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This Week in CHI: May 30 – June 4

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After this weekend, it can be finally declared summer in Chicago. These next few months are the reason we live in Chicago and we could not be more thrilled the season has arrived! That being said, here is what is happening to kick off the summer season this week in Chicago.

Tuesday
“It’s only rock ‘n’ roll but I like it.” The Rolling Stones exhibition at Navy Pier has two months left honoring the pivotal rock group that brought the world killer classic rock. The exhibition showcases a plethora of The Rolling Stones memorabilia chronicling their rise to fame. Vintage Rolling Stones instruments, lyric books, stage designs, personal diaries, album art and photography will be on display. Additionally, since the Stones and 1960’s pop culture are synonymous, the exhibit includes outta sight 1960’s fashion and original artwork by Andy Warhol, David Bailey and Shepard Fairey to name a few. Round out your journey by interacting with a replica of the Stones recording studios and hitting up a 3-D concert finale for the encore. Tickets are $39.20 or $80 for the VIP experience. The exhibition runs until July 30th. For tickets and more information, click here. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand St., 2nd Floor, Festival Hall, Terrace B., Chicago, IL.

Wednesday
The Magnificent Mile is about to be even more magnificent and the people of Chicago are being given the greatest gift of all, America’s first Nutella® Cafe! Eataly’s Nutella® Bar will pale in comparison to the new cafe that is dedicated to all things Nutella®. The menu promises sweet, as well as savory combinations that will make your tastebuds explode with happiness. Bring on chocolate hazelnut heaven! Today’s opening promises to draw a large crowd with the first 400 customers in line receiving a coupon for one free select menu item, in addition to other special surprises. Doors open at 10 a.m. For more information, click here. Nutella® Cafe Chicago, 189 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.

Thursday
The J. Parker is hosting a launch party for the pre-release of Half Acre’s summer IPA, Beer Hates Astronauts. The brews blend of citra hops and Vienna malts was inspired by graphic novelist Ryan Browne and his comic book, God Hates Astronauts. Despite the beer, the J. Parker rooftop at Hotel Lincoln provides reason enough to attend. The event begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until midnight. For more information, click here. J. Parker at Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL.

Friday
Start off your weekend with a cocktail fundraiser at 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The hip venue will be providing the open bar, appetizers and desserts, with DJ Swizz setting the mood. The MS Summer Social is the perfect way enjoy a summer night out as proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s mission of providing funding to innovative research working towards better treatments and ultimately finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Tickets are $75. For tickets and more information, click here. 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL.

Saturday
Unlimited chicken wings are the fare for the annual Wingout Chicago festival in Old Town. Connoisseurs of chicken wings around Chicago will come together for two days of finger lickin’ chicken and live reggae music from Chicago’s top reggae bar, The Wild Hare. Not only does The Wild Hare know great reggae, the jerk chicken wings are a must taste. Tickets are $55 per day, which includes unlimited chicken wings, one 16 oz. beer, wine or beverage and live music. The event lasts from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For tickets and more information, click here. St. Michael, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago, IL.

Sunday
The Color Run 5K in Chicago will make your dreams of a land filled with rainbows and unicorns come true! Besides a morning workout, the best part is that you will receive a unicorn medal for your accomplishment! Run the 5K to get your energy up but stay for the giant inflatable unicorns, purple color zone, foam zone, and inspirational dream wall. For registration and more information, click here. Grant Park, 235 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL.

If a more relaxing Sunday afternoon is more appealing, Yoga Six Lincoln Park is hosting a workshop, Nourish Yourself: It’s More Than Just Food, with nutritional wellness coach Claire Ridge. The afternoon starts off with a one hour, all levels vinyasa flow yoga class followed by insight into the individual relationship with food and how it plays a role in all facets of life. The workshop concludes with kombucha samples and a demonstration of different ways to use granola. To register and for more information, click here. Yoga Six Lincoln Park, 2105 N. Southport Ave., Suite 200, Chicago, IL.

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