Lots of Events to Help You Decorate Your Home

July 28, 2011

For those of you who aren’t still drying out your Chicago-area homes, here are some events going on this weekend.

And, if you are still drying out your Chicago real estate, it’s time to take a break. Go out and have some fun.

Here are some to-do suggestions. At some of these events, you might even find something beautiful for that home of yours.

*Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival: This interactive art festival in the heart of Logan Square features an open-air market of local artisans, live music, art workshops, kid activities, mini language classes, interaction with the Chicago Fire and more. The party spans six blocks, 2250-2850 Milwaukee Avenue, from California to Kimball, on Friday, July 29 from 4 to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31 from noon to 11 p.m.

*Randolph Street Market Festival: Looking to spruce up your home with something vintage? This hot spot for antiquing is a favorite of celebrity designer Nate Berkus. New this year is complimentary furniture delivery within downtown Chicago. Located indoors and out at 1340 W. Washington on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tickets are $10 at the gate for anyone over 12, but $2 cheaper if you buy them online.

*Newberry Library Book Fair: This 27th annual event offers more than 120,000 used books in 70 categories. Most are priced at under $2 and admission is free. Who knows, you might find a valuable first edition! The book event will take place at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, on Thursday and Friday, July 28-29 from noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Taste of Lincoln Avenue: This 28th annual summer street fest is one of Chicago’s largest. There will be 40 music acts on five stages, a kids’ carnival and the Lill Street Craft Fair. Proceeds benefit the Wrightwood Neighbors Association, which makes grants to organizations serving the local community. On North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood, hours are noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.

*Glencoe Fesitval of Art: Situated in the downtown area of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced community of Glencoe, this fourth annual fest features artwork from more than 140 juried artists from all over the world. The fair takes place on Green Bay Road and Park Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31.

*Highland Park Sidewalk Sale: Tons of stores are participating in this upscale suburb’s sale in downtown Highland Park on Central Avenue, First Street, Second Street, Sheridan Road and Elm Place from Thursday through Saturday, July 28-30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some stores might do it Sunday as well.

*Glenview Outdoor Art Fair: This 56th annual juried fair offers acres of original fine art by more than 100 artists. There will also be a silent auction, live entertainment and children’s art activities. Parking and admission are free. The fair will take place at Lyon School on the corner of Lake Ave. and Waukegan Rd. on Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Garden Combat: How to Win the War Against Garden Pests and Diseases: Red’s Garden Center, 3460 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, is offering this free seminar to teach local gardeners how to keep garden pests under control in an environmentally friendly way. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call (847) 272-1209 to reserve your spot.

Have a great weekend!

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