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Andersonville Midsommarfest

Chicago, Ill.

Festival features food, entertainment on five stages and family activities including face painting, games and a pet parade. The Swedish American Museum sponsors Swedish entertainment, music and dancing around the Midsommar Maypole.

When: 5-10 p.m. June 6 (between Balmoral & Catalpa Avenues only); 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 7-8
Cost: $5 Friday; $10 Saturday-Sunday; free kids under 12

Milk Days

Harvard, Ill.

Includes a dairy cattle show, demos on cattle care, feeding and milking, a milk-drinking contest, and live music. Also features a parade Saturday afternoon down Ayer Street, which is painted bright white. Plus, antique tractor display, two-mile and 10K milk runs, two-mile milk walk, junior dairy cattle show, talent show, bed races and a fireworks show Sunday evening.

When: See website
Cost: Check website

Ribfest Chicago

Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy ribs and other food and listen to bands while the kids hang out at "Kids Square" featuring entertainment, inflatables and games. Plus, celebrity-judged "Best Ribs" award and amateur and professional rib-eating competitions.

When: Ribfest: 5-10 p.m. June 6, noon-10 p.m. June 7-8. Kids Square noon-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $5

Family Twilight Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. The May theme will be Turtles; the June theme will be Shadows.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 9 and June 13; 6-8 p.m. May 17 and June 7
Cost: $19, $16 members

Summer Astronomy

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


Take a closer look at the moon and Saturn through telescopes and talk with a naturalist. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. In case of poor visibility, the program will be cancelled. Please dress for the weather.

When: 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

St. Stan's School Carnival 2014

360 CHICAGO | Chicago, Ill.


Includes carnival rides, cash raffles, home-made American and Spanish food, a beer garden and some of Chicago's finest DJs playing everything from house music, jazz, reggae to doo-wop. Plus, a special performance by Mary Macaroni at 3 p.m. on June Visit for more information.

When: 5-9 p.m. June 5, 5-11 p.m. June 6, 2-11 p.m. June 7, noon-10 p.m. June 8
Cost: Free; check website for wristband costs

Family Feature: DCM Outdoor Music Festival

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Join us for an evening of toe tapping and dancing as we kick off Chicago’s music festival season with our family-friendly and kid-approved music fest. This event will take place in the lower outdoor field of Washington Jr. High School.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Picnic in the Park

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.


Bring a picnic or buy lunch from a food vendor. Moonwalks and inflatable slide, balloon sculptures, Stilt Walker, face painting, Park District information booth and free giveaways.

When: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Annual Parish Carnival

Saint Bartholomew School | Chicago, Ill.


Nightly entertainment, rides with wristband on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, bingo, food, haunted laser tag and a raffle.

When: 6-10 p.m. June 4-5; 6-11 p.m. June 6; 3-11 p.m. June 7; 2-10 p.m. June 8
Cost: Free; $5 cover for entertainment includes free drink

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