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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

Caribbean Block Party

Tinley Park, Ill.

FREE  

Live music on two stages, family fun for all and a mini-Taste of Tinley Park.

When: Noon-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Chinatown Summer Fair

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Iconic annual celebration of Far East culture includes the Dragon & Lion Dance Procession, artisans, food vendors and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.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

Woodstock Folk Festival

Woodstock, Ill.

Folk music festival features folk acts. Visit website for performance information.

When: 12:30-6 p.m.
Cost: $15, $10 seniors and students, $25 family

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

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy. July 6 and 20.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking
 







 
 
 
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