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A Circus Space Odyssey: CircEsteem's Spring Circus

Chicago, Ill.

Jump into Spring with CircEsteem's 16th Annual Spring Circus featuring trapeze, gym wheel, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, stilt walking and trampoline performances by CircEsteem youth.

When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., May 13 & 14 and May 20 & 21
Cost: $7- $13; $35 family

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 and members of Naper Settlement

Elmhurst Museum Day

Elmhurst, Ill.


Join four Elmhurst museums (Elmhurst Art Museum, Wilder Park Conservatory, Elmhurst History Museum and Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art) to celebrate the 21st annual Elmhurst Museum Day. Park at one museum and ride a complimentary trolley to each location for free admission, exhibits, kids' activities and refreshments. Visit all four museums to be entered in a prize drawing.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free


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 19, noon-10 p.m. May 20-21
Cost: $10

Norwegian Constitution Day Parade

Park Ridge, Ill.


Parade includes local marching bands, folk dancers, singers and various Scandinavian groups in national costumes. Plus pre-parade entertainment, activities for children and vendors.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Taste of Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn, Ill.


This popular event features live music, food from local restaurants, beverages and a variety of other activities for the whole family. New this year, the Taste will host a second entertainment stage focused on showcasing the talents of local community groups. The stage will feature local dance, theater, karate, music and sports groups. Local businesses will also offer tips and demonstrations such as dog tricks, bike tricks and bike safety tips.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 18; 5-11 p.m. May 19; noon-11 p.m. May 20; noon-7 p.m. May 21
Cost: Free

Riverside Arts Weekend

Riverside, Ill.


Features juried art, musical performances, an urban art installation, fashion show, food and drinks and art activities for kids.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 21
Cost: Free

Origami in the Garden Opening Weekend

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate the arrival of the exhibit Origami in the Garden with live performances and activities inspired by Japanese culture. Activities will include origami folding and crafts in the Children’s Garden, performances by traditional Japanese Taiko drummers, the opportunity to try on kimonos, and demonstrations of ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement. Visitors can also take part in an origami-themed presentation.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate the traditional Girls' Day and Boys' Day—design a kimono-clad paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, construct an origami samurai helmet and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations. The schedule includes: members of the Urasenke Chicago Association: tea ceremony at 10:30 a.m.; Michael Gould: shakuhachi flute at 11:30 a.m.; Anne Shimojima: traditional storytelling at 12:30 p.m.; Chicago Koto Group: koto harp at 1:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free, $30 parking

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