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Family Fishing

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Catch and release fish from the banks as you learn about the fish living in the lake and how they are perfectly adapted for a life in the water. Fishing pole required, bait provided. State fishing license required if 16 years of age or older.

When: 7:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $17, $10 members

Model Sailboat Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.


The Chicago Radio Controlled Yacht Club will race model sailboats across the North Lake from the Waterside Terrace on the Esplanade. Visitors can learn about building and operating model sailboats and joining the sailing club. Club members are available to answer questions about sailboats, races and regattas.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Just for Kids Fishing Derby

Blackwell Forest Preserve | Warrenville, Ill.


A friendly fishing competition that’s just for kids 15 and younger. Prizes awarded for top catches in four age categories. Bring your own gear. Bait provided while supplies last.

When: 8 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Explore the Forest- Celebrate with the Forest Preseves of Cook County

Crabtree Nature Center | Barrington, Ill.


Climb a tree, touch a fish, climb in giant equipment and pitch a tent. Free bike tune-ups, casting fishing poles and close-up animal encounters. This Chicago Wilderness' Leave No Child Inside event will also have special crafts and building projects to celebrating Stick with Nature month.

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

Ice Cream Social of 1858

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.


Take a break from hectic modern life and sip lemonade, eat ice cream, play frontier games, or tour the historic Powers-Walker house. Various historical characters will stop by to talk about their lives, including a cavalryman and his horse heading off to defend the frontier. Registration is not required.

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

¡Viva la Fiesta!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features a celebration of Hispanic culture, authentic cuisine, refreshments, music, and dancing. The festivities include local musical talent along with Hispanic artists and artisans and their eclectic works. June 7-8 and 15-16.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Blue Man Group with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Blue Man Group, in conjunction with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO), will put on a collaborative performance on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The free public performance will feature a program of selections to be performed during CYSO’s June 2014 tour of China, as well as special pieces featuring Blue Man’s multi-sensory audience experience, bringing an innovative Blue Man Group spin to the classical repertoire.

When: 6:30 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

Bat Festival

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.


Discover the truth about these flying mammals, which are essential for pollination, seed dispersal and insect control. Includes crafts, storytelling and bat encounters with expert Scott Heinrichs, founder of the Flying Fox Conservation Fund.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Rails to Victory World War II Home Front Weekend

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Remember the veterans of America’s Greatest Generation as the nation marks the 70th  anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Experience a World War II military encampment, view period battles on the banks of the Fox, ride special trains that take you “behind the lines” and re-enact the cat-and-mouse game between the French Resistance and occupying Nazi troops. There’s also a U.S. Home Front baseball tame featuring the Rockford Peaches, made famous in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.”

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Site Pass + WWII Trolley Adventure Ride: $12, $10 kids; Site Pass only: $4, $2 kids

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