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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

Full Moon Rising Campfire

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan.

When: 8-9:30 p.m. June 13; 7:30-9 p.m. July 12; 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: $8, free kids 2 and under

Parent/Child Woodland Ramble

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Join a guided parent/child nature walk in the woods to look at trees, wildflowers, and creatures. No strollers, please. Registration required.

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

Dairy Day

Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Make an ice cream sundae, learn to churn butter, watch cheese-making demonstrations, play a milk-bottle toss game, and play music from the 1800s.

When: Noon-3 p.m.
Cost: $4

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