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Chicago Air and Water Show

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

One of Chicago's longest-running events, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free

Farm & Barn Fest

Mokena, Ill.

FREE  

Features sheep-shearing demo, petting zoo, horse rides, farm antiques, horse-shoeing demo, raffle, stage entertainment, square dancing, kids games and activities, face painting and food vendors. Plus, woolcarding and corn-grinding demonstrations, baby contest, quilt show, flea market and country concert.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; some activities cost extra

India Independence Day Parade

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Parade route runs on Devon Avenue from Western to California Avenues. Celebration of Indian independence.

When: 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Kids’ Concert: Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Laura Doherty is celebrating the release of her third children's CD, “In a Heartbeat.” The band will rock  with their signature breezy folk-pop sound. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Grand Opening Event of Vertical Endeavors- Glendale Heights

Vertical Endeavors | Warrenville, Ill.

FREE  

At 44,000 square feet, Vertical Endeavors Glendale Heights will be the largest indoor climbing facility in the U.S. Includes 3,500 square feet of bouldering surface, 59 top ropes, 30 auto belays and 93 lead/top rope routes totaling more than 180 anchors for climbing. Enjoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, free climbing, meet & greets with professional climbers, food from Best Truckin’ BBQ; climbing demos, lessons, clinics and more.

When: Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Boxcar Children Free Movie Screening!

Pickwick Theatre | Park Ridge, Ill.

FREE  

The first 500 guests get an exclusive Boxcar goodie bag. Bring a printout of this event listing plus a used book donation for Open Books (www.open-books.org) for admission of two guests.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Construction Fundraiser For the Love of Lee

St. Leonard School | Berwyn, Ill.

FREE  

Family event with food, beer, games, magician, music, silent auction and raffles. Proceeds go toward a 9-year-old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to have a handicap accessible bathroom, bedroom and ceiling lift.

When: 2-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Dog Days of Summer

Homewood Flossmoor Park District | Flossmoor, Ill.

FREE  

A giant Block Party with fun activities, carnival games, face painting and summer fare. The day kicks off with the annual Pooch Parade with judging man’s best friend for Most Humorous, Most Unique, and Best in Show.

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

ABC's of Style

Lincolnwood Town Center | Lincolnwood, Ill.

FREE  

Get a sneak peek of this fall's top trends at a fashion show featuring Charlotte Russe, Hot Topic, Old Navy and Wet Seal. First 100 attendees will receive a free slice of pizza from Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen. Plus swag bags, giveaways, music and more.

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

Chicago SummerDance

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Free one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors and two hours of live music and dancing are presented as a part of the largest annual outdoor dancing series in the U.S. Highlights include Chicha Libre (Psychedelic Cumbia), House DJ nights with DJ Alan King and DJ Terry Hunter and many more sessions.

When: 6-7 p.m. dance lessons, 7:30-9:30 p.m. live music and dancing Friday-Saturday; 4-5 p.m. dance lessons, 5-7 p.m. live music and dancingSunday. June 27-Sept. 14, 2014.
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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