Even Dogs Can Have Their Days this Weekend

August 05, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to head to Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend for the 20th annual Lollapalooza 2011, a three-day music festival from Friday to Sunday, August 5-7.

More than 130 acts are set to perform, including Eminem, Coldplay and Foo Fighters.

There are two entry gates; the Main Entrance at Michigan and Congress and the North entrance at Monroe and Columbus.

Motorists should keep in mind that Lake Shore Drive and Columbus will be closed from Monroe to Roosevelt throughout the weekend.

If you don’t have tickets to Lollapalooza by now, you’re probably not going to get them. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other exciting things going on around the Chicago area this weekend.

*Retro on Roscoe Street: This family friendly street festival will span six blocks, on 2000-2300 Roscoe Street from Damen to Oakley in Chicago, Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7 from noon to 10 p.m. The party will feature Chicago’s top entertainment on three main stages, six blocks of artisans, antique vendors and merchants, an antique car show, tasty treats and a Retro Kids Fest area. Suggest donation is $5 and will benefit the Roscoe Village Neighbors.

*Crafters Round-Up: This event will showcase the handmade works of art from approximately 75 new talents at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The park also offers a pool and a playground for the kids.

*Festival Cubano: Learn about and celebrate Cuban culture through live music, Cuban and Latin food, arts and crafts, a domino tournament and kids activities. This festival will take place at Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Avenue in Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

*Lakeshore Arts Festival: Since 1973, the city of Evanston has hosted this annual event along the lakefront at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road and Church Street. The weekend will include a collection of local art, jazz and classical music, a silent art auction, a variety of culinary delights and a children’s craft tent. There is free parking three blocks north at Northwestern University, and a free shuttle bus will run non-stop between the lot and the site. The festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Art at the Glen: Located on the former site of the Glenview Naval Air Station and its historic Hangar One, this eighth annual Art at the Glen Town Center festival will feature 175 juried artists exhibiting original art. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*Barilla Italian Cooking Weekend: Why not pick up some cooking tips while you are admiring the flowers? The Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting this Barilla event, which will include chef demonstrations, yummy tastings, plant, herb and recipe giveaways, kids activities and more. The event is Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday will also feature a farmer’s market.

*Dog Days: Take your furry friend to Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the third annual Dog Days. This free event will feature an off-leash dog play area, entertaining shows, demonstrations by specially trained animals, the first Dog Olympics, sponsored by Dog Scouts of America, and about 50 nonprofit organizations and commercial vendors. Owners can enjoy Cantigny’s beautiful grounds while there. Admission is free, parking is $5. Make sure your pet is up to date with vaccinations.

Doggone it, I know you are going to have a great weekend around Chicagoland!

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