5 Things to Do: September 25-27

The final weekend in September is packed with fun events around Chicagoland. Dine on tasty treats from the best restaurants and chefs in the country at Chicago Gourmet or shop the American Craft Exposition at its new home, the Chicago Botanic Garden.

You can also get outside with your family at Flight Fest in Glenview or give back at the For Kids 5K and a special charity event at Randolph Street Market.

Know a deserving nonprofit? Nominate them for our fourth annual Philanthropy Awards! 

Chicago Gourmet

Photo by David Ditzler.

Sept. 25-27

There can never be too many food events in Chicago. This time around, Millennium Park will host more than 150 of the country’s best restaurants, wineries, breweries and chefs for demonstrations, seminars and tastings.

American Craft Exposition

Colorful hand-blown glass vessels by artists Michael Schunke and Josie Gluck.

Sept. 25-27

This juried fine craft show has moved to Chicago Botanic Garden and will feature artists from around the country showing works in 12 media, including jewelry, ceramics and glass. Proceeds will benefit NorthShore University HealthSystem for ovarian cancer prevention research.

For Kids 5K

Sept. 26

A. Perry Homes’ third annual For Kids 5K will benefit Northwestern Settlement (a past Philanthropy Awards winner!). Jim Cornelison will sing the National Anthem, and don’t miss the post-race party for live music, food and local vendors.

Flight Fest

Photo courtesy of the Glenview Park District.

Sept. 26

Along with live music, food and drink, inflatables, face painting, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, kite flying and more, don’t miss a tribute to our veterans and armed forces or Wayne Messmer‘s rendition of the national anthem.

Choice for Charity at Randolph Street Market

Photo by Eric Clarke.

Sept. 26-27

This weekend’s Randolph Street Market features the fifth annual Editor’s and Designer’s Choice for Charity, which I am excited to participate in. Shop items with a blue ribbon and more than 40 charities will benefit from your purchase.


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