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Geneva Fine Arts Fair

Geneva Arts Fair | Geneva, Ill.

FREE  

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

When: Visit website for information
Cost: Free

Pierogi Fest

Whiting, Ind.

FREE  

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

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.

Cost:

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

Reptiles Revealed Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy an up-close visit with some of our local reptiles at this drop-in program.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

International Bog Day

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.

FREE  

The event includes an Artists' Reception, silent auction, live music, bog tours throughout the afternoon, a Bog Dog Picnic, kids bog crafts and snacks for sale.

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

Chicago Open Figure Skating Competition

Glenview Ice Center | Glenview, Ill.

FREE  

See the skating stars of tomorrow at this United States Figure Skating sanctioned competition which draws more than 250 participants across the Midwest and beyond.

Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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