Chicago Events for September 17 through 19: Viva! Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks Mad Dash, Fairs, Fests, Lake Forest Library Book Sale and more.

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If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out this Weekend’s Wrap.

Friday, September 17.    

Oktoberfest Celebration.

It’s the last day for the 25th Annual Berghoff Oktoberfest.  Enjoy German food, oompah music, costumes, dance and more at this Federal Plaza bash.  11a.m. to 9p.m. Adams and Dearborn. Free admission

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.
Let’s hope the luck of the Irish rubs off on our Chicago White Sox at their Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day celebration.   What a great excuse for a celebration. This faux holiday just keeps getting bigger.  This year, in Chicago, you can see the Chicago White Sox with their green pinstripes and green caps, Irish bands and bagpipers, the Trinity dancers and even a baseball game (Sox vs. Tigers) at the Cell. 7:10p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 17 through September 19.

The Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival.
The 22nd annual Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival offers a spicy menu of Latin sounds at Millennium Park.  Headliners include Mexican pop singer Cristian Castro. 201 E. Randolph.

The Harvest Jam. 
Lincoln Square hosts the Harvest Jam, a family friendly event featuring an apple-pie baking contest, chili cook-off, carnival, arcade games, live music and more. Queen of Angels Church, 2330 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Lake Forest Library Book Sale.


Worth the trip:  One of the best book sales in the nation, the Friends of the Lake Forest Library’s 35th Annual Book Sale features over 100,000 books from collectors and best-sellers to cookbooks and children’s books and more–many like new–at bargain prices.  Friday, 9 to 8p.m.; Saturday, and Sunday, 9 to 5p.m.  All books are half price on Sunday. Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hasting’s Road.

The Comedy of Errors.
Shakespeare’s funniest farce, The Comedy of Errors, is re-imagined at Court Theatre–the professional theatre at the University of Chicago.  Previews, September 16 through 24, tickets $32 to $40; Regular run: September 25 through October 17, 2010, tickets $38 to $56. Box Office: 773 753 4472. 5535 S. Ellis Ave.

Mary Zimmerman’s new production of the Leonard Bernstein classic musical, Candide, will feature Geoff Packard in the title role of Candide and Lauren Molina as his princess love. In addition, the production will feature an orchestra of 12.  September 17-October 24, in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre.  312 443 3800.

Romeo and Juliet.
The wonderful Chicago Shakespeare Theater, designed after London’s Globe Theatre (1599), is the perfect place to see a Shakespeare play.  World-renowned Australian director Gale Edwards, whose work has been seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company and across America will be making her CST debut with this celebrated love story. Navy Pier.  Previews; September 15-21; Regular run: September 22 through November 29

Saturday, only.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Mad Dash to Madison.
Just announced–there are still some tickets available for this event.

The world champion Chicago Blackhawks will be participating in the Mad Dash to Madison.  A few tickets to run, walk or rollerblade alongside the team as part of the team’s annual Training Camp Festival have become available as of Friday, September 17–but hurry if you want them.  Otherwise you can be a spectator at this day-long event filled with live music and special activities.  Skate, 8a.m. 5K Run/walk 9a.m.  Day long events 8a,m, to 2p.m.  United Center, 1901 W. Madison Ave.

An art event. 

Ed Paschke and His Contemporaries will feature a pop-up gallery exhibiting over 80 different works available for purchase.  240 S. State 11:30a.m. 5p.m.  773 772 2385.

Guinness Oyster Festival.

Get out of your shell and come to the Guinness Oyster Festival. 11a.m. to 10p.m. Roscoe Village (Damen and Roscoe).


Celebrate Ocktoberfest on the Square at Dunalys on the Square in Square.  4p.m. to 8p.m. 3137 W. Logan Blvd.

The Musky Fest.

Calling all Cheeseheads.  The Musky Fest celebrates all things Wisconsin with an indoor-outdoor celebration at Will’s Northwoods Inn. 11a.m. to 10p.m. 3030 N. Racine.

Mutt Strut.


Gather up Fido and head to Newport and Southport Avenues for the seventh annual MUTT STRUT. The event includes contests, games, a silent auction, food, vendors, kids activities and a 1.5-mile walk.  3450 N. Southport Ave.  10a.m. to 1p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19.

The 10th Annual County Fair comes to the Garfield Park Conservatory.  The fair features hands-on activities, games, a petting zoo, $1 pony rides, compost demonstrations harvest showcase, beekeeping demonstrations, live music, food, a farmer’s market and more. $5, children 3 and under free.

Martini’s & Drag in the Park.

Highwood Street Market Festival is sponsoring “Martini’s & Drag in the Park” featuring a Vintage Drag and Fashion Runway Show (Saturday) and an antiques market, food, drink music and more all weekend. $6.  10a.m. to 6p.m. Saturday; 10a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday.  Downtown, Highwood, 260 Green Bay Rd.  Note:  Highwood is home to some of the best restaurants on Chicago’s North Shore. 


Detroit gives a fresh, off-beat look at what happens when we dare to open ourselves up to something new. Opens September 18 through November 7.  Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St.,  312 335 1650. 

Sunday, only.

Free Concert in Millennium Park kicks off the Muti Era.


RICCARDO MUTI, the new CSO music director performs a FREE Concert on
Sunday, September 19.  Plan to arrive early at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in
Millennium Park for a day of music.  Special programming begins at
2p.m. Muti takes the stage at 5:30p.m. Seating in the Pavilion or on
the lawn.

This just in:
Introduced by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendon
Reilly, a new resolution designates September 19-October 17, 2010, as
Festa Muti in Chicago. During that time, South Michigan Avenue from
Washington to Jackson will be known as the Muti Mile, and banners will
fly on light poles touting the temporary renaming.

Enjoy the colors at the Lurie Garden Walk with free volunteers from the University of Illinois extension guiding you and answering questions. Free, 10a.m. to 1:30p.m.  Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe.

Edgewater Home Tour.

The Edgewater Historical Society is holding its Fall Home Tour. Tour starts from the United Methodist Church, 1307 W. Grandville. $25, noon to 4p.m.

Coming this week.

The World Music Festival opens Tuesday, September 21 through Thursday, September 30.
World Music Festival: Chicago 2010 features 80 artists at 30 different venues. 

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