Lots to Explore this First Weekend of Fall

September 21, 2012

chicago area activitiesWant some ideas on how to deck out your Chicago new home? Check out the inaugural EXPO CHICAGO going on now in the Festival Hall at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand.

This new international exposition of art features up to 100 art galleries showcasing a mix of contemporary and modern art, design, culture and new mediums. The exhibit takes advantage of the Hall’s expansive space and ceiling height with large exhibitor stands, special exhibitions, large-scale installations and patron amenities.

EXPO CHICAGO is Friday and Saturday, September 21-22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, September 23, noon to 6 p.m. Click the link for more information about tickets and a courtesy shuttle.

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The Deerfield Area Historical Society is hosting its 37th Annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Deerfield Historic Village, 517 Deerfield Road in the North Shore suburb.

The day will include live entertainment, a cookie contest, kids activities, heritage craft demonstrations, a classic car show and a chance to explore five historic properties, including Lake County’s oldest building, the Caspar Ott log house, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.

Admission is free. All profits raised at the Deerfield Area Historical Society’s Fall Festival will help restore the buildings in the Deerfield Historic Village.

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Chicago Neighborhood Tour: This Saturday, Sept. 22, the focus is on historic Pullman, a model community designed for employees of George Pullman’s rail car factory. Learn about the experiment at the Pullman Visitor Center and see artifacts and photos from the town’s heyday. Meet at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for children and seniors.

25th Annual Apple Fest: This Lincoln Square/Ravenswood festival will bring the community together to welcome fall on Saturday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 4700 block of North Lincoln Avenue between W. Leland and W. Lawrence. The event will feature local musicians, a kids area and dozens of vendors, many featuring apples.

The Les Turner ALS Walk4Life: One of the world’s largest ALS gatherings, thousands of walkers will take the two-mile hike down the lakefront on Saturday, September 22 starting at Soldier Field. In its 10-year history, the walk has raised more than $7 million. The day also will include lots of entertainment.

World Music Festival: More than 70 free performances by musicians from around the world will take place from Friday, Sept. 21 through Thursday, Sept. 27 at different venues around Chicago, including the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Click the link for the schedule. The festival is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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