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Taste of Latin America

Chicago, Ill.


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

Family Summer Camp

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

This family version of camp includes hiking, fishing, a picnic and toasting s'mores over the campfire, all while exploring the favorite spots of the arboretum. A picnic lunch and bait are provided. A fishing pole is required. A state fishing license required if 16 years of age or older.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $32, $25 members

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

Very Important Rocker concert

The James Hotel | Chicago, Ill.


Join non-profit Common Threads and top-selling kindie artists including Ralph’s World, Brady Rymer, Happiness Club and Laura Doherty & Jeanie B from the Kindie All-Stars in a special acoustic concert. Plus, meet and greet with the artists, healthy cooking demos from Common Threads and samples form Lifeway and Quaker. RSVP to [email protected]


When: 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: $10 family donation suggested

First Responders Day

Arlington Park Racecourse | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Event honors first responders and raise awareness and funds for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Attendees can experience the 9/11 Remembrance Rescue Project’s hands-on fire engine and Rescue 4. Other activities will include Police vs. Fire Foot Race out of the Gate, FireZone course for Kids, a chili cook-off and more.

When: 11:15 a.m. gates open
Cost: Free with admission; free to first responders

Making History: Toys and Tinkering

Quilombo Cultural Center | Chicago, Ill.


Lincoln Logs, Ludwig drums and Harmony guitars were all made and shipped along the Bloomingdale Rail Line. Learn about the rich manufacturing history and make some ingenious toys and musical instruments to take home. Part of Trail Mix, a free monthly series of family events and conversations about The 606.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

MARVEL Weekend

Hollywood Palms Cinema | Naperville, Ill.


Celebrate the opening weekend of "The Guardians of the Galaxy" with comic drawing classes, CGI photo ops, comic legend appearances and more. Tickets for classes need to be purchased in advance.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; cost for comic book class

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

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