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Arlington Million

Arlington Park Racecourse | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Event is filled with food, drinks, music, entertainment and the best thoroughbreds in the country. Includes performances by the Jesse White Tumblers, singer Johnny Vincent, the National Anthem sung by Jim Cornelison and colors presented by Marine Air Control Group-48.


 


When: Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $22, $2 kids

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

The Brave Way to Self Defense!

Park District of Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

Brave New Way will show you “easy to learn” techniques that are extremely effective and base on instinctive principles. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the program.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $30, $20 resident

Family Camping

Calumet Park | Chicago, Ill.

Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts; camping and fishing equipment will be provided. Bring your own sleeping bag and brown bag lunches. Hotdogs and marshmallows will be provided.

When: 2 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $50 family (up to six members)

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

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

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.

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