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This weekend marks the return of the West End Art Festival. (Photo provided)

The West End Art Festival returning to La Grange this weekend has broadened in scope. Chefs' culinary demos and performing arts add spice to the annual event, showing works by 50 juried artists from across the U.S., plus hands-on activities for children, presented by the La Grange Business Association and village.

New will be Performing Arts Day on Saturday, with live performances by dance, theater and music groups, and The Art of Food, featuring Sunday demonstrations by culinary artists from prasino, Sushi House, Isn’t That Sweet Bakery and other eateries.

Artwork will be available in a variety of mediums, including painting, acrylics, oils, sculpture, woodwork, jewelry, photography, watercolor and mixed media.

Patrons can contribute their talents to a community mural organized by Bottle and Bottega that will find a permanent home in La Grange.

The festival is set along Burlington Avenue between Brainard and Waiola avenues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Admission is free, with details at

Bonus feature
Check the website at to learn about a prelude Friday night event with jazz and food.