. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. All participants must wear closed shoes and tall socks to visit the hives. Register online.


The best Chicago kite festivals for kids and families

There's something about these breezy spring days that just begs for a kite. Fortunately, this month is packed with kite-flying events across the Chicagoland region. Here are a few to check out.

Kathy Woods contributed to this list.


Touch a Truck Family Festival

Kids can get up close and personal with 25 full-sized vehicles, includingfire engines, dump trucks, semis and tractors. The festivities will also include food, sweet treats, music, face painting and rides on the Great Chicago Kiddie Express, a child-sized train.


Chicago Cinco de Mayo Festival

Community celebration in the Little Village neighborhood features food, live music, arts & crafts and activities for kids and families.


Pedals & Petals Garden Bike Tour

Cantigny's resident horticulturists, Bob Carr and Chris Roberts, will lead a leisurely bike ride through the sprawling gardens, stopping to see all the telltale signs of spring. Trust us, it will be a bloomin' good time. Register in advance at or (630) 260-8162. For families with kids 8 and up. Free with $5 parking fee.


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