Whoa - it’s Memorial Day Weekend already! I’m still finding pine needles around the house from our Christmas tree removal back in December, so it truly is a surprise to be approaching the weekend that unofficially kicks off summer! There are many celebrations throughout the city and suburbs to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving our country. We have the pleasure each year of meeting up with Meg, Tony and the twins to view the Memorial Day Parade in Norwood Park. This year, on Monday, May 28th the parade will kick-off at 11am. You can find more information about the event as well as the parade route at http://www.norwoodpark.org/memorial-day-parade/.
While it truly is important to take time to remember those who have served our country during the upcoming holiday weekend, many also look forward to this weekend to spend time with family and friends! I know many of us in Chicago will be setting up our outdoor furniture, planting gardens and getting our grills ready to start enjoying the arrival of summer!
If you don’t have plans for the weekend yet, and want to venture out for a few hours with the family, I suggest checking out Southport Corridor. Often times this area on weekends is bustling – and if the Cubs are up to bat at home, it’s even more festive! If you don’t happen to have tickets to any of the games this weekend, but want to be a part of the baseball fun, I have a suggested itinerary to fill a morning or afternoon this weekend with a bit of fun!
First, head over to Margaret Donahue Park at 1230 W. School Street. If you and your kids are Cubs fans, you will love this place due to the large turf area showcasing the Cubs logo! The playground equipment is awesome, and if the temperatures rise, the splash zone will be a great place to cool off. The playground honors the work of Margaret Donahue, one of the first women executives in major league baseball. You can check out her story here
However, if Mexican food isn’t what you are hankering for, Eleanora also gives a big thumbs up to Crosby’s Kitchen located at Southport Avenue and Cornelia Avenue. This is another super kid-friendly restaurant owned and operated by 4 Star Restaurant Group where you will find outdoor seating allowing for the fun pastime of people watching. I love the Wrightwood Salad made with the restaurant’s rotisserie chicken. The menu also offers great options for kids, and again, if you dine here between 4:30pm and 6:30pm, kids eat free. When we eat here, it is a must to end our dining experience with the skillet cookie!
What ever you do this weekend, I hope it is fun, safe and spent with people you love! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!