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Weekend Events Round-up

By Tatum Bartlett | Friday, October 1, 2010

Photo by pantagrapher

Weekend Events Round-up

We typically single out an event for our weekly write-up, but this weekend’s calendar is jam-packed with choices. We couldn’t decide, so we’re leaving it up to you!

9th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk

Over 300 artists and businesses will participate in the 9th Annual Tour of Arts and Industry in the Ravenswood Avenue Corridor. The self-guided tour kicks off the 15th Annual Chicago Artists month. In addition to the 50 venues on the tour’s trail, there are also two satellite venues: the Cornelia Arts Building will feature over 30 open artist studios and the Metropolitan Brewery, teaming up with Koval Distillery, will host artists in a “one-of-a-kind” gallery experience. A variety of performance artists (puppeteers, musicians, dancers, and swordsmen), outdoor food vendors offering samplings from local eateries, and a free architectural trolley tour (complete with guide who will showcase and expose the many historical buildings that make up the Ravenswood  Avenue Corridor) make this a get-ART-there weekend highlight. The 9th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk will take place Saturday, October 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For an official ArtWalk map, performance schedule and additional information on Chicago Artist Month, please visit the Ravenswood ArtWalk’s site.

Nice Cream Fall Flavors Tasting

There are not many certainties in life – except that ice cream knows no season!

Provenance Lincoln Square (2312 West Leland Avenue) will welcome Kris Swanberg on Saturday, October 2, 4-6 p.m.  Swanberg, owner/founder of Chicago’s Nice Cream, will be offering up samples of her new fall ice cream flavors. If the sound of Salted Chocolate with Marcona Almonds, Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate Chunks, Burnt Caramel with Crunchy Toffee  or Pumpkin Spice don’t raise your taste buds in anticipation, how about FREE!

Two-Block Yard Sale

From what I hear, “garage sale Saturdays and Sundays” have become quite the rage! A friend’s wife is skilled in the art form, and as I am told, she takes one lucky underling every now and then to teach the in-and-outs of true rummaging. Hmmm…another article for another time, but for now, how about starting in our own backyard? On Saturday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. the 2000-2100 block of Bradley Place will host a 15-family yard sale. Should the weather not cooperate with your treasure hunt, stop back on Sunday.

St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest

Stop by Saint Benedict High School gym at 3941 North Bell on Saturday, October 2, 3-11 p.m. and Sunday from 1-9 p.m. and join St. Benedict as they celebrate the school and parish’s  45thannual Oktoberfest. Admission is free, and the event will feature authentic German food and a bier haus.  Additionally, this year’s menu will also boast a few sans schnitzel vegan selections. With a sports television viewing area, “Kinder Korner” (for the wee ones), “Club Ben” (add a t to the ween!), and raffles galore, there is truly something to keep the whole family entertained. The McGowans perform 7 p.m. Saturday, with a special appearance by Ooompah DJPJ (aka Pete Kattner) from 4-6 p.m., while Paloma will perform Sunday 4-8 p.m.  Sunday will also feature “Kinder Fest Family Time” 1-4 p.m. and comes complete with musical chairs, and both hula-hoop and limbo contests.

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