Chicago Events This Weekend (and next), 5/5 – 5/13

If you can make it to Wicker Park this weekend, visit the actual Wicker Park (field house) where they’ll be having a plant sale Saturday 5/5 & Sunday 5/6. Proceeds benefit the Wicker Park Garden Club’s maintenance of 10,000 sq. ft. of gardens within Wicker Park itself and the garden club’s 7 month lecture & workshop series (Saturday’s lecture is on raising chickens).

I walked the pup to Wicker Park today and it’s beautiful right now- the gardens are lush with greenery, white iris are in full bloom, and birds are singing. The garden club is setting up the plant sale today and they have a great mix of annuals, perennials and veggies. Gardening experts are on-hand to give advice on the best plants for your garden.

This weekend at Navy Pier is Green Festival 2012, an event dedicated to sustainable economy, ecological balance, and social justice. If you happen to subscribe to email updates from the Organic Consumer’s Association, check your inbox for a code to get into the festival for free (otherwise tickets are available at the door).

Version Fest  kicks off its big first weekend in Bridgeport with a blend of pop-up shops and rotating list of food trucks. Version 12 lasts for the full month of May in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Don’t miss Enoch’s Doughnuts, I wrote a blog about them a couple months back and according to their Facebook page they sell out fast.

Last event for this weekend is gazing at the “super moon” on Saturday night. It’s everywhere in the news but you might have needed a reminder. Chicago’s looking pretty cloudy so you might have to use your imagination on this one.

Next weekend you don’t want to miss THE CITY’S ANNUAL FREE PLANT GIVEAWAY!

Second TulipMania! and Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13
Hours: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Garfield Market Gate (on Central Park Ave, just north of the Main Lobby entrance)
Cost: Tulip bulbs are free!

Every spring, the City of Chicago and Chicago Park District pull all of the tulips from downtown and Chicago parks to replace them with warmer season plantings. TulipMania is an event that recycles these bulbs so they can be distributed to the public for free. Tulip bulbs are given on a first come, first served basis. They go fast, and the line begins to form early. Tulip bulbs are given away in mixed bags and yours may include varieties like “Maggie Daley,” “Rococco Parrot,” “Princess Irene,” and more!In conjunction with the tulip bulb giveaway, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is hosting a Mother’s Day Tropical Plant Sale in the Garfield Market Place, which will include a variety of tropical houseplants, succulents and a limited supply of garden seedlings. There will also be Hail Storm Glass pieces by artist Beth Berger Martin on sale to raise funds to rebuild after last summer’s hail storm. All plant sale proceeds benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance’s programming and aid in the reconstruction efforts.

One response to “Chicago Events This Weekend (and next), 5/5 – 5/13

  1. I want to go, thanks for sharing!

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