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What's On Tap in Chicago This Weekend: May 22-23, 2021

Your Chicago weekend event guide for May 22-23, 2021.
Chicago Events this weekend


Buckingham Fountain: Switch on Summer

Buckingham Fountain Chicago

Photo: Jonathan Norton/Pintrest

After being shut off for over a year due to COVID-19, Buckingham Fountain is being turned on as the official start to summer. The ceremony will take place Saturday at 2 PM virtually, but people can still walk by and enjoy one of the city's greatest landmarks.

  • Location: 301 S. Columbus Dr. Chicago, IL
Photo: Navy Pier

Photo: Navy Pier

With Navy Pier reopening, there will be ten-minute firework shows taking place every Saturday in May beginning at 9:00 PM. The show is free of charge and you’ll be able to take in the display from any open areas on the Pier.

The Office Pop-up Bar

the office

Photo: Jaclyn Rivas

Replay Lincoln Park has been known as a popular arcade bar. They are also known for their famous pop-up themes they host in the back bar. For the month of April, it is transforming into Dunder Mifflin. Be sure to check it out if you are a fan of The Office!

  • Location: 2833 N. Sheffield Ave. Chicago, IL

The ‘Friends’ Experience Chicago

The 'Friends' Experience Chicago | The Shops at Northbridge | Things to do in Chicago

Photo: Marc Berry

Ever wonder what it would be like to be on the set of the TV show, Friends? Be sure to check out this pop-up celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show to do just that! There are 12 rooms full of multiple photo opportunities. While this experience does cost $35, a portion of the proceeds will go to Chicago community charities.





Future Concerts



Lollapalooza and Riot Fest both announced their full lineups for the summer. This has been the largest piece of positive news for the music industry here in Chicago since the COVID-19 pandemic started.


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Riot Fest

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Additionally, concert dates have finally been announced for Wrigley Field this summer. Check the article below to see who’s coming to town!

Sporting Events

Here are all the sporting events involving Chicago-affiliated teams taking place this weekend. The Cubs and White Sox remain at their limited capacity guidelines that have been in place since Opening Day, but both will increase attendance to 60% capacity beginning on May 24 for the White Sox and May 28th for the Cubs.


White Sox (26-17) at Yankees (26-19)

Tim Anderson White Sox

Photo: Michael Hickey/Getty Images

  • Saturday 5/22 at 12:05 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • Sunday 5/23 at 12:05 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

After a week full of drama and beating the Twins, the White Sox take on the Yankees in New York. The Sox dropped the series opener in a close contest on Friday night and have another tough task ahead on Saturday as Gerrit Cole takes the mound for the Yankees. For baseball analysis and commentary from a South Side perspective, check out the Sox On Tap podcast.

Cubs (22-21) at Cardinals (25-18)

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  • Saturday 5/22 at 6:15 PM on Marquee Network
  • Sunday 5/23 at 6:08 PM on Marquee Network

The Cubs and Cardinals face off for the first time of 2021 this weekend. After a 12-3 beatdown to open the series on Friday, the Cubs look to carry that momentum into the next two games. Sunday's series finale will air nationally on ESPN as this week's Sunday Night Baseball broadcast. Tune in to the Cubs On Tap podcast for further commentary on the North Siders.


Fire (0-4-1) vs. Inter Miami (2-2-2)

Andre Reynolds II

Photo: Chicago Fire Communications

  • Saturday 5/22 at 5:00 PM

The Chicago Fire are still searching for their first win of the season. They'll be back at Soldier Field looking for some home cooking against Inter Miami in a Saturday evening match.


Red Stars (0-1-0) vs. Gotham FC (1-0-0)

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Photo: Daniel Bartel/ISI Photos

  • Saturday 5/22 at 7:00 PM on Paramount+

The Red Stars play their home opener on Saturday after losing to the Portland Thorns last week. Follow along with Second City Soccer to stay up to date with Red Stars and Fire news, game recaps, and analysis.

That will wrap things up for this edition of What’s On Tap in Chicago This Weekend. As you can see, there’s plenty to do in and around Chicago, so don’t let the ongoing pandemic get you down! Be sure to check back weekly for future events.

As always, drop a comment if there is something you think we should add to the list for this weekend or any upcoming ones!