5 Things to Do: Memorial Day Weekend 2017: Randolph Street Market

Photo courtesy of Randolph Street Market.

Spend Memorial Day weekend 2017 with the ones you love at a new Chicago Children’s Museum exhibit, an annual market, two festivals, and a dining experience that supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Memorial Day Weekend 2017: Forts exhibit at Chicago Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Chicago Children’s Museum.

Opens May 26

Your kiddos have probably built some amazing forts in your own living room, but now they can make even bigger creations at Chicago Children’s Museum. Complete with blankets, cushions, lamps, doors and furniture, nothing is off limits when kids start building their perfect fort here.

Randolph Street Market Garden Party

Memorial Day Weekend 2017: Randolph Street Market’s Garden Party

Photo courtesy of Randolph Street Market.

May 27-28

Randolph Street Market is kicking off summer with its biggest market of the year, the May Garden Party, which is also the first indoor/outdoor market of the year. More than 300 vendors will sell products and shoppers will be able to enjoy cocktails, food, a floral market, body painting and more.

Greektown Mediterranean Wine Fest

Memorial Day Weekend 2017: Greektown Mediterranean Wine Fest
May 27-28

This brand new event will feature Greek and Mediterranean food from local restaurants, DJs and, of course, wine.

Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

Memorial Day Weekend 2017: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest

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May 27-28

Kick off music festival season with this fest featuring local tribute bands and a new second stage featuring DJs, karaoke and drag performances. There will also be plenty of food, drinks and artisans.

Nicky’s Week at RA Sushi

Memorial Day Weekend 2017: RA Sushi, Nicky's Week for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Ahi Poke (Photo courtesy of RA Sushi.)

Ends May 28
Chicago, Glenview, Lombard

Dine at RA Sushi this week and all proceeds from the special Nicky’s Week menu will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Nicky’s Week is named after Nicky Mailliard, who passed away at age 13 after battling brain cancer. This year’s menu includes food like Garlic Ponzu Yellowtail, Pork Tacos and Ahi Tuna Poke, and drinks like Sake Sangria.


  • Cirque Italia, “a unique show set on a 35,000-gallon water stage,” is back at Gurnee Mills May 26 through June 4 with acrobatics, dance, contortion, aerialists, high-performance BMX and roller-staking. Plus, Gurnee Mills’ Memorial Day Super Sale runs May 26-29.