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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

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.


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.


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

Laugh Shack

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.


Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst History Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

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