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Chicago SummerDance

Chicago, Ill.


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.


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

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Kenosha, Wis.

More than 1,200 performers, artisans and merchants will take visitors on a trip through Elizabethan England with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music, and special entertainment. Kids Kingdom is an enclosed play area filled with oversized sand boxes, a climb-aboard pirate ship, interactive games, crafts and other child-friendly diversions.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends
Cost: $19.95, $9.50 kids, free kids 4 and under. Visit the website for discounted tickets

Bucktown GardenFest

Bucktown Tree and Garden Walk | Chicago, Ill.

Festival features a garden walk, tree walk, trolley rides, live music at Club Lucky and petting zoo at Lottie's Pub.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 12-13
Cost: $10 donation

Buffalo Grove Fine Arts Festival

Buffalo Grove, Ill.


Festival features works from more than 160 artists, including youth art division and special needs division, and kids' art activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 12-13
Cost: Free

Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival

Chicago, Ill.


A wide variety of original artwork will be on display and for sale. Enjoy the eclectic displays, live music and register to win the free art giveaway.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13
Cost: Free

Square Roots Festival

Chicago, Ill.

More than 70 acts including music, dance parties, jams and family activities. Features the best local and regional craft breweries and Lincoln Square restaurants.

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Suggested donation: $10, $5 seniors and kids, $20 families

Taste of Chicago

Chicago, Ill.


The Taste returns for five days in Grant Park for a massive foodie fair complete with live music and activities for the entire family. Popular features include a three-course fine dining experience prepared by a notable Chicago Chef at Celebrity Chef du Jour, Pop-up Restaurants, food trucks and more.

When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 9-11; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 12-13
Cost: Free; additional cost for food and seating at Petrillo

West Chicago Railroad Days

West Chicago, Ill.


Music, food, fireworks, carnival rides, parade, 5K Run/Walk, community art show and beer garden.

When: 5-10 p.m. July 10, 5-11 p.m. July 11, noon-midnight July 12, 3-10 p.m. July 13
Cost: Free

West Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Features live music on three stages, plus Kid Fest, Pup Fest, and an array of vendor booths from neighborhood retailers, restaurants, and artists.

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 12-13
Cost: $5 donation

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