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Weekend Festivals

by Matt B on July 12th, 2007

fergieLove to jam in your jammies? Check out the World’s Largest Pajama Party on Friday, July 13. Located at the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island, Victoria’s Secret is celebrating the launch of their new loungewear collection'PINK'by throwing a huge dance party. The doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the dance pit will be hoppin’ when DJ AM starts spinnin’. And it will only get better when Fergie takes over the stage. Yay Fergie! This show will be nothing less than G-L-A-M-O-R-OUS. Download FREE tickets at http://vspink.com/

Art lovers will flock to the Chicago Tribune Magnificent Mile Art Festival this weekend. Rated one of the top 100 art festivals in the country by Sunshine Art Magazine, the quality here is impeccable. You can find anything from a $20 vase to a $25,000 sculpture! The show goes from Friday through Sunday in the Pioneer Court next to the Tribune Tower and includes sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and pottery from over 200 award-winning professional artists from all over the country. The Festival also features live music performances daily, including jazz musician Chris Sidwell and steel drummer Doug Walker.

About 10,000 people will be bicycling late Saturday night into Sunday morning for McDonald’s L.A.T.E. Ride (Long After Twilight Ends), hosted by and benefitting Friends of the Parks. They’ll be riding through 25 miles of Chicago’s lakefront and neighborhoods, including Greektown, Lincoln Park, River North, West Loop, and more. Pre-registrants can enjoy rest stops along the way, providing water, fruit, and high-energy snacks. There is also a post-ride breakfast back at Buckingham Fountain. Anyone have a pair of training wheels I can borrow? (*blush*)

lion danceFinally, this Sunday is the 28th Annual Chinatown Summer Fair. This celebration attracts tens of thousands of people every year, featuring entertainment and crafts from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Philippine cultures. The colorful Lion Dance procession at 1:00 p.m. is a beautiful variance from the usual neighborhood parade. Visit Chinatown’s many restaurants, street vendors, and unique gift shops. There will even be cutest-dog and cutest-baby contests' just don’t confuse the two. Hee.

Photo credit: Robin Wong (c/o Wikipedia), jaymce

World’s Largest Pajama Party (free!): 1300 S Linn White Dr; 312-540-2000
July 13: 6:00 p.m.
Street parking difficult, pay lot available
Public trans: Bus # 12, 146

Magnificent Mile Art Festival (free!): 435 N Michigan Ave; 954-472-3755
July 13-14: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
July 15: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pay lot; no parking on Michigan Ave
Public trans: Bus # 2, 3, X4, 10, 26, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 157 or Red Line train (Grand)

L.A.T.E. Ride ($35-$40): 500 S Lake Shore Dr; 773-918-7433
July 14: 11:00 p.m. Pre-ride festivities begin
July 15: 1:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. L.A.T.E. ride
Street parking, pay lot
Public trans: Bus # 1, 3, 4, X4, 6, 7, 14, 26, X28, 126, 127, 147

Chinatown Summer Fair (free!): 2200 S Wentworth Ave; 312-225-6198
July 15: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Street parking available
Public trans: Bus # 18, 21, 24, 29, 62 or Red Line train (Cermak-Chinatown)

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