5 Things to Do: September 18-20

Spend some time in Chicago this weekend at a new Lincoln Park Zoo event, a taco festival in Lakeview, and a craft fair in Wicker Park. Or, celebrate 40 years of two North Shore favorites: the Lake Forest Library Used Book Sale and the Evanston Farmers’ Market.

40th Annual Friends of Lake Forest Library Used Book Sale


Sept. 18-20
Lake Forest

Browse through more than 100,000 gently used books, as well as thousands of DVDs, CDs and audiobooks. Teachers receive a 20 percent discount with ID on Saturday and items will be half price on Sunday.

The Evanston Harvest Celebration

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Sept. 19
Evanston

Celebrate 40 years of the Evanston Farmers’ Market with a Truck to Table fundraising lunch hosted by Now We’re Cookin’. Meet the market’s farmers and the local chefs who will prepare family-friendly small plates. Purchase tickets here.

Wild Spirits

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Sept. 19
Chicago

The Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting its first after-hours spirit-tasting event. Sampling stations will be placed throughout the zoo, and you can also enjoy music and food pairings (for an additional cost). Purchase tickets here.

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest

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Sept. 19-20
Chicago

Just because it’s September doesn’t mean Chicago’s festival season is over. This weekend, it’s all about tacos, as well as beer and Mexican wrestlers.

Renegade Craft Fair

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Sept. 19-20
Chicago

The Renegade Craft Fair returns to Wicker Park will a curated selection of handmade items from more than 350 independent makers. Attendees can also participate in DIY workshops and explore installations and activities.

Start Your Weekend Early

  • The second annual Evanston Charity Wine Walk is Thursday, Sept. 17. Participating businesses include Dragonfly, Eve J. Alfille Gallery & Studio, Frio Gelato, Hewn, Spex, Stumble & Relish and Union Pizzeria. Proceeds will benefit JJ’s List and The Woman’s Club of Evanston.