Chicago Area Hot with Activities

July 22, 2011

Hopefully, we’ll get enough of a reprieve from the heat this weekend to enjoy all the great things going on around Chicagoland. From street fests to kids events, there’s something for everyone. Let’s get started:

*The 43rd annual Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival features self-guided tours of more than 80 fantastic gardens as well as guided architectural tours, live entertainment from some of Chicago and North America’s finest bands, lots of kids activities and more.

Set for Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24 on Webster and Sheffield in Lincoln Park, admission into the festival is $7; $10 after 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Sheffield Neighborhood Association, proceeds will support local schools, community projects and a neighborhood beautification program.

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*While you are in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, check out the Armitage Halsted Webster Association’s 16th annual Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, along the Armitage-Halsted-Webster corridor.

About 20 local businesses will participate; stop by all the locations on the passport pass you can get at the sale and you will be entered to win a grand prize package of items from all the participating merchants.

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*Want to attend the “best street festival of the summer?” That’s what the Tribune calls Wicker Park Fest, a musical event set for Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. on Evergreen Avenue from Milwaukee Ave. to N. Wicker. Park Ave.

The party is a showcase of Wicker Park’s diverse neighborhood and will include three stages of live bands and DJs, plus art, food and family activities. A $5 donation will benefit neighborhood organizations.

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Did you know that Des Plaines was home to the first McDonald’s restaurant? This weekend, the city is hosting the Des Plaines Summer Fling. The party includes the “Pearson Street Art Fair,” and a Taste of Des Plaines, as well as live music, kids activities and more.

The party, which is taking place in downtown Des Plaines, started Thursday and runs through Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, and noon on Saturday and Sunday, and closing at 11 p.m. each day.

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*The North Shore Festival of Art at Old Orchard is a two-day, fine-art festival outside the mall in Skokie that features about 150 juried artists from all over North America. There will be all kinds of beauties to buy for your home, plus interactive art demos, family activities, live music and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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*Looking for a sidewalk sale in the suburbs? Check out the Evanston Super Sidewalk Sale, where close to 200 merchants in downtown Evanston and the Chicago/Dempster district will offer great deals on everything from hand-crafted goodies for your home to one-of-a-kind accessories for you. Times will vary with each businesses.

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The Highwood Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 43rd Annual Highwood Festival Days all weekend along Highwood Avenue in Highwood. The family carnival will have rides, live music, food, raffle prizes and more. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday; 1-11 p.m. Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday.

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Kids have a green thumb? Take them to Garden Buddies, a Chicago Park District event where children ages 2 to 8 will explore summer plants, get their faces painted, participate in art projects and more.

The cost is $5 per person for the workshop, which is set for Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago.

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*Lowe’s is hosting one of its Build and Grow Clinics this Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at all its area stores. This free event allows kids to learn tool safety while making a cool project to take home. This Saturday, kids will make their own binoculars. You don’t have to register, but you can. Visit lowesbuildandgrow.com

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*Don’t let the fun end on Sunday. On Monday at 8:30 p.m., check out a free movie at Wentworth Park, 5625 S. Mobile Ave., Chicago. More than 175 movies in parks are being presented this summer. On July 25, it’s “Furry Vengeance,” a film about a Chicago real estate developer who decides to redevelop in Oregon, thus upsetting the animals. It’s funny.

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Have a great weekend around Chicago!

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Hi Tracey,

Thanks for providing a great list of weekend activities! In case it’s another scorcher, I’ve several NetFlix movies waiting for me…

I was reviewing your previous entries, and noticed your “Job Opportunities Around Chicago” piece. Not sure if you’re planning to do a follow-up blog about that topic, but my company (WhereYouShop) is holding a career fair next Wednesday. I would love to discuss this with you, and provide any info you may need.

If your previous employment blog was a one-time topic, I completely understand! Take care, and have a great weekend!


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