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Lovely outdoor venues: memorable weddings, receptions or rehearsal dinners

Fabulous events call for fabulous venues. Whether your celebratory occasion is a wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner or a sophisticated festive jubilee, these four outdoor spaces have you covered. Chicago Botanic Garden When Steve and Amy Tucker got married, they, along with their children, needed an …

Let the music play

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Think back to the some events you attended. Where were they? Did you enjoy yourself? What were the guests doings? Although venue and aesthetics help create overall ambience, the success of a social event is often dictated by the entertainment. Music is vital when dancing …

Cheers to the season: Holiday brews and blends

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Give your gathering the right spike. Impress your family and friends with the best simple beverage and brew ideas. These seasonal thirst quenchers can leave you cheering while keeping you cozy all season long. SHAKE UP THE SEASON Try these simple and exciting seasonal beverage …

Three Kings Day: The Twelfth Day of Christmas, with cake

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While many young children begin counting down the seconds till Christmas no later than Nov. 1, children from other countries look forward to a different holiday: the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Officially called the Epiphany, the holiday is often referred to as Three Kings Day …

LAKE COUNTY: Spirit of autumn

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FROM NOW  UNTIL SEPT. 14,  MONDAYS-SUNDAYS FISH LAKE BEACH CAMPGROUND  AND SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA FISH LAKE BEACH CAMPGROUND,  32223 N. US HIGHWAY 12, VOLO What it is: Camp near the resort, enjoying all of the resort’s amenities and also take advantage of Six Flags Great …

ANTIOCH: Boat, walk and dance for fun

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NOW to SEPT. 12,  THURSDAYS DRAG BOAT RACES BLARNEY ISLAND,  27843 W. GRASS LAKE ROAD6 P.M. What it is: Visit for drag boat racing, an event that draws a crowd of spectators each week and features professional race boats and drivers. Enjoy drink specials and entertainment. …

PALATINE:   Arts, fun runs and garden gatherings

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NOW TO OCT. 26,  SATURDAY  MORNINGS PALATINE FARMERS’ MARKET PALATINE TRAIN STATION,  137 W. WOOD ST. 7 A.M.-1 P.M. What it is: In its 23rd season, the Palatine Farmers’ Market features sustainable, organic and locally grown items. Customers will find a plethora of greens, potatoes, meats, eggs, …

WAUCONDA: You supply the ‘wows’

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NOW to OCT. 10,  THURSDAYS WAUCONDA FARMERS’ MARKET DOWNTOWN WAUCONDA,  MAIN STREET 3-7 P.M.What it is: Ask local farmers questions as you choose fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, honey, plants, kettle corn and more at the Wauconda Farmers’ Market. Peruse vendor and craft booths and enjoy culinary delights …

LINDENHURST: Lovely fall events

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SEPT. 3 - OCT. 8,  TUESDAYS FAMILY STORYTIME LAKE VILLA DISTRICT LIBRARY,  WILTON ROOM, 1001 E. GRAND AVE. 10:30-11 A.M. What it is: A reading group for children between the ages of 2 and kindergarten. The instructor will lead the class through songs, activities and book readings. …

LAKE ZURICH: Kids, families are the stars

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NOW UNTIL  SEPT. 27, FRIDAYS   LAKE ZURICH’S FARMERS’ MARKET PAULUS PARK, 200 S. RAND ROAD 3-7 P.M. What it is: A bit of everything is up for grabs at this farmers’ market: fruits, vegetables, sweets, dairy items, meats, breads, soaps, crafts and more. Sharpening by Kris …

SKOKIE: Food, theater, music, discuss, dance

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Now UNTIL OCT. 27, EVERY SUNDAY  SKOKIE FARMERS MARKET VILLAGE GREEN, 5127 OAKTON ST. 7:30 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. What it is: For more than a quarter of a century, farmers and vendors have been selling their fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses and flowers at this …

LAKE FOREST: Fashions, fairways and fall family fun

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SEPT. 7-8 FAMILY CAMPOUT FOREST PARK BEACH, 533 N. MAYFLOWER ROAD 5 P.M.-8 A.M. What it is: Family camping under the stars that includes a reptile show, metal detector fun, a movie in the pavilion and a campfire. What else you need to know: Register …

