See large scale battle reenactments, explore camps and shops and meet various characters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Featuring carnival, entertainment, music and demonstrations.
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.
Chicago area professional artists set up their easels and “plein air” paint along the walkingpaths during the Nature Center's Pancake Breakfast in the Woods. The public is invited to eat pancakes with syrup or strawberries, turkey sausage, and beverages. After breakfast, visitors can take a walk and enjoy the Brush with Nature plein air painters working along the Nature Center trails. Art activity stations for children will also be available.
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.
Join a guided parent/child nature walk in the woods to look at trees, wildflowers, and creatures. No strollers, please. Registration required.