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Old Town art fair in Chicago - June 11, 12 This is one of the biggest summer art fairs in Chicago. It’s stretches through several blocks through a neighborhood a couple miles north of the downtown area. By public transportation I think you would take the brown line el train to the Sedgwick stop (but I’m not sure about that). www.oldtowntriangle.com
Chicago Blues Festival – in Grant Park June 10 through 12. Largest blues festival in the world. Grant Park is along the lake in downtown Chicago. Admission is free. www.explorechicago.org
Custer Street art fair in Evanston – June 18 and 19. Outdoors on Custer Street. Lots of artists and craftsmen, entertainment, music, and food. This is a very popular street fair and depending on where you live, you might be able to walk to it. Otherwise, catch the el train and get off at the Main Street stop in Evanston. www.custerfair.com.
Taste of Chicago – June 24 to July 3 in Grant Park. This is the BIG summer food festival in Chicago and it’s all about eating, although there is entertainment and live music in the evening. Lots of great regional and ethnic food, but it can get pricey.
Independence day (July 4th ) parade in Evanston. The parade goes down Central Street, west of Ridge Avenue. Early in the day people put their lawn chairs along the parade route to save a viewing space. It’s a long parade, but very popular in Evanston and a lot of fun to watch. www.evanston4th.org
July 4th fireworks in Evanston are on the lakefront. One of the best places to watch is from NU’s campus behind Norris center. If you want a double night of fireworks, Wilmette has its fireworks display on July 3rd at Gilson Park beach, about 1 ? miles north of the NU campus.
July 4th fireworks in Chicago are at Navy Pier.
Other fireworks – Navy Pier has fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night all summer long.
Lakeshore Arts Festival at Dawes Park in Evanston – August 6 and 7. This is a much smaller art fair (no bands or other entertainment) but it’s in the park on the lake, so it’s a pretty setting.
Lollapalooza at Grant Park – August 5-7. This music festival is legendary and features about 80 bands! Tickets are pretty expensive, but it’s very popular for the college and twenty-something age group. www.lollapalooza.com
Chicago Air and Water Show – August 20 and 21. Extremely popular air show features military planes performing exhibition flying over the lake. Over 2 million people attend, so watch out for crowds! Best viewing is at North Avenue Beach or Oak Street Beach
Evanston Farmer’s market – every Saturday morning in the parking lot at University Ave. and Oak St. Fresh produce and flowers from local farmers.
SummerDance - if you like to dance, SummerDance takes place every Thursday through Sunday evening throughout the summer in Grant Park (Chicago). First there’s a dance lesson (could be samba, salsa, hip hop) followed by a couple hours of dancing. www.explorechicago.org
Millenium Park concerts. Concerts in the park every Wednesday through Sunday. Some nights classical, some nights jazz, etc. Bring food and a blanket for picnicking. Admission is free www.milleniumpark.org or www.grantparkmusicfestival.com
Ravinia Park – music festival about 20 minutes north of Evanston in Highland Park. The metra train stops right at the park. Everything from pop rock to classical to musical theatre. Tickets for pavilion seating range from $25 to $60, but most people get lawn tickets for $10 and bring food/chairs/candles for picnics. Ravinia is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which performs at Symphony Center in Chicago from September to May. www.ravinia.org
Chicago Botanic Gardens - also in Highland Park. You can take the metra train north to the Braeside stop and walk less than a mile west to the gardens, or on Sundays you can take the train to the Glencoe stop, and then catch a trolley to the Gardens. There’s no charge to walk or ride a bike in to the gardens, only to park. I will definitely call you when I’m going. www.chicagobotanic.org
Northbrook Days – You would need a car, but Northbrook (another suburb) has an old-fashioned fair with carnival rides, games and entertainment in early August. If you ever saw the movie Grease, it’s like that! Northbrook is about 20 minutes from Evanston.
Cubs and Sox baseball games, of course! Both are accessible by the el train.
Lakefront bikepath – if you have bikes, you can go all the way to the city. There are also paths that go through the forest preserves north to the Botanic Gardens.
Architectural boat tour – the boats start on the Chicago River (at Michigan Avenue) and go out into Lake Michigan for a view of the city’s architecture. This is a wonderful way to see the skyline and learn about Chicago’s history/architecture. One popular tour company is www.chicagoline.com but there are several others.
Horse racing at Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights, about ? hour west of Evanston. If you like to watch horses racing, this is a beautiful venue. By public transportation, you would take the metra south to the Clybourne stop, then switch to the northwest line to Arlington Park. www.arlingtonpark.com.
NU concerts/plays. NU is famous for its school of music, and all of the performances are great. Check the NU calendar for events at Pick-Staiger concert hall (at the lakefront), and the other performance venues.