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Disability Pride Parade

Chicago, Ill.


Annual event to generate national visibility for the disability community. Parade marches west on Van Buren to Dearborn and north on Dearborn to Washington (Daley Plaza). Post-parade celebration takes place on Daley Plaza at 12:30 p.m..

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Geneva Fine Arts Fair

Geneva Arts Fair | Geneva, Ill.


Featuring more than 150 artisans and a kids' art area with special activities.

When: Visit website for information
Cost: Free

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk | Chicago, Ill.

In addition to two stages of music, more than 80 of the neighborhood's lush residential gardens will be open for the pubic to explore. There are both self-guided garden tours and guided architectural tours. The fest also includes food and the Kids' Corner with entertainment and activities for families.

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 23, 24, 2016
Cost: $7-$10 suggested donation

Taste of River North

Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy cuisine from River North restaurants, merchants, artists and music. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & Kohl’s Cares have teamed up to present the Kid Zone with family entertainment, the Ward Park playground, dancing, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and various demos from local schools and organizations. The tent is staffed by the Lurie Children’s Community Volunteer Corps, who help teach kids about bike, pedestrian and safety.

When: July 22-24, 2016; See website for schedule.
Cost: $5 donation

Veggie Fest

Lisle, Ill.


Fest features health booths, vegetarian food demos, talks by health professionals, drawings, live music, food to purchase, and kids' activities.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

I Went For a Walk Today: Family Theater Workshop

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Connect with the outdoors though theatrical play with the cast from “Nature”—A Walking Play, a performance about the lives of 19th century writers and friends Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Professional actors connect families to nature through walks, theatrical play, and reflective journaling. Each attendee receives a “Nature” field journal to take home.

When: 6:30-8 p.m. July 12; 10-11:30 a.m. July 23
Cost: $19

Nature Nights

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.


Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden. Each nature night includes a short tram ride, a planting project and s’mores around a campfire. Sensory Stroll: June 11 and 25; Mystery Mapping: July 9 and 23; Sculpture Scavenger Hunt: Aug. 6 and 20;  Harvest Hootenanny: Sept. 3. Events are held regardless of weather, with indoor spaces available in case of rain.

When: 5-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $26 per child

Say Cheese! A Cheesemaking Class for Families

Angelic Organics Learning Center & Farm | Caledonia, Ill.

Learn the process of cheese making from start to finish, from milking the goats to tasting fresh goat’s cheese. The class will feature ricotta and queso blanco.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $16

Swirl Search

Red Oak Nature Center | Batavia, Ill.

Embark on a search for this unique and beautiful pattern in nature. The fun starts with a short story and a craft, followed by the hunt.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $10, $7 resident

Discover Mayslake

Mayslake Peabody Estate | Oak Brook, Ill.


The day's activities include live music, nature hikes, archery, fishing, activity stations featuring bugs and letterboxing, and tours of the 39-room house.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

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