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Bash on Wabash

Chicago, Ill.

Includes a wide variety of musical acts, food and beverages (including beer and wine), arts and crafts, an elaborate family fun zone with carnival games, magicians, bounce houses, and a music and entertainment stage, vendor booths, and more.

Cost: Check website

Kratt Brothers Show

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Chris and Martin Kratt from their PBS show Wild Kratts bring their adventures to Brookfield Zoo as they teach youngsters about rare wildlife behaviors. The Amazon Adventure show takes place on the zoo’s West Mall at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and they will be signing autographs from 2-4 p.m. each day.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Volcanic Eruptions

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Celebrate Vesuvius Day while learning about what makes a volcano erupt. Students  participate in a simulated volcanic eruption while talking about Mt. Vesuvius and other volcanoes around the world.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $3, free members


Lombard Historical Society | Lombard, Ill.


Community members can visit both the Peck House and the Victorian Cottage for fun, family-friendly events. Tours of the Peck Homestead and kids games and activities will be available (noon-4 p.m.). The Victorian Cottage will host a pig roast and additional activities including live music (noon-5 p.m.).

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Pig roast: $40, $35 member; $17 kids, $15 kid members

CTWS Fun Fest

The Theatre of Western Springs | Western Springs, Ill.


The day will kick off with a brief informational meeting about the CTWS program including a chance to meet the faculty. Afterwards, guests can participate in a variety of workshops, sign up for classes, and enjoy treats and activities, such as snow cones and a jump castle.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

Event features a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions. Popular celebrities on the  roster include a host of “The Walking Dead” cast members. Wrestling fans are geared for the appearance of five WWE standouts. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” enthusiasts are in for a special treat as six of its stars reunite for a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program's final episode. A lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&As, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

When: 3-8 p.m. Aug. 21; noon-7 p.m. Aug. 22; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 23; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24
Cost: Varies

Drew Family Fest for CURED

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

The festival includes live music, live dance, food, activities, games, and more. All activities/rides included in price of admission. Visit to meet Drew and Kam, the brave kids who inspired our event, plus find tickets, event details, and vendor, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities. 100% of funds raised will be donated to CURED (Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease) for research and treatment.

Cost: $10 at door, $8 ahead

Back on the Bus: A Back-to-School Expo

Orland Park Sportsplex | Orland Park, Ill.


Enjoy a free day of family fun, entertainment and a chance to pick up any last minute school supplies. Entertainment includes Jim Nesci's Cold-Blooded Creatures, musical guests, caricature artists, jugglers, food, a free photo both, balloon artist, and fall trends on display at the Back-to-School Fashion Show.

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

Grease Lightning Carnival

Norwood Park | Chicago, Ill.


The four-day “Grease” themed rock-n-roll carnival helps celebrate the Taft High School’s 75th anniversary and raises funds to restore the Taft Campus and for Norwood Park District improvements. Windy City Amusement provides carnival rides, plus music, a beer garden, food trucks, classic cars and food including cotton candy, funnel cakes and elephant ears to hot dogs, corn dogs, soft pretzels, caramel apples and lemonade.

When: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 21; 5-11 p.m. Aug. 22; 1-11 p.m. Aug. 23; 1-7 p.m. Aug. 24
Cost: $25 unlimited rides

Children’s Safety Expo

Frontier Park | Naperville, Ill.


Representatives will share information on fire safety, home safety, dog bite prevention and nutrition. Also features free child ID cards processed on-site, and children will get the chance to participate in an interactive “Touch-a-Truck” exhibit featuring a real medical helicopter, fire trucks, ambulances, a police SUV and more.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

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