Roz Varon's Weekender Report

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Even though the calendar may not say so, it's starting to feel like summer with all the festivals this weekend!

Flourish: The Garden at 50 -Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Flourish: The Garden at 50 - and it includes a variety of special nature-inspired art installations, interactive stories and pop-up events!

Bark! - Soldier Field

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Bark is Chicago's oldest dog-friendly outdoor fundraiser, and it's back at Soldier Field Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, with more family-friendly activities, music, food, and dog demonstrations than ever! The 2.5 mile walk along the lakefront is followed by the best pup-party in town!

Long Grove Chocolate Fest- Historic downtown Long Grove

If it's chocolate you're looking for, you need to be at the Long Grove Chocolate Fest. It's been expanded to 3 days, now through Sunday, and back in the streets in the historic downtown district! You'll find everything from chocolate pastries to chocolate wine pairings, plus live music, art and plenty of shopping!

Skokie Festival of Cultures - Oakton Park

The Skokie Festival of Cultures is this Saturday and Sunday at Oakton park. Celebrating 30 years, this diverse festival has grown to include ethnic folk music and dance, arts and crafts, food and merchandise representing more than three dozen cultures!

Cezanne - At Institute

There's a new exhibition at the Art Institute - Cezanne explores the works of the French Post-Impressionist with 80 oil paintings and 40 watercolors and drawings, shedding new light on why his art remains so vital today. It runs through September 5th.

Native Truths - Field Museum

A new permanent exhibit, over four years in the making, opens today at the Field Museum., Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories features the stories of Native people representing over 100 Tribes, through murals, music, dance, ceramics and more. The opening celebration will include artists workshops, demonstrations, talks and poetry through the weekend.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Nederlander Theatre

And the National Tour of the highly recommended production of To Kill a Mockingbird starring Richard Thomas is now at the Nederlander Theatre. Aaron Sorkin's new play based on Harper Lee's classic novel runs through May 29.

Fiddler on the Roof - Cadillac Palace Theatre

And on the theatre beat, the classic Tony Award winning musical Fiddler on the Roof is at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited time. This new production of family and tradition runs through Sunday.

Mayfest - Armitage and Sheffield

Mayfest is Chicago's kick off to the summer festival season, and it's going on now through Sunday at a new location at Armitage and Sheffield. Celebrating its 25 season, they have 2 stages of music and delicious festival food, rain or shine!

Greek Heritage Parade - Halsted Street, Greektown

The Greek Heritage Parade is back live, on Sunday, along Halsted Street in Greektown! Celebrating 200 years of Greek Independence, the parade will step off at 2:30 - a Greek marketplace will be set up at Halsted and Van Buren from noon to 6 p.m.
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