Updated: June 4, 2013 6:15AM
Arlington Park, 2200 Euclid, Arlington Heights, kicks off the season with Kentucky Derby weekend with Fan Appreciation Day at 1 p.m. May 3. The first race is 3 p.m. Kentucky Derby Day, May 4, includes live racing (the first race is 12:15 p.m.); a simulcast viewing of the Derby from Churchill Downs; and a red-carpet experience in the Derby Day Party Zone! ($69; $42, kids 4-11; three and under free). The Million Room hosts a Derby buffet, $47; $20, kids 4-10; three and under free. The day also includes a Derby hat contest! Gates open at 10:45 a.m May 4 for a full day of thorouhbred racing. Visit www.arlingtonpark.com .
The Long Grove Chocolate Festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3-5 in the town’s historic downtown district, near routes 53 and 83, north of Lake Cook. Attractions include chocolate tastings, live music, food, shopping and children’s activities. Admission is $5; kids under age 12 get in free. Visit www.visitlong grove.com .
Canadian comic Russell Peters’ “Notorious World Tour” touches down at 7:30 May 5 at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Tickets are $48.50-$63.50. (The May 4 show is sold out.) Call (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com .
Mucca Pazza, Black Bear Combo and Rebel Roots help guests celebrate everything Polish (heritage, food and music) during the 10th Annual Polish Fest at noon May 4-5 at Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence. Admission is $5; 12 and under free. Visit www.polishmay fest.com .
The Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park, Montrose and Lake Shore. One of the highlights of the event (weather permitting) is the Big Kite Candy Drop where a pinata-like kite will drop candy from above. Free paper kite kits will be available while supplies last. Kits will also be available for purchase. Activities include demonstrations by professionals who will provide tips on the art of kite flying, face painting and balloon crafts. Admission is free. Visit www.chicagokidsandkites.us .
A WALK IN THE PARK
ABC7’s Hosea Sanders hosts the Anti-Cruelty Society’s 19th Annual Bark in the Park 5K Walk/Run at 9 a.m. May 4 at Montrose Harbor, Montrose and Lake Shore. Highlights include a doggie obstacle course, dog tattoos, pet massages and souvenir photo booth and pet psychic Denise Zak. On-site registration starts at 7 a.m. Visit www.barkinthepark.org .
CINCO DE MAYO
A three-day Cinco de Mayo festival and parade kicks off 3 p.m. May 3 at the Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center, 1401 S. Sacramento. The event includes kids’ activities, crafts, food and live music. A procession of colorful floats step off at noon May 5, traveling from Damen and Cermak west to 24th Street and California. Call (773) 762-2842.
The masked wrestlers of Lucha VaVoom take it to the mat with a burlesque-comedy Cinco de Mayo spectacular at 8:30 p.m. May 4 at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $24-$74. Ages 18+ over. Visit www.etix.com .
The Whispers and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, team up for an evening of soul entertainment at 8 p.m. May 3 at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $55-$85. Call (800) 745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com .
DON’T MISS IT
Progressive English rocker Steven Wilson, co-founder and former lead singer Porcupine Tree,
performs at 8 p.m. May 3 at Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets are $30. Call (773) 929-5959.
AUTISM FUND RAISER
Local bands October Road, Jay VonBruchhaeuser, Johnny V & the Killer Bees, A Bloke Named Smokey and Helping Phriendly Orchestra in a friendly-family fund-raiser, perform during Fifth Annual Rock 4 Autism fund-raiser noon to 6 p.m. May 5 at Cubby Bear North, 21661 N. Milwaukee, Lincolnshire. Kids’ activities include a moonwalk bouncer and face painting. Admission is $20; 12 and under free with a paying adult. Proceeds benefit the Northern Illinois Center for Autism. Visit www.nicautism.org .
Lisa Lampanelli returns for a Chicago area show at 8 p.m. May 4 at Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago, Joliet. Tickets are $39.75. Visit www.rialtosquare.com .
CofeeCON, nirvana for coffee lovers featuring demonstrations, tastings and workshops, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 at IBEW Local Union 701, 28600 Bella Vista, Warrenville. Admission is $8. Visit www.coffee-con.com .