What Will Drive You This Weekend?

February 09, 2012

When you leave your Chicago real estate this weekend, you can get in a car and go check out some other cars at the nation’s largest car show.

The 2012 Chicago Auto Show is rolling into town this week and has set up shop in about 1 million square feet at McCormick Place on Lake Shore Drive at 23rd Street in Chicago.

The show will be open from Friday, February 10 through Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $11 for those ages 13-61, $7 for seniors ages 62 and up, and $7 for children ages 7-12. Kids 6 and younger enter for free with a paying adult. You can buy tickets in advance at drivechicago.com.

There are also times and places to get discounted tickets. Check out chicagoautoshow.com for that information.

Looking for other ways to spend the weekend around Chicagoland? Here are a few:

Luminous Field by Luftwerk: From Friday, Feb. 10 through Monday, Feb. 20, Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean,” at Millennium Park will be transformed into a sight and sound show by Chicago artist ensemble Luftwerk. Each night will also include free family programs, concerts and dance performances in an adjacent heated tent. Luminous Field will be on view Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Park at Michigan Ave. and Washington St.

The Vintage Bazaar: This two-day indoor market at DANK Haus, 4740 N. Western in Lincoln Square, will feature more than 40 vintage vendors of decor, furniture, jewelry and more over two floors on Saturday, Feb. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be food, drinks, live music and free gift bags to the first 100 shoppers. Admission is $5; kids are free.

Spring Flower Show: This free annual event runs through May 13 at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago, where you can see the direct descendants of the great Azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. It might be a mild winter, but it’s still an ugly one. View some beautiful flowers daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic: Get your home shopping done while entertaining your children at any Chicago-area Lowe’s on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, where this clinic will have young carpenters building a Valentine card creator for free and just in time for Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to register but you can. If you don’t, get there early because kits might run out.

Finally, Saturday, February 11 is World Happy Day. For such a special day, we need a separate post. Check back to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum tomorrow for that story.

Have a happy weekend!

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