May 18, 2022

Things to do in Chicago this weekend – NBC Chicago

With forecasts of sleet and sunshine this weekend, Chicago has events and activities to brave both.

Those looking to pass the time can complete missions for Star Trek, head to the Merchandise Mart for art installations, or choose from other events the city has in store.

Here are some activities you can spend your weekend discovering:

Go on a Star Trek mission

Follow the journey of Star Trek: Mission Chicago, an experience for fans of all ages Friday through Sunday at McCormick Place.

Crew members can experience a new frontier with the immersive experience, which will delve into the Star Trek universe with interactive exhibits, merchandise, celebrity guests and more.

The experience will also be loaded with cosplay, panels and screenings, and exclusive announcements, according to the website.

Tickets are available for purchase starting at $35 here.

Admire the art at theMart’s season premiere

Art on theMart holds its spring season opener at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The art installation will display 30-minute video projections on the 25-story Merchandise Mart throughout June 29.

Climate change is central to this year’s theme, which is presented in partnership with the Shedd Aquarium.

The Chicago Riverwalk, especially the section between Wells Street and Franklin Street, offers the best views of the show. More information about the show is available here.

Visit Expo Chicago

The International Exhibition of Contemporary and Modern Art presents more than 140 works chosen from galleries around the world for the first time since 2019.

Installations, paintings and sculptures are on display at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall through Sunday. The event also hosts a panel of conversations with various artists.

A list of featured works can be found here, and tickets are available for purchase here.

Savor the flavors of Chicago Restaurant Week

Delight in the 15th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, when more than 300 local restaurants host prix-fixe menus with dining deals.

Brunch and lunch reservations are $25, while dinner will cost $39 or $55. Promotions are available until Sunday.

A full list of participating restaurants and menus can be found here.

Head to Navy Pier for some family fun

Navy Pier this month launched its new Makers Market, a collection of everyday family activities.

The free event is open to everyone and will run until April 17. Throughout the celebrations, families can watch baking demonstrations, interactive science experiments, jewelry-making classes and more.

During the event, Lolita’s Bodega Artisan Market will also be running simultaneously. Visitors can browse among more than 60 art, clothing, food, perfume and jewelry vendors.

To view the full Spring Break schedule, click here. More market information can be found here.

Visit an immersive exhibition

“Immersive Frida Kahlo” opened Feb. 24 in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood and depicts several stages in the Mexican-born artist’s life on a larger scale with animated projections of her works set to music. .

Visitors can also book a 35-minute yoga session with a certified instructor in the multi-sensory Kahlo exhibit. After class, guests can browse the exhibition for 25 minutes.

The experience will be open until May 28. Tickets can be purchased here.