First Weekend of Spring Full of Potential

March 23, 2012

Spring has sprung: This is a great time to freshen up your metro Chicago real estate, and there just so happens to be a free home show this weekend to get you started.

The DuPage County Home Improvement & Landscaping Expo 2012 will have more participants and displays than ever to get you started on renovation projects both inside and out of your home.

The event offers hundreds of exhibits and top professional representatives from both local and national home-improvement and landscaping companies, plus giveaways, prizes, live entertainment, stuff for the kids, food and more.

Parking and admission are free. The show will be open on Friday, March 23 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for more information and to print a coupon for a free gift.

Here are some other events going on around Chicagoland this weekend:

*Home & Business Expo: The 30th annual Crystal Lake Home & Business EXPO will feature 140 local businesses and organizations at Crystal Lake High School, 1200 South McHenry Avenue, Crystal Lake, on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be giveaways, raffles, food and fun. You’ll have a chance to meet the leaders and organizations that make a difference in the community and learn about volunteer opportunities. Parking and admission are free.

*Spring Fling: The Randolph Street Market is hosting this indoor-outdoor urban antique show that will feature 200 purveyors of vintage furnishings, collectibles, clothing and more. If you find something fabulous, there is complimentary furniture delivery within downtown Chicago. There is a charge to enter the festival for anyone over age 12, and you can get discounted tickets online. Onsite parking is free. Hours are Saturday, March 24, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plumbers Hall, 1340 Washington, Chicago.

*MMM Kickoff Event: The Alliance for a Greener South Loop is starting a Meatless Mondays in May (MMM) program, and this Saturday, March 24 from noon to 2 p.m. is a kickoff event at South Loop Community Church, 1347 S. State Street, Chicago, where you can sample meatless items, learn about the environmental benefits of eating less meat and how to get involved in this Earth-friendly campaign. The event is free, but participants are asked to bring a food donation for the church’s food pantry. Click the link to RSVP.

*Maple Syrup Festival: Experience the entire maple syrup-making process, take a walk through the sugar bush, hear some stories make a craft and taste real maple syrup at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is required for this free event.

*Winter Wildlife Walk: This free Chicago Park District program will discuss what nature has been doing to survive the cold. I’d be curious to hear if that nature acted differently this year during our mild winter. The walk will start at the Clarence Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. Register at 312-742-4600.

*Macy’s Flower Show: Starting Sunday, March 25, the ninth floor at Macy’s on State Street will be transformed into “Brasil: Garden in Paradise,” a tropical world inspired by the plants and flowers of Brazil. The show will be open during store hours through April 7, but on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can meet with University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and get your gardening questions answered.

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