Take in a Recycling Lesson, a Neighborhood Tour, a Couple Shows and a Party This Weekend

July 08, 2010

Chicago just bursts with energy during the summer. There is always a free festival, concert or art show going on somewhere during summer weekends.

Here are five interesting options for this weekend that just might peak your interest. Have fun!

Recycling Today for a Better Tomorrow

*When: Friday, July 9; 4 to 6 p.m.

*What: Legum and Norman Midwest host this free workshop focused on recycling including costs, ordinances and promoting good habits.

*Where: At the eco-friendly Hotel Felix, 111 W. Huron St., Chicago

*Cost: Free

*More: Reservations are recommended by contacting Lynn Maillis at LMaillis@LNChicago.com or at (312) 944-2611. Download the flyer here.

19th Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival

*When: Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*What: Voted one of the Top 100 Art Festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this juried show will allow you to see beautiful art and meet the artists in a fabulous downtown setting.

*All of the works are available for purchase and there are items at all prices. Spruce up your home with a new masterpiece.

*Where: North Michigan Avenue in front of the Chicago Tribune Tower in Pioneer Court

*Cost: Free

*More: Check out www.ArtFestival.com for more information.

Bucktown Tree and GardenWalk 2010

*When: Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*What: Check out the Bucktown neighborhood and explore the 100 private and public gardens that have been cultivated by residents. Either walk to a variety of gardens or hop on a free trolley to another part of the one-mile-square neighborhood.

*You can also enjoy a self-guided tree tour. Or, if you prefer, take a 30-minute guided tree walk, which meets Saturday at noon and 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lottie’s Garden, 1925 W. Cortland, Chicago; a one-hour tour starts Sunday at 2 p.m. at Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia.

*A petting zoo will be open from noon to 4 p.m. at Lottie’s Garden, 1925 W. Cortland.

*Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia, is the place to valet your car, catch the free trolley and listen to live music until 10 p.m.

*Learn how to compost on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Pulaski Academy, 2230 W. McLean.

*Cost: A guidebook with a map and descriptions of the gardens and events can be bought for a $5 donation at Club Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia.

*More: There’s even more going on. Check out the www.bucktown.org for more details.

Great Performers of Illinois

Rachel Barton Pine

*When: Friday, July 9, Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11

*What: The best talent Illinois has to offer will be at this fifth annual arts and culture festival, including Rachel Barton Pine, who will receive her third Great Performer of Illinois Award on Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m.

*Where: Millennium Park, Chicago

*Cost: Free

*More: There will be more than 50 performers from all across the state; check out the schedule at www.explorechicago.org.

The World’s Largest Block Party

*When: Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10; 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

*What: The 26th annual party features the Barenaked Ladies on Friday and Spoon on Saturday.

*Where: Old St. Pat’s Church, Chicago’s oldest public building, at Madison and Des Plaines Streets in the West Loop.

*Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door; the price includes five free drinks.

*More: Old St. Pat’s is collecting non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, so please bring something!

*You must be 21 to enter.

*Buy a raffle ticket and you could win a great prize including free rent for a year at Presidential Towers.

*Check out www.worldslargestblockparty.com for all the details.

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