Sponsored by the Pottawattomie Park Advisory Council, the Picnic in the Parktakes place tomorrow (Friday, August 29th) beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks).
The picnic will be chock full with all sorts of activities for the kids, such as face-painting, a coloring contest, hula-hoops, sidewalk chalk, and a multi-level bouncy castle with a slide! And I’ll be handing out free helium-filled balloons!
At 6:30 p.m., Ben’s Bubble Show will regale you with an absolutely amazing, interactive bubble demonstration. A Navy Pier entertainer who has been featured on ABC TV Channel 7 and WGN TV Channel 9 morning news programs, Ben creates huge bubbles that people of all ages love to chase, pop, or just stare at in awe. Some can be as big as a car! Their transient and delicate beauty elicit an awe inspiring sense of wonder. They have been called “silent fireworks”.
When the wind kicks up, Ben uses a special tool that creates hundreds of softball sized bubbles in a few seconds that he shoots at his audience. It’s a bubble blizzard. Throw in a little humor and some audience participation, and you get one of a kind, visually delightful entertainment that’s sure to please young and old alike.
Bubbles and different types of wands will be on hand for the kids to experiment and create their own amazing works of art!
Of course no Follow Me on Friday would be complete without food. Food trucks will be on hand to offer up some delicious offerings.
5411 Empanadas will provide gourmet authentic Argentinean delights, including Malbec beef, caramelized onion, and spinach and cheese. Jaime’s Tacos will offer Mexican fiesta tacos, plus the traditional picnic favorites–hotdogs and hamburgers.
Cap off your meal with something that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Chicago Cupcake will provide a sample of some of their decadent cupcakes, including bananas foster, turtle, and red velvet.
Sorry folks, unlike most Follow Me on Fridays, the food is not complimentary, but it is affordable.
At dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.), we’ll settle down for a Movie in the Park: “Smurfs 2.”Enjoy free popcorn while you watch the movie!
All in all, it promises to be a wonderful evening in the park for kids of all ages.
“Follow Me on Friday” is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Mullen’s Bar and Grill, 7301 N. Western; Act One Cafe, 1330 W. Morse; Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark; Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; Chuckie’s, 1412 W. Morse; theRed Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; the Buffalo Bar at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; Sweet Attila’s and The Growling Rabbit, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Grill Inn, 1422 W. Morse; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; the Sidecar Bar, 6920 N. Glenwood; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; the Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; The Coffee Shop, 1135 W. Sheridan; the Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; the Clark Street Market, 7007 N. Clark; Cafe Descartes, 6451 N. Sheridan; the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; the Mezz Gallery at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; Taste Wine and Food, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Towbar, 1500 W. Jarvis; and Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan, El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood; Twisted Tapas, 1146 W. Pratt; Bullhead Cantina, 1406 W. Morse;Heartland on the Lake, 1200 W. Greenleaf, Giving Tree Toys, 7020 N. Clark; La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark; and Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood.
Join me Friday night for fun, food and films at the Pottawattomie Park Picnic in the Park!