Ideas for a Fun Weekend Around Chicago

June 17, 2011

Welcome to the weekend, Chicago real estate friends! It might be a rainy one, but it won’t be boring, with lots of activities going on around the area, some even suitable to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday. But we’ll get back to that later.

Let’s get started with the lowdown on the weekend:

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Are you a Chicago Cubs fan in the mood for a neighborhood block party? There is a free one on the grounds of Wrigley Field this weekend.

Inspired by Northwestern University’s popular Wildcats Way last November, this Wrigleyville Block Party will be held three weekends this summer with the first ever block party set for June 17-19 when the Cubs host the New York Yankees.

The interactive street fest will include live music from local bands, food vendors, Wii games, activities for kids and more. Times are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days on the east side of Clark Street between Addison Street and Waveland Avenue.

The block parties will also commence on the weekend of July 1-3 when the Cubs take on the Chicago White Sox, and August 19-21 when the rival St. Louis Cardinals come to town.

For more information, visit chicago.cubs.mlb.com.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is starting its Summer Saturdays program this Saturday, June 18, at the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Saturday mornings will include workshops for the kids from 9 to 11 a.m. This first workshop is for budding architects and will have the kids use LEGOs to create a 3D model of their own floor plan design. Admission is $5 per child. You must purchase tickets in advance, so click here.

Saturday evenings will feature Summer Evening Samplers, which will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, a casual tour of the famous Robie House and a presentation by a different cultural partner each week. This first week will be led by the Mies van der Rohe Society.

Tickets to the Summer Evening Samplers, slated for 4 to 7 p.m. each Saturday, are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Purchase tickets here.

For more information on the Summer Saturdays at the Robie House program, visit gowright.org.

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Want to watch a Chicago neighborhood be beautified? The 18th annual Artists of the Wall Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, from 9 a.m. to dusk in Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, at Farwell and the Lake.

There, artists of all ages will come together to paint the stone wall and bench along Loyola Beach. This year’s theme is “Wall of Dreams [Paint it and They Will Come].”

The cost to be an artist is $30 for wall space, but the event is free to watch. There will be cash prizes awarded in the categories of Adult, Teen and Junior. There will also be free musical acts, games and activities for kids.

For more information, visit rogerspark.com.

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The 11th annual Barrington Country Antique and Garden Faire is going on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The beautiful gardens of three Barrington Hills Estates homes will be open for viewing at the fair, which will also include landscape and cooking workshops, live music, lunch and outdoor items to buy for your home.

There is free parking and a shuttle departing every 15 minutes across from Barrington High School at 800 Hart Road in Barrington.

Tickets to the festival are $50 apiece. Proceeds benefit Hands of Hope, a not-for-profit charity that meets the needs of women and children in crisis. For more information, visit handsofhopeonline.org.

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The 40th annual Custer’s Last Stand will take place on the streets of Evanston this weekend. The event was inducted into the Illinois Festival Hall of Fame in 1992.

Created in 1972 to honor General George Armstrong Custer for his military achievements during the Civil War, this festival of the arts now includes more than 400 artists and vendors, entertainment on multiple stages and a kid’s center.

Suggested donation is $1; proceeds will benefit the Evanston Arts Depot.

The festival will take place on Main and Chicago Avenues in Evanston on Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; the kid’s center closes at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit custerfair.com.

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Sunday is Father’s Day; does your kid have a gift for dad?

Home Depot is hosting a free Father’s Day Special Workshop at all its stores from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 18.

Kids will be making a Lil Toolbox that would make a great gift for the special father in their life. The little builders will learn do-it-yourself skills and tool safety and will receive a free apron and an achievement pin upon completion.

No reservations are needed, just drop in! For more information, visit homedepot.com.

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Several of the events we discussed in this article would be a good way to entertainment dear ole dad this Sunday for Father’s Day. Check back in to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum on Saturday for more ideas on how to fete your father around Chicago.

Have a great weekend!

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