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Millennium Art Festival

Chicago, Ill.


The three day festival features original artwork from more than 100 artists, tasty treats on-site and from neighboring restaurants, as well as live music and on-site art demonstrations.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1
Cost: Free

Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts

Deerfield, Ill.


Event includes fine arts and fine crafts,  free kids' art activities, live music and food.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 31-June 1
Cost: Free; free parking

Do-Division Street Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Features food, crafts, live music and a huge sidewalk sale. Family Fun Fest activities include train rides, craft tent, face painting, the Toddler Zone, inflatables, mini golf, pony rides, inflatable jousting and a climbing wall. Plus boogie on down at the Pizano’s Pizza Family Stage.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 30, noon-10 p.m. May 31-June 1
Cost: $5 donation

Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race

St. Charles, Ill.

Experience the excitement of paddling the scenic Fox River while enjoying this classic tradition that dates back to the 1960s. Rental boats are available. St. Charles to Aurora (10 miles) starts at 9 a.m.; Batavia to Aurora (6 miles) starts at 10 a.m.

When: 9 a.m.
Cost: Check website

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.


Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy. June 1 and 15.

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

Summer Stroll Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Join a Naturalist for a guided nature walk, and experience the beauty of summer on the Forest Preserve trails. No baby strollers. Registration required. June 1, July 20.

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

Family Fest

Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration | Chicago, Ill.

Fest raises money for restoration of the historic blue-and-yellow Andersonville water tower tank. Games are planned for all ages, such as classics like Fiskdam for smaller youngsters and Bags for bigger children. Participants may have their photos made in front of the tank.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $25 family, $10 person

Family Sundays

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Each Family Sunday includes short 20 minute tours, story time in the Hull-House Museum library and book sales, and activities and crafts for families connected to monthly theme. June 1; June 29; Aug. 3; Sept. 7.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 family

Family Workshop: Photography Fun!

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center | Skokie, Ill.

Join Chicago photographer Matthew Austin to explore photography as a means of storytelling by making a pinhole camera and composing fleeting images throughout the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Be inspired by the subject of the special exhibition, Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist before the exhibition closes. Reservations required:

When: 3-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Ice Cream & Science Improv

Lickity Split Frozen Custard and Sweets | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy traditional custard and a hilarious, science-themed improv show for kids from Storytown.

When: Noon
Cost: $7

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