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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

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

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour |


Event features movements and songs by the Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and dialogic reading by WTTW’s tour manager, Mr. Brandon. Plus, interactive games that helps create excitement about reading. Following every 60 minute show, WTTW gives each child a bag comprised of special learning materials, resources for parents and caregivers, and a book. Check website for locations throughout the summer.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van


The WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van educates parents and children about proper nutrition and delivers that message in a fun, interactive, two-hour performance that includes stretching, dancing, singing, healthy food sampling, and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.  Each performance is lead by Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and WTTW’s Mr. Brandon. Plus, an appearance and photo op with Arthur. Each event takes place within the "WTTW Kids Village" which has a stage area, sampling canopies, and a learning tent.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Goodies from Gardens

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Families can discover how all of the ingredients for pizza and other foods are grown and cooked together as well as receive a special seed to take home.

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

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