8 Things to do in the City & West Suburbs: September 8

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!

Walk the Line to Ring of Fire at Drury Lane

Ring of Fire: The Musical is a toe-tapping journey through the life and music of the legendary Johnny Cash. This electrifying production weaves together Cash’s iconic songs to create a narrative that explores the highs and lows of his remarkable career and personal life. With a talented cast and a set that transports audiences to the heart of America, this musical captures the essence of Cash’s enduring legacy.

Date: Runs through October 22 
Time: Varies by Day 
Cost: $80+ 
Location: Oakbrook Terrace, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln 
More info: drurylanetheatre.com

Grab Fido and Head to Tails on the Trails

Tails on the Trails invites both two-legged and four-legged friends to explore the beauty of the outdoors together. With designated trails and pet-friendly activities, this event fosters a shared appreciation of nature for pet owners and their pups. It’s a day of wagging tails, joyful barks, and outdoor bliss.

Date: September 10 
Time: 9AM-4PM 
Cost: Included with Admission 
Location: Lisle, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte 53 
More info: mortonarb.org

Get Ready to Rock the Block in Elmhurst

Rock the Block in Elmhurst is a lively event that brings the community together for an unforgettable evening of live music, delectable cuisine, and vibrant entertainment. With local bands taking center stage to food trucks and vendors lining the streets and carnival games for kids, Rock the Block caters to all ages.  

Date: September 8-9 
Time: Fri 4-11PM; Sat 11AM-11PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Downtown Elmhurst, between Schiller St and York St 
More info: elmhurstcitycentre.com

Craftsmanship & Community at the Renegade Craft Fair

Get ready for a vibrant showcase of creativity, craftsmanship, and artistic talent at the Renegade Craft Fair. Discover one-of-a-kind treasures, engage with passionate creators, and support the thriving independent maker community. With live music, food vendors, and a lively atmosphere, the Renegade Craft Fair promises an amazing experience celebrating the beauty of handmade goods.

Date: September 9-10 
Time: 11AM-7PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Wicker Park, between Damen Ave and Ashland Ave 
More info: renegadecraft.com

Celebrate the Arts in Lakeview

The Lakeview Festival of the Arts is a vibrant celebration of creativity that transforms Lakeview into a hub of artistic expression. Attendees can explore a diverse array of unique artworks, interact with talented artists, and savor a medley of culinary delights from local food vendors.

Date: September 9-10 
Time: 11AM-7PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Lakeview, along Broadway between Belmont and Hawthorne 
More info: lakevieweastfestivalofthearts.com

Savor the World at Dumpling Fest

World Dumpling Fest is a culinary journey that transcends borders and tantalizes taste buds. From steaming, savory potstickers to delicate, sweet dessert dumplings, this festival offers a tantalizing exploration of dumpling diversity. As visitors stroll through Logan Square, they’re treated to a mouthwatering world tour, savoring dumplings from Asia to Europe and beyond. 

Date: September 9 
Time: 12-7PM 
Cost: Free  
Location: Logan Square, 3150 W Logan Blvd 
More info: starevents.com

Come Taste it All at Taste of Chicago

The Taste of Chicago is a delectable summer extravaganza that captures the heart and palate of the Windy City. This iconic food festival, held annually in Grant Park, is a culinary odyssey that brings together the city’s foodies for lots of fun. Beyond the food, live music performances, art installations, and family-friendly activities add to the festive atmosphere.

Date: September 8-10 
Time: 11AM-9PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Grant Park, 301 S Columbus Dr 
More info: chicago.gov

Raise Your Steins at Oktoberfest

German American Oktoberfest paints a vivid tapestry of German culture with traditional food, music, and beer. From bratwurst and pretzels to the lively oompah bands, Oktoberfest immerses visitors in the rich traditions of Germany. The event’s welcoming atmosphere, complete with traditional Bavarian dance and family-friendly activities, is a cherished Lincoln Square tradition.

Date: September 8-10 
Time: Fri 5-11PM; Sat 12-11PM; Sun 12-10PM 
Cost: Free 
Location: Lincoln Square, between Lincoln Ave and Leland Ave 
More info: germanday.com


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