Evanston IL Among 2018 Gold Medal Award Finalists

Evanston IL Among 2018 Gold Medal Award Finalists

Evanston IL Among 2018 Gold Medal Award Finalists for National Gold Medal Award. Evanston is in Class 3. This is of population 75,000 to 150,000. There 5 public beaches including a dog beach and a boat launch. There are swimming beaches and sailboat rentals and classes available.Evanston IL Among 2018 Gold Medal Award Finalists

The National Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States. These cities demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management and innovative approaches to delivering superb park and recreation services with fiscally sound business practices.

The National Gold Medal Award Program includes seven classes. 5 classes based upon population. 1 class for armed forces recreation and one class for state park systems in odd numbered years. At the beginning of each calendar year, agencies are invited to submit applications for consideration, with a deadline of mid-March. Finalists are announced at the end of April.

A panel of five park and recreation professionals reviews and judges all application materials. Importantly judges were chosen for their considerable experience and knowledge in parks and recreation on both local and national levels.

The City of Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department joins three other finalists in the Class III category for cities with populations of 75,001 to 150,000 that will compete for grand honors this year. Other finalists include Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department (Bloomington, IN), Greeley Culture, Parks and Recreation (Greeley, CO), and Lawrence Parks and Recreation (Lawrence, KS).

“From summer camps to summer jobs, preschool programs to senior services, Evanston’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department strives to meet the needs of our entire community,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. “Being named a national Gold Medal finalist two years running is a testament to the department’s continued commitment to excellence, innovation and community service. Congratulations to the entire department on this outstanding recognition.”

Evanston IL Among 2018 Gold Medal Award Finalists

Highlighted in Evanston’s award application were the department’s efforts to positively impact all members of the community through services, events and programming, including Mayor Hagerty’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP), long-term care ombudsman services, summer camp reading program in collaboration with the Evanston Public Library, and others. Also included were new department initiatives, such as the “Let’s Play”. Also engagement trailer, which brings recreation opportunities to neighborhood events. Installation of the Ecology Center’s apiary and pollinator garden, which facilitates educational programming. The City also noted its wide variety of cultural events. Evanston offers the World Arts & Music Festival, as well as its diverse, skilled staff, which includes Olympian figure skating coaches, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, certified Kingian non-violence trainers, and many others.

Also check out Evanston IL Downtown Rated In Top Ten!

Ravinia Festival 2018

Ravinia Festival 2018

Tickets for the Ravinia Festival 2018 concert tickets are now on sale. Attending this wonderful event is a big part of many peoples Summer schedules. It has been a part of mine for many years. The first time I attended was in 1970 when my father took me to see Benny Goodman.Ravinia Festival 2018

Ravinia in Highland Park Illinois is considered the oldest music festival in America. The events take place from June to September. The first year of the event took place in 1905. This is a unique event because of the layout. You get a 36-acre park where people can bring their own food and drink and have a party.

The music is piped through huge speakers, so people can enjoy the events while sitting on the lawn with their friends. People take the Metra train to the site and bring coolers and tons of food. There is nothing like it anywhere and the lawn is perfect for friends meeting up.

If you are a serious music lover there is the Ravinia Festival Pavilion. You get a 3,400-seat covered theatre with about the best sound anywhere I can think of. Some people will hang with friends on the lawn for hours eating and drinking until the music starts and then enter the pavilion to really hear the music.

Ravinia Festival 2018

In 2017  Stevie Nicks totally blow us away. The sound was perfect, and her show exceeded my expectations. If you ever get the chance you must check out the Ravinia Festival.

If you want to find out who is playing this season click the Ravinia Festival 2018 link. You will find rock, pop, jazz, classical and every other genre of music available. Some people are so into this event they by groups of tickets or even season tickets. You can lose on a warm Summer night.

Summer Festival Guide for Chicago Land

Summer Festival Guide for Chicago Land

Although it has been  quite chilly outside it is almost time for the most fun time of the whole year. During the Spring and Summer we have so much going on. That is festivals, neighborhood street fairs and live music.

The crafts, food and just hanging out with people makes our city and suburbs so much fun. I personally look forward to this all year long. We are going to tell you a little bit about what is in store so you can plan your schedule.

