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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

Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival

Hinsdale, Ill.


More than 150 juried artists, food and beverage, children's activities and more.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7-8
Cost: Free

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

Kids' Square

Ribfest Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Kids Square offers an array of activities; from interactive stage performances of singing, dancing, science and learning experiments, games, art activities, facepainting, hula hoop contest, inflatables to mini-golf and more. Each child receives a Prize Pack and a chance to win a free bike when they donate $5 to Kids Square. Stage performances include presentations by Bloom Yoga Studio, Story Time presented by The Book Cellar, Bughouse Theatre, Mr. Dave presented by Old Town School of Folk Music, Merry Music Makers and more.

When: Noon-8 p.m. June 7; noon-7 p.m. June 8
Cost: $5

Rockford Airfest 2014

Rockford, Ill.

Features the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

When: Visit website for detailed schedule of events
Cost: $20 per car in advance; $20 at gate

St. Norbert Annual Block Party

Northbrook, Ill.

Features 5K fun run and Kids' Dash at 8 a.m. Block party includes live music, beer garden, food and kids' corner with games, inflatables, face painting and entertainment.

When: 5K: 8 a.m. Block Party: 3-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, $10 after 7 p.m.

Lady Bug Release

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

Fly a kite in the field, let some lady bugs go in the garden and enjoy some time with the family. Children can play all day in the garden areas while checking the heifer that was born in April. The first 100 guests will get a complimentary bag of 50 lady bugs to either take home or to release on the farm. Plus, see chickens, new sheep, goats and horses, cows and mini-donkeys. Horseback rides available for $5. Lady bug releases take place every 30 min. 1:30-4 p.m.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5

World Environment Day

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Lab and horticulture demonstrations, hands-on activities and a variety of displays are planned for visitors of all ages designed to teach them how to apply conservation behaviors in their daily lives. Events are focused around this year’s theme of pollinators and include a free lecture on ways home gardeners can help save the monarch butterfly. The Plant Science Center will host ongoing “Meet the Scientists” programs, and families can learn more about “Powerful Pollinators” and create stick sculptures through hands-on activities along the Esplanade.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Spring Festival and Plant Sale

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Browse a selection of the Lurie Garden's top perennials, which are well-suited to Midwest soils. All proceeds support Lurie Garden programming. The event also includes tours, hands-on gardening tips and plant-based crafts for families.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

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