Five Best Things to Do in September

POCKET GUIDE: From the Route 66 Car Show in Berwyn and the Hyde Park Jazz Fest to Andrew Bird at the Hideout and the Goodman’s production of “Red"—a cultural shortlist for September, in order of buzz

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Send off summer with a pair of transportive events: Relive retro road trips when a convoy of hot rods rolls into Berwyn; then hit the Chicago River’s North Branch for an adventurous end-of-season paddle.


9/10 Where Chicago ends, the spirit of the open road begins: More than 300 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles line suburban Berwyn, just a few miles from the starting point of the famed Route 66. Sat 9–dusk. Ogden and Oak Park, Berwyn.

9/18 This year’s paddlepalooza relocates to the North Branch of the Chicago River for a six-and-a-half-mile canoe/kayak; for landlubbers, a 16-mile cycle skirts the Skokie Lagoons and the Chicago Botanic Garden before heading south along the North Branch Trail. Both routes convene at a party in Morton Grove’s Linne Woods. Sat 10–4. $17 (under 18) to $35. Chicago River at Willow Road Dam, Willow and Lagoon, Winnetka.




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