BEST Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend (May 31- June 2, 2024)

Searching for what to do this weekend in Chicago? Below are the top things to do in Chicago this weekend (May 31- June 2, 2024). You can find the best things to do next weekend here.

I suggest bookmarking this blog post as I will be updating it regularly with new events and activities.

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Best Weekend Events in Chicago

Below are the best weekend events in Chicago:

Chicago Gospel Music Festival at Millennium Park – June 1, 2024 from 4-9pm | FREE

Maifest – May 30 – June 2, 2024

Chicago House Music Festival and Conference – May 31-June 2, 2024

Do Division Street Fest – May 31-June 2, 2024

Lincoln Park Greek Fest – May 31-June 2, 2024

57th Street Art Fair – June 1-2, 2024

Windy City Hot Dog Fest – June 1-2, 2024

More This Weekend Events in Chicago

Below are more events taking place this weekend in Chicago:

Candlelight Concert: A Tribute to Queen and More at Stan Mansion – Friday, May 31, 2024

Jonquil Park Family Festival – Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 11am to 5pm | FREE

Italian Street Food Festa (at Eataly Chicago) – Saturday, June 1, 2024

Concert Under the Stars: Sinatra Under the Stars at AIRE – Sunday, June 2, 2024

Porchfest Lakeview – Sunday, June 2, 2024 from 1-5PM

Skyline Sessions (at Navy Pier) – Friday, May 31, 2024 5:00-9:00 pm | FREE

Millennium Park Summer Workout  – Saturday, June 1, 2024 8-9:45am | FREE

Chicago Dance Month Kickoff Celebration (at Navy Pier) – Saturday, June 1, 2024 3PM-5PM | FREE

Chicago House Music Fest Pre-Party (at Navy Pier) – Saturday, June 1 from 1-10pm | FREE

Tim McGraw Concert With Special Guest Carly Pearce at the United Center – Friday, May 31, 2024

Under Armour Women’s Run – Saturday, June 1, 2024

Run for the Zoo 10K Run│5K Run/Walk│Kids’ Course – Sunday, June 2, 2024

More Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

In addition to the weekend events listed above, below are more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend:

Dinos Alive: An Immersive Experience

The Dinos Alive: An Immersive Experience opened for a limited time run in Chicago this May. This immersive experience brings you face-to-face with the fearsome and spectacular dinosaurs that dominated the animal world for 140 million years. From the turkey-sized Velociraptors to the mighty T-rex, interact with life-sized, moving animatronics of a large variety of species, and see these magnificent creatures in their natural Jurassic habitat. Kids can enjoy a “Budding Experts” interactive space, where they can become paleontologists and tame the most iconic dinosaurs. Children ages 3 and under enter free of charge.

Where: Exhibition Hub Art Center Chicago, 2367 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

Cost: Price varies. Click here for full prices and to purchase tickets in advance.

Take an Architecture River Cruise

river cruise is one of the best things to do in June

Chicago has amazing architecture and the best way to enjoy it is joining an architecture river cruise.

Take a Lake Cruise

If you enjoy being on the water, a lake cruise is a fun activity whether in the day, around sunset and in the evening. While you don’t get to see the buildings up close like on a architecture river cruise, you do get to enjoy skyline views and a refreshing cool lake breeze. If your time is short, you can do a combination river and lake cruise. Lake cruises depart from Navy Pier or the Michigan Avenue bridge.

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Watch Free Fireworks at Night

You don’t have to wait until July to see fireworks. If you are looking for a fun thing to do in Chicago at night, Navy Pier puts on a free fireworks show on Saturday night at 10pm.

While you can watch the fireworks show from Navy Pier, you can also watch the show from various spots along the Lakefront.

If you enjoy guided tours, you can see the fireworks and other must see attractions on this fireworks segway tour.

Another great option for watching the fireworks is a lake or river cruise which will stop on the water for passengers to enjoy the show.

Look for Street Art

Moose Bubblegum Bubble by Jacob Watts

Chicago is full of street art and there are always new murals popping up. One of the most famous Chicago murals is “Moose Bubblegum Bubble” (pictured above) by Jacob Watts located at 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive. It is part of the Wabash Arts Corridor which is walking distance to Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago and other tourist attractions.

Another famous mural is the Greetings From Chicago Mural at 2226 N Milwaukee Ave. You can see this mural and other street art on this street art tour.

Titanic: The Exhibition

Titanic: The Exhibition is ending its limited time run in the Chicago area in a few weeks. This interactive experience allows you to step inside recreations of the Titanic’s interior. Immerse yourself in the stories of its passengers, see hundreds of artifacts, and discover the tale of the design, creation, launch, maiden voyage, and tragedy of the historic ship.

Where: 4963 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, IL 60077 (about 17 miles from downtown Chicago)

Cost: Price varies. Click here for full prices and to purchase tickets in advance.

As you can see there are many things to do in Chicago this weekend. If you are looking for things to do during the week, here are more things to do in Chicago in May and Chicago in June.


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