Events Aplenty from the North Shore to the South Side

July 15, 2011

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about adding a family member to your household? A feline family member, that is.

CATMANIA! is a three-day event at the Orphans of the Storm animal shelter in Riverwoods where you will have the opportunity to give a cat a loving home.


King is up for adoption at Orphans. Make him a prince in your castle!

Veterinarians will be on hand to answer questions and help you with your selection process, and there will be special prizes and giveaways for all, plus hot dogs and ice cream.

The first 50 cat or kitten adopters will win a starter kit full of everything you need to begin your relationship with your new friend, and a raffle will give away many cat-related items, including a cat tree valued at $200.

The event is set for Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Orphans of the Storm animal shelter, 2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods.

For more information, visit orphansofthestorm.org or call (847) 945-0235.

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Central Street in Evanston is hosting its annual summer sidewalk sale all this weekend where you can get great stuff while supporting wonderful small business owners.

Hours vary by establishment, and some of those stores include Stella Boutique, which offers a beautiful array of home accessories, clothing and jewelry; The Spice House, where you can find unique spices to use in your kitchen, and Foodstuffs, which has the best salad bar in town and samples throughout the store to try.

For a list of stores, visit centralstreet-evanston.com.

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Also in Evanston this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. is the free Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival at Dawes Park, on Sheridan Road at Church Street along the lakefront.

The art featured was created by artists from 100 nations, and every continent will be represented in art, song, dance, spoken word and food.

There will also be live world music and dance performances, ethnic specialties and art activities. For more information, visit cityofevanston.org.

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Two North Shore suburbs are coming together to host one big sale this weekend.

The Winnetka-Northfield Sidewalk Sale will take place in all three Winnetka business districts — Hubbard Woods, West Elm Street and East Elm Street — on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The free sale will not only offer bargains galore but also a display of Village trucks, lots of food and a “Kid-entrepreneur” section.

This year will also feature the first Go Green Winnetka-Northfield Fair in Hubbard Woods Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will include information and activities on easy ways to go green.

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The Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival draws a crowd of more than 30,000 each year and a juried group of about 150 artists from all over the world, including the United States, Canada and Israel.

The nationally known fest will also include interactive art demos, live music, booth chats and a kid’s art section at the Buffalo Grove Town Center, 282 McHenry Road, at Lake Cook Road and Rt. 83. in Buffalo Grove.

For more information, visit vbg.org.

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Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is hosting its third annual arts and music fest on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17 from noon to 10 p.m. on Racine between Fullerton and Webster on the city’s North Side.

The Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival will feature more than 80 juried artists and great live music. A donation of $5 will get you in and will benefit the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, Chicago’s largest neighborhood chamber. There is also $5 parking available at 2330 N. Clifton or 2331 N. Sheffield.

For more information, visit chicagoevents.com.

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Chicago’s South Side will be host to the BAC Yard Music Fest on Saturday, July 16 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th Street.

Admission is $10 to the fest, which will feature 10 local bands on two outdoor stages plus plenty of art from local vendors and food from local eateries.

Visit beverlyartscenter.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Chicago’s Chinatown is hosting a free neighhood festival on Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wentworth Avenue from and Cermak Avenue to 24th Place.

The McDonald’s Summer Fair will feature Asian cultural entertainment, including a Lion Dance procession at 12:30 p.m. near the Main Stage, a taste of Chinatown’s delicious restaurants, a Chinese arts and crafts exhibit, a children’s area with free pony rides and a petting zoo from 1 to 7 p.m., and street vendors throughout.

For more information, visit chicagochintatown.org or call (312) 326-5320.

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Whether you go north or south, have a great weekend around Chicagoland!

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