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Spring seems to have been thrust upon us as flowers start to bloom all across the Chicagoland area. But residents know better than that- there had to be one more day of snow. Now we are all waiting for the same thing, the final sign that spring has sprung: consistently good weather.
What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new season than by taking advantage of all the outdoor activities allowed this summer! If you live in the western suburbs, you are within arms reach to tons of events happening all springtime long for all ages and interests. With many residents vaccinated and venue bans lifting, now’s the time to indulge yourself in your community and celebrate the spring! Here are a few can’t miss events in the western suburbs this season.
Taking place at the end of springtime, and the intro to summer is a get-on-your-calendars-now kind of event. The 2nd annual Wheaton art walk is bringing a juried art festival to the western suburbs. According to amdurproductions.com, the host of this event, the show takes place on the beautiful, tree-lined streets of downtown Wheaton.
The Wheaton Art Walk will showcase the work of many juried artists from around the country in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture, and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats.”
The Art Walk last year was so incredible that they decided to do it again this year. For COVID protections, you have to reserve a time slot to do the walk, but admission is free and easy to find here.
To celebrate spring and the large patio their restaurant features, Elmhurst Brewing Co. is hosting a May Fest with opportunities to try all their beers and enjoy the weather. For one day only, May 15th, their beer garden will be open in 90 min time slots to join them in trying 26+ beers that they carry.
This event is 21 and up and a perfect date night activity for parents who haven’t been out for date night in a year! Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the restaurant, info here.
Back to events you can take the kiddos to, this event was MADE for kids with tons of energy to burn. As always, Brookfield Zoo remains a constant source of entertainment and joy for the Chicagoland area, but now, they have more than just your regular old lions, tigers, and bears.
They have dinosaurs! Dino’s Everywhere is an event featuring real-life-looking dinosaurs that move and make noise and might scare the heck out of your kids!
This event is perfect for the springtime weather, and the other attractions the zoo has to offer will ensure your child never forgets when they met a dinosaur—tickets available here.
Wheaton is popping this springtime, inviting residents all over the Chicagoland area to visit, especially when they are offering such cool events like the French Market.
Running through the Summer and even a little bit into the Fall, the market is open every Saturday from 8 AM – 2 PM and will be featuring tons of French commodities as well as fresh flowers, artisan music, and French cuisine. They have many COVID precautions in place, and you must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Check out more info here.
Yes, you read that right! The North Suburban YMCA is showing everyone’s favorite movie: The Sandlot! Join other cars for an epic drive-in movie that is guaranteed to entertain all ages. They are even decking out their facilities to ensure an awesome drive-in experience.
According to their event listing, the “parking lot opens at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dark (approximately 8:00 p.m.). Tickets are $40 per car for the premium spaces in the first three rows; $30 per car for the standard spots. Candy, DQ Blizzards, popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.” Yum! Don’t miss this! Tickets available here.
If you are aching for the return of musical theatre in a “post COVID” world, look no further than Metropolis’s production of The Producers, a hilarious musical about two men who scheme to trick an investor in giving his money to a show that is a guaranteed flop. Their musical ends up being a great success to their dismay, and chaos ensues! Topical, political, funny, and a true musical theatre classic, Metropolis does this show like no other.
Running now through mid-June, get your tickets while you can and support the arts! Info about tickets and showtimes and dates here.