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The Weekend AJenda – Let’s Play Dress Up (April 20th – 23rd)

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Ray Stagich’s Weather Forecast:

Thursday | Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 71°F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph.
Friday | Mostly sunny. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s.
Saturday | Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s.
Sunday | Sunshine. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

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Weekend A-Jenda: The Easter Brunch Edition

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Ray Stagich’s Weather Forecast:

Friday | Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 69F. (cooler near lake) Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Friday Night | Thunderstorms likely this evening. Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms overnight. Low 62F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Saturday | Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High around 80F. Winds SW at 20 to 30 mph.
Saturday night | Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm after midnight. Low 62F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Easter Sunday | Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 40s.

Sixteen at the Trump Tower

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: 401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Dine like an American president on the anniversary of the rising of Christ!

Sixteen (on the 16th floor of Trump Tower) is hosting Easter Brunch with the Easter Bunny!

Just as one would expect at a Trump event, be prepared to meet MasterChef Junior Season 5 Contestant Avani.

Prices are as follows:
Adults – $165
Children 5-12 – $50
Price includes one glass of sparkling wine or mimosa; excludes tax and gratuity.


 

Bunny Brunch at Lamb’s Farm

Date:  Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15
Time: Seatings at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Location: Libertyville

From the website: Join us for a delicious buffet at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery then take a walk over to the Bunny Patch! At the Bunny Patch kids can enjoy Spring crafts, activities and get a photo with the Easter bunny! Some of our Farmyard friends will also be available for petting and learning.

The price for all is $16.95, however, children 23-months and younger are only $7.95 with Bunny activities.

Call the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery for reservations at 847-362-5050.


 

Cog Hill Presents Easter Sunday Brunch

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cog Hill Golf Course, Lemont

It’s always a beautiful day when dining at Cog Hill. With a display of more than 25 breakfast, lunch and other items, you will surely leave satisfied after a long Lenten season.

The prices are as follows:
Adults – $32.95
Children under 10 – $12.95
Children under six years of age are complimentary.


 

Easter Sunday Brunch at Drury Lane

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Oakbrook Terrace

Celebrate Easter Sunday with food and fun for the entire family! Our delicious brunch is perfect for all ages, featuring an elaborate buffet featuring over seven stations, plus mimosas and bellinis for the adults.

Prices are as follows:
Adults – $50
Children 6 to 12 – $15
Children 3 to 5 – $10
Children 2 and Under – FREE!


 

Easter Brunch at The Onion Pub

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Barrington

Pork Loin, Cod, and Chicken Stir Fry are just some of the non-traditional items you can splurge on at this Easter brunch.

Reservations are recommended, and a full menu can be found here.

Prices are as follows:
Adults – $37.95
Children 5 to 12 – $14.95
Children 4 & under – FREE!


 

Thunderbird Bar & Grill

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: Opens at 11:00 a.m.
Location: St. Germain, Wisconsin

Ray Stevens recommends this locale to spend your Easter brunch. Break the 40-day-abstinence by drinking your brunch!


 

Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club Easter Brunch

Date:  Easter Sunday
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Lakeview, Chicago

This looks like maybe the most fun Easter brunch out there! Half price Stoli martinis, pink champagne, a four-course meal, and live performances!

The price? Only $39.95 for brunch and a show. However, it is adult only!

 


Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Various roadwork projects began on Monday, April 10 in the metro, and will continue long term in some areas.

Lane closures along U.S. 30 will happen both during the day and night in both directions from Lincoln Station Drive to 143rd Street in Plainfield, Aurora and Oswego for resurfacing. This project has an expected end date of late summer 2017.

Nightly lane closures on the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) between I-57 and Martin Luther King Drive will happen during the overnight hours in Chicago for resurfacing. Both the inbound and outbound sides will be affected through the end of the spring season.

Temporary lane closures in Des Plaines along Wolf Road from Rand Road (U.S. 12) to Golf Road (Illinois 58will take place during off-peak travel hours between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with has an anticipation completion date during this spring.

Finally, intersection improvement on Butterfield Road in Aurora at Raddant Road including widening, drainage improvements and new traffic signal installation. The overall project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.

