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Chicago Blues Festival

Chicago, Ill.


Celebrating "Blues by the Lake," the world's largest free blues festival showcases performers on five stages playing to over 500,000 blues fans proving that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Renowned artists such as Betty Lavette, Aaron Neville, Nikki Hill, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Dr. John are among the list of headliners at this year's festival.

When: June 13-15, 2014. Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Downtown Homewood Art and Garden Street Fair

Downtown Homewood, Ill.


Festival kicks off with a Fitness Boot Camp for mom, followed by a Mr. Bubble's Bubble Show for the kids. At Noon, indie-family musician Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will hit the stage, head-bopping and performing all their silly-clever songs from their Grammy-nominated CD, Recess.  Both days have a full musical line-up from Chicago-area indie-musicians as well as activities for the kids, including art activities, art demonstrations and gardening work shops

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 13-14
Cost: Free

Lockport Old Canal Days

Lockport , Ill.


Event features parade, carnival, music, craft fair, family activities, horse-drawn wagon tours, tour of the 1907 Hydraulic Power Plant, food and entertainment.

When: Visit website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Puerto Rican Festival

Chicago, Ill.


Features food, music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and more. On Saturday the fest is the end location of Chicago's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Division Street.

When: 3-10 p.m. June 12-13; noon-10 p.m. June 14-15
Cost: Free; carnival rides cost extra

Full Moon Rising Campfire

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan.

When: 8-9:30 p.m. June 13; 7:30-9 p.m. July 12; 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: $8, free kids 2 and under

Free Fishing Days

Monee Reservoir | Monee, Ill.


Sample the action without having to invest in a fishing permit. On Friday, receive a voucher good for a free one-hour boat rental (excludes paddle boats); on Saturday, receive a box of night crawlers; and on Sunday, receive one free fishing pole rental. Regular rules and regulations still apply on boat rentals, such as a cash deposit and valid driver’s license.

When: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13-15
Cost: Free

Girl Scout Late Night

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

The evening includes full access to the Museum, special activities, snack, and a movie.

When: 7 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $25 kids, $20 adults

Cherry Blossom Ball

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Features the beloved Daddy-Daughter Dances, Parent-Child Dance-Offs, Dancing through the Years and more musical fun. Plus photo portraits for each participant, photo frame decorating, catered dining and more.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $45, $30 members

Under the Stars & Stripes Camp Out

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Enjoy a catered dinner, games, geocaching, roasted marshmallows and a sing-a-long. Awake in the morning to a continental breakfast and tour of select historic buildings before the gates open to the public.

When: 5 p.m. Friday-10 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $30, $25 kids 4-12, $12 kids under 4

Riverwalk Chalk Fest

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Invent your own chalk colors, see artists at work on their designs, and create your own masterpiece.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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