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Barrington Art Festival

Barrington, Ill.


Features artwork, live music, food and kids' activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking

Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade

Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Chicago, Ill.


The wreath laying ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. The parade kicks off at noon and proceeds south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Participants include many area high schools' Drum and Bugle Corps as well as many veterans groups.

When: Wreath Laying: 11 a.m. Parade: noon
Cost: Free

Mole de Mayo Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Along with the traditional mole puestos (mole booths) and mouth­watering festival food concession stands, this year’s celebration features more than 30 live bands, dozens of artisans, merchants and craft vendors, matches by professional masked wrestlers (Mexican lucha libre), flame­throwing performances, and a chance to ride the mechanical bull. At the Plaza de los Niños (kids zone), enjoy face­painting and carnival games and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) outreach component presented by Northeastern Illinois University.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 26; noon-10 p.m. May 27; noon-9 p.m. May 28
Cost: $10 family, $5 individuals

Squeez'd Girls on the Run 5K Chicago

Squeez'd Girls on the Run 5K Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

The Squeez'd Girls on the Run 5K series is a spectale of girl power. Family friendly and open to the public, the 3.1 mile, non-competitive run celebrates health, confidence and strength. After the run, enjoy food, music and activities. Each participating site has been assigned a 5k location in one of the three regions: North: June 3 at College of Lake County, Grayslake; Central: May 20 at Butler Field in Grant Park, Chicago; Southwest: May 13 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: Check website

Family Twilight Adventures

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Go on a hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark to see what animals come out when people go home.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 5 and 20; June 2 and 24; July 14 and 29; Aug. 19 and 25
Cost: $19

Family Day/Open House

Big Run Wolf Ranch | Lockport, Ill.


Features 10 wolves, Siberian tiger, black bear, mountain lion and more. Plus, food, drinks, gift shop, music, raffles and fun. Season passes and adoptions available.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $6

Memorial Day Campout for Families

Angelic Organics Learning Center & Farm | Caledonia, Ill.

Camping trip includes meeting and care of farm animals, doing chores, exploring a creek, hiking forest and field, plus good times around the campfire. Bring a tent and gear, plus clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

When: 2 p.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $50

The Science of Ice Cream Workshop

The Laboratory Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Become an ice-cream scientist and conduct fun experiments to learn the unique chemistry of ice-cream, explore the science behind ice-cream floats, and make ice-cream and sorbets on the go.

When: 6:15-9 p.m.
Cost: $40, free members


Hofbrauhaus Chicago | Rosemont, Ill.

A month-long Maifest celebration featuring a variety of authentic German entertainment and Maifest food specials. In addition to Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s daily entertainment schedule, Maifest will bring German dance troupes, brass bands to the Haus.


Family Field Day

St. James Farm | Warrenville, Ill.


See ongoing horse and riding demonstrations, dog obedience and field trials, sheepherding demonstrations, raptors and reptiles from Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, and cows from Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. Enjoy pony and hay-wagon rides, fishing, archery instruction, food vendors, live music, and a display of vintage tractors with ties to the preserve’s agricultural history. Visit with Forest Preserve District rangers and St. James Farm staff and volunteers as well.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; fees for some activities

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