 

CTA Alerts and Route Changes

BLUE LINE

Apr 14 – 15
11:30pm Fri to 4am Sat
Boarding Change, Delays Between Division and California
How does this affect my trip?
Board/exit all trains on the Forest Park-bound platform at the Damen and Western (O’Hare branch) stations.
Trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Division and California, resulting in minor delays.
Allow extra travel time.
Why is service being changed?
We are performing track maintenance to ensure that trains continue to operate safely along the Blue Line.
Bus Routes
The bus reroutes listed below are short-term reroutes during this weekend or long-term reroutes beginning this weekend. For a full list of bus reroutes currently in place, please visit the Bus Alerts page.

#22 Clark Temporary Reroute
9am, Thu, Apr 13 to 4pm, Sat, May 13 or completion
How does this affect my trip?
Southbound buses will operate via Clark, Polk, and Dearborn, ending their trips at Dearborn/Polk.
Northbound buses will begin their trips at Dearborn/Polk.
Why is service being changed?
Buses are being rerouted due to street construction on Clark between Polk and Harrison.
#36 Broadway Temporary Reroute
Sat, Apr 15
7pm to 11:30pm or completion
How does this affect my trip?
Southbound buses will operate via State, Chicago, Clark, and Erie, then resume their normal route on State.
Northbound buses will operate via State, Huron, Dearborn, and Chicago, then resume their normal route on State.
Allow extra travel time.
Why is service being changed?
Buses are rerouted due to the Holy Name Cathedral Easter Vigil Mass.

Roadwork in Barrington, South Barrington and Barrington Hills

(CHICAGO) The Illinois Department of Transportation has released information for more road construction projects beginning the week of April 10.

There will be daily, off-peak closures on Illinois 59 between Barrington Road & Higgins Road, in Barrington, Barrington Hills and South Barrington for patching and resurfacing.

IL-59 will be reduced to one lane with flaggers during construction activities that will continue through the end of summer 2017.

In another project, the Foster Avenue bridge over the North Branch of the Chicago River will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Keeler Avenue and Pulaski Road daily.

These closures are for a bridge painting project that will extend the life span of the bridge. The project is expected to be completed in Summer 2017.

Spring Roadwork from the Illinois Department of Transportation

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM Traffic
(CHICAGO) Various roadwork projects began on Monday, April 10 in the metro, and will continue long term in some areas.

Lane closures along U.S. 30 will happen both during the day and night in both directions from Lincoln Station Drive to 143rd Street in Plainfield, Aurora and Oswego for resurfacing. This project has an expected end date of late summer 2017.

Nightly lane closures on the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) between I-57 and Martin Luther King Drive will happen during the overnight hours in Chicago for resurfacing. Both the inbound and outbound sides will be affected through the end of the spring season.

Temporary lane closures in Des Plaines along Wolf Road from Rand Road (U.S. 12) to Golf Road (Illinois 58will take place during off-peak travel hours between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with has an anticipation completion date during this spring.

Finally, intersection improvement on Butterfield Road in Aurora at Raddant Road including widening, drainage improvements and new traffic signal installation. The overall project is expected to be completed in Fall 2017.

Weekend A-Jenda: St. Patrick’s Day 2017

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Dyeing of the Chicago River & the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. River Dyeing, 12:00 p.m. Parade Step-Off
Location: The Chicago River at Columbus Drive, then along Columbus Drive

ChooseChicago.com explains the event as In what might be one of the world’s most famous St. Patrick’s Day rituals, 45 pounds of eco-friendly vegetable dye are poured into the Chicago River to turn it emerald green for the occasion. Actually, at first glance, the dye appears orange on the river’s surface—but don’t panic. Thanks to a little leprechaun magic (or, well, science), the hue transforms and seeps in until the whole river is a bright, beautiful green.

The dyeing of the river remains a beloved tradition for many generations of Chicagoans (it dates back over 50 years ago) and draws nearly 400,000 spectators downtown looking to catch a glimpse before taking in the parade that follows. The Chicago River keeps its coloring for about five hours only, so don’t miss out.

Why not go on a river-dyeing cruise? Various companies are providing sightseeing ventures complete with corned beef and cabbage lunches or dinners!
Check them out:
Mystic Blue St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Cruise
Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruises
Spirit of Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Afternoon Lunch Cruise
Wendella’s St. Patrick’s Day Cruise

Millenium Garages are offering discounted parking for the weeekend events


South Side Irish Parade

Date: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Beverly Neighborhood (103rd & Western)

An annual staple in Chicago’s south side Beverly neighborhood, the South Side Irish Parade has been not only a local tradition but a suburban tourist destination.

