Don’t Be Blue: There’s Plenty To Do This Weekend in Chicago

June 10, 2011

It’s summer in Chicago! Lots of Chicago residents will be blue this weekend, but in a good way: The largest free blues festival in the world is in town.

The Chicago Blues Festival will play for three days on five stages in Grant Park from Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

For any last minute major changes to the event, including cancellations due to unsafe weather conditions, call 3-1-1 for the most up-to-date information.

For more information, visit explorechicago.org.

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Want a more in-depth look at why Chicago is considered the “Blues Capital of the World?”

Chicago Detours is offering an interactive “Our Chicago Sound: Jazz, Blues and Beyond” bus tour.

During the two-and-a-half hour tour, you will explore Chicago neighborhoods north and south, visit landmarks like clubs and recording studios, learn cultural history of jazz and blues, interact with a live musician and get a harmonica lesson.

The tour is every Saturday this summer at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Cost is $70, $65 for students and seniors, $60 for kids.

Reservations are required. Visit chicagodetours.com for more information.

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Summer art fest season will be in full swing when the Wells Street Art Festival returns for its 37th year on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wells Street, from North Ave. to Division in Chicago.

The annual art show features the works of more than 250 juried artists, plus tasty cuisine, live music performances headlined by 10,000 Maniacs and Beatles tribute band American English, and a silent auction.

Admission free, but a suggested donation of $7 — $10 after 5 p.m. — will benefit the Old Town Merchants & Residents Association.

For more information, visit explorechicago.com.

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation is offering a series of free guided tours this weekend with expert guides highlighting Chicago’s remarkable heritage of historic designed landscape architecture.

Saturday, June 11 tours:

*Graceland Cemetery

*IIT Campus

*Grant Park and Millennium Park

*Downtown Public Spaces, including Daley Plaza and the Art Institute of Chicago

*Lincoln Park, including Lincoln Park Zoo, North Pond, Lily Pool and the Conservatory

*South Parks, including Douglas Memorial, Fuller Park and Midway Plaisance

*Lake Point Tower and Olive Park, including Lakepoint Tower Roof Garden

Sunday, June 12 tours:

*Lake Point Tower and Olive Park, including Milton Lee Olive Park

*West Parks, including Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Garfield Park Conservatory

*Lincoln Park, including the Conservatory and Gardens

*North Shore, including Fort Sheridan, Lake Forest Cemetery and House of the Four Winds.

Some of the tours have limited capacity and require registration. For more information on these tours, visit tclf.org.

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Want to make some improvements to your home this summer? Check out the Will County Home Improvement Expo in Joliet this weekend.

The free home show, at the Inwood Sports Complex, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, includes hundreds of exhibits to help you tackle any home improvement project on your list.

There will also be celebrity appearances, giveaways and children’s activities.

Parking and admission are free. Hours are Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit homeshowevent.com.

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The Chicago Park District is hosting City Wilds Festival of Backyard Biodiversity at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago on Saturday and Sunday.

The third-annual BioBlitz will include hiking, lessons about native plants and composting, and a visit from the Chicago Turtle Club.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., participants will find and identify as many living organisms as possible.

On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be children’s crafts and an interactive live animal program from Tales & Scales Traveling Zoo.

For more information, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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Have a great weekend, and check back to ChicagolandRealEstateForum.com during it to find out some inexpensive ways to spend the summer with your kids around Chicago.

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