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Wisch List: May the Fourth be with us in Chicago

May 4, 2019

Around this time each year, as we muddle through blustery conditions mixed with the occasional burst of sunshine, a meme is known to pop up on the social media accounts of those living in the Windy City.

It lists the “11 Seasons of Chicago,” and they are, as follows: 1) Winter, 2) Fool’s Spring, 3) Second Winter, 4) Spring of Deception, 5) Third Winter, 6) Mud Season, 7) Actual Spring, 8) Summer, 9) False Fall, 10) Second Summer (one week), and 11) Actual Fall.

Now, I’ll leave it up to you to decide exactly where we currently are in this fictitious (but, not really) calendar. Officially, though, we’re in May, and Chicago does have plenty of fun events lined up — weather willing.

Here are some ways you can take advantage this month. Be sure to pack an umbrella and a warm jacket, just in case.

Food Truck Social at Lincoln Park Zoo May 11

Grilled cheese. Doughnuts. Pierogies. Tacos. And much more — all while surrounded by exotic animals in the heart of the big city.

Sound like fun? Then get yourself to Lincoln Park Zoo for the all-ages Food Truck Social, held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. May 11. For an entrance fee of $10, guests will get a chance to explore the zoo after hours while purchasing food and drinks from dozens of food trucks, in addition to enjoying other activities and DJ music.

For more information, visit lpzoo.org.

Brunch at the Zoo May 12

Treat Mom to something wild at Lincoln Park Zoo’s lovely Café Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Drive, with an expansive brunch buffet, drinks and one complimentary mimosa for mothers.

Four seatings are offered at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, featuring live music. Afterward, you can burn off brunch with a walk around the zoo to see the animals, many of whom will be celebrating Mother’s Day themselves.

For more information, visit lpzoo.org

Mother’s Day Cruise May 12

To make a splash on Mother’s Day, bring Mom and the family to Navy Pier to board the Odyssey for a cruise around Lake Michigan while enjoying a meal, dancing to live music and spectacular skyline views.

Three cruises are offered: an early brunch (boarding at 9:30 a.m.), an afternoon brunch (1:30 p.m.) and a dinner cruise (6 p.m.).

For more information, visit odysseycruises.com.

Gospel Brunch at House of Blues May 12

At 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. May 12, the Chicago House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., will hold its Gospel Brunch, helping you really get into the spirit for Mother’s Day.

Each show features local talent performing traditional and contemporary gospel songs while guests feast on an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast favorites, carving stations and southern specialties, as well as HOB’s signature chicken and waffles.

For more information, visit houseofblues.com/chicago/gospelbrunch.

Lincoln Park Wine Fest May 17-19

For the fifth consecutive year, leafy Jonquil Park, 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave., will play home to the Lincoln Park Wine Festival, featuring a lineup of wineries, soothing tunes and tasty food beneath tents.

Learn more at chicagoevents.com.

Maifest Chicago May 30 to June 2

Not to be confused with Chicago Mayfest earlier in the month, Maifest Chicago is a free, German-themed event held at Lincoln and Leland avenues in Lincoln Square.

The festival is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring — think of it as an Oktoberfest in May (and June) — with live music, maypole dancing and, on Friday night, a traditional keg tapping and crowning of the May Queen. Although, it seems like that should be the Mai Queen.

For more information, visit mayfestchicago.com.