LAKE BLUFF: A cornucopia of fall events

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FROM NOW UNTIL OCT. 11, FRIDAYS  20TH ANNUAL LAKE BLUFF FARMERS MARKET CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT7 A.M. – NOON What it is: Hand-select fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and baked goods. What else you need to know: Parking is available at the Walnut Avenue parking lot, the …

DEERFIELD: Plenty of fun for all ages

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The Deerfield Park District is hosting the following programs this fall. Visit www.deerfieldparks.org for more information. OCT. 13   LIFESTYLE EXPO SACHS RECREATION CENTER 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. What it is: The Lifestyle Expo features health demonstrations, refreshments and raffles. Dozens of local businesses provide information …

Great ghouls! Skokie gets spooky around All Hallow’s Eve

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Skokie is offering trick-or-treaters, their families and other Halloween celebrants a full bag of goodies for this holiday, with a wide range of activities all through October. For easy reference, here is a schedule. Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Skokie, Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon to 4 …

LAKE FOREST: BMW Golf Championship, farmers market and so much more

Everyone can find fun in Lake Forest. Dad can watch a key tournament in the FedEx Cup at Conway Farms Golf Club while Mom searches for food and decorations at a farmers markets and the kids compete in a scarecrow-making contest. The family can join …

Illinois Beach Resort offers scenic beauty and abundant activities

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Getting away from it all is closer than you think. Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center is a beachfront gem in Zion offering well-appointed, spacious guestrooms and suites and breathtaking views. Nestled along the coastline of Lake Michigan on 4,100 acres of natural beauty in …

Get crafty this fall at CRE8 Workshop

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CRE8 Workshop, a creative arts workshop in Deerfield where open workspace, classes, parties and workshops are offered for people of all ages interested in creating crafting projects, has a full list of events coming up this fall. All events take place at CRE8 Workshop, 405 …

Artists from across the U.S. heading to Lake Forest for fair

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The Art Fair on the Square in Lake Forest is ranked as one of the top outdoor art festivals in the Midwest.

What’s up in Waukesha?

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Why do people love visiting Waukesha Pewaukee for a getaway or special event? Here are four good reasons: Fall. Winter. Spring. Summer. A year-round calendar of fun things to see, and do, and enjoy ... all just an interstate away from Chicago. So come visit …

Not your average mother; not your average gift

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Flowers, perfume and jewelry are fine for some moms, but not yours. Your mom is exceptional — brilliant even — and she deserves a gift that reflects your adulation for her and something that she wants most of all: time spent with you. Here are …

How green is your green?   Tips to color food for St. Pat’s

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You can go through a lot of green food coloring on St. Patrick’s Day. How much do you really need? McCormick Kitchens offers a guideline for how to color everything from beer to cupcakes for that rich, green hue that will just scream, “Kiss me, …

Guinness flavors traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner

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Guinness stout is traditionally the drink of choice on St. Patrick’s Day. But you don’t necessarily need to sip your Guinness to celebrate Irish style. The following recipe for Guinness marinade Corned Beef from Guinness Storehouse and executive chef Justin O’Connor uses the world-famous beer as a flavoring agent.

Enjoy March Madness with Buffalo Chicken Dip

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If you are having friends over to watch the March Madness games, they may be able to keep you from eating the entire bowl of Buffalo Chicken Dip yourself. This recipe is one of the most popular this week at AlllRecipes.com BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP 2 …

Make soda bread at home

Although soda bread can be easily purchased at a bakery or supermarket, it’s more traditional to try to bake it at home. Here is a recipe for “Irish Soda Bread With Raisins,” courtesy of Epicurious.com.

Green Velvet Cupcakes a sweet way to celebrate

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For a green twist on classic red velvet cupcakes, stir green food color into basic cake mix and add pure vanilla extract, sour cream and cocoa powder. Whip up minty green cream cheese frosting and decorate with green sprinkles or colored sugar to make them fun for kids of all ages.