Culture is alive and well in Chicago this week. First there’s Maifest, the German celebration of spring, where you can eat sausage and drink beer to your heart’s content. Then, don’t miss Greek Fest, an annual celebration in Lincoln Park of all things Greek. You can also see a classic musical get a facelift at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, or catch a real-life courtroom drama with a talk by the attorneys made famous in Making a Murderer.
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June 2–5 | Festival
There are a lot of Germans in Chi-town. And plenty of non-Germans who party like the Germans do at Maifest (pronounced May-fest), the German celebration of spring. Here, you can eat German food and drink German beer. Be prepared for kegs, live music, sausages, sauerkraut, and plenty of crowds—just about everyone in Chicago will log some time at Maifest.
Times vary | 4700 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago | $10 | website
June 3 | TV talk
Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang and Jerry Buting
If you, too, became glued to Netflix watching the trial unfold on Making a Murderer, then the Chicago Theatre has a treat for you. Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, the defense attorneys on the Steven Avery case that Making a Murderer was based on, are coming to town to talk gory details not seen on Netflix as well as about the U.S. justice system in general. Stay tuned for the Q&A portion at the end of the show, when you’ll have a chance to put to bed all your unanswered questions from the show.
8 p.m. | Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago | From $40 | website
June 3–5 | Festival
Lincoln Park Greek Fest
It’s time to say “Opa!” This is the time of year when several blocks of Lincoln Park transform into a mini Greece at the annual Lincoln Park Greek Fest. Come prepared to hear Greek music, eat Greek food (everything from shish kebabs to baklava), and watch Greek entertainment (local bands, Greek bands, and Greek dance troupes). There will even be Greek games for the kids.
Times vary | Sheffield between Diversey and Schubert | Free | website
This sleepy city is the ideal place for a mini beach vacation. Its Oval Beach is called the best beach in the Midwest—and for good reason. Here, you can take small boats out on the nice, calm waters, or simply relax on the picture-perfect sand. It’s the Midwest’s version of the Hamptons, sans the attitude. This laid-back area also has plenty of art galleries for evening strolls, plus it’s got the Saugatuck Brewing Company, where you can try your hand at brewing your own beer.
June 7–19 | Musical
The Sound of Music
Chicago is alive with the sound of music—for a limited time only. The revamped musical, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Henry IV, and The Coast of Utopia), is making stops all across North America from now through early 2017. The Sound of Music is iconic; it just had its 50th anniversary last year, and it continues to be the most successful movie musical in history, because the songs and the storyline appeal to all age groups.
Times vary | Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago | From $36 | website
Danielle Braff lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and her dog. When she’s not writing, she’s out photographing her city and running around frantically trying to fit as many events as she can into her day. You can check out her other articles at Daniellebraff.com.