There Could Be a New Friend in Your Future

October 05, 2012

It’s October and that means fall. Wouldn’t your Chicago new home look better with a homemade scarecrow perched outside?

chicago new homeThe Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette, is hosting a free Make a Scarecrow event this Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring in some old clothes to outfit your new friend; the Chalet will provide the straw. While at the Chalet, check out all the fall bulbs that are ready to be planted in your garden right now.

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Want more scarecrows? Then you must check out the St. Charles Scarecrow Fest along the Fox River at 450 W. Main St. in the western suburb.

The event will include an arts and crafts show, live entertainment, kids activities and a Scarecrow Contest featuring more than 150 hands-crafted scarecrows made by residents.

Admission, parking, parking shuttles and trolleys are free. Hours are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Kids can make mini scarecrows at the Fall Bulb Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival will include other family activities plus live music, a chance to shop at more than 20 of the Garden’s favorite local vendors, and the 13th annual bulb sale, which will feature more than 200 varieties of specialty bulbs primed for fall planting.

Admission is free; parking is $20 per car. Proceeds from the event will support the Garden’s Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest community gardening programs.

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Here are a few more events this weekend around Chicagoland in which you may or may not find scarecrows:

Northtown Garden Society Recycled Garden Book and Tool Sale: This free event at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave., Chicago, includes used holiday garden decor and donated perennials and other plants. Proceeds benefit Northtown Garden Society community-service projects.

Fall Flea Market: Jayson Home, 1885 N. Clybourn, Chicago, is hosting its fifth annual sale featuring vintage and antique furniture, artwork, lighting and more in a tent on Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food trucks will be on site, and the store is offering free local delivery all weekend.

Chicago Marathon: Runners, and their cheerleaders, from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will be at Grant Park in Chicago on Sunday, Oct. 7 for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Many of the runners are raising funds for charity. A post-race party will take place in Grant Park’s Butler Field.

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