Morton Grove days celebration goes out with a bang tonight
At Morton Grove Days, the annual festival that ran June 30 to July 4, Steve Freedman serves up a sandwich at Myron and Phil's booth. | Joe Cyganowski~For Sun Times Media
Updated: July 9, 2012 3:22PM
This year’s version of Morton Grove Days, the first festival put on by the independent Morton Grove Days Commission, includes something for everyone in the family.
There’s food from area restaurants, a beer garden, daily entertainment, carnival rides and games, and on July 4 a parade and fireworks display.
The four-day festival opened June 30 and July 1, and continues today (July 3) and July 4. The commission kept the event as a four-day festival but skipped Monday, when many people were working.
The event is at Harrer Park, 6150 Dempster St., and at the Morton Grove American Legion Civic Center, 6140 Dempster.
The North Shore Senior Center, which operates its Morton Grove Campus in the civic center, will be closed until July 9 to accommodate Morton Grove Days.
A highlight of the festival will be the annual Fourth of July parade. The parade will kick off at 2:30 p.m. July 4 at Dempster and Central, and travel east on Dempster. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Morton Grove Days Commission, an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization.
Until last year the Morton Grove Days organization worked under the auspices of the Morton Grove Park District. But after some disagreements in 2010 between the Park Board and committee the group became a commission of the village of Morton Grove.
The Morton Grove Days Commission is now incorporated as an independent nonprofit with its own board of directors.
The event is funded with donations, many of them from local sponsors. Among the major sponsors of this year’s festival are: Platinum Sponsor, the Morton Grove Foundation; and Gold Sponsors, mb Financial Bank, Jos Mullarkey Distributors and Groot Industries; and Bronze Sponsors, Morton Grove Chamber of Commerce, Lin Mar Motors and Morton Grove Moose Lodge 376.
Families can purchase an unlimited ride Mega Pass bracelet for $50 at the Richard T. Flickinger Municipal Center, 6101 N Capulina Ave., or Morton Grove Park District Prairie View Community Center, 6834 Dempster St. The bracelet is good for unlimited carnival rides for all four days of the event.
The commission is also selling raffle tickets with a chance to win $2,000. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.
For more info go to the commission website, www.mortongrovedays.org.
The remaining schedule for this year’s festival is as follows:
Today (July 3): carnival, 5:30-11 p.m.; beer garden, 5:30-10:45 p.m.; and entertainment from 6-11 p.m. Entertainment July 3 will include Rock Boxx from 6-7:30 p.m. and Generation from 8-11 p.m.
July 4: carnival, 5-11 p.m.; beer garden, 5-9:45 p.m.; and entertainment, 5-9:45 p.m. Entertainment will include The Jaywalkers from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and The Associates from 7-9:45 p.m.
Food vendors at the festival will include Myron and Phil restaurant, Village Inn, Char House Grill and Kappy’s.