Lots Around Chicago Indoors and Out

November 04, 2011

Want to deck out your Chicago real estate with some furniture/pieces of art? This is the weekend for you.

The Art Fair Company of Chicago is hosting two art fairs under one roof this weekend at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. in Chicago: SOFA Chicago 2011 and The Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art.

The 18th annual SOFA Chicago features the newest functional art pieces around. More than 70 international art dealers will be on hand to showcase their contemporary designs.

The Intuit Show offers aisles of non-traditional folk art. All artwork at the event is for sale.

Hours Friday and Saturday, November 4-5 from 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for both fairs, as well as other special exhibits and events. There is a three-day pass for $25 and discounts for students, seniors and groups.

There is a free shuttle to the Navy Pier event from the Museum of Contemporary Art, 200 E. Chicago Ave., and the River North Gallery District at Superior and Franklin Streets.

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Here are some other ideas to fill your weekend around Chicagoland:

*Garden Club of Evanston House Walk: Four homes in the Evanston Historic District will be open for touring, including one that has been elegantly restored using sustainable materials. Some things in the homes will be for sale, including green items, vintage furniture, potted plants and holiday gifts. The tour is set for Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $55 at the door; $50 in advance. Call 847-234-9792 to register.

*Showcase of Arts & Treasures: This 10th annual event will feature some of the region’s most talented artists at the Barrington Park District’s Langendorf Park, 235 Lions Drive, Barrington on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Start shopping for the holiday season at this free art festival.

*Adopt-a-Beach: If your home is all cleaned and prepped for winter, why not lend a hand to a Chicago beach? The Great Lakes Alliance is hosting a clean-up of Montrose Beach, 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for helpers of all ages. Not only will you assist in making the lake cleaner and safer, you’ll also learn how this body of water affects your everyday life. Call 312-742-4914 to register.

*Garden Buddies: This workshop is geared toward children ages 2 to 8, who will learn about seeds and how to plant them and also create a leaf journal on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago. Admission is $5 per child; adults are free. Come enjoy the last days of fall.

*Lurie Garden’s Fall and Winter Superstars: This free adult workshop will uncover the plants that really perform during the autumn and winter months. Learn how to incorporate them into your garden, and enjoy a tour of the Lurie Garden, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Register in advance at 312-742-8497.

*Autumns’ Magic: A Season of Wonder: The Lurie Garden, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, is hosting this free family-oriented event on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in which children ages six and up will use natural materials from the garden to make a miniature landscape to take home. Register at 312-742-8497.

*Chicago VeganMania: Experience Chicago’s community of vegan restaurants, food companies, entrepreneurs, doctors, chefs, singers, dancers and organizations in one big place on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk, Chicago. There will be cooking demos, workshops, live entertainment, kids activities and lots of food that never had a face.

*Free Museum Weekend: If you are a Bank of America cardholder, you get free admission to more than 150 museums across the nation on Nov. 5-6, including five in Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Just bring a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card and a photo ID and enjoy one general admission for free.

*Sky-Rise Chicago: Get some serious exercise this Sunday while raising money for charity. Participants will climb to the top of the Willis Tower, the tallest stair climb in North America, on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to noon. Funds raised will support the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. You can park at the Tower Self-Park Garage, 211 W. Adams, which will cost you a discounted rate of $10 after your hike.

*Winter Wonderland: Is it that time of year already? Winter Wonderland is open every day from now through Dec. 31 on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Observatory, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Santa will fly in every weekend from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for kids ages 3-11, but you can get one youth admission for free with each paying adult. Check the website for special events each weekend.

Have a great one!

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