Wicker Park fest

Here is a look at the schedule:

Summer Festival Guide for Chicago Land


May 5: Chicago Beer Classic (Museum Campus) | Map

May 5: Chicago Kids and Kites Festival (Uptown) | Map

May 18-20: Lincoln Park Wine Fest | Map

May 18-20: Mayfest (Lakeview) | Map

May 19: Bark in the Park (Museum Campus) | Map

May 19-20: Skokie Festival of Cultures | Map

May 25-27: Mole de Mayo (Pilsen) | Map

May 25-28: Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest (Oak Forest) | Map

May 26: Chicago House Music Festival (Loop) | Map

May 26: Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Map

May 26-27: Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest (Lakeview) | Map

May 26-27: Barrington Art Festival | Map

May 31-June 3: Maifest Chicago (Lincoln Square) | Map


June 1-2: Chicago Gospel Music Festival (Loop) | Map

June 1-2: Chicago Ale Fest (Loop) | Map

June 1-3: Lincoln Park Greek Fest | Map

June 1-3: Taste of Mexico (Little Village) | Map

June 1-3: Do Division Street Fest (Wicker Park) | Map

June 2-3: 57th Street Art Fair (Hyde Park) | Map

June 8-10: Andersonville Midsommarfest | Map

June 8-10: Chicago Blues Festival (Loop) | Map

June 8-10: Spring Awakening (University Village) | Map

June 8-10: Ribfest Chicago  (North Center) | Map

June 9-10: Bolingbrook Burgers, Brews & Blues Fest | Map

June 9 -10: Wells Street Art Festival (Old Town) | Map

June 9-10: Old Town Art Fair | Map

June 9-10: Promenade of Art  (Arlington Heights) | Map

June 9-10: Pilsen Food Truck Social | Map

June 13-Aug. 18: Grant Park Music Festival (Loop) | Map

June 15-16: The Scottish Festival & Highland Games (Itasca) | Map

June 15-17: Taste of Randolph Street (West Town) | Map

June 16-17: Chicago Pride Fest (Lakeview) | Map

June 16-17: Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park (Loop) | Map

June 16-17: Old Canal Days Craft and Art Fair (Lockport) | Map

June 16-17: Custer Fair (Evanston) | Map

June 22-23: World’s Largest Block Party (West Loop Gate) | Map

June 22-24: Country Lake Shake (Museum Campus)| Map

June 22-24: Logan Square Arts Festival | Map

June 22-24: Ruidofest (University Village) | Map

June 22-24: Strawberry Festival (Long Grove) | Map

June 23: Craft Beer Festival (Lisle) | Map

June 23-24: Mamby on the Beach (Oakland) | Map

June 23-24: Ravenswood on Tap (North Center) | Map

June 23-24: The Art Center Highland Park Festival of Fine Arts | Map

June 23-24: Evanston Chamber Artisan SummerFest | Map

June 24: Chicago Pride Parade (Uptown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park) | Map

June 29-July 1: Windy City Ribfest (Uptown) | Map

June 29-July 1: Eyes to the Skies (Lisle) | Map

June 29-July 4: Frontier Days Festival (Arlington Heights) | Map

June 30-July 1: Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival (Glencoe) | Map


July 4-7: Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest | Map

July 6-8: African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (West Town)| Map

July 6-8: Millennium Art Festival (Loop) | Map

July 6-8: West Fest (Ukrainian Village)| Map

July 6-8: Irish American Heritage Festival (Mayfair) | Map

July 7: Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Music Festival (Woodlawn) | Map

July 7-8: Live on Lincoln (Lakeview) | Map

July 11-15: Taste of Chicago (Loop) | Map

July 13-15: Windy City Smokeout (Fulton River District) | Map

July 13-15: Square Roots Festival (Lincoln Square) | Map

July 14: Bastille Day Chicago (Ravenswood) | Map

July 14-15: Southport Art & Music Fest (Lakeview) | Map

July 14-15: Roscoe Village Burger Fest | Map

July 15: Dearborn Garden Walk (Gold Coast) | Map

July 15: Chinatown Summer Fair | Map

July 18-22: Kane County Fair (St. Charles) | Map

July 20-22: Pitchfork Music Festival (West Town) | Map

July 20-22: Colombian Fest  (Hermosa) | Map

July 20-22: Taste of River North | Map

July 20-22: Artfest Michigan Avenue (Near North Side) | Map

July 20-22: Forest Park Music Fest | Map

July 20-22: Ben Fest (North Center) | Map

July 21-22: Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 21-22: Chicago Craft Beer Festival (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 21-22: North Shore Festival of the Arts (Skokie) | Map

