Spring is Springing Into Chicago This Weekend!

March 18, 2011

No matter what the temperature hits on Sunday for the first day of Spring, it will be welcomed after Chicago residents experienced an especially rough winter.

The Chicago Park District is wasting no time in celebrating the season.

Spring Has Sprung is a program being held at the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

The program will celebrate all the changes Spring will bring, and families will get to plant a flower to take home and enjoy.

Registration is required.

What: Spring Has Sprung

Where: Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago

When: Sunday, March 20; noon to 2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Register: By calling (312) 742-4914

Visit: for more information

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In the market for a new home? Want to see a bunch this weekend?

Koenig & Strey Real Living, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, is hosting an Open House Extravaganza on Sunday, March 20 throughout the north side of Chicago.

The agents will hold approximately 100 open houses in Northbrook, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Wheeling and Glenview.

Most open houses are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 or 4 p.m.

To find a directory of open houses, you can visit the Koenig & Strey offices in Northbrook, Deerfield, Lake Forest and Libertyville, or simply visit

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Do you need legal advice? Want to get it for free from your Chicago home?

The Chicago Bar Association offers a Call-A-Lawyer program that provides free legal information over the phone.

It’s generally held on the third Saturday of every month, so this month’s event will be on Saturday, March 19.

Call (312) 554-2001 from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and you will get to speak to a volunteer Lawyer Referral Service attorney who will provide general legal advice and self-help strategies.

For more information and other participating dates, visit

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Speaking of legalities, have you done your taxes yet?

Did you know that families that earn less than $50,000 a year and individuals earning less than $25,000 can get free tax preparation assistance in the Chicago area?

The Center for Economic Progress and the Tax Assistance Program offer help at 26 sites in Chicago and 13 outside the city.

Residents should bring all current W2 and 1099 forms, Social Security cards for all members of the household, a copy of your latest tax return and a photo ID.

Chicago residents can dial 311 to find a location near you.

For locations outside of Chicago, call (312) 409-1555 or (312) 630-0273.

You can also visit for more information.

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Have a great weekend, and Welcome to Chicago, Spring!

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