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Lincoln Park Weekend Guide – May 4 – 7

This weekend, Lincoln Park is the place to be for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Kentucky Derby watch parties and of course award-winning theater. Come by this weekend and see for yourself!

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Posted 4/3

Lincoln Park Theater

Linda Vista Extended Run @ Steppenwolf Theater
Linda Vista, the new play from award-winning playwright Tracy Letts, has been extended for one week. The show will add seven new performance  which will run through May 28. Don’t miss your chance to see the play that the Chicago Tribune calls “highly entertaining.”

Steppenwolf Theater
1650 N. Halsted

Where Did We Sit on the Bus @ Victory Gardens Theater
Where Did We Sit on the Bus? is a one-man show pulsing with Latin rhythms, rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. During a third grade lesson on Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can’t answer the question. This production from Jeff Award-winner Brian Quijada examines what it means to be Latino through the eyes of a child, turned teenager, turned adult.

Click here for a complete schedule
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln

First Kiss / Deep Schwa @ iO Theater
If you are not ready for the weekend to end, head over to the iO Theater and check out improv ensemble Deep Schwa. Deep Schwa has been entertaining guests on Sunday nights at the iO for over 15 years. This week’s opening act is First Kiss, an improv ensemble that performs iO’s signature form, “The Harold”.

Sunday, May 7
8:30 p.m.
iO Theater
1501 N. Kingsbury


Lincoln Park Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Pinata Party @ Lincoln Park Zoo
Join us to build creative items to enrich the lives of zoo animals! All ages are welcome to stop by and create edible piñatas, willow balls, or other crafty items for animals across the zoo. Then head out to the zoo to see animals enjoy some enrichment.

The program runs open house-style, so registered participants can drop by anytime between 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark

Cinco de Mayo Trolley @ Broken English Taco Pub
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Broken English Taco Pub’s very own mariachi band. Trolleys will follow the mariachi band and take guests to visit all three Broken English locations in Chicago. (Seats will be issued on a first come, first served basis.)

Friday, May 5
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Broken English Taco Pub
75 E. Lake


Lincoln Park Kentucky Derby Day

Saturday will be the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby. A few or our local bars and hangouts have specials to celebrate the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.”

Benchmark Bar and Grill
1510 N. Wells
Bourbon 101 Tasting, Raffle Prizes, Bugle Player and Best Dressed & Best Hat Contest

Derby Chicago
1224 W. Webster
Premium Food Buffet, Amazing Drink Specials and a Contest for Best Hat & Dressed
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gaslight Bar
2450 N. Clark
Tickets include Draft Beer, 1 Drink Ticket and Food
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Kirkwood Bar and Grill
2934 N. Sheffield
$8 Jim Beam Mint Juleps and Best Dressed Contest

Ranalli’s
1925 N. Lincoln
Tickets include All You Can Eat Pizza, Guest DJs and Drink Specials
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Schoolyard Tavern and Grill
3258 N. Southport
Offering Drink Specials, Giveaways and a Contest for Best Hat & Best Dressed
3:00 p.m. – Midnight

The Blanchard
1935 N. Lincoln Park W.
Join The Blanchard on Derby Day for their Jockeys & Juleps party. Come dressed to impressed for a chance to win a $100 Blanchard Gift Card.


Lincoln Park Community

New Music DePaul @ DePaul School of Music
DePaul’s quarterly New Music showcase will include new works from Brad Robin, Kurt Westerberg and Natasha Bogojevich.

Friday, May 5
8:00 p.m.
DePaul University Concert Hall
800 W Belden

Green City Market Lincoln Park Opening Day
Join Green City Market for the kick off of outdoor season! Come meet GCM vendors, taste the Midwest bounty, get your hands dirty in their Edible Gardens, and interact with their partners. Opening Day will be a family event with festival type games, interactive chef demos, kids programming, and educational activities highlighting local farms and chefs.

​8am-12pm: Club Sprouts with Kids’ Table
9:30am-12:30pm: Edible Gardens open
10:30am: Chef Demo with Edward Kim of Ruxbin
Live music by Amelia Sweet Bluebird

Saturday, May 6
7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Green City Market
N. Clark & N. Lincoln

3rd Annual Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church Spring Soiree: Songs of Resistance and Hope
Join the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church for their annual Spring Soiree. Featuring singers from the Floating Opera Company and Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church performing music that stand justice and rekindles hope.

Sunday, May 7
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
600 W. Fullerton

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