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.
Festival helps celebrate, support and promote this mission of peace andnon-violence amongst our communities. Features a variety of activities for all children and families to experience, including interactive classes and workshops, a family scavenger hunt, music, a dance party, art studio and fire performance. The Kids’ Table and Chicago Kids Yoga LLC will provide free snacks and VitaCoco brings beverages.
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.
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
Event includes healthy food and drinks, interactive workshops,
classes and presentations, an art studio, 2 music stages, family
scavenger hunt, family friendly fire jam, Chic-a-go-go dance party
(being filmed on-site), acro yoga demonstrations, yoga slack
lining, henna artists, drum bands, photo booth, mindful business
expo and face painting.
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.
Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer questions, offer tours and demonstrate skills appropriate to the season. There will be several special presentations during the event focusing on the history of the house, its residents and the region during World War II. Remembrances of the Schaefer and Steinmetz families, who resided in the house during this era in time, including copies of old family photos, will be featured at about 2 p.m.
Free sculpture-making event for kids. Supplies are provided.
Vintage trolleys and trains run in conjunction with South Elgin Riverfest Express.
Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts; camping and fishing equipment will be provided. Bring your own sleeping bag and brown bag lunches. Hotdogs and marshmallows will be provided.