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Sept. 19, 2014

Street fest, anyone?

It’s September and the tail end of Chicago’s summer street festival season is upon us.

The Lakeview Taco Fest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the intersection of Southport and Addison. It will feature beer and taco pairings, music, Mexican wresters and fun stuff for kids.

Area collectors and designers will showcase their home and garden wares at Design Harvest on Saturday and Sunday. The event takes place on Grand Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street in the Ukrainian Village.

City Made Fest will feature beer, food and music at 5000 N. Clark St. in Uptown over the weekend.

For more Chicago street festivals visit CityofChicago.org.

Don't overlook these women

After Crain's Chicago Business published its first-ever "The 20 Most Powerful Women in Chicago Business" feature story on Sept. 1, the publication invited readers to suggest powerful female leaders of business that didn't make the list.

Johnson Publishing CEO Desiree Rogers, Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp and Joanna Parke, managing director of Thoughtworks Inc., were just some of the women suggested.

Topping the original list were Archer Daniels Midland Chair and CEO Patricia Woertz at No.1, Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson at No. 2 and Mondelez International Chair and CEO Irene Rosenfeld at No. 3.

Green street

The Streeterville Organization of Active residents converted a parking spot at the intersection of Ohio and St. Clair streets into a green space on Friday as part of “International PARK(ing) Day.”

The space included live music, a lawn area made up of real grass, seating and the game “bags” – a staple of backyard barbecues, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

"We're promoting more open space, more greenspace, and less vehicles," said Streeterville Organization of Active Residents President Gail Spreen.

Who put that in there?

Joliet-area resident Jerry Elver has been documenting some of the strange things dropped inside of flower pots at the Daley Center in the Loop.

Handcuffs, switchblades, pepper spray and silverware are just some of the things he has spotted. According to the RedEye Chicago, objects like mace and pocket knives are not allowed in the center, which could explain how they end up in the planters outside.

Check out Elver’s blog at Derwood1900.Tumblr.com.

-Tom Butala