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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

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.


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

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes, from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.

Cost: Check website
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