Oct
07

Get Out of Your Chicago Real Estate!

October 07, 2011

The weekend forecast for the Chicago area includes above-average, luscious temperatures with no rain in sight.

Considering Accuweather just came out with a prediction that “Chicago could be one of the hardest-hit cities in terms of both snow and cold” this winter, Chicago residents better eat this weekend’s weather up.

“People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter,” said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Josh Nagelberg.

If there ever was a weekend to get out and enjoy all that Chicago has to offer, including like Lake Michigan, Michigan Avenue, Chicago Botanic Garden or any local park, this is it.

If you are looking to be entertained, here are Chicago Real Estate Forum’s suggestions for this weekend:

*Antiques & Collectibles Flea Market: Thousands of antiques and collectibles will be available for your perusal indoors and out at the Grayslake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free; the $6 admission is good for both days, so you can take your time searching for treasures.

*Cantigny Fall Festival: We have written before about Cantigny Park, located on what was the 500-acre estate of Robert R. McCormick at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton. This popular festival will take place on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include an arts and crafts show with more than 40 vendors, pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, live music, free hayrides and more. Parking is $5 per car; admission is free.

*Germany’s Best & Oktoberfest: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, is a free Chicago attraction, and if you venture to its south side, you can attend the last weekend of this free festival, which offers exhibits and programs that highlight modern Germany in art, culture and business. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

*Mutt Strut: This 1.5-mile walk through Wrigleyville on Saturday, October 8 is for dogs and their people. This 8th annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Newport and Southport Avenues. Afterward, there will be a block party with food for all, live music, kids activities raffles and more. Don’t have a dog? There will be some there who need a home. Cost is $25 (dogs and kids are free), and proceeds benefit the Chicago Canine Rescue.

*Scarecrow Fest: In the Autumn spirit? Check out more than 100 hand-crafted scarecrows on display, and vote for your favorite at this free event, which will also include a juried craft show, a carnival, live entertainment, kid activities and more. This 26th annual fest takes place in downtown St. Charles on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Garden Workshop: The Chicago Park District is hosting “What to do with All that Rain!” at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn, this Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. An expert will discuss ways to harness rainwater for your garden, ways to conserve water in your home and even how to reduce basement flooding. Cost is $20.

*Stitching Studio: Come be a part of the Red Thread Project; art made by the community for the community. On Saturday, October 8 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn, Chicago, participants will learn how to knit or crochet hats that will eventually be donated to local charities.

Have a great, warm weekend!

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