Need some ideas for what to do on this Memorial Day weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!
Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre
Don’t miss the Hyde Park Court Theatre’s production of Porgy and Bess, the Ira and George Gershwin classic. Classic songs like “Summertime” are given new life in this update of one of the most famous American operas of all time. The opera has been the source of some controversy over its storied history, and this new production promises to get the audience thinking about the different cultures that combine in the American consciousness. The opera’s run has been extended through July 3rd. Tickets range from $10 to $45.
The Court Theatre
5535 S. Ellis Ave.
Whales: Giants of the Deep at The Field Museum
Learn about the ocean’s largest creatures at this new exhibit opening at The Field Museum this weekend. Whales: Giants of the Deep gives visitors the opportunity to stand next to two giant whale skeletons and climb inside of a replica of a whale heart. The exhibit will run through January 16, 2012. Basic admission to the museum for adults is $15.
The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest
This four-day, six-stage Irish festival is in its 25th year, so the party is bigger than ever. This year, there are carnival rides of all kinds, a Dogs of Ireland parade and show, a fireworks display and a number of Irish performers. The festival runs through May 30, and admission is $15 for adults.
Chicago Gaelic Park
6119 W. 147th St.
Randolph Street Market Festival
Peruse the many booths offering antiques, vintage clothes and art at one of Chicago’s largest street festivals. Antiques expert Harry Rinker will be at the festival, as well as a number of other antique dealers, painters and designers. New this year are a number of kids activities, so the event is great for the whole family. The festival runs through May 29, and admission is $8.
1340 W. Washington St.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink and Emanuel Ax
Although Riccardo Muti is done for the season, Bernard Haitink serves as a great reason to visit the CSO this weekend. Haitink conducts a program featuring Schumann’s Manfred Overture and pianist Emanuel Ax plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major. The show runs just this weekend through the 31st, so don’t delay in getting tickets. Call (312) 294-3000 for ticket information.
Chicago Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.