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Five cool things to do in Chicago in May 

What to do before and after Memorial Day and before the last few weeks of Spring

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May is almost over, but there's still plenty to do. Below are your five best bets, and be sure to check out our Summer Guide for a complete rundown of midwest road trips, beer gardens and alfresco restaurants, and everything else that's happening.

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Daley Plaza Farmers Market

One of the few farmers' markets open for business, this downtown spot has everything you need for that first summer cookout.

Through 10/29: Thu 7 AM-3 PM, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington, 312-346-3278,

  • Bottoms up
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Chicago Craft Beer Week

Beers snobs rejoice! There are events and tastings galore, and if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, we've got a handy survey of all the festivities. Happy drinking.

Through Fri 5/22, dates and times vary,, prices vary.

See Kyle Kinane at the Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival - MOSES ROBINSON
  • See Kyle Kinane at the Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival
  • Moses Robinson

Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival

Just kidding, it's really only the second year of this Onion and A.V. Club fest, featuring John Mulaney, Kyle Kinane, Ellie Kemper, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and more.

Tue 5/26-Sat 5/30, times and locations vary,, prices vary.

  • Prepare yourself
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Zombie Survival Training

A one-hour lecture on survivalist training based on the premise of a zombie apocalypse. You know, just in case.

Wed 5/27, 7-9 PM, Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan, 773-348-9600,, $30.

Drake returns to Chicago - COURTESY THE ARTIST
  • Drake returns to Chicago
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Part of Drizzy's six-show Jungle Tour with Atlanta rapper Future. But if you're reading this, it might be too late—get tickets ASAP.

Fri 5/29, 7:30 PM, United Center, 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500,, $39.50-$129.


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