Patch Passport: Deerfield Offers Green Homes Tour, Summer Concert Series & Catmania
Our weekly series lists area attractions for you to discover and enjoy.
No need to waste money traveling this summer when there are things you can enjoy right at home. Here's a list of Deerfield attractions you may have previously overlooked. Enjoy!
Green Homes Tour
Ever wonder what going green really means? At least when it comes to your home. Jump on board and take a North Shore green homes bus tour. Hosted by Friends of Ryerson Woods, participants will learn about sustainable practices in residential designs as well as check out green townhouses in Highland Park and a Frank Lloyd Wright renovation in Glencoe.
Summer Concert Series
There's nothing like listening to live music outside. Deerfield's concert series lets you enjoy tunes outdoors all summer along. Every Wednesday a new band performs outside Starbucks at 7 p.m. On Thursdays, head to Deerfield Square at the same time. Plus, on Sunday's Mitchell Pool hosts live entertainment as well.
Want to pet a cat? Buy a cat? Love a cat? Orphans of the Storm, one of the oldest animal shelters in Illinois is hosting Catmania July 15-17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. What exactly does that mean? The adoption center will have vets on hand to answer feline questions and volunteers present to assist with the selection process. If you'd rather look than buy, that's OK too. Dog lovers are welcome as well. Orphans has a plethora of puppies to play with.
Deerfield Farmers Market
Every Saturday, the Metra Commuter Lot is packed with vendors from 7 a.m. to noon for the Deerfield Farmers Market. Shoppers have their pick of fresh fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads, cheeses and so much more. Sometimes there are cooking competitions, other times there's live music. No matter what, you'll go home with a bag full of groceries.
Where to Eat
For breakfast grab a fresh pastry at Deerfields Bakery. For lunch feast on a massive sub at Tony's or a gourmet hamburger at Tom&Eddies. For dinner check out one of Deerfield's newest restaurants Townhouse Kitchen + Bar or relax eating outdoors on the upstairs patio at Trax.
What to Buy
Spend an afternoon at the Deerfield Square and enjoy some local shopping. From high end pieces to lingerie and kid's clothes, customers can leisurely walk from one store to the next.