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We're not quie in full swing yet with switching our gears for the Holidays around here in Chicago.  How lucky are we to have a quiet, restful weekend before we’re back to non-stop activities?

Not to fret though.  If you feel the need to get out and about, here’s a run down of what’s going on this weekend –

Chicago’s Perfect 10 returns for a second year to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue) in the Streeterville neighborhood on Saturday at 7:30 a.m.  This event features a 10K run, a 10-mile run and a Bubba Gump’s kids’ fun run that is perfect for city dwellers, suburbanites and even out-of-towners because it offers all a unique experience that starts at the #1 tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest and takes runners along a picturesque lakefront path.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a “Quality of Life” expo with sports and health vendors will also be on hand!

Calling all my holiday cooks!  This Saturday at 12:00 p.m. a Holiday Cooking Demonstration will be held at Carnivale (702 W. Fulton Market) in the River West neighborhood.  This class will feature seasonal holiday dishes such as roasted squash soup, New Orleans style Tasso ham, bread pudding and chocolate truffles as demonstrated by Carnivale’s Executive Chef David Dworshak!  Fee is $25 and reservations are required.

Calling all my early holiday shoppers!  This Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. a Handmade Market will be held at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Avenue) in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood.  This unique event features handmade items such as clothing, purses, jewelry and accessories by more than 30 local crafters for that unique or hard-to-shop-for person on your holiday list!

For the kids this weekend, there is --

the Children’s Lantern Fest held at the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center (4740 N. Western Avenue) in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This autumn celebration features crafts, singing and a lantern parade at dusk.  The admission fee of $7 for kids 3 and up (free for parents) includes all the supplies needed to craft and light their traditional German lantern, then parade through Lincoln Square singing and swinging their little lanterns!  Tickets are limited, so reserve your place today!!

the Veterans Day Celebration held at Brookfield Zoo (First Avenue and 31st Street) in Brookfield on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.  This special recognition ceremony to honor those who have proudly served and died for our nation will feature the placing of a memorial wreath at the Zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain, a chorus of the National Anthem, and a visit by Zeus, one of the Zoo’s bald eagles.  Other featured activities include a vocal performance by The Arlingtones singing patriotic music, special Zoo chats such as crocodile chat in The Swamp, lion chat at Big Cats, polar bear chat at the Great Bear Wilderness and others!

Finally, I have saved the best and most important for last – the Warm Up & Bear Down Chili Cook-Off being held at the Moonshine Brewing Company (1824 W. Division Street) in the heart of the Wicker Park neighborhood on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Prior to the show-down between the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans, Moonshine’s parking lot will be transformed into the biggest tailgating party outside Soldier Field with a chili cook-off featuring up to 16 pro and amateur cooks for the coveted Gilded Ladle trophy and a bowl full of cash!  Afterwards, return inside for a 7:20 p.m. kickoff as the Bears take on the Texans, or hop on the party buses to and from the game for those lucky ones who have tickets!!

Full Swing Or Not, I’m Gearing Up For The Holidays – After The Bears Game Of Course!!


Posted: Friday, November 09, 2012 2:01 PM by Dean's Team


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