Summer steins and sausage
You thought you had to wait until autumn for a colossal stein of beer, a string of brats and oompah music? Not if you take a whirl around the Maypole and welcome the arrival of summer at the annual Lincoln Square Maifest in its 13th year of German glitter and good times. Have a stroll and a strudel and take in performances by The Captain Blood Orchestra ('60s rock 'n' roll), German bands like Phenix and the Polkaholics, and German dance groups. The crowning of the May queen and traditional keg tapping are always a cause for raising a glass to the end of another long winter. Free admission.
5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. May 30-June 2. Lincoln Avenue between Western and Leland avenues, Chicago. (773) 728-3890 or mayfestchicago.com.
Drop and give me 20
You'll need to work off all that beer and bratwurst, so get to Grant Park for SELF's Workout in the Park, an all-day all-inclusive event. There will be CRUNCH Fitness workouts, mini-spa services, hospitality tents and a quiet zone featuring yoga and Pilates. The 20th anniversary of Workout in the Park includes workouts, workshops and giveaways. Workout in the Park benefits the charities Cancer and Careers and the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Butler Field, Grant Park, 350 E. Monroe St. Chicago. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20, cash only. selfworkoutinthepark.com/event/chicago.
Still eye-catching at 65
Chicago's 57th Street Art Fair is celebrating its 65th year and will feature more than 250 artists participating in the annual Hyde Park event. The oldest juried art fair in the Midwest offers a family-friendly, alcohol-free environment and aisles of glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics and fiber art. Get in on the Art Buying Boot Camp, a guided tour through the fair with art experts who can help you determine the best price for a piece or the best colors to match your foyer or living room walls. The art fairs also will have kids' activities and lots of food vendors.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Free admission. 57th Street between Kenwood and Kimbark avenues. (773) 234-3247 or 57thstreetartfair.org
The Wright wheels
Experience Oak Park's variety of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings while on wheels. The Pedal Oak Park Bike Tour is a two-hour guided tour that stops at 22 Wright-designed structures in the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. You'll stop at the famed architect's home and studio (1889/1898), Unity Temple (1905) and several houses that Wright designed for his neighbors at the turn of the last century. Bring your own bicycle or one will be provided at no additional cost.
9:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 7 to Sept. 29. Tour begins and ends at Greenline Wheels, 105 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Admission $30 for Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust members and $35 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at GoWright.org/pedal or at Greenline Wheels.
Silver dollar getaway
Families might want to consider two packages offered by Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa located on an Ozark mountaintop overlooking scenic Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. The Day on the Lake Package includes accommodations for two nights, a picnic lunch for up to four people and a $150 credit at the resort's Chateau Marina for an array of boat rentals, parasailing, catamaran and guided fishing excursions, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The Silver Dollar City Family Package includes two nights of lodging, one set of two-day passes to Silver Dollar City for two adults and one child, a $50 food credit toward any of the resort's food services and use of the resort's fitness facilities and pools.
Through Labor Day. Lake package starts at $520 per room and the family package starts at $469 per room. 415 North State Highway 265 in Branson. (888) 333-5253 or ChateauOnTheLake.com.
Take a spin
The nation's oldest and largest phonograph show, the 38th Annual Phonograph and Music Box Show at Donley's Wild West Town, presents hundreds of antique phonographs, music boxes and vintage radios, thousands of rare records from the 1890s to the 1950s and more. The show features machines like hand-cranked disc phonographs, rare coin-operated music boxes and hard-to-find repair parts for machines.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Donley's Wild West Town, 8512 South Union Road, Union, Ill. General admission $9 per person and preview admission is $40 per person during setup on Friday, June 7 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. (815)-923-9000 or wildwesttown.com.