One of Chicago's longest-running events, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan.
Features sheep-shearing demo, petting zoo, horse rides, farm
antiques, horse-shoeing demo, raffle, stage entertainment, square
dancing, kids games and activities, face painting and food vendors.
Plus, woolcarding and corn-grinding demonstrations, baby contest,
quilt show, flea market and country concert.
Includes Native American dancing and drumming; native and multicultural vendors; Nakota Horse Conservancy; tipi contest; Renaissance Faire; Bird of Prey exhibit; Medallion the stallion; kids' corral with pony rides; horse demos and more.
Parade route runs on Devon Avenue from Western to California Avenues. Celebration of Indian independence.
A day of outdoor activities, featuring an aerial yoga demonstration, group walks and runs, bike riding and hikes to learn about the edible plants that grow at the Arboretum. Participate in a stroller fitness demonstration and let the kids join the fun with a Tree Pose Yoga program in the Children’s Garden.
Learn about the summer festivals (matsura) celebrated
in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to
performances of Kokyo Taiko (Taiko drumming) and Chicago Koto Group
(koto harp), enjoy traditional storytelling from Anne Shimojima,
and watch a tea ceremony by the students of Dr. Nakashima. Kids of
all ages can make projects to celebrate summer-create a paper fan,
make a kite, and gyotaku fish prints at family-friendly, hands-on
A full-scale reenactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life, including a special “Meet the Lincolns” on Saturday that features a conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Games and toys of Civil War days highlight each day.
Laura Doherty is celebrating the release of her third children's CD, “In a Heartbeat.” The band will rock with their signature breezy folk-pop sound. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.
Get to know a few of the museum's amphibians while learning about what makes an amphibian unique. Students observe live animals and participate in a hands-on activity.
Vintage trolleys and trains run in conjunction with South Elgin Riverfest Express.