Fall Festivals Chicago: Design Harvest and more

Fall Festivals Chicago: Design Harvest and more

Design Harvest is a festival like none other that celebrates creative home and garden design with live music, pop-up tented stores, top local restaurant vendors nestled in a festive harvest setting that melds the nuances from the world-famous Paris Flea Market and London Design Festival transforming Chicago's West Town neighborhood into an aesthetic feast.

Now in it's fourth year, Design Harvest, is becoming known as a "don't miss" event with attendance growing significantly each year. The two-day festival, Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) consists of tented vignettes, or "little stores," each boasting unique themes and products for sale, and juried exhibitions.

The Festival, produced by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, covers a wide spectrum of design found throughout Chicago; while at the same time showcasing the design businesses on Grand Avenue in West Town (a.k.a., Design District).

Design Harvest 2013 vendors include Chicago notables like Beau Hale, Kylie Egge, Eric Erf Wood Design, Dock 6, and Room Service.

Helping set the tone for the festival is the live music programmed by The Hideout.  The lineup is oriented towards blue grass and country with the highlight of the weekend, Square Dancing, a Design Harvest tradition, on Saturday afternoon

Here's the musical line-up:

Saturday, Sept. 28th:
1 to 2:30- Majors Junction
2:50 to 4:20- Golden Horse Ranch Band--a square dance in the street - caller and all
4:40 to 6:10- Jane Baxter Miller
6:30 to 8:00- Al Scorch's Country Soul Ensemble
8:00 to midnight - After Party @ EuroFurniture, 2145 W. Grand, featuring East of Edens Soul Express DJs

Sunday, Sept. 29th:
1 to 2:30- Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band
2:50 to 4:20- The Lawrence Peters Outfit
4:40 to 6:10- Gin Palace Jesters
6:30 to 8:00- Grit and the Double Knit

For kids and families:

Family fun can be had from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Christy Webber Farm & Garden Center, courtesy of Christy Webber Landscapes and the Farm & Garden Center.  Activities include:

  • 'Free' tractor hay rides between Design Harvest and Christy Webber Farm & Garden
  • Petting zoo
  • Mini hay maze for young kids
  • Face painting
  • Build your own scarecrow.  The straw, rope, sticks and advice will be provided but YOU MUST bring your old clothes to dress your scarecrow
  • Pumpkin carving demonstrations by creative pumpkin artists.
  • Fall refreshments - apple cider and homemade baked goods.
  • Make a homemade bird feeder, and talk to experts on supporting and attracting birds.
  • Multiple photos opportunities: fall settings, fun face cut-outs and farm tractors and landscape equipment to sit on. Bring your cameras
  • Free range chickens and a unique selection of pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and more.

The Fine Print:

Design Harvest takes place Sept 28-29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Grand Avenue from Damen to Wood.  Cost of admission is FREE (with a $5 donation request).  This is a rain or shine event (vendors will be under large tents).  For more information, click here  or call 312 850 9390.

Other fests this weekend:

Chicago Gourmet on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 features 175 of Chicago's top chefs cooking up their gourmet specialties for the masses who invade Millennium Park for the crown jewel of food fests. Limited tickets available at $159.00 plus tax.

The Polkaholics and Bolzen Beer Band will be shaking things up at Goose Island Wrigleyville's Oktoberfest from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 27. Tickets include craft beers, pretzels, brats and entertainment. $45    3535 N. Clark St. 773 832 9040.

Long Grove Apple Festival, September 27 through September 29. Live entertainment, pony rides, apples and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. $5 per person with children under 12 free.

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