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The Chicago Traveler

Weekend Quickies

by Matt B on May 29th, 2008

' The annual German festival Mayfest is stuffed with plenty of brats, beer, and bands. The official opening ceremony on Friday features a traditional keg tapping and May Queen crowning. Prost! (May 29-June 1)

gospel music' The 24th Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival is three days of more than 50 performances on three stages in Millennium Park. (May 30-June 1)

' Foodies can sample dishes from more than 50 chefs from local restaurants at the 16th Annual Great Chefs Tasting Party at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, hosted by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago. Participating restaurants include David Burke's Primehouse, Tavern on Rush, and Carnivale. (May 30)

' Summer's here, and with it comes a variety of wines. Scoozi! sponsors Wine Down, where patrons (with reservations) can enjoy a tasting of 20 summer vintages along with antipasti. (May 30)

belmont avenue' The 24th Annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival features local and national bands, food, beer, crafts, and other vendors. Admission donations benefit the Central Lakeview Merchants Association. (May 31-June 1)

' The 8th Annual Sketchbook Festival presents 14 world-premiere plays, each less than seven minutes long, plus art and live music at the Steppenwolf Theatre Garage. (through June 15)

' The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer travels along the lakefront and through several neighborhoods, totaling almost 40 miles (64 km) over two days. (May 31-June 1)

division street' Stores, restaurants, and bars along a 10-block stretch of Division Street will be offering great shopping specials as part of the Do-Division Street Fest and Sidewalk Sale. A variety of food, beer, activities, and live music will all be available. (May 31-June 1)

' The Run for the Zoo includes a 5K run or walk and a 10K run which benefit the Lincoln Park Zoo's animals and conservation programs. Hosted by United Airlines, top finishers will be awarded while kids enjoy plenty of fun activities. (June 1)

' The 8th Annual Gimme Shelter! Walk for the Animals includes brunch, a raffle, giveaways, tarot card readers, dog tricks/treats, and more. The 2.5K walk through Indian Boundary Park benefits the cats, dogs, and rabbits at Red Door Animal Shelter. (June 1)

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