Sorry folks. I haven’t been with you for a week. I was in Jamaica getting some much needed R&R.
I was shocked to feel the first winds of autumn come upon us Monday when I got to O’Hare. That doesn’t mean a thing. Summer’s still here, with a slew of outdoor activities to match.
From exploring the heritage of the Native Americans, a colorful experience watching hot air balloons arise from the ground, hearing a timeless musician, witnessing port side and starboard sides of a sailboat or scampering and searching to find a way to the finish line of a maze, the outdoor activities are endless.
However indoors, you can see the garb of your ancestors during a tumultuous time in the last weekend of the Ladies Attire of the Civil War Revisited exhibit at the Meeting House in Antioch. Either way, next weekend’s destination is in Lake County and here are the top things to do this weekend August 28-30.
- Look in the sky – it’s a bird, it’s a plane. It’s a plethora of hot-air balloons as Grayslake’s Central Park will host the Third Annual Grayslake Color Aloft Balloon Festival. Witness the inflation and competition of the balloon experts as they contend in a ‘Fox and Hounds Contest.’ After the sun sets, the sky will light up with the burners of the balloons that will illuminate the night. Be sure to show up early, because to kick off the event there is a Civil War Era baseball game. The event includes live music, family activities and different food and drink vendors.
Saturday, August 29; 4-9 p.m. Central Park, 250 Library Ln., Grayslake.
- Receive a taste of the Native American heritage to receive a heighten awareness of their history at the 22nd Annual Potawatomi Trails Pow Pow. Join the celebration as you will listen and witness the history, traditions and customs of the Native Americans. Other festivities occurring at this Zion jubilee include live demonstrations, music & dance presentations, educational sessions and a trader area.
Saturday-Sunday, August 29-30; Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Adult Admission $5, Children Admission $1. Shiloh Park, 27th Street, Zion.
- Considered the World’s Largest, Richardson’s Corn Maze will open their doors, to challenge patrons to get through one or all of the five mazes on 33 acres of land in Spring Grove. This year’s theme to Richardson’s design is commemorating the Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup win. Other activities include pumpkin picking, board games, zip lining, ZORB rides, campfires, animal zoo, wagon ride and so much more.
Friday-Sunday, August 29-31; Fri 3-11 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 12-10 p.m. Adult Admission $15, Child Admission $12. Richardson Adventure Farm & Corn Maze, 9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove.
- And it’s just like the ocean under the moon, that same emotion that you get from Carlos Santana. Santana six a 10-time Grammy Award winner, no. 15 on the Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time. Spend an evening with the living legend as he continues his Corazon Tour at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park for two performances.
Saturday-Sunday, August 29-30; 7:30 p.m. Admission $100-120. Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park.
- For the fourteenth consecutive year, Larsen Marine hosts Lake Michigan’s only exclusive In-Water Sailboat Show. Larsen Marine and other local dealers will have the latest models from Blue Jacket, Catalina, DuFour, Hunter, Jeanneau, Tartan and more at the docks and available for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome on deck. All Aboard!
Friday-Sunday, August 28-30; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Larsen Marine, 625 E. Seahorse Dr., Waukegan.