Enjoy Father’s Day Weekend Around Chicago!

June 15, 2012

There’s plenty to do around the Chicago area this weekend, including learning about one of Chicago real estate‘s most famous architects.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and StudioFrank Lloyd Wright started his career in Chicago. His road to becoming a brilliant designer was filled with many little known detours, but they helped to contribute to his lasting fame and reputation.

A new exhibit that opens Sunday explores Wright’s formative years through seldom-seen illustrations and original artifacts crated during the early period of his life and career.

Wright’s Roots will be on display at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St., Chicago from June 17 through September 30, 2012.

Here are some events that will be around only this weekend:

Artists of the Wall Festival: Add a piece of yourself to the city. Help repaint the seawall at Loyola Park. The 2012 theme is “Barefoot in the Sand.” The fee is $30 to reserve a section of the wall to paint, but it’s free to watch and listen to music. The painting project will take place at 1230 W. Greenleaf, Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Barrington Country Garden and Antiques Faire: This 12th annual event supports Hands of Hope, which helps women and children in crisis. Tour beautiful gardens and peruse an antique and garden boutique featuring 18 local merchants at 800 Hart Rd. in Barrington on Friday and Saturday, June 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $50. Call 847-381-7367 for more information.

Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts: Evanston’s 41st annual event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the heart of the historic Main Street Station Shopping District from Chicago Ave. and Main St. to Washington St. There will be hundreds of arts and crafts exhibitors, plus live entertainment, healthy food and cooking demonstrations.

Puerto Rican Parade: Celebrate Puerto Rican culture with this 46th annual parade that starts at noon on Saturday, June 16 at Columbus Dr. and Balbo Dr. in downtown Chicago.

Puerto Rican People’s Parade: Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican community will celebrate this 34th annual parade along Division Street from Western to Sacramento on Saturday, June 16 starting at 2:30 p.m.

Chicago Pizza Fest: After spending 2007 and 2008 in the DePaul neighborhood, this 3rd annual event returns at a new location, at Wilson and Broadway in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 from noon to 10 p.m. There will be pizza, of course, plus live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors and an opportunity to vote for your favorite ‘za.

The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate: This 13th annual YWCA Evanston/North Shore event honors the late Ricky Byrdson, who was gunned down in his Evanston neighborhood. The walk/run/youth race starts at Long Field, at Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street in Evanston, on Sunday, June 17. Registration begins at 6:15 a.m.

Father’s Day Bike Ride: This event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 17 at Eli’s Cheesecake world, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago. There will be a free continental breakfast for participants at 8:45 a.m. and the 10-mile ride will begin at 9:45 a.m. There will be free safety inspections and 20 percent off all helmets on Saturday, June 16 at Rudy’s Cycle & Fitness, 5711 Irving Park Rd., Chicago.

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