Fill Your Weekend with Reality or Fantasy

January 27, 2012

As you sit reading this in your warm Chicago real estate, let me ask you: Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be homeless?

AnnMarie Walsh

AnnMarie Walsh

Step into someone’s shoes who has lived on the streets during The Human Library: What It’s Like to be Homeless: AnnMarie Walsh, an hour-long seminar taking place at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, on Sunday, January 29 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Walsh was formerly homeless in the Chicago area, including Arlington Heights, and now uses her experience to educate others about the homeless community.

This event is free. Register by calling 847-392-0100 or online at ahml.info.

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If you are concerned about losing your home and are behind on your mortgage payments, you’ll want to attend a free Mortgage Relief Project outreach event where you can learn how to lower your payments and keep your home.

The event is Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (registration through noon) at Willowbrook High School, 1250 South Ardmore Ave., Villa Park.

Bring your latest mortgage documents, pay stubs and identification. To register for the event, call 800-532-8785 or visit idfpr.com, or check out our story at chicagorealestateforum.com.

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Here are some other events going on around the Chicago area that have nothing to do with homelessness or foreclosures. Have a great weekend!

*Chinese New Year Parade: The Chinese New Year was officially Jan. 23, but the big parade to mark it in Chicago’s Chinatown is this Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon 4710 with marching bands, floats, a 100-foot dragon, Miss Chicago Chinatown and more along Wentworth Avenue from 24th St. to Cermak Road.

*Chicago Travel & Adventure Show: Find your next dream travel experience or win one at this two-day event, which will include travel tips, giveaways, cultural performances and hands-on activities like scuba diving. The show is taking place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $9 for ages 17 and up; kids free with a paid adult.

*Progressive Strictly Sail Chicago: Maybe your idea of fun is sailing in a boat along Lake Michigan. Then this is the show for you, at Navy Pier’s Festival Halls A & B, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago on Friday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12-15; kids 15 and under go free with a paying adult.

*Navy Pier’s Snow Days: Admission is free to this event at Gateway Park just west of the entrance to Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, Chicago. Professional teams from around the country and the world will be on hand for the celebration, which will include snow sculpting, snowboarding, competitions, demonstrations, kids activities and more. Hours are Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Lowe’s Build & Grow Kids Workshop: Teach your future homeowner how to work with tools at this free workshop where kids can create a Build-a Saurus dinosaur for free on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. at any Lowe’s. There are 50 kits available at each location, so get there early or register in advance. Participating kids will also get a free apron, a patch and a certificate of accomplishment.

*Kids Garage Sale: Missing garage sales in the middle of winter? This one is taking place on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Frankfort Park District Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St. in Frankfort. Expect to see a bunch of kids ages 5 to 14 selling their stuff.

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