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Swedish Day

Geneva, Ill.

Festival will feature Scandinavian song and dance, Viking encampment, children's activities, Maypole raising, food and carnival games.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5, free kids 12 and under

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

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

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

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

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

Father’s Day Canoe Adventure

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Chicago Botanic Garden, in partnership with the Friends of the Chicago River, invites families to participate in the Father's Day Canoe Adventure. Join Bob Kirschner, the Garden's aquatic biologist, as he guides you through the lakes and explains our nationally-recognized shoreline restoration program. Herons, ducks, small fish and maybe a few turtles and frogs will greet you as you canoe through their watery habitat. The Father's Day Canoe Adventure is for paddling enthusiasts of all skill levels. Instructions, canoes, life jackets and paddles will be provided. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (847) 835-8261.

When: 9 and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. start times
Cost: $119 per canoe (plus parking); $89 for members; maximum of three participants per boat.

Family Adventures

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn to use a GPS to find hidden clues along our trails, shoot a bow and arrow, build shelters in the woods, or work together to build a fire. End the afternoon with a cookout (grills are provided).

When: 3-7 p.m.
Cost: $35 family of four or less; $10 additional family member

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

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