Test out your kite-flying skills or your ice-cream-eating skills with our picks of the top fifteen things to do around Glenview this weekend. For more happening in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
1. Kite Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday
The two-day festival features professional kite-flying performances, a kite parade, free kite-flying times and kite-making workshops. Ice cream, beverages and lunch options are available for purchase. The festival schedule begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 9 and 10. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.
2. Venus de Miles, 7 a.m. Saturday
The cycling race for women returns to Lake Forest. There are 13-, 28- and 64-mile courses open to all ability levels. After the race, participants can enjoy food and cocktails, spa services and other entertainment. The ride benefits Greenhouse Scholars, which provides financial and personal support Illinois college students. Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. $99-$129.
3. Niles Historical Society Ice Cream Social, noon Saturday
Tours of the museum are given and ice cream sundaes, pie and root beer floats are served. There are two caricature artists, fur-suited mascots and carnival games with prizes for children. All proceeds benefit Niles Historical Society and donations are accepted. Niles Historical and Cultural Center, 8970 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. $2 for food tickets; $1 for games.
4. Art at the Glen, 11 a.m. Saturday
The outdoor art festival showcases original works from more than 185 juried artists. The event includes live music, food from local restaurants, children’s activities, an art scavenger hunt, art demos and more. The event is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. The Glen Town Center, 1951 Tower Road, Glenview. Free.
5. Garden Chef Series, 1:30 Saturday
Learn how to cook using ingredients fresh from the garden. Chefs from premiere restaurants around Chicago will give demonstrations in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden’s open-air amphitheater. Seating is first come, first served. Visit the website for the full lineup of chefs. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Free.
6. Bannockburn Barbecue Challenge, 1 p.m. Saturday
The family event features live entertainment from Deja Vu and samples from Bannockburn, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Riverwoods, Kildeer and Lake Bluff barbecue contestants. Attendees vote for the best barbecue. Bannockburn Green, 1301 Half Day Road, Bannockburn. Free.
7. Mikaela Davis, 8 p.m. Saturday
This unique harpist, YouTube phenomenon and songwriter performs singles like “Feels Like Forever” in a way that has been described as an ” intricate balance of fluttering vocal folds and fingers on strings that blend effortlessly.” Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $10-$18.
8. ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ 8 p.m. Saturday
Based on the Sholem Aleicheim stories, “Fiddler on the Roof” is a delightful, warm musical about a dairyman who deals with his stubborn wife and free-spirited daughters. For ages 10 and up. Northwestern University – Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. $34.
9. Gardeners of the North Shore Show and Sale, noon Saturday
The Gardeners of the North Shore host this annual show, which includes a judged exhibition with more than 500 entries of anything a home gardener can grow, including flowers, vegetables, herbs and houseplants. Chicago Botanic Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. Free.
10. Skokie Valley Astronomers: Stellar Evolution, 8 p.m. Friday
A night sky stargazing will follow a formal presentation about astronomy, weather permitting. Meets on the second Friday of each month. For more information, visit skokievalleyastronomers.org. Ryerson Conservation Area, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods. Free.
11. ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ 3 p.m. Saturday
Join Muse of Fire Theatre this summer for the most famous love story in the English language, “Romeo and Juliet.” The production is directed by Jemma Alix Levy. Bring your own seating for the outdoor performance. In case of severe rain, performances will be canceled. Performances are at 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 17, with additional performances Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 6 and 7. Ingraham Park, 2100 Ridge Ave., Evanston. Free.
13. Beth Urech: ‘Act Your Age!’ 8 p.m. Saturday
Beth Urech’s ‘Act Your Age!’ is an autobiographical piece of comedic theater that follows her life from being a 16-year-old in Fort Wayne to a hausfrau in the Swiss Alps and other telling and trying times. Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie. $20
14. Chicagoland North Corvette Club All-Corvette Car Show, 9 a.m. Sunday
A rain or shine Corvette show that features 15 classes, professionally judged, with three awards per class plus a people’s choice award. Register for $20 by Aug. 1 or register from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the day of the show for $25. Up to four modifications to be considered stock. Participants receive a T-shirt, dash plaque and goodie bag while supplies last. Bill Stasek Chevrolet, 700 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling. Free.
15. Teen Theater Performance: ‘How Long Will I Cry?’ 3 p.m. Saturday
The Loft’s Teen Theater Troupe brings you a documentary-style show about Chicago youth who experience violence, inspired by an oral history book with the same name. Evanston Public Library – Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston. Free.
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