Summer's Ending, But There's Still Stuff To Do

The busy summer season around Chicago is winding down, but that doesn’t mean that gardening duties are done.
Chicago’s Lurie Garden is hosting its first-ever Fall Festival and Plant Sale on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the southeast edge of Millennium Park.
The event offers late-season planting opportunities for metro Chicago real estate gardeners, as well as hands-on gardening tips that will help you enjoy fall colors while preparing for next year’s gardening season.
There will be free garden tours, free tastings of honey made from the garden’s first beehive, tons of stuff for kids and a ladybeetle release at 11 a.m.
Quart-sized plants are $5 and gallons are $10; only cash and checks will be accepted. Also be sure to bring your own bags or boxes to transport your plants home.
All proceeds will support programming at Lurie Garden, which is located at 201 E. Randolph Street, between Michigan and Columbus Avenues. For more information, visit
11th Annual County Fair: This is Chicago’s original urban hoedown and will feature hands-on activities, live music, a garden harvest showcase, a petting zoo, a farmers market and food preservation and composting demonstrations. Admission is $5; children ages three and under are free. The fair will be on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Avenue, Chicago.
Adopt A Beach Clean Up with Nature Oasis: Did you know that Lake Michigan affects your everyday life? Find out how when you help the Great Lakes Alliance conduct a beach cleanup to make the lake cleaner and safer. Registration is required for this free event, which will take place at Montrose Beach on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (312) 742-4914 to register.
Shred It & Forget It: The Better Business Bureau that serves Chicago and northern Illinois is hosting this event at West Suburban Bank, 8001 S. Cass Avenue in Darien, where residents can shred up to 10 boxes of personal documents in an effort to protect their identities. There will also be free electronics recycling. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.
Family Sports Festival: World Sport Chicago is hosting this free event at Armour Square Park, 3309 S. Shields Avenue, Chicago, less than 1,000 feet north of U.S. Cellular Field, on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There families can try out more than 25 sports and get information on where you can be active around Chicago. There will also be booths for the White Sox, Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Fire, live entertainment and more at this celebration of sports and health.
Friends of Lake Forest Library Sale: This 36th annual event is one of the nation’s premiere book sales, offering more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs and more to fill up your home’s bookshelves. Held at the Lake Forest Recreation Center gymnasium, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest, hours are Friday, September 16, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teachers get 10 percent off on Saturday, and on Sunday, everyone gets everything at 50 percent off.
Highwood Last Call Art Fair: If you missed all the summer art fairs, here’s one last one to find the perfect piece for your home. More than 130 juried artists will be exhibiting and selling art; many pieces for less than $100. The show, sponsored by the Highwood Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sheridan Road and Highwood Avenue in Highwood.
Have a great weekend around Chicagoland!