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10 TRENDS | Spring-Inspired West Suburban Happenings



WELCOME SPRING! LET'S GET OUT THERE AND HAVE SOME SPRINGTIME FUN

Here we go! Spring is here and west suburban Chicago is overflowing with springtime fun for everyone! April and May will bring smiles and memories to so many this season–from outdoor events including garden-themed occasions and runs for charity, to shopping and dining activities including artisan markets, wine dinners and more. Enjoy!


#1 | Local Love Market

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 • 10am-2pm

GENEVA–Local Love Market at Weathered Ways Farm is a farmer’s market focusing on community. The organizer’s goal is to bring quality products that vendors are proud to sell and customers are excited to have. Support local this Spring! Running April through September on select Saturdays. Weathered Ways Farm, 39W270 Keslinger Rd, Geneva



#2 | Lilac Time: Art & Craft Fair

SUNDAY, MAY 1

LOMBARD–Join us for one of Lombard's biggest events! This annual craft fair pulls in a crowd of 3,500 people from the surrounding area and is a great opportunity for local artisans to showcase their work. Crafter and Food Vendor Registration is open online. Volunteer opportunities also available, please contact info@lombardchamber.com for more information.


#3 | Midwest Tulip Fest

MID-APRIL to MID-MAY

MAPLE PARK–This past November Kuiper’s team went to work planting something a bit different... tulips! Have fun this spring for the kickoff of their Midwest Tulip Fest. Official dates are TBD based on the flowers' bloom schedule, but plan on Mid-April to Mid-May for tulip time.


#4 | 25th Annual Art in Wilder Park

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 & MAY 1 • 10AM-5PM

ELMHURST–Presented with RGL Marketing for the Arts, Inc. featuring over 70 Midwest artists, along with events and exhibitions at the Elmhurst Art Museum. Both days (April 30 & May 1) are presented festival style with one of a kind art, food vendors, entertainment, and hands-on activities for families hosted by various community organizations. Art in Wilder Park, located in the heart of Elmhurst, attracts 8,000 - 10,000 visitors annually who not only attend the festival, but a high percentage of the art festival attendees support the restaurants, coffee shops and other local businesses.


#5 | Spring Wine Tasting

SATURDAY, MAY 7

LISLE–Visit the Morton Arboretum for this special springtime event. Sip and savor delicious wines amid beautiful tree-filled views at the Spring Wine Tasting. Over 80 different wines will be available for tasting. Booths will be spread out along Meadow Lake, Frost Hill, and Conifer walking paths to allow for ample space to sample and gorgeous scenic views. Each event ticket includes 25 1-ounce pours, a souvenir tasting glass, and beautiful Arboretum scenery. Food will be available for purchase and various art vendors will be scattered throughout the event trail.


#6 | The Farmer & Artisan Market

APRIL-OCTOBER • SEE DATES

NORTH AURORA–The Farmer & Artisan Market at The Rustic Fox is a monthly outdoor market located right in the store’s parking lot. It offers flowers, fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, spices, fresh breads, pastries, chocolates & sweets, food trucks, gourmet coffee, clothing & accessories, jewelry, garden, vintage, furniture & decor, up-cycled, handmade, art, baby & kids, health & beauty, food trucks, and more. Shop 140+ vendors inside once you are finished shopping the outdoor vendors. Dates include April 23, May 21, June 18, July 23, August 20, September 17, October 15.


#7 | The Color Run at Soldier Field

JUNE 4

CHICAGO–Calling all dreamers, believers, and magic-makers! Get up and glow for the Happiest 5K on The Planet. In 2022, The Color Run is celebrating those who make the world brighter, healthier, and happier.


#8 | Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition

THROUGH APRIL 2022

OAK BROOK–The first-ever walk-thru documentary tells the untold story of how a Princess changed the world. Enter a stunning visual journey paired with exclusive, never-heard-before stories that trace Diana’s emotional path as she modernizes Motherhood, revolutionizes Fashion, and shows the world how to be Human.



#9 | Human + Nature Exhibit

ALL SEASON LONG

LISLE–Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world.


#10 | Wine & Canvas

APRIL 20 + MAY 11

AURORA–Pinot Noir meets the palette as an instructor guides you through Blackberry Farm’s own custom canvas creation. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, snacks, a few friends and enjoy a lively, social and creative night out. Register online: https://bit.ly/3CMrlO2







































#5 | Spring Wine Tasting

LISLE–Visit the Morton Arboretum for this special springtime event. Sip and savor delicious wines amid beautiful tree-filled views at the Spring Wine Tasting. Over 80 different wines will be available for tasting. Booths will be spread out along Meadow Lake, Frost Hill, and Conifer walking paths to allow for ample space to sample and gorgeous scenic views. Each event ticket includes 25 1-ounce pours, a souvenir tasting glass, and beautiful Arboretum scenery. Food will be available for purchase and various art vendors will be scattered throughout the event trail. www.mortonarb.org/explore


#6 | The Farmer & Artisan Market

NORTH AURORA–The Farmer & Artisan Market at The Rustic Fox is a monthly outdoor market located right in the store’s parking lot. It offers flowers, fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, spices, fresh breads, pastries, chocolates & sweets, food trucks, gourmet coffee, clothing & accessories, jewelry, garden, vintage, furniture & decor, up-cycled, handmade, art, baby & kids, health & beauty, food trucks, and more. Shop 140+ vendors inside once you are finished shopping the outdoor vendors. Dates include April 23, May 21,

June 18, July 23, August 20, September 17, October 15.

www.therusticfoxhome.com


#7 | The Color Run at Soldier Field

CHICAGO–Calling all dreamers, believers, and magic-makers! Get up and glow for the Happiest 5K on The Planet. In 2022, The Color Run is celebrating those who make the world brighter, healthier, and happier.

www.thecolorrun.com/locations/chicago