5 Things to do in the City & Western Suburbs: September 15

Embrace the crisp fall days with exciting activities that’ll make your autumn glow. From checking out charming boutiques to savoring pumpkin spice treats at seasonal festivals, there is so much to see and enjoy. Venture into fall foliage trails and local landmarks to infuse a dash of adventure into your autumn plans. Don’t miss out on these activities scheduled for this weekend to fully savor the changing leaves!

Savor the Flavor at Ribfest

Satisfy your cravings for mouthwatering barbecue at Ribfest in Wheaton! Beyond the food, you can groove to live music, explore a bustling marketplace, and enjoy family-friendly activities that will make this event a highlight of your summer. Ribfest promises an unforgettable day of great food, fantastic entertainment, and community fun. Don’t miss out on this finger-lickin’ good time in Wheaton!

Date: September 15-17 
Time: Fri and Sat 12-10PM, Sun 12-8PM 
Cost: $5 
Location: DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton 
More info: ribfest.net

Join the Fiesta at Celebración de los Árboles

Gather your family and friends to explore the vibrant cultures and traditions of Latin America at Celebración de los Árboles at the Morton Arboretum. Savor flavorful cuisine, groove to captivating music, and witness mesmerizing traditional dances that pay homage to this rich part of the world at this family-friendly cultural event!

Date: September 16-17 
Time: During business hours 
Cost: Included in admission 
Location: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle 
More info: mortonarb.org

Enjoy the Arts at the Riverwalk Fine Arts Fair

Dive into the world of art at the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair in Naperville! Along the scenic Naperville Riverwalk, this event features local and national artists showcasing a diverse range of captivating artworks. From paintings to sculptures and unique jewelry, you can interact with the artists, explore their creations, and find that special piece.

Date: September 16-17 
Time: 10AM-5PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Main & Jackson in Downtown Naperville 
More info: napervilleartleague.com

Rage on at Riot Fest!

Riot Fest, the ultimate celebration of punk, rock, and alternative music, is back! This three-day extravaganza is filled with performances from a diverse lineup of artists: headliners include the Foo Fighters, The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure, and many more names you’ll recognize alongside emerging talents. Beyond the music, Riot Fest offers carnival rides, delicious food vendors, and a punk-rock atmosphere that radiates pure energy. 

Date: September 15-17 
Time: 11AM-10PM 
Cost: $104+ 
Location: Douglass Park, 1401 S Sacramento Dr 
More info: riotfest.org

Art, Music, and More at the Edgewater Arts Festival

Step into a world of creativity and inspiration at the 2023 Edgewater Arts Festival! From captivating visual artworks by local artists to live music performances, this festival promises to inspire your passion for the arts. Stroll through a lively marketplace, savor culinary delights, and immerse yourself in interactive art experiences that will leave you with lasting memories.

Date: September 16-17 
Time: 11AM-7PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Edgewater Artists in Motion, 1070 W Granville St 
More info: edgewaterartists.com

Walk the ArtWalk in Ravenswood

The Ravenswood ArtWalk is an annual celebration of creativity that transforms Ravenswood into an artistic showcase. This event invites you to explore a diverse range of art forms, from fine art to immersive installations. Stroll through the historic Ravenswood Corridor, where you’ll encounter open studios, galleries, and interactive art experiences, all while enjoying live music, delicious food, and a lively, community-driven atmosphere.

Date: September 16-17 
Time: 11AM-6PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, Lawrence Ave to Irving Park Rd 
More info: ravenswoodchicago.org 

Get Jazzy at the Englewood Jazz Festival

Celebrate the soulful rhythms jazz at the Englewood Jazz Festival, where music, culture, and community combine. This landmark event in Chicago’s vibrant Englewood neighborhood is a testament to the enduring power of jazz, featuring a stellar lineup of talented musicians. From smooth jazz to bebop, this festival honors the genre’s diversity while fostering a sense of togetherness and creativity.

Date: September 16 
Time: 11:30AM-6PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St 
More info: hcenter.org

Prost to the West Loop Bavarian Block Party

Get ready to raise your steins and embrace the spirit of Bavaria at the West Loop Bavarian Block Party! With a bustling beer garden, delectable German cuisine, and an authentic oompah band, you’ll be transported to the heart of Oktoberfest. Join fellow revelers in donning lederhosen and dirndls as you enjoy a day of merriment, dance, and all things Bavarian.

Date: September 16-17 
Time: Sat 12-10PM, Sun 12PM-8PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: West Loop, Washington Blvd and Sangamon St 
More info: englewoodjazzfest.org


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