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The weather sure has mellowed out this week but summer festivities are raging on full steam this weekend. Can't you hear the excitement roaring over your heads as you read?

Let's get the action started with the 54th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show. With audience numbers that reach 2.2 million annually, the City of Chicago and Shell Oil Products U.S. continue to host the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. both days. You can view the show along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as the focal point. Headliners this year will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs. Civilian Aircraft performances will also be showcased, including the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Kirby Chambliss in the Red Bull Edge 540, Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle and The Red Bull Air Force skydivers. As long as you're within earshot, you couldn't sit this one out even if you tried.

The fun can begin as soon as tonight at 5:00 p.m. with the North Side Summerfest. This event, on Lincoln Avenue at Irving Park Road in the North Center neighborhood, marks its 6th annual run. Live music, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors, and an amateur hot dog-eating contest on Sunday are features of this neighborhood party.  Come on out and show your support for this great Chicago neighborhood Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. It's only a $5 suggested donation to enjoy the great lineup of bands and join in on the action.

Not to be outdone by the North Side, the South Shore Summer Festival takes place this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on 73rd Street between Stony Island Avenue and Jeffrey Boulevard in the South Shore neighborhood. This is the festival's 2nd annual run and last year was a great success. This family -friendly celebration of the South Side community will feature live music from performers including Chico DeBarge, The Delfonics and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Admission is free and there will be vendors, food and fun for the entire family.

This Sunday beginning at 8:00 a.m. is the Wrigley Field Road Tour. This annual 100-mile charity bike ride  will be led by Chicago Cubs Board Member Todd Ricketts and SRAM Executive Vice President, F.K. Day, for the benefit of World Bicycle Relief and Chicago Cubs Charities. The ride starts and ends at Wrigley Field with an ending party right on the field including food and drinks, live music and inflatables for the kids. All riders will receive a t-shirt, catered lunch, entry into the post-ride party and a goody bag. Spots are limited so register and start fundraising today!

Beginning with the Cobblestone Jam on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. is the free weekend-long arts festival Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Glenwood Avenue at Morse Avenue. This Arts District is on display Friday 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Come shop amongst over 100 artists' wares and experience the Glenwood neighborhood's theaters and open studios while enjoying 3 outdoor stages of live entertainment.

And the fun isn't bound just to Chicago city limits. Long Grove, IL hosts its 24th Annual Long Grove Art Fest from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday. Parking (at the Stempel Parking Lot near 343 Old McHenry Road) and admission are free for you to shop and enjoy original artwork produced by over 100 professionally juried and judged fine artists from across the country. Feast your eyes on paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, photography and mixed media artwork and shop for that one-of-a-kind piece that you will treasure forever. Your other senses will also be treated to fine wine and food that will be available here in Historic Long Grove.

So Will You Wind Down with the Weather or Will You Keep Summer Raging?


Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 1:38 PM by Dean's Team


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