Though the parade has a long-standing reputation of being a place for excessive consumption, it is the official policy from the organizers that “The South Side Irish Parade is a family-friendly event and has a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol along the parade route.”

What would Jen do?
The 2017 Emerald Isle Mile, that begins at 11:30 a.m., before the start of the parade. The race runs from 104th Street to 112th Street, and is expected to have nearly 250 entrants. Fun fact: one-mile burns about 100-110 calories which is equivalent to an O’Doul’s Non-Alcoholic beer, a shot of whiskey, or about two-thirds of a Smithwicks.


Northwest Side Irish Parade

Date: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Norwood Park

Venturing to the south side can be a bit much for north siders wishing to imbibe on St. Pat’s celebration weekend. For that, the Northwest Side Irish Parade and festival provides a means of entertainment.

The parade after party is held at the Immaculate Conception Recreation Center, 7271 W. Talcott Avenue, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for party-goers aged 10+ and includes “Danny Boy Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, Eli’s Cheesecake, soda, and live entertainment!”


GET LUCKY Half Marathon, 14k & 7k

Date:Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Soldier Field

A lucky morning to burn away all of that whiskey and corned beef? Yes, please.

Participants can choose between the seven or 14-kilometer version, or better yet run both adding to 21-kilometers, or a half-marathon.

Here’s how to get in: http://www.chicagogetlucky.org/Information/

Finish the race, enjoy the post-event party, and then head over to Columbus Drive for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade!


Chicago Bulls against the Houston Rockets

Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: United Center


Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Saturday, the parade starts at Balbo and Columbus, will be closed to traffic. The parade will proceed north on Columbus Drive to Monroe. These streets will be closed.

CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

It is predicted that the CTA will increase service this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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World Series Parking Restrictions Continue in North Side Neighborhoods

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 Traffic & Transportation

(CHICAGO) Although the Cubs home games having been completed in the World Series, parking restrictions persist on Chicago’s north side. Streets along the CTA Red Line in the neighborhoods of River North, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview will see closures from 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 until 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The following streets will see closures:

  • Kinzie Street between State Street and Clark Street
  • Wells Street from North Avenue to Division
  • Hubbard Street between State and LaSalle
  • Division Street between State and Dearborn
  • Lincoln Avenue from Webster on the south to Fullerton on the north
  • Webster Avenue between Sheffield and Bissell

Weekend A-Jenda: June 16th – 19th

Ray Stagich’s Forecast:
Friday – Sunny skies. High 82F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday – A few clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the mid 60s.
Sunday – Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 90s and lows in the low 70s.

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PIQNIQ presented by 101 WKQX

Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Two stages, 10 bands, and hours of live music brought to you by WLS-AM 890 sister station, 101 WKQX.

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For the full schedule, tickets and more information visit http://www.101wkqx.com/piqniq/.

 

PRIDWeekend

Date: Saturday, June 18 – Sunday, June 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Northalsted

An amazingly entertaining weekend with performers such as Jordin Sparks, Danity Kane members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex, and Daya. Then, the Pride Pet & Family Parade struts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The festival in Northalsted is not the only event, so head to this link to find more celebrations.

Traffic Alert: Halsted closed north of Belmont, up to Broadway

The Chicago Pride Parade is the following Sunday, June 26 at noon.

Taste of Randolph Street

Date: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10: 00 p.m.
Location: West Loop, Chicago

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A food-centric festival boasting some of the best cuisine in the city, along with world-class live entertainment and handcrafted merchant goods!

Traffic Alert: Randolph closed between Halsted and Racine from Friday through Sunday night.

Windy City LakeShake Festival

Date: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Time: All Day
Location: Northerly Island, Chicago

From Time Out Chicago:

After a successful first year, the Windy City LakeShake Festival returns to Northerly Island for three days of country music. This year, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and Brooks & Dunn headline a Nashville-rich bill. The lakefront hoedown also features Kacey Musgraves, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt and Thomas Rhett—dust off your cowboy hat and polish those boots. (Note: There are no single-day tickets available for this festival)

 

PrairieFest – Oswegoland Park District

Date: Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19
Time: All day, each day until 10:00 p.m.
Location: Oswego

Smash Mouth, Ethan Bell Band, Lucky Boys Confusion and many more acts. Click here for more information.
 

