Things To Do This Weekend: September 30 – October 2, 2011

Celebrate the Clarke House Museum's 175th anniversary with free, family-friendly activities this weekend.From celebrating the 175th anniversary of Chicago’s historic Clarke House Museum with free, family-friendly events to shopping local and sustainable design in West Town, there are tons of things to do this weekend in Chicago – and many of them are free!

Make a day of it with a museum excursion (or two, or three) this weekend!

Shop this season’s freshest produce and see a top local chef at work

  • Stop by the Green City Market, Chicago’s only year-round farmers market, this Saturday for a FREE cooking demonstration given by Todd Stein, Executive Chef at The Florentine, an Italian restaurant at the JW Marriott hotel in Chicago’s Loop, 10:30 am.
  • Visit farmers markets throughout the city to find and buy what’s in season this time of year.  Click here to see which markets are open this weekend.

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to See Historic Soul Train Photo Exhibition!

  • Check out 55 rare photographs of some of the biggest names in music including Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, and Chuck Berry at the Soul Train Photo Exhibition (open daily, free admission).  Extended through October 2, this exhibition celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Chicago-based dance show, which was the longest-running, nationally syndicated program in television history!

Experience great food, family fun and amazing music and art across the city.

  • Bring your bikes, skates, or strollers to enjoy “Open Streets” on State Street, Saturday, October 1. From 10 am – 3pm, a seven-block stretch of State Street will be closed to car traffic. Enjoy free events, come out to play, engage in healthy recreation, and enjoy State Street’s shops and restaurants!
  • Head to West Town’s vibrant new design district this Saturday and Sunday to shop the latest in contemporary and sustainable home and garden décor.  This second annual Design Harvest festival is a pop-up marketplace featuring the best local makers and design collectors.
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest at Navy Pier, runs through October 10.  Look out for the Oktoberfest tent, which is fully decked out in traditional German and Bavarian style, and treat yourself to Bratwurst and other authentic German food.
  • Head to Hale Park on the city’s South Side for their Fall Theater Festival, featuring performances of American Spirit taking place Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm; admission $8.
  • Check out the new exhibition Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, opening this Friday in Chicago Cultural Center’s 2nd floor Chicago Rooms! Learn how artists and designers use the letterform in their creative product; through April 29.
  • See Berlin-based electronic music pioneer Markus Popp, aka Oval, perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday, co-presented with The Empty Bottle and The Wire as part of the Adventures in Modern Music festival! Tickets: $20

Explore a new neighborhood with a friendly local with Instagreeter!

  • Get a delightful introduction to the architecture and public art of Millennium Park with a free Millennium Park Instagreeter tour, available on a first-come, first-served basis daily at 11:30 am and 1 pm.
  • Visit the Hyde Park InstaGreeter Outpost at the Hyde Park Art Center this Saturday and take a free guided walk of this historic neighborhood.  Hyde Park is home to the University of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, as well as the Chicago residence of President Barack Obama.
  • Discover the vibrant heart of Chicago’s Mexican American community on this season’s final Instagreeter tour of Pilsen this Saturday!
  • Learn all about the history and architectural gems of downtown Chicago on a Loop Instagreeter tour, available on a first-come, first-served basis Friday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Take an urban excursion and earn the new Windy City Foursquare Badge!

For even more upcoming events, visit www.explorechicago.org.

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