September FUN Fest!!!!

We love fest! Here are a few for the mid September Month!!! Summer is almost over lets finish with a bang! Turn up! lol

FREE Chicago SummerDance Thu 13–Sat 15, 6–9:30pm; Sun 16, 4–7pm. Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden, 601 S Michigan Ave (312-742-4007, a rug, or at least learn how to at this annual series of couples dances Thursday through Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. A professional instructor conducts dance lessons for the first hour before you bust a move on the Grant Park pavement.

Guinness Oyster Fest Sat 15, Sun 16, 11am–10pm. 2000 W Roscoe St (773-868-3010, $7. Oyster shuckers and beer drinkers unite at this annual Roscoe Village get-together.

Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus Fri 21, 5–10pm; Sat 22, 11am–10pm; Sun 23, 11am–7pm. St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W Wellington Ave (773-868-3010, $5. West Lakeview’s annual Bavarian celebration will have you washing down brats with German beer. Kid-centric KinderFest is held on Sunday.

World Music Festival Fri 21–Sun 23. Several venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St (312-742-1938, times and prices vary. Globe-trot through music at this citywide, multi-venue annual fest, which includes free and ticketed concerts. It will be interesting to see the schedule without the fest’s former, beloved curator, Michael Orlove, who’s now with the NEA.

FREE Hyde Park Arts & Crafts Adventure Sat 22, 10am–6pm; Sun 23, 10am–5pm. 1526 E 55th St, outdoor court yard (312-751-2500, Venture out and explore arts and crafts workshops and demos.

World Music Festival Mon 24–Thu 27. Several venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St (312-742-1938, times and prices vary. Globe-trot through music at this citywide, multi-venue annual fest, which includes free and ticketed concerts. It will be interesting to see the schedule without the fest’s former, beloved curator, Michael Orlove, who’s now with the NEA.

* Chicago Gourmet Fri 28, 6–9pm Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph St. • Sat 29, noon–6pm; Sun 30, noon–5pm. Millennium Park, 55 N Michigan Ave (312-380-4128, $89–$250. If you’re still suffering from Top Chef withdrawal, make your way to Bon Appétit’s fifth annual celebration of local food and wine. Eat and drink your way through more than 100 Chicago restaurants and schmooze with chefs at cooking demos, tastings and book signings. The Hamburger Hop, a culinary showdown for the city’s best burger, kicks off the fest on Friday.

Long Grove Apple Festival Fri 28–Sun 30, 10am–6pm. Downtown Long Grove, quarter mile northwest of Routes 53 and 83, Long Grove (847-634-0888, $5. Apple-inspired treats ranging from brown-bag pies to cider, doughnuts, caramel lattes and martinis highlight this fall harvest fest. No word on any potential iPad giveaways.

* FREE Design Harvest Festival Sat 29, Sun 30, 11am–8pm. Grand Ave between Damen Ave and Wood St (312-850-9390, This pop-up-shop-style fair showcases contemporary and sustainable design objects, furniture and home and garden accessories by local vendors and creators. For its third year the fest features food trucks, hay rides and live music.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Sat 29, 1–10pm; Sun 30, 1–9pm. Various venues around Hyde Park, including Midway Plaisance, between 59th and 60th Sts, from Cottage Grove Ave to Stony Island Ave (773-665-4682, $TBA. The South Side arts haven gets jazzy with an outdoor festival in Midway Plaisance and concerts at various venues.

Randolph Street Market Festival Sat 29, 10am–6pm; Sun 30, 10am–5pm. 1350 block of W Randolph St (312-666-1200, $10, online $8, kids under 12 free. Holding both the Chicago Antique Market and Indie Designer Market, this fest is on the last weekend of every month through September. Stop in for vintage clothes and jewelry, a vinyl swap meet, a fancy food market and a global goods bazaar. Peruse antiques or bring your own for appraisal.

FREE Ravenswood ArtWalk Sat 29, Sun 30, 11am–5pm. Ravenswood Ave between Irving Park Rd and Lawrence Ave (773-883-8858, Roam around the North Side to take in local art, theater and live music.

Visit the Time Out Chicago Website for more info

End of the Summer Family Friendly FUN!

It’s August! That means its almost time to go back to school! But you have a few weeks to get in all the summer fun you can before its time for the kids to go to school. So here are a few of my picks of summer fun to get in before the end of August! Here are some great activities this August:

  • Retro on Roscoe
  • Where: 2000-2300 W Roscoe
  • Sat/Sun Aug. 11/12 2012

There are 3 main stages and 6 blocks of fun! (Artisans, antique vendors, local restaurant, & an antique car show) Money benefits the Roscoe Village Neighbors nonprofit organization to ensure excellency in advocacy of quality of life for their residents and neighbors.

For More Information: Retro on Roscoe

  • Family Fun Festival by Target
  • Where: Millenium Park’s Chase Promenade North
  • When: 10am – 3pm

The Family Fun Festival returns to Millennium Park is over September 3rd. The Family Fun Festival includes family performances and hands-on activities in the Family Fun Tent. The Family Fun Festival is sponsored byTarget and presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture.

For More Information: Explore Chicago

  • Under the Picasso
  • Where: Daley Civic Center
  • When: 12 noon – 1:00 pm each day

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events presents FREE cultural programs year round weekdays at Noon at the Daley Civic Center.

Friday, August 10 : Live musical & dance performances: Celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Chicago’s robust relationships with cities around the world. Chicago Sister Cities International presents the 7th annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival with international village filled with a rich variety of authentic ethnic food, merchandise and entertainment that will enliven the downtown Loop with tastes, sights and sounds of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods born from cities throughout the global community.

Monday, August 13 : India Independence Day: The Associations of Indian in America (AIA), celebrate India Independence Day with a raising of the flag and program.

Tuesday, August 14 : Flag Raising Ceremony, The Consulate General of Pakistan Chicago has official flag raising followed by program and music.

For More Information: Explore Chicago

  • 175 Days to Love Chicago
  • Various days & Events
  • Various Times

The City of Chicago celebrates its 175th birthday on March 4, 2012! Marking this important milestone are 175 days of special events, festivals, promotions and fun facts, March 4 – August 26, 2012. Find dining deals, shopping specials, and guided tours created exclusively for this celebration to marquee annual events such as the Taste of Chicago, Air and Water Show, and the Chicago Blues Festival. Discover hundreds of ways to enjoy all the city has to offer this year with 175 Days to Love Chicago.

For More Information: Explore Chicago

Hope these summer suggestions help! The girls and I will be checking them out as well!