5 Things to Do: Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Chicago's First Lady Cruises (Photo by Adam Alexander Photography.)

Looking for things to do in and around Chicago this weekend? Don’t miss an art exhibit in Glenview, a play in Glencoe, and shopping discounts in Lake Forest. Plus, Bernadette Peters returns to Chicago and a new season of Chicago’s First Lady river cruises begins.

Dennis Downes Art Exhibit

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Dennis Downes

Dennis Downes (Photo courtesy of Glenview Park District.)

March 30 to April 2

Visit The Grove this weekend to see paintings and sculptures by internationally known artist Dennis Downes of Lake County. A portion of all sales will go to support The Grove, which will also host a free trail walk on April 1.

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra With Bernadette Peters

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Bernadette Peters and Boston Pops

Photo by Winslow Townson.

March 31

Bernadette Peters returns to Chicago for the first time in more than 10 years to make her debut at Auditorium Theatre. The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will perform George Gershwin pieces before Peters performs Broadway and American classics.

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Chicago's First Lady Cruises

Photo courtesy of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Begins April 1

A new season of Chicago’s First Lady cruises begins April 1. This is the only cruise partnered with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), so don’t miss your chance to explore our favorite city with a 90-minute river tour complete with indoor and outdoor seating and a full service bar. Best of all, a portion of ticket sales support architecture education by CAF.

“The Scene”

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: "The Scene" at Writers Theatre

Pictured: Mark Montgomery and Deanna Myers (Photo courtesy of Writers Theatre.)

Ends April 2

If you haven’t yet seen “The Scene” at Writers Theatre, this weekend is your last chance to do so. Resident Director Kimberly Senior returned to Writers Theatre for this play after directing Pulitzer Prize-winner “Disgraced” on Broadway.

Kelmscott Perks

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Kelmscott Perks

Image courtesy of @properties.

Lake Forest

Focus Development and @properties have introduced Kelmscott Perks, a community discovery program that ends May 31, 2017. Pick up a membership card at Kelmscott Park (1080 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest) and then shop at participating Lake Forest businesses, including Lake Forest Book Store, Market House and Valentina, at discounted prices. Find a complete list of participating businesses here.