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There’s More Going On Than the NATO Summit

May 18, 2012

Yes, the first NATO summit meeting in the United States outside of Washington D.C. is in Chicago this weekend. For information all about it, click Chicago Real Estate Forum.

But there is more going on around Chicagoland this weekend than politics and protests, so this to-do post has NADA to do with NATO.

Here are some happenings around town this weekend:

53rd Annual Hyde Park Garden Fair: Chicago’s oldest community garden fair will feature thousands of annuals, perennials, vines, trees and shrubs for sale at the Hyde Park Shopping Center, 55th Street and South Lake Park, Chicago, on Friday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Skokie Festival of Cultures: This 22nd annual ‘Tour of the World’ features two days of ethnic folk music and dance, arts and crafts, international children’s games, tons of food, dozens of cultural booths and displays and a merchandise bazaar at Oakton Park, 4701 W. Oakton St., Skokie on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A Bloomin’ Festival: In its 46th year, Midwest’s premier plant sale will include more than 25,000 annuals, perennials, fruit and vegetable plants, native wildflowers, ornamental grasses, shrubs, vines, baked goods and more, all suited for the Chicago area, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your garden tools to have them sharpened.

Spring Plant Sale and Open House: The Cheney Mansion, 220 N. Euclid Ave. in Oak Park, is opening its doors on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its 15th annual Spring Plant Sale, which will feature hardy perennials grown on the mansion’s two acres of property. While there, enjoy cooking demonstrations, food samples, dance performances and a free tour of the mansion, which was designed in 1913 by Charles E. White, Jr., a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Great Parker Garage Sale: This sale will include housewares, furniture, art, electronics and more in the Big Gym at Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Parker Scholarship Fund.

Organic Greenhouse Plant Sale: More than 150 varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants organically grown at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, will be sold on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This annual fundraiser supports the greenhouse and its work to connect kids to nature and healthy foods.

Easy Being Green Fest: If you attend the Plant Sale at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can also check out this Green Fest, which will feature hands-on cooking projects, truck-farm tours, seed planting, worm composting demos, food art projects, yoga, raffles with great local prizes and more. Fee is $5; proceeds will go toward the construction of the Natures Playground.

Half-Priced Plant Sale and Gardening Q&A: If you miss the Plant Sale at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, over the weekend, there will be a limited quantity of seedlings at half price at the Greenhouse on Wednesday, May 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., where Master Gardeners of Cook County Chicago-University of Illinois Extension will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

Have a great, safe weekend!

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