While you may be busy counting down the minutes til some sick events this summer, that's no reason to let this weekend pass by uncelebrated. Just because you don't have anything this exciting to rush off to doesn't mean you can't have a stellar lineup ready after the clock strikes five. Check out some of our top picks below, and tell us about any cool happenings we're missing in the comments.
Reel Abilities Film Festival
Explore film, art and performance that will open your mind and heart at the weekend-long Reel Abilities Festival, with work curated to showcase the challenges and triumphs of people with disabilities. Films screening this weekend include "Among the Giants" and "Crooked Beauty," as well as musical performances, art gallery showcases and more.
Where: Various locations
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29
Free Chilaquiles at Mercadito Brunch
Hangovers hurt, but brunch helps. The folks over at Mercadito understand this concept perfectly. This weekend, brunch-goers who can fish out a receipt from a bar the night before will be rewarded for their efforts with free chilaquiles, the ultimate Mexican hangover cure.
Where: Mercadito, 108 W. Kinzie St.
When: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28 and 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29
Rhythm and Queers Dance Party
Get down with purpose this weekend for a night of food, prizes, drinks (including rainbow jello shots!) and more, with proceeds benefiting the South Side Help Center and Vida/Sida. DJs Masisi and La perla will be spinning and a star-studded cast will perform drag and burlesque. There will be a collection of goods donations to Vida/Sida's El Rescate, and free HIV testing at the event.
Where: The Orphanage, 643 West 31st St., Chicago
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Apr. 27
Price: Donations Requested
Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence
A tableau of 25 students from five different educational institutions will showcase their designs at the 11th annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence, hosted by ABC 7's Linda Yu. The runway show will be judged by a panel of experts and proceeds will benefit fashion education programming.
700 Des Plaines St., Chicago
When: 6 p.m. Friday, Apr. 27
Zombie Pub Crawl
If you get as excited over beer as a zombie would be for BRAAAAAAAINS, you'll fit right in at pH Productions' 5th annual Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl. Put on your ghouliest and drag your way to the theater to kick off a day of drinking that includes stops at Mary's Attic and Simon's Tavern.
Where: pH Productions Theatre, 1515 W. Berwyn Ave., Chicago
When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28
Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival
If you've ever window-shopped at Pastoral, then you must stop by Saturday for the gourmet shop's Artisan Producer Festival to sample their finest and meet the masterminds behind them. Special events include a cheese-wrapping contest allow pros and foodies alike to showcase their talents.
Where: Chicago's French Market, 131 N. Clinton St.
When: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 28
Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale
As spring descends on Chicago and the sunshine becomes stronger and more plentiful, it becomes easier for even the most notorious houseplant killers to turn their thumbs a shade of green. Get tips from the pros and enjoy some beautiful, unique plants at the 60th Anniversary Illinois Orchid Society Spring Show & Sale.
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
When: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29
Human Nature: The Motown Show
Travel back in time to the height of Motown with singing quartet Human Nature, joined by a seven-piece band for a special performance at the Akoo Theatre. The show promises to revisit classics from The Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and more.
Where: 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29
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