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Civil War Days

Wauconda, Ill.

See large scale battle reenactments, explore camps and shops and meet various characters.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13
Cost: $10, $5 kids 4-17. Includes museum admission and parking

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate America's favorite sandwich at a festival featuring music acts, burgers from top local eateries, arts and crafts and Kids' Zone with rock climbing, miniature golf, a 35-foot slide and a jousting inflatable.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $8

Summer on Southport

Chicago, Ill.

Taking place in Chicago's vibrant Southport neighborhood, this established festival showcases the work of 100 juried artists for the first time in its 10 year history. In addition to the artwork, festival-goers will enjoy great food from neighboring restaurants and live musical performances all weekend long.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 12-13
Cost: $5 donation

The Irish American Heritage Festival

Chicago, Ill.

This annual family event features more than 100 performers for 3 days. Plus, Irish and American food and drink, shopping, step dancers, cultural exhibits, children's activities, a raffle with a trip to Ireland, the Mashed Potato Eating Contest and Sham-ROCK Stars singing contest for kids.

When: 6 p.m.-1 a.m. July 11; noon-1 a.m. July 12; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 13
Cost: $10-20, free kids 10 and under

Kid Fest

West Fest | Chicago, Ill.

The fest-within-West Fest runs on Saturday and Sunday and features many activities including train rides, bouncy houses, bean bag toss, ring toss, balloon darts, football toss, bottle toss, photo booth and an obstacle course. The Kid Fest Stage is booked by the Beat Kitchen and features a family-friendly lineup from Mary Macaroni to the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. 100% of proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free with fest admission

Windmill City Festival

Batavia, Ill.


Featuring carnival, entertainment, music and demonstrations.

When: July 10-13. Visit website for schedule of events
Cost: Free

Windy City Smokeout

Chicago, Ill.

Guests can enjoy southern-inspired fare from premiere Chicago BBQ restaurants and have the opportunity to interact with chefs and their culinary teams. Plus country music and a Family Day on Sunday.

When: 3-10 p.m. July 11; noon-10 p.m. July 12, noon-9 p.m. July 13
Cost: $30; free kids 12 and under before 4 p.m. Sunday

Winfield Criterium

Winfield, Ill.


This competitive bike race attracts locals, national and international pro-ranked cyclists and offers spectators an opportunity to experience championship-style bike racing. Food, drink and entertainment for racers, spectators, and visitors.

When: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sense-ational Summer

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Embark on an adventure of the senses as you explore Lincoln Marsh.

When: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: $9.50, $7.50 resident

Walk with Dragons and Damsels

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies by color and behaviors. Bring binoculars; a limited amount of binoculars are available to borrow.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

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