Places to Sleep, Statues to See This Weekend

August 12, 2011

Want to leave your cushy Chicago real estate and live outdoors this weekend?

marshmallow roasting over a campfireThe Chicago Park District is hosting a Family Camping event on Saturday, August 13, at Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, and all you really have to do is show up.

Sleeping bags, tents, dinner, breakfast and security will be provided for each family that signs up.

During the event, you will learn basic camping principles, enjoy a campfire, hike some nature trails and go fishing.

The program, geared toward families with children over the age of six, is perfect for a first-time camping experience. The adventure starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

The cost is $50 per family and preregistration is required. Call (312) 742-4914 to sign up.

Want to get out of your Chicago real estate this weekend but still sleep at home? Here are some other events going on around the Chicago area.

*Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic: This is considered the oldest and largest African-American parade and the second largest annual parade in the country. It has been held on the second Saturday in August since 1929, which this year is Saturday, August 13. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. on King Drive and Pershing Road and then travel down to 55th Street. A party will follow in Washington Park through 6 p.m.

*Wrigleyville Summerfest: While you are enjoying this street festival in the 3300 block of N. Seminary in Wrigleyville, you can marvel at the newly unveiled Ron Santo statue situated at Wrigley Field’s right field gate. This party will have family friendly activities, live music and Chicago’s best food vendors. Hours are Saturday, August 13, from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The party is free; there is a suggested donation of $5.

*Northalsted Market Days: This is the largest street fair in the Midwest. The 30th annual event, on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on North Halsted Street, between Belmont and Addison in Chicago, will offer 400 arts & crafts and food vendors plus live entertainment on four stages. The suggested of $7 donation — $10 after 5 p.m. — will benefit the Northalsted Business Alliance.

*Ginza Festival: Experience all things Japanese, including cultural exhibits and cuisine, taiko drumming, ethnic music and dance, martial arts and self-defense demonstrations. The 56th annual event takes place at the Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee St. in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood on Friday, August 12, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, August 13, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, August 14, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Suggested donation is $6; $5 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are free.

*Taylor Street Festa Italiana: Experience all things Italian in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood at Taylor Street and Ashland Avenue on Friday, August 12, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 13, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 14, noon to 10 p.m. There will be tons of Italian cuisine, plus live entertainment, cultural exhibits, authentic Italian merchandise, a wine garden and children’s activities. Admission is free, but the suggested donation is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors.

*Taste of Tall Ships Chicago: Six tall ships are parked at Navy Pier this weekend for your perusal. View for free or board for a price: An adult boarding pass is $9; it’s $6 for children, and there are combo tickets. Hours are Friday and Saturday, August 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stay late on Saturday and you’ll see a fireworks display off Navy Pier at 10:15 p.m.

*Lincolnshire Arts Festival: This 14th annual event will feature approximately 150 juried artists on the grounds of Lincolnshire’s Village Green at Milwaukee Avenue and Old Half Day Road on Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will be surrounded by a beautiful sculpture garden and a fountain to set the ambiance. There will also be live music, food vendors and interactive art demonstrations.

*Art In Your Eye Festival: This 7th annual Outdoor Fine Art Show will feature more than 75 award-winning artists from around the country. There will also be art demonstrations, a children’s art tent, a special art exhibit by Batavia High School students, and plenty of art to purchase for your home. Hours are Saturday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Prairie Fest: The City of Wood Dale is hosting this party in Town Square at Commercial Street and Wood Dale Road. There’s a carnival, food and music, including the band Survivor on Saturday night. Saturday will also offer a fireworks show. Admission is free; hours are Friday, August 12, 6 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 13, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 14, noon to 10 p.m.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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