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Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.

FREE  

Festival focuses on high-quality juried artwork in 11 categories. Plus live music, a silent auction, children's craft tent and food booths.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Free.

Fox Valley Irish Festival

Aurora, Ill.

Family activities (1-5 p.m.) include a petting zoo, moonjump, freckle contest, Irish Dancers, Ice Cream Eating Contest, food vendors (including Irish fare), Irish crafts, face painting and bag pipers. Plus live entertainment, Jameson tasting, Irish beer, bean bag games, Gaelic language lessons and hurling demo for the adults.

When: 1-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids 3-14, free kids 2 and under

La Grange Endless Summerfest

La Grange, Ill.

Celebrate summer at its best with family fun, live music and great entertainment for all ages. Includes rides, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, music, raffles, games, face-painting, petting zoo, pony rides, and inflatable jumpies. Plus, two nights of fireworks.

When: 4-10:30 p.m. Aug. 1; noon-10:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Check website

Taste of Latin America

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Visitors enjoy food from countries including Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. Plus, cooking demonstrations, an eclectic world music lineup, kids' activity tent, and arts and crafts.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Check website

Wrigleyville Summerfest

Chicago, Ill.

Includes live music, food, drinks and the Kid's Zone, with interactive games, crafts, a bouncy castle and other family-friendly activities.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Aug. 2, noon-9 p.m. Aug. 3
Cost: $5

Destination Asia Summer Festival

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the diverse culture of Asia through live music, dance performances, Asian-inspired fare, and much more. Visitors can participate in a walking tour and discover the beautiful and historic tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Art in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

View live artist demonstrations and start your own nature art collection at mini-workshops throughout the Children’s Garden.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Destination Asia Summer Festival

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the diverse culture of Asia through live music, dance performances, Asian-inspired fare, and much more. Visitors can participate in a walking tour and discover our beautiful and historic tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Family Adventures

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn to use a GPS to find hidden clues along our trails, shoot a bow and arrow, build shelters in the woods, or work together to build a fire. End the afternoon with a cookout (grills are provided).

When: 3-7 p.m.
Cost: $35 family of four or less; $10 additional family member

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Monee Reservoir | Monee, Ill.

rizes will be awarded for the largest fish, smallest fish and the greatest number of fish caught. Each participant receives a goodie bag and free ice cream.

When: 7 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5
 










 
 
 
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