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Chicago, Ill.

Highlights a large menu of great food and refreshments, beer selections, live music for adults and children, and quality family entertainment. The new marketplace on Leavitt includes local vendors and merchants of art, jewelry, clothing, gifts, crafts and games. The children's area features live music and dance for various ages, games, water slide, costumed characters, inflatables, face-painting, arts and craft area, train rides and more.
When: 4-10 p.m. July 18; 1-10 p.m. July 19; 1-7 p.m. July 20
Cost: $5 donation

St. Haralambos Big Greek Food Fest of Niles

Niles, Ill.

The event features Greek food, cooking demonstrations, live Greek music and dancing. Kid's Korner is a secure area where kids can enjoy face painting, crafts and more. Tours of the church are also available.

When: 5 p.m.-midnight July 18, 3 p.m.-midnight July 19-20
Cost: $2, $1 seniors, free kids 12 and under

Taste of River North

Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy cuisine from River North restaurants, merchants, artists, music and a Kids' Zone with family entertainment, a newly renovated playground, dancing, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and various demos from local schools and organizations.   This year there will also be a new educational element under a large big top tent with interactive games provided by Lurie and Kohl's.

When: 5-10 p.m. July 18, noon-10 p.m. July 19, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 20
Cost: $5 donation

Morning Meanders: Tail Tales

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Games, activities, and crafts based around the theme of the day. A snack is provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good walking shoes, as we will be spending much of the time outdoors.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $8, $6 resident

Free Public Tour

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park | Skokie, Ill.


Explore the sculpture park with trained docents. Kids get a bit of culture and art education, but aren't expected to be sit still, be quiet and never touch anything. May 18, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28.

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

Star Wars Angry Birds

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Design a crazy hat, make your own mask, and cobble together a device you can use to knock things down as we get into the science behind this physics phenomenon.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

40th Anniversary Community Open House

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio | Oak Park, Ill.


Enjoy free tours and refreshments, try your hand at the Froebel Blocks that influenced Wright, and pose for pictures with Frank.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Andy’s Awesome Alphabet Campfire

Marengo Ridge | Marengo, Ill.

In this audience participation program, the audience draws letters out of a hat. The staff has a fun activity to correspond with each letter drawn. Stories, songs, jokes and maybe even some dancing—no one knows until it’s happening.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Grandparent/Grandchild Bingo & Pizza

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Event includes 12 games of Bingo, a snack, pizza and a drink, and prizes for everyone. July 18, Dec. 29.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $22, $15 resident

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer's Night's Dream

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.


Midsummer Theater Troupe presents an all-ages performance of Shakepeare in a park setting. Park opens at 6 p.m., performance begins at 7 p.m.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

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