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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

Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

Morton Grove, Ill.

The festival, an outdoor celebration highlighting local and national Jewish talent, will feature continuous music and dance on three stages plus a separate children's stage, hands-on activities for children and adults, a juried art fair, a strictly kosher food court plus cooking demonstrations and booths from more than 80 co-sponsoring Jewish organizations, all reflecting the community's interests and diversity. Singer, songwriter, children's entertainer, TV and film composer Peter Himmelman will offer two separate powerful performances on the Festival's Main Stage. New this year is an added focus on celebrating Israel, Israel Fusion. In addition to the Israeli artists in the Art Fair and the great selection of Israeli Food, the four stages will feature Israeli performers and Israeli music.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $5, free kids

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

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

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