Wish granted: Weekend genie made this one a little longer, just for you.
Tour da Lakefront Bicycle Challenge
What: A self-guided, eighteen-mile lakefront bike tour.
Why: Diff’rent spokes.
When: Thru Sept. 3. Starts Fri. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Begin at Margate Fieldhouse, 4921 N. Marine Dr. or Rainbow Beach & Park, 3111 E. 77th St. More info at 312-742-7529.
What: New, low-key Andersonville resto serves rustic, regional Italian.
Why: Taglia-telle us why not?
When: Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-11 p.m.
Where: 5316 N. Clark St., b/t Summerdale & Berwyn Aves. (773-506-9990).
HB Home Bistro Blue Crab Fest
What: Ten blue crabs and all the fixins for each person in parties of two or more.
Why: You’re no hermit.
When: Thurs., 5:30-10:30 p.m. until end of crab season.
Where: 3404 N. Halsted St., at Roscoe St. (773-661-0299).
To Madison, Wisconsin
What: Huge farmers market, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and State Street shopping make a perfect three-day getaway.
Why: Hit the road.
When: This weekend. (Ooh, so spontaneous!)
Where: Three and a half hours from Chi-town.
Chicago Antique Market
What: Opening weekend of the Euro-style flea market and Indie Designer Fashion Market.
Why: In with the old.
When: Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1300 W. Randolph St., b/t Ada St. & Ogden Ave. (312-951-9939).
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