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GITy Up!

Single overnight, supported bike camping for beginning cycle tourists, families and experts. Choose 50 or 17 miles of trail-based touring spread out over two days--features quarry swimming, kayaking, star gazing and 'smores. Bring your tent, sleeping bag, family, and even a guitar for campfire songs. Gear is schlepped for you. Limited area hotel rooms are available.

Cost: $85, free kids 5 and under

Summer Powwow Cultural Days

Siegel's Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm | Crest Hill, Ill.

The American Indian Center of Chicago presents an educational, fun day focusing on the history and heritage of the Native American Indian culture  in this country and area.


Polka Party

Hammond Marina | Hammond, Ind.


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.


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

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

Vintage Base Ball Exhibition Game

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Relive the exciting and interesting history of the Grand Old Game and enjoy the fast-paced action of bare knuckle base ball based on the original rules from 1858. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Family Sunday

Schaumburg Boomers | Schaumburg, Ill.

Bring some sidewalk chalk to help decorate the concourse. Everyone is welcome to stick around for postgame autographs with players and coaches. May 19; June 2, 9 and 23; July 7, 14 and 28; August 4 and 18.

When: Check website
Cost: $7 and up

Forest Fairies

Oakbrook Terrace Park District | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Sit beneath the fairy's magical trees while making beautiful crafts, creating glistening fairy dust, playing enchanted games and listening to the fairies tell the story of how they became magical.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 resident

Bye Bye Birdie Performances

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of a rock and roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the army. Rose, his agent's secretary, concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad's induction.

When: 7 p.m. July 19, 6 p.m. July 20, 2 p.m. July 21
Cost: $12, $7 youth, Free kids under 2 (if held)

National Ice Cream Day at Gale Moore Park

Worth Park District | Worth, Ill.

Games, crafts and inflatables, plus free ice cream.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $5

The Comedy of Errors

Peterson Park | Chicago, Ill.


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

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

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