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Geneva Fine Arts Fair

Geneva Arts Fair | Geneva, Ill.


Featuring more than 150 artisans and a kids' art area with special activities.

When: Visit website for information
Cost: Free

Pierogi Fest

Whiting, Ind.


Festival features food, entertainment, kids' play area, polka parade and pierogi eating contest.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 25-26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 27
Cost: Free

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, Ill.

Features 250-plus vendors, food and nearly 40 acts on five music stages. Every music genre is represented: from blues and country to rock and folk. Afternoons feature a stand-alone (free) "kids' carnival" on Altgeld (with art activities, pony rides and more), and the "Lill Street Craft Fair" showcasing handmade and DIY art.

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 26-27
Cost: $10 donation

Kids Fest

Wicker Park Fest | Chicago, Ill.

Includes Kids Fest Stage, face painting, chess wizards, Lego robotics, bounce house, arts & crafts stations, hair streakin, nail painting, Mary Macaroni and origami.

When: Noon-6 p.m. July 26-27
Cost: Free with fest admission

Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival

Arlington Heights, Ill.


Dragon Boat crews are comprised of competitive teams around North America, as well as local corporate teams. The event includes an Athlete’s Village, food vendors, entertainment, and awards.

When: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Kidville Children's Tent at Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market | Chicago, Ill.

Face painting, tattoos, glittertoos and frame making will keep kids busy, while Kidville’s signature “Rockin’ Railroad” band will keep them moving and grooving. July 26-27.


Kidville Entertainment and Activity Tent

Randolph Street Market | Chicago, Ill.

Take a break in Kidville-sponsored children’s tent with face painting, tattoos, glittertoos and frame making, plus Kidville’s signature “Rockin’ Railroad” band.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $25 family

Herb Garden Weekend

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Programs about growing and using a variety of kitchen garden herbs. Herb Discovery Carts will be set up to introduce visitors to the herbs and edible flowers they can grow in their own gardens. An herbal expert will staff a display and answer herb gardening questions throughout the weekend. A number of family-friendly activities will be set up to help teach the difference between herbs and spices, including "Sniff and Guess," planting an herb seed and making a plant label to go with the seed and making a dried herb mix to take home to make an herb butter. The youngest kids can use cups and spoons in the "Herb Sandbox" to find dried petals and herbs in small tubs. Vendors will offer plants and herbal products for sale. Visitors can take an herb seedling home (while supplies last).

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

Fantastic Fireflies

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Bring a picnic to the Praireview patio any time after 7 p.m., and enjoy a dessert provided by the Center. Then learn about fireflies through activities and observation. Bring a blanket and wear long sleeves and pants instead of insect repellent.

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

Being a Butterfly

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

After a short story about butterfly traits and a quick craft, set out on a butterfly adventure. Dress for a short hike off the trail and games outside.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free kids

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