Family-friendly event in the historic West Ridge neighborhood that highlights sales and specials at local businesses along Devon Avenue, as well as refreshments, live music for adults and children, and quality family entertainment.
Heirloom Tomato Weekend celebrates all about tomatoes—all the colors, sizes and shapes. Activities are planned especially for kids and families—creating an herb mix (to create a delicious pasta sauce at home), playing tomato toss and “Sorting Supper,” searching for “Rainbows of Tomatoes” (tomato search), and more. In addition, displays and tours showcase the tomatoes growing at Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, the weekend’s chefs highlight recipes with heirloom tomatoes as part of the Garden Chef Series (demonstrations at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.), and staff and volunteer experts share tips for cooking with tomatoes, preserving tomatoes, saving seeds and solving tomato problems.
Bicyclists of all ages can ride the full perimeter of the Chicago Botanic Garden and end with a finish-line celebration. Participants can ride on the East and West Roads, enabling access to areas that are typically off-limits to bicyclists. Afterward, visit the festival area across from the McDonald Woods pavilion to check out vendors and learn more at information tables. The Bicycle Store will offer helmet and basic bicycle checks, as well as flat tire and basic maintenance clinics at 8 and 9 a.m.
Learn how you can help the monarch butterflies and their miraculous migration across the North American continent. Includes activities, games, face painting, arts, nature trunks, info on planting butterfly gardens and numerous partner booths sharing the work to support monarchs.
Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Their original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.
Features carnival rides, games, live music, a beer tent and food.
Enjoy a story and related craft and activity.
Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.
Any Baby Boomer of the 1960s or ‘70s remembers America's most famous TV pitchman: Chicagoan Ron Popeil. Popeil was a tireless innovator, clever inventor, and irrepressible pitchman who entered American homes with an endless array of gadgets and kitchen helpers, all designed to save time and money for consumers. Learn the Popeil story through “the art of the pitch” video interactive, step into the booth to make-your-own TV commercial to post on social media, and explore many of Popeil’s most popular gadgets at hands-on displays.
Free one-hour ance lessons by professional instructors and two hours of live music and dancing are presented as a part of the largest annual outdoor dancing series in the U.S. Swing, waltz, cha-cha…or simply enjoy the music.