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Making Father's Day a Green Experience

Explore Burr Ridge events and stores with your dad on his day.

Father’s Day is approaching next weekend. Here are some easy ways to make the holiday eco-friendly and enjoyable, in no particular order.

- Go literary, by buying a gift from Barbara’s Bookstore , or taking your dad here, as part of a walk through the Burr Ridge Village Center.

- Take the father figure in your life on a picnic, with fresh, local ingredients from the Burr Ridge Farmers Market, which runs on Thursdays starting June 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Use some of those food supplies to bake a cake for your dad for the holiday, instead of spending money on one that’s ready-made.

- Go out for a nice meal—locally. Moondance Diner is close and easy.

- Instead of buying flowers, purchase a fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements online or by calling the Darien or Countryside store. This is an easy way to celebrate with a sports-themed arrangement, with the base shaped like a football, basketball or golf ball, or a licensed NASCAR or Harley Davidson piece. These are greener than cut flowers, by, simply, being edible, rather than becoming ready-to-toss.

- Celebrate early, by heading to a concert with 1950s rock music from The Crown Vics on June 17, on the Burr Ridge Village Green, as part of the area’s free Friday night music series. You would have to supply your own chair(s) or blanket(s).

Burr Ridge restaurants Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant and Topaz Café will be on-site selling refreshments. Or you could get carry-out meals from Capri Express part of Capri Ristorante in Burr Ridge, or from DAO Sushi and Thai Restaurant.

- Enjoy the outdoors (and, hopefully, the beautiful weather), by hanging-out together in your backyard, or exploring the neighborhood on foot or by two-wheelers.

- If it’s too hot to spend time outside, check out Willowbrook Lanes for an indoor, nearby experience, that won’t break the bank or probably, even make you fill up your gas tank. Let’s hear it for low amounts of emissions!

- Watch a movie that you and your dad will enjoy, by streaming a feature from Netflix instead of going to the movies.

Here’s hoping that you find a way to make the most of the holiday, as you share it with your family.

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