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Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.

FREE  

Festival focuses on high-quality juried artwork in 11 categories. Plus live music, a silent auction, children's craft tent and food booths.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Free.

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

Taste of Latin America

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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

Very Important Rocker concert

The James Hotel | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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 kidza@dkcnews.com.

 

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

Making History: Toys and Tinkering

Quilombo Cultural Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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. http://the606.org/

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

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

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

Family Fun Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A summer long fun festival featuring interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids. Highlights include daily appearances by Wiggleworms instructors at 10 a.m., daily reading circle at 11 a.m. and Movement Music Mondays at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Fiesta del Sol

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Includes Aztec dancing, local art exhibit, craft workshop, a children's area with read-out-loud sessions, free books, games and educational activities, Civil Rights of Immigrants Booth, College Fair, live entertainment, Pilsen School Expo, indoor soccer tournaments, free health screenings and food vendor.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: Check website

Glencoe Festival of Art

Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Festival features more than 130 juried artists from around the world. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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