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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

Cherry Valley Festival Days

Cherry Valley, Ill.

Three day festival includes entertainment, amusement rides, kids' activities, fireworks and food.

When: Visit website for detailed schedule of events.
Cost: Visit website for admission price. One button good for all three days.

Heirloom Tomato Weekend

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Family activities include a creating an herb mix for pasta sauce, a tomato toss, a tomato test, "sorting supper," "rainbows of tomatoes," and "indicator art." Plus, get tips on growing and using tomatoes, explore the types of tomatoes you can grow at home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking

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

Chicago Magic Competitiion

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Judge for yourself who's the best magician in Chicago. Presented by the Chicago History Museum and the Society of American Magicians, the annual Chicago Magic Competition showcases 10 of the area's top performers as they compete for top honors and artisan-crafted wands.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission to the museum

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

Rockin' For Rescue

Great Lakes Lab Rescue | Elmhurst, Ill.

Great Lakes Lab Rescue hosts a family-friendly event featuring live music, food, raffle prizes, and a silent auction. Includes food, entertainment and a raffle ticket. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization, dedicated to finding homes for abandoned Labrador Retrievers.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $12, $7 kids

Wendy & DB on Kids Stage at Worth Days

Worth Park District | Worth, Ill.

FREE  

Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Their original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.

When: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Grease Lightning Carnival

Norwood Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.
 







 
 
 
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