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Swedish Days Festival presented by Northwestern Medicine

Swedish Days Festival supported by Northwestern Medicine | Geneva , Ill.


Geneva celebrates its Swedish heritage with a festival featuring American and Swedish food including a 5K race, a craft beer tent, a carnival, Kids' day, "Geneva's Got Talent" and Sweden Väst, musical entertainment and the Grand Parade.

When: Visit website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities and carnival.

Taste of Joliet

Joliet, Ill.

Three day festival featuring live music, carnival, food vendors and kid zone.  Performers include Survivor, 38 Special, Kansas, Kane Brown and more.

When: Visit website for schedule of events
Cost: Visit website for admission prices.

Gold Coast Greek Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Features live music and dancing, tours of the Cathedral, authentic Greek food and pastries, beer, wine and more. Valet parking will be available.

When: 5-11 p.m. June 23; noon-11 p.m. June 24-25
Cost: Free

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party

Chicago, Ill.

Chicago’s ultimate summer party, featuring great music and entertainment for all ages plus fabulous food from food trucks. Saturday afternoon activities include plenty of fun for kids and families, including bounce houses, face painters, games and more. The first 100 kids will receive a Block Party Kid Zone cinch bag.

When: 5-10:30 p.m. June 23; 2-10:30 p.m. June 24
Cost: $10, free kids 5 and under

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: What's Inside?

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Use the senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what's inside a variety of natural and human-made objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what's inside just by listening. Plus, break open pods and cut into fruits to find the seeds inside and take apart toys to see if we can figure out how they work. We also will have some magic tricks that you can figure out once you look below the surface.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Military Science: Rockets

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Kids learn about military rockets in a fun and safe environment. Experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of rockets. Enjoy a rare opportunity to pick up a WWII “Super Bazooka,” a Vietnam era LAW and other modern rocket launchers. All students take home an Estes rocket. June 23; July 6 and 24; Aug. 4.

When: 1 p.m. June 23 and July 24; 10 a.m. July 6 and Aug. 4
Cost: $15, free parking

Movie on the Green

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.


Enjoy a free movie every Friday at dusk. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. June 23: The LEGO Batman Movie; July 28: Moana; Aug. 18: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

When: 7:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Electric Bike Expo

Lincolnwood Town Center | Lincolnwood, Ill.


Families can test ride more than 120 different models of the latest electric assist bikes on a test track. Plus, attend some great educational sessions on safe cycling provided by Trek Bicycles and the local community cycling coalitions.

When: 3-7 p.m. June 23; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 25
Cost: Free

Origami in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Visitors will be awed by 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding as they walk paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibit features installations, gallery works, and the Boxes' own compositions, as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with arboretum admission

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.
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