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Irish Days

Downtown Long Grove, Ill.


Features live entertainment, competitions for Best in Show Irish Dogs and Best Lookin’ Men’s Legs in a Kilt, Irish food, Sunday morning mass and arts and crafts, face painting, tattoos and a village-wide Leprechaun Hunt for the wee ones.

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Naperville Last Fling

Naperville , Ill.

Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, Radio Disney, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Varies

Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival

Geneva, Ill.

Festival features eight stage areas with performances of folk music and storytelling, plus workshops and kids' activities. Plus a Barn Dance and Ghost Stories Sunday night.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 teens and seniors, free kids 12 and under

Remix Chicago


Art fair features juried art made from recycled and found materials and music, food and workshops/educational events for all ages.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Aug. 30-31
Cost: $5 gate donation

Country Fair

Kline Creek Farm | West Chicago, Ill.


Experience a re-created 1890s country fair for the whole family at this living-history farm. Take in entertainment like a flea circus and an acrobatic performance. Join in games, hop on a horse-drawn hayride and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 30-31
Cost: Free

Paint and Participate

Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space | Chicago, Ill.


Community members collaborate with artist Rachel Slotnick to create a 200-foot long mural on the CTA’s Blue Line/Logan Square stop.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Mousetrap Machine Science Show

Winnetka Community House | Winnetka, Ill.

In this science themed stage show, Smarty Pants transforms his award winning balloons into working levers, wheels, pulleys, inclined planes and screws. By the end of the show, all five balloon machines combine into the incredible Mousetrap Machine to catch a runaway mouse.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $3

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 Historical 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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