August 20 – August 26

56 MUSIC FIX:  It’s a Village-wide music and arts festival Friday – Sunday (Aug. 20 – 22) from Noon – 5 p.m. at Lions Park (411 S. Maple St.).  Experience local musicians and the 56 Artisan Fix Market featuring juried, local artisans selling their creations. For details, visit 

STRUMMING & SCOOPING: Stop by Capannari Ice Cream (10 S. Pine St. MP) at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Aug. 21) for a Ukulele Festival in the Park. Hear some great music and try out some new flavors –Licorice is back on the menu. If that is not your first choice, yummy Black Raspberry Chip is a go-to, along with all-time favorite  Madagascar Vanilla.  

CRUISIN’: What better way to spend a Saturday than with a car show? Relive the 70s on Saturday (Aug. 21) from 3 – 9 p.m. at the Bluesmobile Cruise Night held in the Mount Prospect Metra East Lot at the SE corner of Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy. DJ Jose will be spinning the tunes. 

FARMERS’ MARKET:  Visit this Sunday (Aug. 22 ) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the  in the East Commuter Lot (Northwest Hwy. and Emerson St.). Support local producers and one-of-a-kind vendors by stocking up on fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, and other goodies. This is also a drop-off location for the Mount Prospect Food Pantry and a collection site for used eyeglasses and hearing aids.  

AMERICAN IDOL: Mount Prospect’s very own Lee DeWyze won the crown in season nine of the popular television show. Catch up with him and his new music on Friday (Aug. 20) 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at Evanston SPACE (1245 Chicago Ave. EVANSTON.). Tickets are $20-$40 and are available at DeWyze’s new album, “Ghost Stories” , an Indie-folk genre, was released last Friday.  He will also perform on Saturday (Aug. 21) 2 p.m. on the Campfire Stage at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL. Find details and tickets at 

RAIN BARRELS: Give your flowers and vegetables the nutrients they need by using this green friendly infrastructure. Capture rainwater from your roof and save it, keeping it out of the sewer system. Rain barrel water is naturally free of chlorine, lime, and calcium. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is subsidizing 50% of the cost of rain barrels for all Cook County residents and 75% of the cost of the rain barrels for Cook County residents over the age of 65. You can place your order by visiting  and click on the third bullet point. 

SUMMER SUPPERS:  Those in need of a nutritious meal can find one offered by community churches. The free Drive-Thru Community Meals are available from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. the following dates and locations: Friday (Aug. 20) Christus Victor Lutheran Church (1045 S. Arlington Heights Rd. EGV); Saturday (Aug. 21) Redeeming Grace Church (304 W. Palatine Rd. PH); Sunday (Aug. 22) St. Paul United Church of Christ (401 E. Main St. BARRINGTON). 

All information for This Week in Mount Prospect is gathered from various local news sources.