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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

Dairy Breakfast and Farm Day

Glenview, Ill.

Celebrate National Dairy Month and enjoy a farm style breakfast featuring plenty of dairy items. There will be farm tours, demonstrations, hay rides, and hands-on activities throughout the morning.

When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10 kids 11-adult, $5 kids 2-10, free kids under 2

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

Green Resources Fair

Chicago, Ill.


Children and families can participate in fun and engaging activities like: how to plant seeds in take-home containers, create green-inspired artwork, tour the park gardens and take a tree identification walk. The fair features a who's who of green-orientated service providers, businesses, and groups in Chicago - all of which will offer information and presentations on sustainability.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Island Rendezvous

Romeoville, Ill.


Visitors will journey back to the 18th century during this free, two-day family festival sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Re-enactors representing voyageurs, Natives, colonists and soldiers relive the fur-trade era. Activities include canoe racing, black-powder musket demonstrations and tomahawk throws. Live period music is ongoing, and crafts and food will be available for sale.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 14-15
Cost: Free; free parking and shuttle service available.

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

Old Town Art Fair

Chicago, Ill.


Juried art fair features works of 250 artists in various mediums, plus a music stage, kids' art, activities at the Children's Corner, garden walk, food court, and vendors.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 14-15
Cost: $7 donation, free kids 12 and under

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

Puerto Rican Parade

Puerto Rican People's Parade | Chicago, Ill.


Humboldt Park's Puerto Rican community celebrates the 35th anniversary of the People's Parade along Division Street.

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

Wells Street Art Festival

Chicago, Ill.

This show features a wide variety of fine art, musicians, a children's art area and food vendors.

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 14-15
Cost: $7 donation

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