Ah, Memorial Day. For Chicagoans it’s like a get out of jail free, do pass go, do collect $200 card. This weekend is the start of the season that keeps people here year-round, and since it’s coming a little early it’s like we’ve got a few more aces up our sleeves (mixed card metaphors, but you get my meaning, right?).
What better way to welcome the summer than with not one parade, but two? We always like to spend the entire weekend celebrating, and Saturday’s the city’s Memorial Day parade, then Monday is the 46th Annual WOOGMS parade. That stands for Wellington Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society, and in this parade, everybody gets their marching orders. Meet at the corner of Pine Grove and Wellington and wear comfortable shoes. Can’t make it to this one? That’s OK; they do it on Labor Day also.
Sunday’s another parade, of sorts. This time the route is Lake Shore Drive, and the participants are cyclists. Bike The Drive shuts down LSD to motorized vehicles as thousands of bicycles share the scenic road. While you’re there, join “Team Diabetes” Tour de Cure to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. That night head up to the gorgeous and historic Copernicus Center for Jammin’ For A Cure. This is a concert featuring Chicago Acoustic Underground alumni and raising money for the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation. If you’d like to go, let me know and I’ll have tickets waiting for you!
Another sign that summer’s here is the Navy Pier fireworks. The free show kicks off the summer with lakefront performances on both Saturday and Sunday, and then take place every Wednesday and Saturday until Labor Day.
Have a great weekend!