Live Life to the Fullest This Weekend

September 09, 2011

This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. We will be posting a separate list of events going on around Chicago pertaining to the anniversary, so please check back to Chicago Real Estate Forum tomorrow.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other things going on around the Chicago area this weekend to lift your spirits.

Here are some options:

This is one of Elgin's oldest homes, and it's open for touring this weekend.

*Historic Elgin House Tour: Eight homes in Elgin’s historic district, as well as several public buildings, will be open for touring during this 30th annual tour. This is an educational event that features architecture, history, home remodeling, interior decorating, gardening and more. Homes can be toured in any order, but you start at the Elgin Historical Museum, 360 Park Street. Hours are Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, September 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance; children and seniors are $10.

*Wells Street Fall Fest: This 9th annual event takes place in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood and includes art, live music and local cuisine. Situated on North Wells Street between North Avenue and Schiller, the fest will be on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $5, and proceeds benefit the Old Town Merchants and Residents Association.

*The Renegade Craft Fair: This 9th annual Chicago fair will take place on September 10-11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be more than 300 artists on hand showing off their handmade goods. There will also be live entertainment and hands-on crafting workshops. Admission is free to this event, which you can find along Division Street in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

*Lincoln Park Art Faire: This 14th annual event will take place at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There you will be able to peruse and purchase original artwork from 60 vendors, and visit the on-site, open-air studio equipped with art supplies, where artists of all ages can create a masterpiece of their own to take home.

*Les Turner ALS Walk4Life: One of the world’s largest ALS gatherings, this two-mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront raises awareness and funds for ALS, a debilitating disease that affects more than 1,000 people in Illinois alone. This cause means a lot to me; Les Turner’s son, Jon, was my first love. The 9th annual walk will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Montrose Harbor, 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

*Deerfield Community Service Day: This free community event, now in its 7th year, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at Brickyards Park, near Kates and Pfingsten, and the Patty Turner Senior Center, 375 Elm, Deerfield. The purpose of this event is to promote services available to residents. There will be informational booths, educational demonstrations, entertainment, stuff for kids, pet vaccinations, a household electronics collection, freebies and giveaways and more.

*Antiques & Treasures In The Field: This 44th annual event will take place on Sunday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature more than 50 tents of antiques and treasures from dealers across the Midwest. Located at Deerpath Middle School, 95 W. Deerpath, in Lake Forest, admission into the event is $8 for adults, children are free, and there is free parking. Proceeds go to the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago.

Have a peaceful weekend!

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