10 Things to Do This Weekend: May 5-8

(Credit: Chicago Park District)(Credit: Chicago Park District)

1. Bloom

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Thousands of colorful geraniums, nemesias, snapdragons, azaleas, daffodils, hydrangeas and more are blossoming in the Lincoln Park and Garfield Park conservatories spring flower shows. The Lincoln Park show, “Pillars of Spring,” showcases vertical gardening, while the Garfield Park show, “Knock, Knock! Who’s There” takes a whimsical, light-hearted approach, incorporating knock, knock jokes throughout.

Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 Stockton Drive. Free, registration required (Map) / 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. Free, registration required. (Map)

2. Bust A Move

The Movement Revolution Dance Crew fuses street dance, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and African dance, pushing the limits of dance while creating new style possibilities. Mexican American choreographer and dancer Silvita Diaz Brown opens the program with a performance of “Frida” from her new solo work “Ellas Y Yo Mexicanas.”

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park. $20-$39 / MAP

3. Stroll

On the Workers Cottages of Old Town Triangle Walking Tour, you’ll learn more about the iconic building style and see dozens of homes constructed in that style, including one dubbed the tiny fire shanty cottage.

Details: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Sunday with additional tours May 20 and 22 at 164 W. Eugenie St. $35 / MAP

4. Grow

The grand opening of a mutual aid garden and free seed library in the McKinley Park neighborhood offers plant starters and seeds to grow your own garden, as well as activities for the kids.

Details: Noon-2 p.m. Saturday at 3247 S. Oakley Ave. Free / MAP

5. Fancy

Joffrey Ballet dancers bring John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella to life – with a twist – in “Serenade & Of Mice and Men.” George Balanchine’s first ballet created in America in 1934, “Serenade,” opens the program. Wanna know more before you go? Check out this “Chicago Tonight” story.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive. $35-$199 / MAP

Xavier Nuñez and Dylan Gutierrez in “Of Mice and Men.” (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)Xavier Nuñez and Dylan Gutierrez in “Of Mice and Men.” (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

6. Dress Up

Royalty including Cinderella, Belle, Snow White and Elsa will grace you with their presence at the Chicago Fairytale Ball. Meet-and-greets, freeze dance, ocean yoga, crafts and a parade are among the festivities.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Belvedere Events & Banquets, 1170 W. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village. $20; $35 for kids / MAP

7. Soothe

Music, dance, theater, poetry, multimedia and visual art created to bring the arts and Chicago community together to heal and connect following the pandemic come together in a curated performance and visual art exhibit dubbed, “Art. Heals.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through May 14 at The Auditorium at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. $20; $13 for students and seniors; free for kids 16 and under / MAP

8. Clap

Musical performances, puppetry, comedic acts and belly dancing are among the 15 shows here to entertain you for Chicago Cabaret Week, including Chicago’s own cabaret boy band, The Feathered Beaus (Saturday).

Details: Performance times and locations vary. Friday through May 16. $15-$30

9. Soar

Flight aficionados can BYO aircraft to Go Fly a Kite and watch it soar alongside others. Don’t have your own? Gift of Wings will be selling kites on site.

Details: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Graf Park, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Free / MAP

10. Dazzle

Aerial acrobatics, juggling acts, hula-hooping and tightwire performances are all part of the CircEsteem’s Spring Circus. This year’s theme, “It Takes a Village,” focuses on community and coming together to achieve common goals.

Details: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday with additional performances May 14 and 21 at 4730 N. Sheridan Road. $12; $7 for kids up to 17 / MAP

(Courtesy CircEsteem)(Courtesy CircEsteem)

Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Want to share your upcoming events with us for consideration in a future roundup? Send us an email.

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