Suburbs — and City — Brimming with Festivities

June 22, 2012

Some new metro Chicago real estate is being celebrated this weekend.

The Village of Skokie is hosting a community celebration on Sunday, June 24 to honor the opening of the CTA Yellow Line Station on Oakton and Skokie Blvd. in Skokie.

The $20 million station near the Illinois Science + Technology Park began service on April 30 but doesn’t offer a parking lot. That’s because $14 million of the funding came from the federal Clean Air Act, which required Skokie to build a “Kiss and Ride” station.

Sunday’s festivities will be from 2 to 4 p.m. around the new station and will include the dedication, free entertainment and Oberweis ice cream, a sculpture dedication and a kiddie bike parade on the new multi-use path just west of the new station between Searle Parkway and Oakton Street.

Want to ride the train? The fare is $2.25 each way between Oakton and Dempster; kids under seven ride free.

For more information, visit skokie.net.

Skokie isn’t the only Chicago suburb hosting a celebration this weekend. Here’s a sampling at some of the happenings up north:

Fountain Square Art Festival: This 33rd annual fest is one of the largest and oldest fine arts fair on the North Shore and includes more than 225 juried artists, a children’s art tent, food and live music. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Church Street and Sherman Avenue in downtown Evanston. Suggested donation is $5; proceeds benefit the Evanston Chamber of Commerce.

Festival of Fine Craft: This two-day celebration of the visual arts features fine art for perusal and sale, art demonstrations, kids activities, live musical performances, a silent auction and festival food in downtown Highland Park at Sheridan and Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wheeling International Fest: This is the first annual celebration of the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago and will include a day of global enlightenment through food, drink, live entertainment and family fun from dozens of cultures. The event takes place at the Center, 9930 Capital Dr., Wheeling, on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Long Grove Strawberry Festival: This tribute to the fruit is Long Grove’s oldest festival and includes kids activities, a pie-eating contest at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, lots of tasty treats and more along Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin Roads in Long Grove on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 22-24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday is open until 8 p.m. Admission is $5; kids 12 and under are free.

Don’t worry, Chicagoans, there’s stuff going on in Chicago too:

Randolph Street Market: This is vintage flea-market shopping at its best, and it takes place inside historic Plumbers Hall, 1340 w. Washington Blvd., Chicago, on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 in advance; $10 at the gate; kids under 12 are free, and there’s complimentary furniture delivery within downtown Chicago.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: A spectacular musical lineup will appear at Ellis Park, 37th Street and Cottage Grove in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Historic Church Tour: In conjunction with the Chicago Gospel Music Fest, take a tour of three historic Bronzeville churches that each played a role in the birth of Gospel music. The free 90-minute tours depart at 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. from Ellis Park. Register onsite.

Chicago Pride Fest: This fest celebrating GLBT pride takes place on Friday, June 22 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Halsted and Waveland in Chicago, where there will be live entertainment on two stages, arts & crafts, food and other vendors. A suggested donation at the gate benefits the Northalsted Business Alliance.

Chicago Pride Parade: In conjunction with the Pride Fest, the parade has a new route this year that expands the celebration by five blocks to accommodate the massive crowds. The fun steps off at noon on Sunday, June 24 at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and travels to Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. There is no charge to participate and pets are welcome.

No matter where you live, have a great weekend around Chicagoland!

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