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Trip Sisters Episode 16 (9-15-18) – Music Festivals

Sisters Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk tips and trends on all things travel. This week they talked about how women are using cannabis now more than ever and best musical festivals in the USA. Then they discussed their favorite music festivals, concert venues, and favorite travel songs.

Weekend A-Jenda: August 25th – 28th

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Chicago Dancing Fesitval

Date: Tuesday, August 23 – Saturday, August 27
Time: Various
Location: Various including Navy Pier, Harris Theater and Auditorium Theatre

The 10th annual Chicago Dancing Festival will bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation.

For more information and tickets visit: http://www.chicagodancingfestival.com/tickets



Billy Joel

Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Wrigley Field

Legendary musician Billy Joel will return to Chicago to perform at Wrigley Field Friday, August 26, 2016. This performance will make him the first artist to play at the Friendly Confines for three consecutive years, and a record-setting fifth overall appearance.

Traffic Alert: Possible street closures on Sheffield, Clark and Waveland around the perimeter of the ballpark.
Use Red Line or #22 Clark and #152 Addison buses



Taste of Greektown

Date: Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28
Time: Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday from noon to 11:00 p.m.
Location: West Loop

From the website: Hellenic pride will take center stage when this acclaimed annual culinary fest on Halsted Street in Chicago’s happening West Loop returns for its 27th year. As most Chicagoans know, this strip of Halsted has been the epicenter of the city’s acclaimed Greek restaurant scene for decades. Quite simply, Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture.

Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eateries will again be the main attraction. There will also be plenty of music and entertainment including Greek bands and games for both kids and families.




Date: Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27
Location: Brookfield Zoo

Enjoy bears and beers, lions and lagers, anteaters and ales…all at Brookfield Zoo’s fifth annual ZooBrew on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, 2016. Zoo Brew is a one-of-a-kind, 21 and over*, unique beer-tasting event featuring over 80 beers.

For more information visit: https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Events/Upcoming-Events/ZooBrew


White Sox Play at Home (Thursday night is ZUBAZPALOOZA!)

Date: Every day, Thursday, August 25 – Sunday, August 28
Location: U.S. Cellular Field

White Sox Promo Aug 25 thru Aug 28




2016 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon

Date: Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28
Time: 4:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. daily with various festivities
Location: Chicago’s Lakefront


Columbus Drive: Roosevelt to Balbo 7:00 PM thru Sunday 8/28, 7:00 PM


Columbus Drive: Roosevelt to Balbo ALL DAY, except 7:00 AM thru 1:00 PM **
All lanes closed to traffic
** Southbound lanes ONLY will be re-opened for Bears
game traffic between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Simonds Drive: Foster Ave to Montrose 5:00 AM thru 12:00 PM
All lanes closed to traffic
Lake Shore Drive, Randolph St Exit Ramp 11:00 AM – SUN 8/28 @ 4:00 PM
Northbound exit ramp only


Lake Shore Drive: Randolph to Hollywood 5:00 AM thru 12:30 PM
Inner two lanes restricted to bicycles only (outer two lanes remain open to traffic)
Lower/Intermediate Wacker Dr: Jackson to Lake Shore 6:30 AM – 11:20 AM
All lanes closed to traffic. No traffic obstructions on Upper Wacker.
McCormick Place Busway: Entire Route 6:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Closed to motor coach access
Intermediate Columbus Dr: Randolph to Water St 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Northbound lanes closed
Lower Columbus Dr: Randolph to Wacker Dr 6:30 AM – 12:00 PM
All lanes closed
Intermediate Randolph: Columbus Dr. to Lakefront 5:00 AM – 12:30 PM
All lanes closed to traffic; exceptions for local traffic


Other Events

Will County Fair 08/24/2016 Peotone, IL
Worth Days Fest 08/25/2016 Worth, IL
Amboy Depot Days 08/25/2016 Amboy, IL
St. Albert The Great Parish Carnival 08/25/2016 Burbank, IL
DeKalb Corn Fest 08/26/2016 Dekalb, IL
Taste of Highland Park 08/26/2016 Highland Park, IL
Downtown Palatine Street Fest 08/26/2016 Palatine, IL
ZooBrew 08/26/2016 Brookfield, IL
Cherry Valley Festival Days 08/26/2016 Cherry Valley, IL
Sangamon River Music Festival 08/26/2016 Mahomet, IL
Urbana Sweetcorn Festival 08/26/2016 Urbana, IL
Skokie Backlot Bash 08/26/2016 Skokie, IL
DuQuoin State Fair 08/26/2016 Du Quoin, IL
Annual Olden Days Festival 08/27/2016 Dow, IL
Family Fest 08/27/2016 Medinah, IL
Port Clinton Art Festival 08/27/2016 Highland Park, IL
Bucktown Arts Festival 08/27/2016 Chicago, IL

CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts

Work on the CTA Red Line will begin 11 p.m. Friday and continue until 2 a.m. Monday morning. Howard-bound trains will not stop at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse or Jarvis stations. Customers at bypassed stations will need to take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and then transfer to a Howard-bound train. Other transit options include: #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #147 Outer Drive Express or #151 Sheridan bus routes.

Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects

Weather permitting, on Saturday, August 27, one eastbound lanes on IL-390 between Meacham Road and Park Boulevard is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. All eastbound lanes between I-290 and Park Boulevard are scheduled to close at midnight and a detour will be posted directing traffic to use Rohlwing Road, Devon Avenue and Prospect Avenue to continue east on IL-390.

In addition, the ramp carrying traffic from eastbound I-290 to eastbound IL-390 is scheduled to close at midnight and a detour will be posted directing traffic to exit at Biesterfield Road in advance of the interchange. Traffic will be detoured along Rohlwing Road, Devon Avenue and Prospect Avenue before continuing onto eastbound IL-390.

The ramp and one eastbound lane are scheduled to reopen by 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 28. All lanes are scheduled to reopen by 10 a.m.

Similar closures are scheduled overnight Sunday, August 29, with all lanes reopening by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 29, in advance of the morning rush hour.

What To Do This Weekend: May, 6th – 8th, 2016

For the Adults:

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Old Crow’s and Moe’s Cantina, River North, Chicago

whiskey and tequila

Sample various whiskeys & tequilas with other whiskey & tequila enthusiasts while celebrating Cinco De Mayo & The Kentucky Derby!  Over 50 unique whiskeys, bourbons, tequilas & mezcals available to sample.

Contests will be held for best Derby Hat & Best Sombrero, and all attendees will receive over $200 in “Freebies.”

Tickets are $60, and can be purchased at http://whiskeyandtequilafest.com/.



Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: Various Sessions (visit website for details)
Soldier Field, Chicago

beer fest

Chicago’s largest beer festival just got an upgrade…to Soldier Field.

The price of a general admission ticket includes, but is not limited to, 48x two-ounce samples, a Chicago Beer Classic signature tasting cup, limited-release beers on the grass of Soldier Field, a fully-loaded pretzel necklace making experience, activities and beer education.

Also offered, a Stadium Tour during the event available for an extra $10 at the event or as an add on to the ticket purchase.

Tickets are selling out quickly at http://chicagobeerclassic.com/.


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

Women looking for a “Girls Day Out,” can head to this free event where there will be a variety of vendors, entertainment and activities for women.

Lady a women's expo

Features include fashion shows, shopping, wine tasting, home improvement and remodeling vendors just to name a few. Mrs. Illinois International 2016 – Nicole Zwiercan will also have a meet and greet!

Free gift bags will be give to the first 500 attendees. More information can be found at the event planner’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/22CMevents/


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bolingbrook Promenade, Bolingbrook

Car owners are urged to bring their prized vehicles out the morning of May 7 for the first Supercar Saturdays event of 2016. The diverse event “welcomes everything from classics and muscle cars to exotics and modified contemporary cars.”

bolingbrook car show

The event is not limited to car owners, as enthusiasts and families are encouraged to join. RSVP for the FREE event at: http://www.supercarsaturdays.com/rsvp.asp

Immediately following the Supercar Saturdays event on May 7th, all participants and spectators are invited to Drive to Autobahn Country Club for a complementary car show, a touring session on track, autocross, and karting.


For the Kids:

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pilcher Park, Joliet

The Joliet Park District is hosting Fairy Fest at Pilcher Park. Families can “enjoy fairy flower walks, discover fairy food, make enchanted crafts and see entertainment from winged hostesses!”

It is urged to come “dressed in wings” because there will be wand making for all ages.

Regular admission is $10.

Breakfast with the Fairies runs from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., costs $15, and includes admission to the Fairy Festival following the breakfast.

fairy fest

Registration can be found by clicking here or visit www.jolietpark.org.


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cricket Hill at Lincoln Park, Chicago

kids and kites

The city of Chicago will provide kite kits for children to build, decorate and fly at the park near Montrose Harbor for the event’s 18th year. Admission is free!

Other activities include face painting, balloon artists and crafts.

For complete details, visit www.chicagokidsandkites.us

Delays on the Red & Blue lines expected, construction on I-55 at Lake Shore Drive and parade Closures in the loop.

Compiled by Jen DeSalvo for the Big John Howell Show on WLS-AM 890.