Downtown Skokie will sizzle this summer

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Downtown Skokie is going to rock in summer 2014.

WEDNESDAYS ON THE GREEN

On Wednesdays from June 4 – Aug. 20, free musical entertainment will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Village Green, 5155 Oakton St. The lineup includes Charlene Brooks and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Restaurants will offer dining specials throughout the summer. Visit www.wednedsaysonthegreen.com.

REDISCOVER DOWNTOWN SKOKIE

From June 6-8, attend this action-packed weekend filled with activities to welcome the new streetscape, shops and restaurants. Visit www.downtownskokie.org for the full schedule.

Friday, June 6

6 p.m. — Ribbon cutting at Krier Plaza

6:15 p.m. —Hydrants on Parade reveal. More than 50 fiberglass fire hydrants decorated by community groups. Displayed through August.

6-9 p.m. — Street performers throughout downtown. Downtown Skokie passport (win prizes). Merchants and restaurant specials. Live music by Poor Man’s Cow at Krier Plaza.

9 p.m. — Entertainment at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. (tentative; admission fee required.)

Saturday, June 7

11 a.m. — 10 p.m.

The free Woof Walk pet parade and adoption event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 4901 Searle Parkway. Prizes for cutest costumes, dog/owner look a-likes, best tail, perkiest ears, etc. Terri Hemmert, WXRT Radio (invited) will emcee. Area students will be in the jury.

Noon to 7 p.m. — Sidewalk sale, art and craft vendors. Street performers, balloon artists and face painters. Speed chess, informal chess instruction and chess competitions. Downtown Skokie passport (win prizes). Merchants and restaurant specials. WXRT promotional team on site at Krier Plaza

7:30-10 p.m. — Free performance by American English at Searle Park, 4901 Searle Parkway.

Sunday, June 8

7 a.m. — noon

Dan Horyn’s Skokie Swift 5K fun run/walk

The event is to honor the memory of Dan Horyn, a 34-year-old teacher and cross-country coach at Niles North High School who passed away in fall 2013. For more information on registration, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and other event details, visit www.danielmhorynfoundation.org. All proceeds benefit the Daniel M. Horyn Foundation to support esophageal cancer research through the University of Chicago.

SKOKIE FARMERS MARKET

Sundays, June 15 – Oct. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., the very finest and freshest seasonal produce, flowers, cheeses, baked goods and more will be available in the parking lot at 5127 Oakton St. Visit www.skokie.org.

FOURTH OF JULY

The parade kicks off at noon on July 4, rain or shine, from Oakton Community College, 7701 Lincoln Ave. It proceeds east on Oakton Street. At 5 p.m., continue the fun at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St., with entertainment that leads up to the fireworks extravaganza at dusk. Visit www.skokie.org.

FIRST FRIDAYS!

Beginning with a Cruise Night on Friday, Aug. 1. Continues on the first Friday evening of the month all year. Plans for fall and winter months include a community campout/pancake breakfast, a holiday cookie walk, a pub/grub crawl and more. Details at www.downtownskokie.org.

SKOKIE BACKLOT BASH

Aug. 22-24

Skokie’s annual downtown summer party on Oakton Street features live bands, food, beverages, a carnival, a silent film festival, classic auto show, bingo and more. Check www.backlotbash.com for entertainment schedule and details.