It’s the perfect weekend to take in some of the local history and scenery. From a walking tour of Wilmette or a tour of Crab Tree Farm’s Arts & Crafts Collection to Deerfield’s Harvest Fest and the Flying Feet Fun Run (new addition to Glenview’s Flight Fest), there is a little something for everyone. Also, don’t miss out on an awesome opportunity to score some fabulous art at the Highwood Starving Artist Show – end of season pricing can’t be beat. Plus, the Salon Series by the Lake Forest Symphony kicks off with a salute to Gershwin!
For the Love of Gershwin
Sept. 22: 8 pm – 10 pm
Gorton Community Center , 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
Celebrate the beloved music of Gershwin with the dynamic artistry of clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle, pianist Miguel De La Cerna, and jazz vocalist Morgan Pirtle. You'll be swept away by nostalgic works including Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime, and more of the composers best loved songs. Salon Series concerts are intimate events at which patrons are treated to an evening of performance and conversation with Lake Forest Symphony musicians. Tickets: $50. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.
Highwood Starving Artists Show
Sept. 23 – 24: 10 am - 5 pm
Downtown Highwood, Green Bay Rd to North, Highwood
The Highwood Starving Artists Show is a wonderful change of pace; a different type of show. Artists will sell their odd pieces and clear their art inventory at this end-of-season outdoor show. This is a show where artists can discount, reduce, and generally sell off extra art inventory. Visitors can come looking for bargains on everything from jewelry to ceramics to fine art. Free and open to the public, the Highwood Starving Artists Show will showcase the work of up to 120 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. Live music, kid-friendly activities, and tasty treats also will be available for visitors to enjoy. For more info, click here.
Crab Tree Farm Arts and Crafts Collection Tour
Sept. 23: 10 am & 1 pm
Crab Tree Farm, 982 Sheridan Rd., Lake Bluff
Lake Bluff History Museum hosts a popular tour of the Crab Tree Farm Arts and Crafts Collection. Crab Tree Farm was built in 1910, after fire destroyed the original farm buildings. The buildings were designed and built, by Architect Solon Beman, as a model dairy farm for Grace Durand. Durand was a successful businesswoman who was trained in agricultural science and well known for her modern methods of dairy farming. The farm buildings have undergone extensive renovation since Durand’s time and now house the finest collection of Arts and Crafts furnishings in the country which is housed in five buildings. The tour lasts approximately 1 1⁄2 hours. Tickets: $35. Space is limited and advance purchase is required. For more info, click here or call 847-482-1571.
Walking tour of Downtown Wilmette
Sept. 24: 2 – 3:30 pm
Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette
Join John Jacoby, Wilmette Beacon columnist and former Village President, for a guided walking tour of downtown Wilmette. Hear about interesting examples of early 20th century commercial architecture as well as some of the people and businesses associated with them. The tour is free for Wilmette Historical Museum members and $5 for non-members. Advance registration is required and can be made by calling the Museum at (847) 853-7666 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The meeting place for the tour will be emailed to registered participants.
Sept. 23: All day long
Deerfield Rd. & Park. Ave., Deerfield
Begin the day by visiting the Farmers Market (7 a.m. to 12:30 pm). In addition to all the wonderful fruit, vegetables, plants and specialty foods, there will be kid’s activities from 8 a.m. to noon including: balloon creations, face painting, touch-a-truck and more. Then rest up and come back in the evening for free food, live music and fun. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Activities include annual Bags Tournament (registration closed), music by Rosie & the Rivets and Hi Infidelity, free hot dogs and corn provided by Fresh Thyme, dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes and beer, wine and water available for purchase. For more info, click here.
Flying Feet Fun Run – 5K and Family 1- Mile
Sept. 23: 8 am – 12 pm
Gallery Park (Behind Park Center), 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
Glenview has celebrated its naval air station history each fall with our annual Flight Fest. This year, let your feet fly around Gallery Park in an exciting 5K race or Family 1-Mile Fun Run. 5K and Family 1-Mile participants receive a performance T-shirt, chip timing, and can enjoy refreshments, 5K awards ceremony, live DJ, inflatables and Naval Air Station Glenview Museum information. Register in advance until Sept. 22. For more info, click here.