Hold On Summer, We're Not Done With You Yet!

There’s an exciting event going on along our most famous stretch of Chicago real estate.
Chicago's magnificent mileThe Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival is the only shopping festival of its kind in the country. The 14-day gala includes celebrity appearances, fashion shows, culinary events, music concerts, hotel specials, sweepstakes and more.
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is the 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that runs from the banks of the Chicago River to the south up to Oak Street to the north.
The district’s 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and world-class attractions are participating in the celebration from Friday, August 24 through Thursday, September 6.
To find out all you can experience on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile over the next two weeks, visit themagnificentmile.com.
There is plenty going on during this late summer weekend. Have a great one!
Bucktown Arts Fest: This 27th annual festival includes more than 200 artists, musicians and performers on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Senior Citizens Memorial Park, at the intersection of Lyndale and Oakley, in Chicago. There will be food, live entertainment and a dance battle at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
Last Call Sidewalk Sale: More than 60 businesses along the main commercial streets of Wicker Park Bucktown, including Division, Damen, Milwaukee, North, Western, and Ashland, will take to the sidewalks and offer some of the deepest discounts of the year on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bash on Wabash: This 9th annual street festival on Wabash between 13th Street and 14th Place in the South Loop celebrates the cultural diversity of Chicago’s fastest growing community. It’s themed “Sweet Corn Chicago,” and includes fresh roasted corn, a Corn Bags Tournament, a kids area and live entertainment featuring some of Chicago’s hottest local acts on Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Suggested donation is $5 and benefits the Greater South Loop Association.
Randolph Street Market: This is the second-to-last outdoor summer event at historic Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington St., Chicago, on Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The urban antique market in the historic West Loop features 200 purveyors of high-quality “finds.” Admission is $8 online; $10 at the gate, and there is complimentary furniture delivery within downtown Chicago.
Taste of Latin America: Did you know that Chicago is home to consulates from 17 Latin American countries? Learn about the culture at this first-ever event, which will feature ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts and live entertainment on Friday, August 24, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, August 25-26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on West Armitage from Central Park Avenue to Avers St. in Chicago’s West Logan Square neighborhood.
Skokie Backlot Bash: The suburb is celebrating the end of summer with a festival that includes a business expo, a classic car show, carnival rides, a film festival, a 5K run and more. On Friday, the band Tributosaurus performs Tom Petty songs. Hours are Friday, August 24, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, August 26, noon to 8 p.m. on Oakton Street, between Lincoln and Laramie Avenues in Skokie.
Port Clinton Art Festival and Taste of Highland Park: This 29th annual gala is one of the most successful juried art festivals in the country and will feature more than 260 artists on Saturday and Sunday at Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Avenue, Highland Park. The 6th annual Taste of Highland Park runs concurrently with the festival and features foods from many of the North Shore suburb’s eateries.
Four-Star Bike Tour: Now here’s a way to really see the city. On Sunday, August 26, bikers can choose from one of four routes, ranging from 12 to 62 miles, each exploring Chicago’s vibrant neighborhoods, lush parks and historic architecture. The tours begin at the UIC campus, at the corner of Morgan and Taylor Streets; times vary by route, and registration ranges from $15 to $42, with proceeds benefiting the Active Transportation Alliance. Bike rentals are available.