Special Events of Interest: Bat Night in the Garden
Join us as we enjoy the music of the night creatures in the garden under the big moon. Mostly we'll eavesdrop on the bats that hunt over the garden ponds while watching the sun set and the nearly full moon rise. We'll also listen for frogs and insects that sing at night.
The Bats in the Garden walks are led by Barbara Williams. Barbara has a life-long interest in natural history. She studied art education in college and managed the biological collections of the Burpee Museum in Rockford for more than ten years. She's a devoted bird-watcher and has been a fan of bats for 30 years and has studied the native pollinators of Northern Illinois for about eight years.
Our acoustic "bat detector" can lower the pitch of bat calls so we can hear them. The detector also produces a visible spectrogram of the calls so we can see the different patterns of each species' calls. We hope to see and hear four or five species of bats.
We'll meet in the lobby of the visitor center and have a short photo presentation to get acquainted with the bats of the Rockford area. Then we'll go out to sit on the pond deck to watch and listen for bats and anything else that's active.
The programs will run until about 9:30 or 10:00 p.m. These programs will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Overcast skies are fine for the bats, but rain or strong winds are a problem for human safety & comfort, plus the bats won't come out in rain & strong wind.
Let’s go in costume, shop for costumes, or attend as peasant tourists from the 21st century! Full of entertainment, food, and libations served by corseted beauties, a day at this renaissance fair will certainly be a date to remember!
My favorite is attending the the Adults Only outdoor pub and theater, The Whistling Pig. Where performers entertain the audience with period appropriate song, dance, and comedy.
The Wild & Thorny duo are a riot!
Dates: August 22, September 12 and 27
What better location to experience house music than overlooking the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan? Vibe while DJs spin the beats. Catch your breath as you meet animals from the world’s oceans, rivers, lakes and reefs. And take in eye-popping architecture fit for King Neptune.
Explore your cider interests with me among
“…80 varieties being sampled at Tour de Cider, including offerings from Stem, Virtue, Wild Tonic, B Nektar and Farmhaus as well as cideries based in Germany, France and the U.K. Each attendee will receive 20 tasting tickets and access to several local food trucks, where you can buy some snacks to eat while you explore the cider lineup. Spring for early entrance tickets to get an extra hour of tastings.”
-Time Out Chicago
In Shedd Aquarium’s Kayak for Conservation program, we invite you to join us on one of two programs in which you’ll paddle along the North Branch Canal of the Chicago River and visit Shedd’s River Islands, new, uniquely designed floating habitat. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Chicago River ecosystem, discover the native flora and fauna above and below the water’s surface and learn how this new habitat is benefiting native wildlife.
Join me in the enchanting sonance of the CSO performing Mendelssohn’s Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage Overture
Explore the intersecting flavors of natural wine (vino that hasn't been modified or filtered) and wild beer at this inagural festival, organized by Logan Square's Hopewell Brewing Company. In addition to Hopewell's creations, attendees will be able to sample beer from Afterthought, Brewery Bhavana, Half Acre, Whiner and Middle Brow or sip natural wines provided by All Together Now, Cream Wine Company, Diversey Wine and more. Plus, All Together Now, Masa Madre and Sobremesa will provide snacks for guests to purchase while DJ Greg #Feelgood spins the tunes. Each ticket includes 20 samples to enjoy throughout the afternoon at Sleeping Village.