North Shore Views
I really have to applaud the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce for some smart marketing. This year they have repositioned the same-old, same-old Sidewalk Sale to something much more alluring: a SummerFest.
Yes, there will still be a sidewalk sale with special deals at local stores, but SummerFest will be much more than that: there will be live entertainment, a beer garden, food, kids’ activities and an art festival. The event runs for two days, but if you want more than shopping, you should probably go on Saturday.
When: Friday, July 8 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
Where: Wilmette Village Center, Wilmette and Central Avenues.
The live entertainment will go from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday.
The beer garden will be open from noon to 9:00 pm on Saturday.
After the beer garden closes down on Saturday night, the fun moves inside, with stand-up comedy by Carmen Esposito at The Wilmette Theatre at 9:00 pm. This is a 21-and-older event, as beer and wine will be sold. Tickets: $12.
For more info on Summerfest, call the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber at 847-251-3800 or visit www.wilmettechamber.org.