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Despite the fact that NATO's Summit weekend has arrived and is pretty much taking over the City with protesters and closures of all sorts, Chicagoans are gearing up to leave NATO in the dust by heading out towards the City's further neighborhoods and metro area!

NATO is partnering with the City of Chicago to present the 14th annual Chicago Kids & Kites Festival on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Avenue) by providing 5,000 kite kits along with pictures of flags and fun facts about representative countries to assist the children as they decorate their kites.  This festival also features many activities such as balloon artists, face-painters, painting a kite-shaped refrigerator magnet, recorded music provided by WLIT and the Big Kite Candy Drop taking place during the afternoon!

Next we have the 18th annual season opener of the Chicago Mayfest which aims to cure cabin fever all weekend long at 3100 N. Ashland Avenue (Ashland and Barry Avenues) in the Lakeview neighborhood.  This festival features food, beer and live music under a giant tent along with an outdoor beer garden, kids programming on Saturday, a pet parade and pet expo on Sunday and arts and crafts vendors!  BTW, a Gate donation will benefit the Lake View YMCA, Northside Parents Network and the Festival Foundation.

Then there's the seasonal Spring Pug Party on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Zella (1983 N. Clybourn Avenue) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Hundreds of pugs are expected to attend this party which features pug merchandise and a pug-pen for unencumbered playing so you can have plenty of time to chat with other owners.  Food and drink also available for purchase as is valet parking for $10.  Please note you don't need a pug to attend, but pugs are the only dogs welcome.  Sorry Buddy and Gracie, you're not pugs!!

Not to be outdone, Beaglefest Chicago 2012 takes place Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hinkley Park (283 Busse Highway) in Park Ridge.  Join in this 10th year anniversary celebration, which supports "Mid West Beagle Rescue," and will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and several BREW items such as T-shirts, bandanas, bumper stickers, etc. for purchase with games, raffles and other surprises!  So grab your folding chairs or blankets and enjoy an afternoon with all the beagles far away from the NATO Summit.  Sorry Buddy and Gracie, you're not beagles either!!

Saturday also offers the Spring Fling Carnival at Westfield Old Orchard located at 4999 Old Orchard Center in Skokie from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This year's Spring Fling Carnival is back in a big way at Old Orchard's West parking lot with plenty of rides, games, food and fun!  Tickets required for rides and games are $1.25 each or $22 for "Unlimited Ride" daily passes.

Opening this Saturday is Brookfield Zoo's XTREME BUGS exhibit located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield.  This summer long temporary exhibit of epic proportions will feature live bugs, extra-large animatronic bugs, including a 16' x 33' long Japanese hornet displayed at the Roosevelt Fountain and creepy crawly hands-on activities for visitors of all ages!  While you're there, make a day of it at the zoo!!

Finally, the Cross Town Classic between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox is back this weekend at Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison Street) in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.  Hopefully the fans will be more behaved than the NATO protesters!

Have A Great and Safe Weekend Leaving the NATO Summit in the Dust!!!


Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 11:54 AM by Dean's Team


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