It’s all about art, shopping and imbibing this weekend. There are two great art festivals, two great sidewalk sales that include lots of activities for the kids (touch a truck in HP), a great wine tasting and one of my personal faves – a Bloody Mary festival! Also not to be missed, the Chicago Open Figure Skating Championship!


Chicago Open Figure Skating Championship
July 28 - July 30
Glenview Ice Center, 1851 Landwehr Rd., Glenview 

A thrilling U. S. Figure Skating Competition that draws 200+ participants from the Midwest and beyond. Free for spectators. For a full competition schedule, click here.


Downtown Evanston and Main-Dempster Mile Sidewalk Sale
July 28, July 29 – 30: 11 am – 5 pm
Downtown Evanston, Sherman Ave., between Davis & Church Streets/Main St & Dempster St., Evanston 

Independent retailers and national chains will set up shop with too-good-to-resist deals on the sidewalks throughout downtown. Find great deals on apparel, shoes, one-of-a-kind accessories and decorative arts, including the best in specialty and hand-crafted goods. In addition, there will be fun, free entertainment throughout the weekend as well as free pedicab rides on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm to shuttle shoppers to and from each location. For more info, click here.


Kids, Rigs & Heroes – Part of HP Sidewalk Sale (July 27 – 29, 9 am – 5 pm, click here for more info about sale)
July 29: 11 am – 2 pm
Central Avenue East/S Parking Lot, one block east of St. Johns Ave., Highland Park 

Come and meet our community heroes and explore some of their cool vehicles, cars and trucks. The Highland Park Police Department, Highland Park Fire Department, CERT, Highland Park Department of Public Works, the United States Marine Corps, and KEYTH Security will have vehicles for the children to explore and personnel onsite to meet and greet the children. Check out a Fire Truck, Police Cruiser, Police Ambulance, Humvee Gun Trucks, Construction Vehicle and Superhero Vans! For more info, click here.


Glencoe Festival of Art
July 29 & 30: 10 am – 5 pm
Downtown Glencoe, Green Bay Rd. at Park & Vernon Avenues, Glencoe 

Free and open to the public, the Glencoe Festival of Art will showcase the work of more than 110-juried artists from across the country in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and wood. In addition to the incredible artwork available for purchase, attendees will be able to interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Kids will also have the opportunity to participate in art scavenger hunts throughout the weekend. For more info and a list of participating artists, click here.


Glenview Summer Art Fair
July 29 & 30: 11 am – 5 pm
Lyons School, Lake Street & Waukegan Rd., Glenview 

Glenview’s 64th Annual Summer Art Fair 2017 hosts fine art and fine crafts in a beautiful setting. Enjoy children’s activities such as face painting, delicious food from a local food vendor, as well as wandering musicians! For more info, click here.


Taste of Good Grapes
July 29: 7 – 10 pm
Good Grapes, 821 Chestnut Ct., Winnetka 

It’s the wine tasting event of the season - the 8th Annual Taste of Good Grapes! Sample 50+ wines under the stars while raising money for Kohl Children's Museum. Tickets: $35 per person. If Good Grapes cancels the event due to weather, the ticket value can be used for in store purchase. For more info, click here.


Bloody Mary Fest
July 30: 10 am – 5 pm (rain or shine)
Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood 

Mixologists from near and far will shake up their special recipes and compete for the title of the Best Bloody Mary in the Midwest. Judged by a panel of “celebrity experts” and “the people,” contestants will be evaluated on a combination of categories ranging from taste, presentation, garnish and more!  Attendees will have more than 22 different Bloody Mary vendors to choose from. For more info, click here.


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