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Naperville Last Fling

Naperville , Ill.

Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, Radio Disney, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Varies

Weekday Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Join in a casual guided hike to explore nature along the trails. July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25.

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

Beluga Birthday Bash

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate the birthdays of four belugas — Bella, Kayavak, Miki and Kimalu. The first 50 guests to purchase a Total Experience Pass can attend an exclusive birthday bash that includes a special expert chat and treats.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Shakespeare in the Park: Love’s Labour’s Lost

Wheaton Park District | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

enjoy one of William Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, presented by Wheaton College Arena Theater and Wheaton Park District. Enjoy onsite food vendors and bring a blanket or chairs.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Laugh Shack

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.

Cost:

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes, from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.

Cost: Check website
 







 
 
 
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