You never have to leave

…Milwaukee Avenue this weekend

Get your grocery shopping out of the way Friday after work at Sunrise Fresh Market (2722 N. Milwaukee Avenue) before heading home for a good night’s rest. Friday promises good sleeping weather so you’ll be refreshed and energized for getting those errands run on Saturday morning.

Take that gold necklace that you’ve been meaning to get fixed to Omar Jewelry (2624 N. Milwaukee Avenue), and they’ll repair it while you wait. Looking for a gift for that college freshman soon to head off to school? Pick up a CD at Latin music emporium Disco City (2628 N. Milwaukee Avenue) so she’ll have some Latin flavor to remind her of home in Logan Square. Oh, did you miss breakfast? Stop in at Pierre’s Bakery (2747 N. Milwaukee Avenue) for a pastry to keep you going. Keep looking for some bargains at the Milwaukee Avenue sidewalk sale or declare the errand-running done for the day.

Scene in Logan Square: Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

If shopping’s not your thing, now’s the time to start to enjoy your day at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (corner of Milwaukee/Diversey/ Kimball Avenues). Two stages. Hours of fun.

Music: including bomba and plena from Grupo Yubá, the experimental jazz of the Keefe Jackson Trio (click on either link to sample their music as you continue reading; I especially like Grupo Yubá’s “Acereco”), and the Blues SchoolHouse band.

Performance: including Vaudeville Underground.

Visual arts: including a preview of the exhibit, “Unfinished Logan Square” by Tracy Kostenbader (the exhibit opens Monday, August 11 at Elastic Arts Foundation’s Elastic Vision Gallery, 2830 N. Milwaukee Avenue).

Tracy Kostenbader’s <em>Boxes</em>, 2008, (detail), 3” X 3” X 3” paper boxes with printed electronic images, rubble from the site of each location inside

Tracy Kostenbader’s Boxes, 2008, (detail), 3” X 3” X 3” paper boxes with printed electronic images, rubble from the site of each location inside

So that you don’t miss a beat, food and drink’s available from vendors, or take out from area restaurants and continue to enjoy the performances well into the evening.

If you need a change of scenery or just need to get out of the sun, head over to Dunlays on the Square for dinner. With or without the kids, save room for Dunlays’ famous ice cream and giant chocolate chip cookie in a cast iron skillet dessert.

If the kids are in tow, leave enough time to catch the last showing of “Wall-E” at the Logan Theater (2646 N. Milwaukee Avenue). Or stroll across the square to The Winds Café (2657 N. Kedzie Avenue) for some adult beverages and the funky soul of Eli Jones & the Bare Bones before you drag yourself home for some shut-eye.

If you’re a little worse for wear on Sunday morning, mellow into the day at Cafe Con Leché (2714 N. Milwaukee Avenue), with some, well, cafe con leché. Fortify yourself with some chilequiles or save your appetite for lunch.

Scene in Logan Square: Logan Square Farmer’s Market

Most people go to a farmers market so they can make a meal. Some of us go to eat a meal.

That’s what yesterday’s Chicago TribuneFeasting at farmers markets” had to say. So head on back to the square Sunday morning for the Logan Square Farmer’s Market, which the Trib article annoints “Chicago’s coolest farmers market,” continuing Sundays through October at the southeast corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue. There you can complete your grocery shopping, catch up with neighbors, buy your lunch from one of the vendors and enjoy it on the splendor of the square.

Whew! Call it a day.

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