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Memorial Day Weekend has officially kicked off summer, and we are ready to soak up every moment of sunshine and good weather here in Chicago. While we are already mapping our summer with street fairs and music festivals, there is so much more to look forward to! Check out what we have going on this week.

Tuesday

Perfect weather and longer days make May the perfect time to celebrate National Barbecue Month, and the perfect way to kickoff the summer months. If you aren’t all grilled-out from a weekend of Memorial Day BBQ’s, which we should hope not, then take advantage of the last day of the month by checking out some great BBQ places so you cant take a break from having to do your own grilling. We are loving Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park to get our BBQ fix. They also have an awesome BBQ Brunch! Read our brunch review, and for more information visit here.

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Wednesday

Today marks the day of the highly anticipated grand opening of Saved By Max, the “Saved By the Bell” themed pop-up restaurant in Wicker park. Diners can look forward to snaking on “A.C. Sliders” and “Mac & Screech” mac and cheese, while jamming out to hits from the ’90’s. Originally the spot was only supposed to be open for June, but due to high demand, the restaurant has decided to stay open all summer, until the end of August. The restaurant will have limited seating and it will be on a first come first serve basis. For more information, visit here.

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Thursday

The short week is almost over and we are looking to some patio and rooftop cocktails.  Among the many places to check out in Chicago, we are especially looking forward to experiencing the rooftops that opened this weekend, like the 13th floor of the Lincoln Hotel’s J. Parker lounge, and other great roofs like Peruvian hot spot Tanta, the 18th floor lounge of the Rafaello Hotel’s Drumbar, GreenRiver in Streeterville, and the Vertigo Sky Lounge atop the Dana Hotel. Stay tuned for our list of the best patios to get your drink on this summer, coming soon.

Friday

Do Division Street Festival helps kick off the summer of street festivals. The Do Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale spans 10 city blocks, on Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt, and features two live music stages, a wide variety of local vendors and food, plenty of ice cold beer and wine, unique kid’s activities in a dedicated Family Fun Fest area (which exclusively benefits local elementary schools), Do Fashion with a runway and DJs; plus an elaborate Sidewalk Sale put on by the Division Street merchants.  A music line-up that showcases both local up-and-comers to national touring bands will be featured on two different stages. A donation of $5 is requested for admission, for more information visit here

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Saturday

The 606 Block Party is not just for neighbors of the Bloomingdale trail. All are welcome to come check out this neighborhood block party and enjoy food, music and 30 booths of hands on activities. Chicago families, neighbors, and visitors are invited to join us for a festive block party, with musical performances, community-led processions, food, and activities for people of all ages. For more information, visit here.

Sunday

Dos Urban Cantina has just launched Sunday Brunch service, and we are dying to check it out. This critically acclaimed restaurant just began a brunch buffet featuring a 3 tier brunch, offering both sweet and savory brunch items. Also worth noting? A guacomole bar! We are excited to check out their take on Mexican brunch featuring both tradition brunch items and authentic Mexican dishes. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will be $24 a person. For more information, visit here.

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