July 25-29: DuPage County Fair (Wheaton) | Map

July 25-29: Lake County Fair (Grayslake) | Map

July 26-29: Proud American Days (New Lenox) | Map

July 27-29: Wicker Park Fest | Map

July 28-29: Chicago Margarita Festival (Near North Side) | Map

July 28-29: Taste of Lincoln (Lincoln Park) | Map

July 28-29: Glencoe Festival of Art | Map

July 29: Bloody Mary Fest (Highwood) | Map


Aug. 2-5: Lollapalooza (Loop) | Map

Aug. 2-5: Little Italy Fest-West (Addison) | Map

Aug. 3-5: Jeff Fest (Jefferson Park) | Map

Aug. 3-5: Destination Asia Festival (Lisle) | Map

Aug. 4-5: Edge Fest (Edgewater) | Map

Aug. 4-5: Art at the Glen (Glenview) | Map

Aug. 10-12: Chicago Hot Dog Fest (Lincoln Park) | Map

Aug. 10-12: Ginza Holiday Festival (Lincoln Park) | Map

Aug. 10-12: Retro on Roscoe (Roscoe Village) | Map

Aug. 10-12: Festival Cubano (Belmont Cragin) | Map

Aug. 11: Bud Billiken Parade (Bronzeville) | Map

Aug. 11-12: Northalsted Market Days (Lakeview) | Map

Aug. 11-12: Lincolnshire Art Festival | Map

Aug. 11-12: Near North Food Truck Social | Map

Aug. 16: Clark After Dark (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 17-19: Edison Park Fest | Map

Aug. 17-19: Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest (Rogers Park) | Map

Aug. 17-19: Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival | Map

Aug. 18-19: Chicago Air and Water Show (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 18: Windy City Carnival (Hyde Park) | Map

Aug. 18: Oak Park Micro Brew Review | Map

Aug. 18-19: Sangria Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 18-19: Pilsen Fest | Map

Aug. 18-19: Vintage Days (Long Grove) | Map

Aug. 19: South Shore Summer Fest | Map

Aug. 22-26: Will County Fair  (Peotone) | Map

Aug. 24-26: Taste of Greektown | Map

Aug. 24-26: Logan Square Food Truck Social | Map

Aug. 25-26: Port Clinton Art Festival (Highland Park) | Map

Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Chicago Jazz Festival (Loop) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: NorthCoast Music Festival (West Town) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Great American Lobster Fest (Near North Side) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: African Festival of the Arts (Washington Park) | Map

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Taste of Polonia (Jefferson Park) | Map


Sept. 1-2: Fine Art Festival at Oakbrook Center | Map

Sept. 1-2: Deer Park Art Show | Map

Sept. 1-3: Frankfort Fall Fest | Map

Sept. 1-3: Irish Days (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 7: Windy City Wine Festival (Loop) | Map

Sept. 7-9: Throwback Music Fest (Norwood Park) | Map

Sept. 7-9: Festival de La Villita (Little Village) | Map

Sept. 7-9: German American Oktoberfest (Lincoln Square) | Map

Sept. 7-23: World Music Festival | Various Locations

Sept. 8-9: Chicago Bourbon & Barbecue Festival (Roscoe Village) | Map

Sept. 8-9: Lakeview East Festival of the Arts | Map

Sept. 14-16: Riot Fest (Douglas Park) | Map

Sept. 14-16: Fulton Market Harvest Fest (West Town) | Map

Sept. 15-16: Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Map

Sept. 15-16: Ravenswood Artwalk | Map

Sept. 15-16: Printers’ Row Art Fest | Map

Sept. 21-23: Apple Fest (Long Grove) | Map

Sept. 22: Creative Youth Festival (Loop) | Map

Sept. 28-30: Oktoberfest Chicago (Lakeview) | Map

Sept. 28-30: Chicago Gourmet (Loop) | Map

Sept. 29-30: Hyde Park Jazz Festival | Map

Sept. 29-30: Edgewater Arts Festival | Map

Sept. 29-30: The Highwood Starving Artists Show | Map

Summer Festival Guide for Chicago Land

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