It’s Still a Busy Summer Weekend Around Chicago

August 26, 2011

Looking for new — or old — decor for your Chicago home? You just might find something special at this weekend’s Randolph Street Market.

The event features the Chicago Antique Market, the Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and Holiday Market.

randolph street marketFind something fabulous, and you can enjoy complimentary furniture delivery within downtown Chicago.

Set indoors and outdoors at the Historic & Air Conditioned Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago, the fest is set for Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the gate, $8 online. Students are $3 (every third student is free), and kids under 12 are always free.

Take advantage of Early Shopping Saturday and get a leg-up on others. You can start at 8 a.m. outdoors and 9 a.m. indoors for $25; $20 online. A portion of the proceeds will go to Chicago House Charity.

For more information and to purchase discount tickets online, visit

This is not the only festival, or even the only arts festival, going on around the Chicago area this weekend. Here are some other options to pleasantly fill your time:

*Bucktown Arts Fest: Now in its 26th year, this free fest features paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewelry and more from nearly 200 local and national artists. There will also be musicians, dancers, poets, performers and film screenings. Located at Senior Citizens Memorial Park, 2300 North Oakley and 2300 West Lyndale, in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28.

*StreeterFest: The Streeterville neighborhood is hosting this community party, complete with arts and crafts, live music, food and wine vendors. Situated at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28. Suggested donation is $5, which will benefit the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents.

*McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum: This museum celebrates Chicago’s river and movable bridges. Located in the southwest bridge tower of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, 376 N. Michigan Ave., admission to the museum will be free on Sunday, August 28, thanks to Wendella Boats. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*American Craft Exposition: The 27th annual ACE features 150 artists of all types of media at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, on Lincoln Street at the Lakefront at Northwestern University. Tickets are $15 at the door for all three days: Friday, August 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds support ovarian cancer research projects at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

*Woman’s Club of Wilmette Rummage Sale: This community fundraiser benefits local organizations. There will be 18 departments, including furniture, household goods and antiques, in an air-conditioned setting. The sale is Saturday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Wilmette, 930 Greenleaf Avenue, Wilmette.

*Skokie Backlot Bash: This neighborhood event features live music, a carnival, a classic car show, and arts and crafts show and a business expo. Admission is free. Held in a close-off, two-block portion of Oakton Street between Lincoln and Laramie Avenues, fest hours are Friday, August 26, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, August 27, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 28, noon to 8 p.m.

*Taste of Highland Park and Port Clinton Art Festival: Enjoy two festivals in the downtown area of this North Shore suburb this weekend. The Taste runs for three days: Friday, August 26, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, August 27, noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, August 28, noon to 6 p.m. The art festival runs on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Have a great weekend!

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