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What's On Tap in Chicago This Weekend: May 7-9, 2021

Your Chicago weekend event guide for May 7-9, 2021.
Chicago Events this weekend


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.

Art on theMART

Art of theMart Chicago

Photo: Obscura Digital

Last summer, Merchandise Mart was used as a giant projection screen to display all kinds of visual art at night. It was such a hit that they brought it back again this year. Be sure to check it out as it opens this weekend!

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

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 have welcomed limited capacity attendance since the beginning of the season, and the Bulls and Blackhawks will be following suit beginning this weekend.


Bulls (27-39) vs. Celtics (35-31); at Hawks (20-47)

Thaddeus Young Bulls Trade

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  • vs. Celtics: Friday 5/7 at 6:30 PM on ESPN
  • at Pistons: Sunday 5/9 at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The Bulls enjoyed a solid 120-99 team win over the Hornets on Thursday. With Zach LaVine back in the lineup, tune in to see if the Bulls can get a winning streak going as they look to remain in the race for an Eastern Conference play-in seed. There should be some extra buzz surrounding the team as fans return to the United Center for the first time this season. Check out the Bulls On Tap podcast to get ready for this weekend’s games and head to the Bulls tab here at On Tap Sports Net for further analysis throughout the NBA season.

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Blackhawks (23-25-6) vs. Stars (21-18-14)

Collin Delia Blackhawks

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  • vs. Stars: Sunday 5/9 at 6:00 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks are eliminated from playoff contention, but they still have something to play for with fans returning to the United Center this weekend. They're coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night and will look to carry that momentum into Sunday night's contest in front of the Blackhawks faithful for the first time in 2021. Check out the Blackhawks tab here at On Tap Sports Net and tune in to the Four Feathers Podcast to stay up to date on the Blackhawks.


White Sox (16-13) at Royals (18-14)

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

  • Friday 5/7 at 7:10 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • Saturday 5/8 at 6:10 PM on NBC Sports Chicago
  • Sunday 5/9 at 1:10 PM on NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox split their mid-week series vs. the Reds and enjoyed an off day before heading to Kansas City for the weekend. The Royals are scuffling as of late so the White Sox will look to separate themselves from their pesky division rivals in the standings during a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium. For baseball analysis and commentary from a South Side perspective, check out the Sox On Tap podcast.

Cubs (11-14) vs. Pirates (13-17)

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  • Saturday 5/8 at 1:20 PM on Marquee Network
  • Sunday 5/9 at 1:20 PM on Marquee Network

The Cubs swept the Dodgers in stellar fashion during the week and held on to take the opener against the Pirates on Friday afternoon. They play two more against the Bucs this weekend at the Friendly Confines. Tune in to the Cubs On Tap podcast for further commentary on the North Siders.


Fire (0-1-2) vs. Philadelphia (0-1-2)

Chicago Fire Score

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  • vs. Union: Saturday 5/8 at 12:00 PM

The Fire return home this weekend still looking for their first win when they host the Philadelphia Union. Be sure to check out the Chicago Fire tab for Chicago soccer coverage all year.

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!