Huge leather market, events all day, hot parties at select clubs, tough tourists. Registration Thursday, opening Friday, Pre-judging Saturday, finals Sunday, party at House of Blues. imrl.comCongress Plaza Hotel, 312/427-3800, 520 S Michigan. congressplazahotel.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
*Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making our presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome. massup.us/ccmDaley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop. chicagocriticalmass.orgMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music. 05.26: Anime cosplay fan variety show 10p-midnt. Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. berlinchicago.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p. kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. uptownunderground.netMAPSHARE
Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly. All ages. Free.
Fr 05.26: 97nine and Waxworks (Join us for the first official Live on the Lake performance of 2017!) 5:30-11:30pm. Sa 05.27: Hot Rocks and Guests (W/ Creedence Revived and Almond & Olive) 2-11:30pm. Su 05.28: Michele Thomas & Soulmeme (W/ John Kimler & Friends) 2-8pm. Mo 05.29: Hillbilly Rockstarz and Rebecca Rego 2-8pm. We 05.31: The Mike Wheeler Band and Jimmy Nick 5:15-9:30pm. Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Miller Beer Garden at the Tip. navypier.comMAPPHOTOSFINDEVENTSINFOSHARE
*Long Grove Chocolate Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Freshly made chocolate dipped everythings; fruits, popcorn, donuts, martinis, etc. Chef demos, specialty shops, two entertainment stages. Well managed popular family event in a lovely town. Historic Long Grove, 847/634-0888, Route 83 and Old Route 53, Long Grove. North Suburban. visitlonggrove.comMAPPHOTOSEVENTSINFOSHARE