Summerfest

Summerfest at St. Louise de Marillac | LaGrange Park, Ill.

FREE  

Includes carnival rides, games, local food vendors, beer garden and live music.

When: 5-10 p.m. July 18; 5-11 p.m. July 19; 1-11 p.m. July 20; 1-6 p.m. July 21
Cost: Free; megapasses available on website

Polka Party

Hammond Marina | Hammond, Ind.

FREE  

Enjoy a polka party with musical guest "D Street Band." Refreshments and authentic polish food prepared by the Cavalier Inn will be available. Please bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.

When: 2-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Wii U Tour Gives Chicago Residents Hands-On Time with the Hottest Nintendo Games

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Includes hands-on time with a wide selection of Wii U games, including Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, LEGO City Undercover, Resident Evil Revelations from Capcom and Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Visitors can even pose for pictures with props from various Nintendo franchises and Tweet photos of the event with a unique hashtag to receive a special gift while supplies last. For more information, visit www.nintendo.com/wiiu/events/tour.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday , 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

The Comedy of Errors

Peterson Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Mistaken identities, wrongful arrests and slapstick routines abound in Comedy, the Bard's earliest known play. The production features sword fights and third-party-naps, employing a variety of percussion instruments to enhance the comedic effect. Family-friendly, 90-minute version of the play is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit www.spectralia.org.

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Professional Bull Riders Family Event

Bass Pro Shop Bolingbrook | Bolingbrook, Ill.

FREE  

Features giveaways and chances to win a VIP trip to a PBR event, live bull displays, free family activities such as stick bull riding, bull roping and face painting, and the opportunity to meet a professional bull riding expert. Kids can come dressed in their best cowboy or cowgirl attire to take part in the best dressed "Cowboy or Cowgirl Contest" on July 28.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Professional Bull Riders Family Event

Bass Pro Shop Gurnee | Gurnee, Ill.

FREE  

Features giveaways and chances to win a VIP trip to a PBR event, live bull displays, free family activities such as stick bull riding, bull roping and face painting, and the opportunity to meet a professional bull riding expert. Kids can come dressed in their best cowboy or cowgirl attire to take part in the best dressed "Cowboy or Cowgirl Contest" on July 28.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

“Be A Tooth Sleuth”

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

The exhibit, organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, teaches children that mammals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores and that there are different types of teeth and feeding habits for each. Among its features are animal skulls, including a tiny weasel and a polar bear. Kids can look at their own teeth in the Tooth Sleuth mirror to determine their eating category.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $2 donation appreciated

Kleinman Family Cove Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Explore the plants and animals in aquatic habitats. Use scientific tools to look at tiny critters living under water, find out what makes water plants different from land plants, and more. Activities vary from week to week. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $20 parking
 





 
 
 
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