Other Events

Brew To Be Wild 06/17/2016 Chicago, IL
Custer Fair 06/18/2016 Evanston, IL
Concert by the Lake 06/18/2016 Fox Lake, IL
6 Corners BBQ Fest 06/18/2016 Chicago, IL
Green Music Festival 06/18/2016 Chicago, IL
Solstace Hop & Vine fest 06/18/2016 Schaumburg, IL
Concert in the Park, Antioch 06/16/2016 Antioch, IL
Concerts in the Park, Plainfield 06/16/2016 Plainfield, IL
Ravinia District Artisan Market 06/16/2016 Highland Park, IL
Concerts on the Green, Burr Ridge 06/17/2016 Willowbrook, IL
Cruise + Family Night Concerts 06/17/2016 Wheaton, IL
Naper Nights: Community Concert Series 06/17/2016 Naperville, IL
Sounds of Summer Concerts, Wheeling 06/17/2016 Wheeling, IL
Kids Concerts in the Park, Wheeling 06/18/2016 Wheeling, IL
Summer Sampler Concert Series, Deerfield 06/19/2016 Deerfield, IL
River Rhapsody Concert Series, Batavia 06/19/2016 Batavia, IL

Manteno Golf Cart Parade

Date: Friday, June 17
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location: Manteno

From the Kankakee Daily Journal:Fleets of golf carts will cruise from Heritage Park at 6:45 p.m. to the Leo Hassett Center for Music in Manteno, where Time Is Everything will perform until 10 p.m. The village recommends riders decorate their carts for the parade.

 

Traffic and Travel

Portage Park: Six Corners Barbecue Fest – Milwaukee Ave at Irving Park Rd & Cicero Ave closed through Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Wicker Park: Green Music Fest – Damen Ave closed down between North Avenue and Schiller until Sunday at 10:00 p.m.

Jane Byrne Interchange work from IDOT:  Starting at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, the ramp from the inbound Kennedy (southbound I-90/94) to the inbound Eisenhower (eastbound I-290) will be closed between Jackson and Halsted streets until 5 a.m. Thursday, June 23.

A posted detour will direct traffic to continue on the outbound Dan Ryan (southbound I-90/94) to reenter the inbound expressway via the 18th Street interchange. After exiting at Roosevelt Road, motorists will turn left at Jefferson Street, right on Harrison Street and left on Wells Street to connect with Congress Parkway.

From travelmidwest.com: Thursday, June 16, one westbound lane on Illinois Route 390 between Park Boulevard and I-290 is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. to prepare for a traffic shift on the ramp connecting westbound Illinois Route 390 to westbound I-290. At 1 a.m. on Friday, June 17, a full ramp closure is scheduled and traffic will be detoured via the Meacham Road loop ramp to eastbound Illinois Route 390 and back to the I-290 Interchange where traffic will be able to exit to westbound I-290. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. on Friday, June 17, ahead of rush hour traffic.
290 Interchange project

On the Reagan Tollway in Downers Grove: On Thursday, June 16, the center lane on the ramp will close at 9 a.m. and reopen later that day, before closing again at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 17, with the closure continuing for the majority of the weekend. The lane is scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. on Monday, June 20.

Weekend CTA Travel Alerts

Trains Rerouted Downtown: Lake and Wabash Closed – Orange, Green, Pink and Brown Lines will be rerouted this weekend from 10:00 p.m. Friday through 4:00 a.m. Monday.
Orange & Brown Line Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway.
Green Line Trains will operate between Harlem and 63rd.
Pink Line Trains will run between 54th/Cermak & Downtown

The Addison Street on the CTA Blue Line will be closed this weekend beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday.
A bus shuttle will operate between the Addison and Belmont stations.

#DumpThePumpDay: On Thursday, ditch the car and take the CTA, Metra or Pace. Take a picture and share on social with hashtags: #DTPChi or #DumpThePumpSweeps, to be automatically entered into a drawing to win great prizes.

Riders can enter multiple ‘dump the pump’ photos however rules allow only one raffle entry per rider no matter how many photos are entered. This is sponsored by the Regional Transportation Authority.