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Fountain Square Arts Festival

Evanston Chamber's Artisan Summerfest | Evanston, Ill.

Formerly known as the Fountain Square Arts Festival, the oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's North Shore celebrates its 38th year. Features the eclectic works juried artists as well as eco-friendly art. The fest takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. Also: kids' art activities, food and jazz-centric music lineup.

When: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. June 24; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. June 25
Cost: $5 donation

Swedish Days Festival presented by Northwestern Medicine

Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine | Geneva , Ill.


Geneva celebrates its Swedish heritage with a festival featuring American and Swedish food including a 5K race, a craft beer tent, a carnival, Kids' day, "Geneva's Got Talent" and Sweden Väst, musical entertainment and the Grand Parade.

When: Visit website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities and carnival.

Taste of Joliet

Joliet, Ill.

Three day festival featuring live music, carnival, food vendors and kid zone.  Performers include Survivor, 38 Special, Kansas, Kane Brown and more.

When: Visit website for schedule of events
Cost: Visit website for admission prices.

Gold Coast Greek Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Features live music and dancing, tours of the Cathedral, authentic Greek food and pastries, beer, wine and more. Valet parking will be available.

When: 5-11 p.m. June 23; noon-11 p.m. June 24-25
Cost: Free


Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Learn what makes insects special, and go on safari to catch some insects with sweep nets.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

AWEsome 30th Birthday Splash

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Ceelbrate DCM's birthday and the Grand Opening of AWEsome Water. Enjoy a messy sensory room, ice chalk, squirt bottle painting, bubble painting, Pin the Hat on Pat, rubber ducky excavation, face painting and more. Plus, Ben’s Bubble Show on Saturday and Mr. Freeze Science Show on Sunday.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Civil War Reenactment Weekend

Fischer Farm | Bensenville, Ill.

Step back in time one hundred and fifty years during one of the most significant events in our history and see what life was like as a civilian and the trials and tribulations of those fighting in the war. There will be a rally for infantry drills in the morning and a skirmish in the afternoon as well as first-person presentations throughout the day. Meet Abraham Lincoln and Sojourner Truth, hear music, and learn what life was like for ordinary people who lived through a truly extraordinary time. There will be a firing of the cannon  at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Concessions including hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, and more available for purchase.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 kids under 13

Reading/Signing: The Case of the Poached Egg

American Writers Museum | Chicago, Ill.

A reading and signing for kids with Robin Newman. Robin is the author of three books, Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, and two Wilcox and Griswold Mysteries, the most recent of which is The Case of the Poached Egg.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

The Great American Campout

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | Naperville, Ill.

In addition to the rare opportunity to camp at this popular DuPage forest preserve, families will enjoy games, archery, a scavenger hunt, evening nature programs, a guided night hike and an egg-drop contest as well as dinner and s’mores by the fire and a continental breakfast. Families will camp in the forest preserve’s Thunderbird youth-group campground, which includes wooded and semi-wooded sites with picnic tables.

When: 1 p.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $15

Electric Bike Expo

Lincolnwood Town Center | Lincolnwood, Ill.


Families can test ride more than 120 different models of the latest electric assist bikes on a test track. Plus, attend some great educational sessions on safe cycling provided by Trek Bicycles and the local community cycling coalitions.

When: 3-7 p.m. June 23; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25
Cost: Free
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