Our Town will be Abuzz with Energy this Weekend

August 19, 2010

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Chicago and surrounding suburbs with festivals, street closures, movie making, dog walking and more.

Yes, Transformers 3 is still filming in the city and will be at several downtown locations this weekend, including the vacant Old Post Office at 433 W. Van Buren Street.

Street Closures for Friday, August 20:

*Van Buren St. between Wacker and Canal; 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*LaSalle St. Bridge between Wacker and Kinzie; noon to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, August 21 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., helicopters will be flying low over the Chicago River, which will result in the closure of the bridges at Michigan, Wabash, State and Dearborn for 15-minute intervals at different times.

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The Gold Coast Art Fair, which has been touted as the “Granddaddy” of American art festivals, is setting up for its 53rd event in Chicago this weekend.

As one of the top 20 festivals in the country, the Gold Coast Art Fair is one of the most well-attended free art fairs in the city, attracting more than 350,000 people from around the world.

This year’s show has a new venue in Grant Park’s Butler Field at the corner of Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive, across from the Art Institute.

Along with amazing art that can be purchased to adorn your home, there will also be live music, kid’s activities and tons of food during the three-day festival.


*Friday, August 20; noon to 7 p.m.

*Saturday, August 21; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*Sunday, August 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest is a free weekend-long show that attracts over 10,000 people to the Rogers Park neighborhood.

There will be art, live entertainment on three outdoor stages, food and “ARTery,” a gallery project that will display art in store windows throughout the fest.

The 9th annual Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest takes place on Glenwood Avenue, 6900 to 7000 North (between Farwell and Lunt) and on the 1400 block of Morse Avenue.


*Friday, August 20; Kick-off party from 6 to 10 p.m.

*Saturday and Sunday, August 21 to 22; Festival from noon to 9 p.m.

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Edison Park Fest is a neighborhood festival in Chicago in downtown Edison Park, where the city borders Park Ridge to the west and Niles to the north.

Hours and activities:

*Friday, August 20; 5 to 11 p.m.: Entertainment, games, food

*Saturday, August 21; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.: All that plus a parade at 11 a.m., children’s activities, craft fair, business expo and more

*Sunday, August 22; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Dog show at 2 p.m., magic and juggling shows and more

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The 4th annual Orphans of the Storm Pooch Parade is taking off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 21 at Jaycee Memorial Park in Deerfield.

The two-mile walk is a fundraiser for the animal shelter; suggested donation is $20.

If you collect $100 in pledges from friends and neighbors you’ll earn a limited edition Pooch Parade t-shirt.

More ways to help the Orphans at the Pooch Parade:

*Donate an item for the 200 Pooch Goodie Bags; one will go home with every dog that comes out to walk.

*Donate an item or service towards the Pooch Raffle.

*Donate a snack to the fun food table for everyone to enjoy upon returning from the walk.

If you live along the parade route, it would be appreciated if you would:

*Offer water bowls at your driveway for the walking dogs.

*Turn on a sprinkler for the walkers to run through along the route.

*Stake out a shady spot on your lawn and cheer on the pooches.

For more information call Jackie at (847) 602-8508.

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The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe has tons of events this weekend, including the Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McGinley Pavilion.

Here you will learn about how summer festivals, called matsura, are celebrated in Japan.

There will be hands-on activities for all ages plus musical performances, traditional folktales and a tea ceremony.

Also at the Chicago Botanic Garden is Heirloom Tomato Weekend, where you can learn all about growing the fruit and even bring some home.

Hours for that event are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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These are just a few of the fabulous events taking place around Chicago and its suburbs over the next three days. No matter what you do, I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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