Chicago May 2021 Events

Soak up Some Sun This May in Chicago

Average temperature low and high: 53°-66°

May is the perfect month to visit if you are looking to enjoy warmer temperatures without being uncomfortably hot. Head out to enjoy some fun under the sun! Chicago’s calendar is a full one in May with Memorial Day celebrations and outdoor events like Art in Wilder Park, the Chicago Beer Classic, the Gaelic Park Irish Fest, and more!

May Event Calendar

Art in Wilder Park

Date to be confirmed
Wilder Park MAP

If you're an art lover, make sure you take a visit to Wilder Park as it's transformed into an art show and filled with crafts. This 2-day event attracts over 10,000 attendees and over 500 artists selling their pieces. Rain or shine, the massive art show will also feature live music entertainment, admission is free for all ages.

Chicago Beer Classic

Date to be confirmed
Soldier Field MAP
Chicago Beer Classic

The annual Chicago Beer Classic will be hosted on the grass of Soldier Field (the home field of the Chicago Bears) and it will feature a huge variety of beers, including rare, upcoming, and undiscovered ones! General admission to the event includes a signature Chicago Beer Classic tasting cup, 48 two-ounce samples from 30+ Chicago breweries, and direct tunnel access to the field. There will also be food,  games and activities, and more!

Food Truck Social

Date to be confirmed
Food Truck Social

From tacos to doughnuts, get ready to fill your stomach with a variety of foods from dozens of food trucks! Held at the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Food Truck Social gives attendees the opportunity to enjoy yummy eats while exploring the zoo during after hours. The event will also feature live music, activities, and drinks available for purchase. Admission is $10 and does not include food. Ages 12 months and under can enter free with a paid adult ticket.

Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest

Date to be confirmed
Gaelic Park MAP

This 4-day Memorial Weekend celebration has been a tradition in Chicago for over 20 years! Since 1988, the Gaelic Park Irish Fest has been the largest gathering of Irish entertainment in North America. It will feature over 40 acts performing some of the best Irish music on 5 stages, Irish and Celtic-themed activities, the chance to participate in traditional sports, more than 500 traditional Irish step dancers, food, drinks, activities for kids, and more!

Maifest Chicago

Date to be confirmed
Lincoln Square MAP
Maifest Chicago

Maifest (Mayfest in German) is an annual tradition in Germany that celebrates the arrival of Spring. Maifest Chicago was founded to highlight and celebrate the city's German heritage and is held in Lincoln Square, the heart of Chicago's German community. There will be German music, food, beer, dancing, and fun! Admission is free and open to all ages.

Night Nation Run

Date to be confirmed
Night Nation Run

Don't miss the world’s 1st running music festival come to Chicago! Night Nation Run is a 5k with electronic dance music and an illuminated racecourse equipped with lights and lasers. Participants will make their way through the course, stopping at multiple DJ stages set up along the way, and then finish at an explosive main-stage after party, featuring top EDM DJs and celebrity performers. Early bird ticket prices are $29.99, full price tickets are $60.

Come From Away

21 Apr, 2021 - 2 May, 2021
Cadillac Palace Theatre MAP
Come From Away

See this award-winning show that is set a week following the September 11 attacks and follows the story of what happened when 38 planes were ordered to land in a small town. Get your tickets here!

Things to Do in Chicago in May

Chicago Concerts in May

Upcoming Nightclub Events

Sat, May 01 at Berlin Nightclub Drag Matinee
Sun, May 02 at Berlin Nightclub MadonnaRama
Mon, May 03 at Berlin Nightclub Mom Jeans
Tue, May 04 at Berlin Nightclub TBA
Wed, May 05 at Berlin Nightclub Beat Lab
Thu, May 06 at Berlin Nightclub DURO
Fri, May 07 at Lincoln Hall The Residents
Fri, May 07 at Berlin Nightclub Cosmix Fridays with DJ Greg Haus
Events may be canceled due to the coronavirus. Please confirm with all ticket vendors that events are still active.