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Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts

Evanston, Ill.

Eclectic art festival with diverse works from 300+ artists. Plus, unique folk and Native American music on two stages, an "EcoVillage" green vendor area, a children's park with kids' activities, and the cuisine from more than 30 restaurants.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 21-22
Cost: $1 donation

Wicker Park Green Music Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Fest blends cutting edge, environmentally-conscious bands with environmentally-friendly production, eco-minded vendors and services, sustainability demonstrations, green arts & crafts and the always popular Green Family Fun Fest.

When: Noon-10 p.m. June 21-22
Cost: $5 donation

Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health

Geneva , Ill.


Geneva celebrates its Swedish heritage with a festival featuring American and Swedish food including a craft beer tent, a carnival, Kids' day, "Geneva's Got Talent" and Sweden Väst, musical entertainment and the Grand Parade.

When: Visit website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities and carnival.

Stories & Songs with Shana Harvey

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Chicago-based teacher and singer/songwriter Shana Harvey leadskids in an interactive sing-along with folk songs from all over the world. Snacks, blankets and music-makers welcome. Kids must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required.

When: 11 a.m.-noon June 22, July 20 and Aug. 10
Cost: Free

Tour Union Station with the Chicago History Museum!

Union Station | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the architecture above street level, the action of the rails below, and the stories of one of America’s last grand railway stations. The walking tour runs 90 minutes to two hours. June 22, July 27, Aug. 10 and 24.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 members

Get In, Get Art Days

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.


A series of free monthly hands-on art days. Each of the Get In, Get Art days is centered on a theme. Today's theme is "Get Heard." This afternoon of music includes an open mic and music jam, instrument "petting" zoo, and more.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Blue Man Group

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Families (and dolls) can enjoy a 4 p.m. afternoon tea at American Girl Place before attending the 7 p.m. performance of Blue Man Group.

When: TBD
Cost: $75-100

Annual Swedish Days Ride

Fox Valley Bicycle and Ski Club | St. Charles, Ill.

Tour the scenic, paved back roads of Kane County. Rest stops, food and beverages provided along the way on this family-friendly ride. SAG and Que sheets provided. Route covers 27, 45, 62, 80, 100, and 124 miles of well marked routes. Visit for early registration and visit for more information.

When: 6 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $25, $45 family day of ride; $17, $35 family in advance

Summer Family Festival! ¡Fiesta de Verano Familiar!

Rush Creek Conservation Area | Harvard, Ill.


Nature-related activities for the whole family will be available in Spanish and English, including hikes, fishing, games, food, and live music, as well as bilingual storytelling (2:30-3:30 p.m.). A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be available. Participants 16 years of age or older must have a valid Illinois fishing license.

When: 2-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Chase Park | Chicago, Ill.


Set against the backdrop of the 1896 Yukon Gold Rush, The Two Gentlemen of Verona features prospectors, saloon gals, and outlaws. Follow this zany troupe as they travel from Verona to Yukon to seek their fortune and find love. This family-friendly, 90-minute version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

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