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Fall is quickly approaching as the weather is beginning to turn cooler and leaves are falling from trees already.  However, here in Chicago, "the change of a season" is welcomed with open arms, and this weekend's line-up of outdoor events proves it!

The German-American Festival located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood at 4700 N. Lincoln Avenue is celebrating its 90th year by featuring German fare such as brats, smoked sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, German cakes along with beer and wine for sale, folk dancers, live music and much more.  In conjunction with this festival, the 45th Annual Von Steuben Parade, which pays tribute to General Von Steuben's contribution to the U.S. military in 1777, steps off from Lincoln Avenue and Irving Park Road on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  The parade proceeds along Lincoln Avenue, north to Wilson Avenue, west to Western Avenue and then north to the festival site at Leland Avenue.

The Festival de la Villita located in the Pilsen/Little Village neighborhood at 2600 S. Kostner Avenue is celebrating its 21st year of Mexican Independence from Spanish rule by featuring Mexican food from over 100 vendors, arts and crafts, DJs, live music and more.  In conjunction with this festival, the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade will take place on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. with its annual procession that travels west along 26th Street beginning at Albany Avenue and ending at Festival de la Villita at Kostner Street.

The Chicago Beer Society Picnic located in the Forest Glen/Sauganash neighborhood at 4700 W. Foster Avenue will be hosting its annual party at LaBagh Woods this Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., which includes competitions for the best chili, salsa, ribs, other barbecued meats and desserts.  Plenty of craft beers will be on hand as well.  Bring a lawn chair and games, and, if you bring a "dish to share", you can get in for $5.

The Ukrainian Village Fest located in the West Town neighborhood at 2245 W. Superior Street will be hosting its annual outdoor neighborhood fest by featuring ethnic Ukraine cuisine for sale, games, live Ukrainian dance and music, a beer garden, raffle prizes and more.

The Wells Street Fall Fest located in the Old Town neighborhood at 1330 N. Wells Street (between North and Evergreen Avenues) will be celebrating its 8th annual fest, formerly known as either the Wine Crush in Old Town or the Old Town Crush, Music & Comedy Fest, by featuring wine tastings, food from local restaurants, and a steak-grilling contest judged by none other than Alpana Singh host of "Check, Please!" on Saturday.  Also on hand will be three stages of live music, a new juried show with 60 artists and carnival games.

The 79th Street Renaissance Fest located in the Englewood/Auburn/Gresham neighborhood at 1200 W. 79th Street will host its 5th annual neighborhood festival this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. by featuring food vendors, a marketplace, live music and kids' activities.

The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts located in the Boystown neighborhood at 3200 N. Broadway Avenue will host its annual fest by featuring over 150 juried artists in a wide variety of media along with a beer and wine garden, food vendors, live music, kids' activities and a pop-up gallery for emerging artists.

The Lincoln Park Art Faire located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood at 2045 N. Lincoln Park West is hosting its 13th annual faire featuring original works, also in a variety of media, by 100 artists as well as food vendors, live music and an open-air studio for artists of all ages to release their inner creativity!

And finally, one of Chicago's most exciting "change of a season" takes place Sunday at Noon with the Chicago Bears hosting the Detroit Lions in their season opener at Soldier Field.  Not able to score, or afford, a ticket?  Here's an alternative -

Da'Pig Roast hosted by Casey Moran's located at 3660 N. Clark Street in the Wrigleyville neighborhood opens its doors at 10:00 a.m. to feature a variety of drink specials, a brunch buffet ($10) consisting of roasted pig, eggs, bacon, corn bread and more, and 36 52" TVs to cheer Da' Bears onto their "first" victory - may we never look back after that!!

Nothing beats the "change of a season" - GO BEARS!!!  Do You Agree?


Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 3:40 PM by Dean's Team


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