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International Clown Week

Forest Park, Ill.

FREE  

Festive remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation's most well known final resting place for circus artists. Event includes speakers, laying of flowers, circus arts performances,  fun stuff for kids including activities and entertainment, prizes, snacks and refreshments, and many, many clowns. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a youthful attitude.

 

 

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

La Grange Endless Summerfest

La Grange, Ill.

Celebrate summer at its best with family fun, live music and great entertainment for all ages. Includes rides, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, music, raffles, games, face-painting, petting zoo, pony rides, and inflatable jumpies. Plus, two nights of fireworks.

When: 4-10:30 p.m. Aug. 1; noon-10:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Check website

Family Summer Camp

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

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

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

Destination Asia Summer Festival

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 our beautiful and historic tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

MARVEL Weekend

Hollywood Palms Cinema | Naperville, Ill.

FREE  

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

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

Shapes of Nature

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems, and discover the kind of nature scene collage can you make using basic shapes.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Outdoor Art

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Famous artists Monet, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe were all inspired by nature.  Look at pictures of famous nature art, and make your own water-lily masterpiece to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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