5 Things to Do Around Chicago: May 18-20 (Long Grove Chocolate Fest)

Photo courtesy of Long Grove Chocolate Fest.

Festival season is here! This weekend, don’t miss Chocolate Fest in Long Grove, Lincoln Park Wine Festival, or the Skokie Festival of Cultures. Plus, enjoy Central Street Evanston’s annual Art Walk and a new exhibit at the Chicago Children’s Museum.

And if you’re hosting a royal wedding watch party, here’s everything you need to know to serve a proper tea.

3rd Annual Central Street Art Walk

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Central Street Evanston Art Walk

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May 18-19

In celebration of community, art, and commerce, participating Central Street businesses will display paintings, jewelry, photos, and more from local artists.

Chocolate Fest

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Long Grove Chocolate Fest

Photo courtesy of Long Grove Chocolate Fest.

May 18-20
Long Grove

If you love chocolate, you’ll love this festival featuring chocolate-inspired treats like chocolate cotton candy, chocolate-covered bacon, chocolate funnel cakes, chocolate popcorn, and more. Visitors will also enjoy live music and family activities.

Lincoln Park Wine Festival

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Lincoln Park Wine Festival

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May 18-20

Chicagoans will be able to sample from more than 80 wines at this expanded annual wine fest. Plus, there will be food, artisans, and DJs.

28th Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Skokie Festival of Cultures
May 19-20

You’ll be able to tour the world right here at home during this two-day festival that will feature ethnic folk music and dance, food, arts and crafts, cultural booths, shopping, and more.


5 Things to Do Around Chicago: "Boats" at Chicago Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Chicago Children’s Museum.

Opens May 19

Chicago Children’s Museum’s newest original exhibit will let kids create their own nautical adventure with a variety of boats and boating equipment, props, and clothing. “Boats immerses children in a rich, dramatic play environment that expands their play possibilities and inspires them to explore new perspectives,” says CCM President and CEO Jennifer Farrington.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital