It’s Still Summer Enough to Camp

September 07, 2012

Want to get out of your Chicago new homes this weekend and sleep in a park?

Chicago new homes owner eventsThe Chicago Park District is hosting Nature Oasis: Family Camping from Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. through Sunday, September 9 at 10 a.m. at Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave., Chicago.

Learn basic camping principles, take a nature hike, enjoy a campfire and sleep in a tent, and you barely have to pack a thing.

The fee is $50 per family, and what you get in return are sleeping bags, tents, dinner and breakfast and security.

For more information or to register, e-mail

If you prefer the comfort of your own bed but still want to get out and do something this weekend, here are some other events around Chicagoland:

Chicago Neighborhood Tour: Visit Beverly, Chicago’s historic Irish neighborhood, and get a behind-the-scenes look at architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Burley Griffin, a 19th-century mansion not normally open to the public and the Vanderpoel Collection of American Art on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10-2:30 p.m. Check in at 9:30 a.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St. Admission is $35 for adults and $30 for children, seniors and students. Call 312-742-1190 to reserve your spot.

Fall Design Center Sample Sale: Find pieces from the top names in furniture, area rugs, fabrics, lighting, accessories, outdoor and more at a savings of up to 75 percent at the Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, floors 6 and 15-18. Hours are Friday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

Renegade Craft Fair: This 10th annual fair will feature hundreds of indie craft makers, interactive workshops, a pop-up vintage market, live music and more in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood along Division Street between Damon and Paulina on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free.

Antiques and Treasures in the Field: More than 50 dealers from across the Midwest will be selling their goodies on Sunday, September 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Deerpath Middle School, 95 W. Deerpath, Lake Forest. Admission is $10, children are free; proceeds benefit the local chapter of the Infant Welfare Society.

Festival de La Vilita: Chicago’s Hispanic community will celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain and South-of-the-Border culture at the 23rd annual Festival de La Vilita (Little Village Festival) at 2600 S. Kostner in the Little Village neighborhood on Friday, Sept. 7, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, 2-11 p.m. A parade steps off at noon on Sunday at 3100 W. Albany.

Fall Harvest Festival: This event, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-4 p.m. at the Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago, celebrates the summer garden and its bounty and will include organic gardening demonstrations, hands-on crafts and cooking demonstrations. Admission is $2 per person.

Have a great weekend!

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