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🗓️ A parade, scavenger hunt, and drag show

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_

Hey, friends! 

Every Friday, we drop this list of ideas for how you can get out and about in the city. But a lot of us like to spend our weekends, well, relaxing. If you want to get your homebody on, why not crack open a book? We have some recs, of course.

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Where can teens go? Maybe not the public pool either. Park District officials declined to say how many pools will be open this summer and how many lifeguards have been hired in the wake of the lifeguard shortage, causing worry that young people will lose yet another space. [Block Club]

What’s Pilsen-style pizza? Triangle slices with a modest layer of cheese and dough fermented with Old Style beer from Bob’s Pizza. But the pizza doesn’t really have anything very Pilsen about it… [Eater]

WGN Radio celebrates centennial. The station is airing a retrospective of its first hundred years this weekend. [WGN]

This week’s must-read(s).

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🗓️ Weekend Plans


Elijah Muhammad Museum fundraiser in Hyde Park. Help turn the Kenwood home of the longtime Nation of Islam leader into a museum. The fundraiser takes place at the Silver Room from 5–8 p.m. (Free, varies)

South Chicago Dance Theatre in the Loop. Celebrate the dance troupe’s fifth anniversary with five new pieces at the Harris Theater at 7:30 p.m. ($15–$50)


It’s Your Park Day citywide. Help keep our parks clean all day. (Free)

Memorial Day Massacre commemoration in East Side. Remember the lives lost and those injured during the 1937 police attacks on steel strikers. The event is at the United Steelworkers Local 3212 at 1 p.m. (Free)

“Bermuda” premiere on Near West Side. Catch the film about a mid-20s Nigerian American woman in pursuit of self-liberation. Made by young local filmmakers, it’s being screened at Eleven04 Productions at 3 p.m.


Bazaar in Bridgeport. Get a tarot card read or pick up plants and stained glass at the Jackalope Coffee & Tea House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Varies)

Greek Heritage Parade in Greektown. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Greek independence at the parade along Halsted Street at 2:30 p.m. (Free)

All weekend

Chicago ScavHunt. Through Sunday, team up with friends or go off by yourself to search for clues to monuments, businesses, and more around the city for a chance to win up to $2,500. (Free)

Mayfest in Lincoln Park. See Too Hype Crew, Funkadesi, and more at the North Side music fest on Armitage from Sheffield to Racine through Sunday.

Drag queen bar crawl, Taco Bell show in Lakeview. Add to your flower crown at 10 bars on the Northalsted crawl Saturday from 2–8 p.m. Head to a drag show at the Taco Bell Cantina in Wrigleyville all day Sunday. ($10; varies)

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