Cheap Thrills: September 13-19, 2009

written by Enjoy Illinois on September 11, 2009 in Adventure/Outdoor Illinois and Arts & Culture and Chicago and Family Fun and Shannon Sankstone with 2 comments

Cheap ThrillsOnce again, Chicago is showing itself to be a culture lover’s paradise: This week, Chi-town is offering up free world music, fireworks, ballet and nature programs to one and all. There are activities for every age and interest – at the best price point – in this great city.

Sunday, September 13

Nurture the Druid in you at the Celtic Fest Chicago. Festivities run from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Grant Park and include a little something for everyone! There will be a Men in Kilts Leg Contest, fantastic music, dancing lessons, a play area for the young among us, Scottish athletic competition and much more.

Monday, September 14

The weather is perfect for a long walk and a picnic, and the Chicago Botanic Gardens are the perfect locale! Stroll through 23 gardens from 8 a.m. to sunset, and while there, pick up some tips on gardening in Illinois. If you really want to commune with nature, check out the low-cost yoga and tai chi classes offered!

Tuesday, September 15

After a long day at the office, some soulful grooves are always in order. Fortunately, the MCA’s Tuesdays on Terrace has got you covered: This Tuesday, the Corey Wilkes Quintet will enchant the Terrace with their unique blend of funk, groove and jazz. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 16

What could be better than an evening of toddlers, tunes and turtles? Bring your lil’ ones to Humboldt Park for fun with musicians from the Old Town School of Folk Music. From 5-6:30 p.m., there will be marshmallow roasting, nature activities and lots of four legged friends.

Thursday, September 17

Would you care for a little grace and beauty to complement your cultural calendar? Look no further than Millenium Park where the world famous Joffrey Ballet will be offering a free performance! Watch in wonder as the dancers wow you with Joffrey Co-Founder Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, Valses Poeticos choreographed by Helgi Tomasson, Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence, and Aria by Val Caniparoli. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 18

There are all kinds of good times going on at Navy Pier this weekend. After dinner, make your way to Festival Hall for SOFA Chicago 2009, the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art fair, which has expanded this year to include installations by individual artists. Then, Japan’s pai no pai and the Watcha Clan will be rockin’ the World Music Festival from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. As if that weren’t enough, fireworks will fill your time between the shows.

Saturday, September 19

Chicago may be a large city, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a traditional county fair! Make tracks to the Garfield Park Conservatory for the 9th Annual County Fair, which begins at 11 a.m. There will be all sorts of hoe-down happiness, including pony rides, a petting zoo, food vendors and composting demonstrations.

- Shannon Sankstone

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