5 Things to Do This Weekend: APIDA Arts Festival, Historic Pullman Walking Tour

Irene Hsiao performs. (Colin Lyons)Irene Hsiao performs. (Colin Lyons)

1. Get inspired

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The inaugural APIDA Arts Festival showcases the creativity of Asian, Pacific Island and Desi/South Asian Americans in Chicago. Three days of free programming include live music, dance performances, film screenings, standup comedy and workshops. The weekend wraps up with an after-party.

Details for the APIDA Arts Festival: Times and locations vary Friday to Sunday. Livestreams available for select events. Free

Details for the APIDA Arts Festival After-party: 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Lookingglass Theater, 821 N. Michigan Ave. $25-45 / MAP

2. Geek out

Calling all “Star Wars” fans. The Otherworld Theatre’s May the Fourth Weekend Celebration delivers plays, podcast tapings, film screenings, a book signing and, of course, a massive cosplay party.

Details: Times and events vary through Sunday at the Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N. Clark St. Free-$80 / MAP

3. Celebrate

Latino culture is on display at two events. Navy Pier and the Mexican Consulate in Chicago have partnered to host Mexico Fest, featuring musical and dance performances, children’s workshops and more. The Latino Spirits Festival offers tastes of spirits like rum, pisco and tequila, made by local vendors. Learn more in our “Latino Voices” conversation.

Details for Mexico Fest: 4-6 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Free / MAP

Details for Latino Spirits Festival: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. $65-95 / MAP

4. Learn

Take a stroll through time with a Historic Pullman Walking Tour. Each 90-minute session explores Pullman’s role in American industry and rail innovation, plus takes a look at the newly designated Pullman National Historic Park.

Details: 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday at 1141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. $20; $15 for seniors and students / MAP

5. Take in

The Beer Garden at Independence Grove in Libertyville opens this weekend with a wide assortment of craft brews, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and packaged snacks. The site offers picturesque views, fire pits, a sand volleyball court and trails.

Details: 1-9 p.m. Fridays to Sundays in May and on Memorial Day. Starting May 30 through Labor Day, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road in Libertyville. Free entry / MAP

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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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