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Civil War Days at Naper Settlement

Naperville, Ill.

Naper Settlement becomes a Civil War Encampment where visitors can meet famous characters of the past and become immersed in history. A battle is held each day at 2:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $10 ages 13 and older in advance, $5 ages 4-12; at the gate $15, $10 kids 4-12, free kids 3 and under.

Earth Day-Arbor Day

Earth Day-Arbor Day Festival | Homer Glen, Ill.


Children's activities include crafts, petting zoo, jump zone and pony rides.  Exhibits will feature antique cars, eco-vehicles, tractors, a green market with items for sale, energy solutions and demonstrations. Many unique animals will be participating including Birds of Prey from Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education.  Enjoy a special presentation with Jim Necsi's Cold Blooded Creatures.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival

JustPlay! Rec & Sports Festival | Carol Stream, Ill.


Dozens of free activities to thousands of participants. All designed to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get active, have fun and try new things.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18
Cost: Free

May Fair Festival

Chicago, Ill.

The festival features Maypole dancing, games, activities, music, food and fun for the whole community.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Check website


Chicago, Ill.

Music, festival favorites, local vendors at the Merchant Square, and interactive games and entertainment. Special events include Chicago Kids Day, a celebration of health and wellness, and the Chicago Pet Pageant and Expo.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 17-18
Cost: $10

Chicago Kids Day

Mayfest | Chicago, Ill.

A celebration of children’s health and wellness. Enjoy fun activities, arts & crafts, healthy food, and raffle prizes donated by sponsors. Activities include: Health and Scoliosis Screenings, arts & crafts, healthy food, prize drawings and giveaways, balloons, and fun for all ages. The event will also feature Kids Zumba, Kiddie Boot Camp, and Children’s Empowerment Awards.

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

Skokie Festival of Cultures

Skokie, Ill.


Enjoy two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food, unique arts and crafts, international games, children's events, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Spring Celebration

Spring Celebration at the Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


Enjoy fun activities, live animals, face painting, self-guided hike, paddle boating and more.

When: Noon–4 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

What's Blooming on Harrison Street

What's Blooming on Harrison Street Art Festival | Oak Park, Ill.


Features artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances and an art fair featuring selected guest artists and local crafts people. "What's Blooming" moves outside taking over Harrison Street with the art fair and other Family Fun Activities.

When: 6 p.m. May 16; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 17
Cost: Free

YEA! Festival

Evanston, Ill.


YEA! (Young Evanston Artists) Festival is a festival of visual art in which all Evanston schools, preschool through high school, are invited to exhibit students' artwork. A performing arts stage features music and dance by Evanston kids. The event takes place on the sidewalks of the Chicago/Dempster business district. Visit the website for more information.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

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