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Des Plaines Summer Fling

Des Plaines, Ill.


Features music, food, kids' activities, and arts and craft vendors.

When: 6-11 p.m. June 27, 2-11 p.m. June 28
Cost: Free

Fountain Square Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.

Features more than 150 artists, food and musical entertainment, plus FamilyFest, an interactive activity area for kids and families overseen by the Evanston Art Center. Parents can lounge in Adirondack chairs while watching their kids create a variety of art projects and try an interactive puzzle with a surprising conclusion.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 28-29
Cost: $5 donation

Fun and Fit Family Day

Libertyville, Ill.


The 5K Run/2 Mile Walk is designed to encourage families and individuals to participate in fun activities to stay active and healthy together. Proceeds benefit Lambs Farm's Special Olympics programs. Post-run, families can enjoy special activities for children, browse sponsor booths, visit Lambs Farm's Farmyard & Attractions, browse the shops and Visitor's Center, or enjoy a healthy meal at the Magnolia Café & Bakery.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25, $75 family of up to 5

Glenview SummerFest

Glenview, Ill.


Fest showcases a range of regional businesses and civic organizations. Favorites include Hackney’s, Scandinavian Ski Shop and Katy Boldt Jewelry, as well as the Glenview Fire Department’s fire pole and special entertainment and kid friendly activities. The free Auto Show features antique and vintage cars. Plus, balloons, crafts, puppies, live music and a beer tent.

When: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Highwood's Taste of Summer

Highwood Days | Highwood, Ill.

Family festival that brings together restaurants, live music, full bar, family activities, and carnival rides and games.

When: 5-11:30 p.m. June 27; 1-11:30 p.m. June 28; 1-9 p.m. June 29
Cost: $20

Taste of Greece on LaSalle Street

Chicago, Ill.

Includes traditional Greek food, beer, wine, ouzo, soft drinks, Greek pastries, live Greek music by the John Linardakis Band, Greek dancing, children's games, souvenir shop, and tours of the Cathedral.

When: 4-11 p.m. June 27; noon-11 p.m. June 28-29
Cost: $2

Taste of Joliet

Joliet, Ill.

Three day festival featuring live music, carnival, food vendors and kid zone.  This year's headliners are Sammy Hagar, Thompson Square, Brett Eldredge, Eric Paslay and Dan + Shay.

When: Visit website for schedule of events
Cost: Visit website for admission prices.

Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Chicago, Ill.


Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race on the south branch of the Chicago River in decorated dragon boats. n addition to the boat tournament, this year’s event will feature other on-land spectacles such as live musical and dance performances, booth vendors and special guest appearances. Proceeds are donated to promote literacy.

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Cardboard Regatta

Glen Ellyn 4th of July | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Annual event features The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta and Picnic in the Park at Lake Ellyn Park. Visit website for detailed schedule.

When: Cardboard Regatta: noon; Picnic in the Park: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free, food and family fest activities extra

Highwood Days with Taste of Summer

Highwood, Ill.


Three days of carnival-style family fun in beautiful Everts Park, featuring great tastes of the North Shore, live music, a beer garden, and plenty of new and exciting carnival rides for all ages.

When: 5-11:30 p.m. June 27; 1-11:30 p.m. June 28; 1-9 p.m. June 29
Cost: Free

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