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FESTIVAL SHOPPING
The Randolph Street Market Festival, home of the Chicago Antique and Indie Designer markets, returns this weekend for monthly stints. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday this weekend and then the last weekend of each month through September. Admission to the market, bounded by Washington, Ada, Randolph and Ogden, is $10 for both days, $5 for students; children age 12 and younger are free. Featured will be live music, food vendors and shopping. Regular trolleys run from Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan. Call (312) 666-1200.

More weekend events after the jump ...

GEMUTLICHKEIT WEEKEND
Lincoln Square was once at the center of a deeply German enclave and it retains much of that character even now. Mayfest Chicago is celebrating its 10th anniversary through Sunday at Leland and Lincoln with German food, beer and festivities around the old German custom of welcoming in the summer with maypoles, music and dancing. Call (773) 728-3890.

A TRIP ON LSD
Cyclists get Lake Shore Drive to themselves for five glorious hours, from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m., Sunday during the eighth annual Bike the Drive event. Lake Shore is closed to auto traffic while this 15- or 30-mile, non-competitive ride rolls out. The course runs from Bryn Mawr to the north to 57th to the south. The cost is $35-$50, $12 for kids age 17 and younger. A post-ride bash, with music and an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, takes place in Butler Field, 100 S. Lake Shore in Grant Park. Breakfast is $7. Call (312) 427-3325, ext. 251.

KING OF COUNTRY
Country music great George Strait has more No. 1 country hits under his belt than any other musician, from "Fool-Hearted Memory" to "Give It Away." Strait will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland, Tinley Park. Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough will open. Tickets are $39.25-$79.25. Call (877) 598-8703; www.livenation.com.

ROLLING ON THE RIVER
Every Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. through Sept. 25, enjoy a three-hour Night Paddle in a kayak down the Chicago River, including a lesson on safety and operations. Start at dusk from Kayak Chicago, 1501 N. Magnolia. Lights are provided on your boat. The cost is $50. No experience is required but you must register in advance. Call (630) 336-7245.

GO GAELIC
Four days, six stages, so many things to do at the 23rd annual Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest 2009, starting this afternoon and running through Monday at Galic Park, 6119 W. 147th St. in Oak Forest. Enjoy music, dance, food, drink, sports, entertaining animals and even a tea room. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday and noon to 8 p.m. Monday. The cost is $6-$15; children younger than age 3 enter free. Call (708) 687-9323.

SOLDIER ON AND ON
The annual Fleet Feet Soldier Field 10-Mile race gets under way at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, from the stadium's east lawn, 1410 S. Museum Campus. The race and a "kids' sprint," a 100-yard dash for children ages 5-12, are both sold out, but at press time spots were available for the leisurely two-mile walk on the stadium's grounds, which costs $20. Proceeds go to charity. Visit www.soldierfield10.com.

EVERYONE ON THE MARCH
The 46th annual WOOGMS Memorial Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. Monday from Pine Grove and Wellington. The motto of this grass-roots, family-friendly neighborhood happening, the main event of the Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society, is, "Everybody marches, nobody watches." Call (773) 327-4924.

GET HIP
The Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. Known to fans as "the Hip," the group has built a loyal following since being formed in 1983. Tickets are $32. Call (773) 472-0449; www.victheatre.com.

FIELD'S NEW DIMENSION
Chicago gets its own, new, completely digital 3D theater today on the mezzanine level at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore. The Ernst & Young 3D Theater will show films that relate to the Field's mission, beginning with Dinosaurs Alive!, which combines documentary footage of paleontologists working in the field with realistic, computer-generated images of what the dinosaurs might have looked and acted like while they were alive. Tickets are $5 plus museum admission; films will be shown throughout museum hours. Call (312) 922-9410.

MEMORIAL PARADE
Chicago's Memorial Day Parade is one of the largest in the country, with 10,000 participants expected Saturday to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service of their country. A wreath-laying ceremony is set for 11 a.m. in Daley Plaza, Dearborn at Washington, followed by the parade at noon on State Street from Lake to Van Buren. Free. Call (312) 744-3315; www.explorechicago.org.

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This sounds awesome!
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