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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

North Shore Taco Fest with Highwood Days

Highwood, Ill.


Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and tons of food from local vendors. Plus, the North Shore Taco Fest brings together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations.

When: Check webiste for schedule. July 20-23.
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 22-23, 2017
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 21-23, 2017; See website for schedule.
Cost: $5 donation

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 Nature Painting

Plum Creek Nature Center | Beecher, Ill.

Learn more about the center's nature features to gain understanding and inspiration for your artwork. Then follow a naturalist with step-by-step instructions, creating a beautiful masterpiece on canvas. Snacks and refreshments will be provided to keep the creative juices flowing.

When: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $3

Ya Gotta Regatta

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center | Gurnee, Ill.

Build your very own boat out of cardboard and duct tape, race it and let the best boat win.

When: 2-5 p.m.
Cost: $5

Middle School Night at the Pool

East End Pool | Elmhurst, Ill.

Swim and listen to music provided by a D.J. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. All participants must be registered by a parent/guardian in order to attend.

When: 8:30-10:30 p.m. June 22, July 13 and Aug. 3
Cost: $10, $7 pre-registration

Lombard Civil War Reenactment

Lombard Park District | Lombard, Ill.

Visitors have the chance to mingle with Union and Confederate soldiers, visit with Abe Lincoln, view a small skirmish in the morning and larger battle in the afternoon each day, experience living history demonstrations, shop, eat and much more.


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