So Much To Do This Weekend in Chicago

March 25, 2011

Some of my favorite childhood memories have me sitting next to a window in my Chicago home reading a great book.

I barely sit and read these days, and I’m not the only one.

Thanks to modern technology, less people are purchasing paperbacks, and that is forcing Borders to close more than 200 of its book stores throughout the country, including at least 15 in the Chicago area.

When all is said and done, the city of Chicago will have only one Borders store, on State Street in the Loop.

As Borders reorganizes under Chapter 11 protection, liquidation sales have begun at many of the closing stores, including the Wilmette location, 3232 Lake Avenue in the northeastern suburb.

“We are confident that, with the protection afforded under Chapter 11 and with the support of employees, publishers, suppliers and creditors, and the reading public, a successful reorganization can be achieved enabling Borders to emerge from the process as a stronger and more vibrant book seller,” said Mike Edwards, Borders Group President.

Despite its financial setbacks, Borders continues to offer free kid’s programs at several of its locations.

This Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m., some Chicago-area stores will host the LEGO Racer Kids Event for those who love to build and play with cars. There will be racing-themed art projects and games, and up to 50 participants will receive a free LEGO racer they can assemble at the event.

Space is limited, so be sure to register your child in advance. The event is taking place at the Borders on State Street in Chicago, 150 North State Street, but there are other participating locations. Visit and click on the Store Locator link to find one near you.

Borders also gives back to the community. From now through April 30, the stores are accepting donations of books and stuffed animals, which will be then donated to local charities to benefit less fortunate young readers.

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Need some supplies for your Chicago home? Why not entertain your kids while you shop?

Lowe’s home stores are hosting free Build and Grow Clinics for kids this Saturday at all its Chicagoland locations.

Kids will get to build and take home a fortune teller game. Each participant will also receive a free apron, goggles, a project-themed patch, a certificate of merit and the satisfaction of building something on their own.

To sign up, visit

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It might be cold outside, but it is Spring, a.k.a. garage sale season!

There is a Community Garage Sale set in Chicago’s East Village at the Commercial Park Fieldhouse Gym, 1845 West Rice Street, this Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lots of neighborhoods families have donated items for sale for the home, for kids and for you!

Proceeds will benefit Commercial Park Advisory Council programming and playlot improvements.

Don’t worry about the weather; the sale is set up in inside.

Visit for more information.

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Speaking of Spring, the name of this community open house event is “Spring into Rumble!”

The free event will take place on Saturday, March 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Rumble Arts Center, 3413 W. North Ave., in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

The center, which provides donation-based educational opportunities for community members, will offer a day of free food, art activities, workshops and demonstrations.

Visit for all the details.

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Finally, the Maple Syrup Festival is taking place this weekend at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago.

Experience the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree to boiling the sap down to syrup. There will be live music, arts & crafts and plenty of samples of that yummy homemade syrup.

The free event is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit for more information.

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Don’t forget to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Read more about that here.

The DuPage County Home Improvement & Landscaping Expo is going on this weekend. Read about that here.

And, don’t miss the Chicago estate-sale-of-the-century. Read about that here.

Have a fantastic weekend around Chicago!

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I love looking at your website each week to see what’s going on!

Another cool thing going on is a sale of thousands of international posters at the Cultural Center.


Yes, more than 10,000 original vintage posters are for sale at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph, through today at 6 p.m. Thanks for the tip, Erika!

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