99 Days of Summer: August

Memorial Day through Labor Day—summer is here, and with just 99 days to enjoy warm weather on the North Shore, it’s time to get busy.

Need some ideas? We’re going to offer up 33 a month, so you’ll never lack for a fresh option. Here’s what’s happening in August:

Score some cotton candy at Northbrook Days
Catch Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band at SPACE
Eat a cream puff and pet a cow
It’s a Backlot Brewfest at Mickey Finn’s in Libertyville
Catch a great case of brain freeze

Score cool points with the kiddos at Lollapalooza
Take a hike to see the Wizard of Oz at Morton Arboretum
Squeeze in another al fresco meal
Grab a gelato and stroll the Art at the Glen
Make your grandma proud with Italian cooking lessons

Watch a free concert under the stars at Evanston’s Starlight Series
Run with the King at the Elvis is Alive 5K
Go Glam—at Macy’s Glamorama
Get into a pop-rock groove with Vertical Horizon at Viper Alley
Sing “Rubber Ducky” like you mean it

Like your museum trips a little weird and wacky? Try the Collection X exhibit
Stomp a divet at Equestrian Connection charity polo match
Go fly a kite … really!
Shop the Lincolnshire Art Festival
Pack a picnic for Ravinia (Rufus Wainwright, August 14)

Party with garlic lovers at Highwood’s Garlic Fest
Satisfy the book nerd in you with the Chicago Book and Paper Fair
Snag a spot on the beach for the Chicago Air & Water Show
Get the kids some culture—“The Student Prince”
Take your dog to a different park

It’s more than just macrame
Enjoy the Taste of Highland Park
Sink a hole-in-one
Hang out in the Backlot—the Skokie Backlot Bash
Dare yourself to shop local for a week

Whales—They’re bigger than a bus!
Don’t miss another glorious sunrise along Lake Michigan
Learn how to restore a flea market find at the Randolph Street Market