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BenFest

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

Disability Pride Parade

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Annual event to generate national visibility for the disability community. Parade marches west on Van Buren to Dearborn and north on Dearborn to Washington (Daley Plaza). Post-parade celebration takes place on Daley Plaza at noon.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.

FREE  

This festival features more than 100 nations represented through the work of 100 visual artist, two venues of continuous performances and entertainment, children's art activities and ethnic food booths.

When: Noon-7 p.m. July 19-20
Cost: Free

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Event features self-guided tours of gardens, architectural tours and Kids' Corner, located on Sheffield between Webster and Belden, with art activities, a petting zoo, pony rides and a kiddie Ferris wheel.

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 19-20
Cost: $7-$10 suggested 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

Flower Fairy Festival

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Help make fairy furniture, listen to some fairy folklore, and make a fairy wand of your own to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Family Summer Camp

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

This family version of camp includes hiking, fishing, a picnic and toasting s'mores over the campfire, all while exploring the favorite spots of the arboretum. A picnic lunch and bait are provided. A fishing pole is required. A state fishing license required if 16 years of age or older.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $32, $25 members

Tie-Dye Party in the Park

Hotel Lincoln | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Hotel Lincoln provides the buckets and dyes and guests can bring their own white tees or other items to dye.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free; bring your own t-shirt

Sew the Night Sky with Sarah Alvin

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Be a star in the big sky embroidery that will hang in the museum. Join us as we stitch stars in a giant night sky.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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