I know you are not supposed to leave Chicago in the summer - one must take advantage of the good weather while you can. Unfortunately, work/family duties call so I must leave for a few days. But for those sticking by the golden rule, you will truly be rewarded. This weekend’s line up of events and activities is beyond fantastic, only adding salt to the wound and making me a little sad to miss all of the fun!
The Winnetka Music Festival
June 23: 6:30 – 9:30 pm; June 24: 10:30 am – 10 pm
Various venues throughout Downtown Winnetka, Elm St. & Green Bay Rd, Winnetka
The Innagural Winnetka Music Festival is a free 2-day immersion festival with touring artists performing throughout the Elm Street District in downtown Winnetka. Music will be performed across two main outdoor stages and two indoor stages as well as a Family stage. It’s your opportunity to find your new favorite artists and to literally discover new music, around every corner. A special stage dedicated to music for kids and music with kids will be happening throughout Saturday at the Family stage in Dwyer Park, including American Idol Finalist, Manny Torres and Voice contestant, Ethan Butler. In addition, there will be street musicians, craft beer and wine and food trucks throughout downtown. For a full schedule of events and venue map, click here.
Art in the Village
June 24 & 25: 10 am – 5 pm
Hubbard Woods Park, 939 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
In conjunction with the Winnetka Music Festival, the North Short Art League will be hosting its national juried show in Hubbard Woods Park The park, just north of the music festival, will be bustling with artists from across the country exhibiting their works to enthusiastic art buyers. For more info and list of participating artists, click here.
Art in the Park
June 24: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
Join your favorite Deerfield Park District Art instructors and the coaches at Hot Shot Sports for a dynamic group art activity and a variety of pick-up sports games. All materials are included for this free event! For more info: 847-945-0650.
National Bocce Tournament
June 20 -24
Highwood Bocce Club, 440 Bank Lane, Highwood
The Highwood Bocce Club will be hosting the 2017 United States Bocce Federation (USBF) National Championships. The Italian game of bocce is the world’s oldest sport, and has been described as a cross between bowling and shuffleboard. The tournament attracts the top players from across the country who compete for the national championship title, a $4,000 grand prize and more than $9,200 in total prize money. All competitive events (team and singles) are free and open to the public. For more info. click here.
Glenview Summer Fest
June 24: 9 am – 3:30 pm
Lehigh Avenue and Jackman Park, Glenview
Get ready for live music, cold beer, family fun, lots of shopping, and one very tall guy in shades. Organized by Glenview’s Chamber of Commerce, the Fest showcases a range of regional businesses and civic organizations and offers something for everyone – from restaurants to antique cars. Crowd favorites include Hackney’s, Scandinavian Ski Shop and Katy Boldt Jewelry, as well as the Glenview Fire Department’s fire pole and special entertainment and kid friendly activities. You’ll also find balloons, crafts, and maybe even puppies. Thirsty fair-goers can also stop by this year’s beer tent offering craft beers selections along with great summer standards. For more info. click here.
Pantry Palooza Rock 2 Stock Streetfest
June 24: 6 – 10 pm
Glenview Metra Parking Lot, 1930 Prairie, Glenview
The Northfield Township Food Pantry Auxiliary Board, in support of the Northfield Township Food Pantry, will host an outdoor evening of great food, music, dancing and fun. Live music will be performed by 97 Nine, Rock House favorite Van Houten and the Evanston School of Rock House Band. Local food vendors, beer, wine, dancing and family fun will complete the Streetfest. General admission is $15 at the door or in advance. Click here to purchase advance tickets. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. All proceeds benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry.
Trolley Tour of Local Celebrity Homes
June 24: 10 am – 12:30 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette
Hop on an old-fashioned trolley car for a special guided tour of Wilmette with stops outside the houses where Wilmette’s many celebrities once lived, including Ann-Margret, Bill Murray, Charlton Heston, and Jens Jensen. Enjoy stories about the local lives of some of these illustrious folk as you explore their old neighborhoods. Be sure to follow up by visiting the "Local Legends" exhibit, on the Museum's lower level. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Seating is very limited. Purchase tickets in advance by calling the Museum at 847-853-7666 or by clicking here.
Lake Bluff History Museum Auto Show
June 24: 3 – 7 pm
Lake Bluff Village Green, East Scranton Ave and Center Ave., Lake Bluff
Collectors of classic automobiles will showcase their vehicles during the fifth annual Lake Bluff History Museum Auto Show. The museum’s 1931 Lake Bluff Ice Truck and 1923 Ford Model T will be prominently displayed along with dozens of classic cars dating from 40, 50 … 80 years ago. The Model T will be raffled off during the event, with proceeds going to support the museum and ice truck. There is no charge to attend this popular, family-friendly event. Collectors of cars dating pre-1980 are invited to participate in the show. For more info, to register your car or to purchase Model T Raffle tickets call 847-482-1571 or click here.
Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest
June 24 & 25: 11 am – 6 pm
Downtown Evanston, Sherman & Church Streets, Evanston
In its 38th year, the newly rebranded Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest (formerly Evanston’s Fountain Art Festival) will feature works from more than 100 juried fine artists as well 30+ artists who make eco-friendly art from recycled products. The event also features craft beer and wine tastings (2-6 pm), music, educational workshops food and a kids’ art activity area. A $5 donation for adults is suggested. For more info, click here.
Festival of Fine Arts
June 24 & 25: 10 am – 5 pm
The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park
The Festival of Fine Arts is celebrating its 20th anniversary at The Art Center in Highland Park. The festival will showcase the work of 125 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats and enjoy live music, food and kids’ activities. For more info, click here.