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Festival of the Vine

Geneva, Ill.

FREE   When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 5-6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, 2014
Cost: Free; cost for food and wine

German-American Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate German Day and the von Steuben parade at the German-American Festival. Enjoy German food, beverages, dance and music. The parade is at 2 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Ave. from Irving Park Rd. to Lawrence Ave.

When: 5-11 p.m. Sept. 5; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 6; noon-10 p.m. Sept. 7
Cost: Free. Extra costs for food and booths.

West End Art Festival

West End Art Festival | La Grange, Ill.

An end-of-summer celebration of art in many forms. The weekend features an eclectic blend of artists from throughout the U.S., art activities, children’s events, and musical entertainment. Prominent local chefs display their culinary talents with live cooking demonstrations of The Art of Food; local musical groups demonstrate performance art.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Check website


Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Join Cantigny Park and the Naperville Astronomical Association for a family-friendly night with the stars. View planets and stars through telescopes and learn how to identify star constellations with the naked-eye. Chairs and blankets recommended. Kids can paint their own star and moon suncatcher (while supplies last) inside the Visitors Center, and two expert presentations will take place in the theater.

When: 7-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, $2 parking

The Mariachi Divas

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

Part of the Kraft Kids Concert series. Park opens at 11 a.m.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 lawn, $5 park

Fall Fest and Carnival

St. Cletus Church | La Grange, Ill.


A family-focused event with carnival rides, games for kids, cash raffle, bingo, food vendors, and more. The event will also feature free performances by Maggie Speaks, American English, Chicago Tribute Anthology, Breakfast Club Band and local performers.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free; wristbands for rides

Rock The Block

Elmhurst City Centre | Elmhurst , Ill.


Includes live music, food and drink vendors, and kids activities.

When: 4-10 p.m. Sept. 5; noon-10 p.m. Sept. 6
Cost: Free

Margaret Peterson Haddix and Lisa McMann: Two Great Authors, One Great Event

Skokie Public Library | Skokie, Ill.


The authors discuss their work, answer questions, and copies of their work will be available for purchase.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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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