Lots to do over this cold Chicago weekend

January 13, 2012

Winter has officially sprung around Chicago, and I’ll bet the landscape will be peppered with sledders, shovelers and snowman-constructors all weekend long.

But if you want to get out of your home and yard and do something this weekend, we have some ideas, even one that can benefit your Chicago real estate.

*Lake County Home Building & Remodeling Expo: There will be hundreds of exhibits, demonstrations, interactive activities, kids stuff, celebrity guests and more at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake on Friday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where you can make your home improvement and remodeling dreams come true. Admission and parking are free.

*Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show: This show offers specials on hundreds of boats, RVs and marine accessories, hands-on education and interactive activities like scuba diving and paddleboarding. The event is taking place at McCormick Place, North Building, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, on Friday, Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 16 and up or get a four-pack for $30; kids 15 and under are free.

*Indoor Farmers Market: Missing outdoor farm stands this winter? Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, is bringing the farmers market indoors on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market, which supports local farmers, will offer fresh produce, cheeses, baked goodies, soaps and more, and 10 percent of all proceeds go to the Farmers Crisis Fund.

*Second Saturdays for Families: Discover Chicago with the Radio Disney Road Crew on the second Saturday of each month — this month Jan. 14 — at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., where families can explore city landmarks, the Great Chicago Fire and Blues music through fun activities. The program is free with paid admission, which is $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors; kids 12 and younger are free. Performances begin at noon and 2 p.m. and are 40 minutes long. The museum is offering free admission on Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

*Free Kids Workshop: On Saturday, January 14, from 10 to 11 a.m., kids can build their own castle, complete with a working drawbridge, for free at all Lowe’s locations. There are only 50 kits at each store, so either register in advance or be there by 10 a.m. and hope for an available spot. Participants will also get an apron, a patch and a certificate of completion.

*Frames for Fosters Bowling Event: How about going bowling for animals who don’t have homes? This event benefits DuPage County Animal Care & Control’s Homeless Pets Foster Program. Tickets are $20 each or $75 for a family of four if purchased in advance or $25 a person at the door at Brunswick Zone, 558 E. North Avenue, Glendale Heights, on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. The ticket price includes three hours of bowling, shoe rental, drinks, pizza, raffles and fun. For tickets, click the link or call (630) 407-2819.

*Glencoe Winter Carnival: This year’s festival at the Watts Center, 305 Randolph, will include a special tribute to the Park District’s 100th anniversary. There will be ice skating, sledding, races, contests, games, prizes, s’mores and more on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Have a great, safe weekend!

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