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Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival

Cultivate Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Festival includes cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, local food artisans, regional beer and wines, a special Chipotle festival menu, and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients.
A Kids' Zone features crafts and activities.



When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Bee Hive Tour

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Take a Bee Hive Tour on Friday, Sept. 6 or Sunday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon with Greg Fischer, the Arboretum's beekeeper. Bee netting will be provided. Enjoy a sample of honey for a sweet finish to the tour. Register at, in the Visitor Center or by calling (630) 719-2468.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $30, $22 members

Exploration Station

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.


This month's theme is Playing with Plants. Make a grass whistle, float a boat, play with daisies, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Brookfield Prairie Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Join a naturalist-led hike to enjoy the beauty of a restored tall-grass prairie in its late-summer glory. No baby strollers, please. Walk meets off nature center grounds - call 708-366-6530 for location and to register.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Family Days at the Smart

Smart Museum of Art | Chicago, Ill.


The first Saturday of each month, the Smart offers a drop-in program of hands-on art activities and tours that encourage children and parents to engage in some creative looking. See the schedule of upcoming activities. Art-making supplies and other materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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

Learn from Navy Officers

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees serve as docents in the U-505 Submarine exhibit, answering questions about the U-505 as well as the Navy.

When: 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Fall Open House

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Features excerpts from most popular programs, including Creative Movement classes, yoga for kids and parents, ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, tap and musical theater. Stay after class to meet the youth dance faculty.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free


Glen Ellyn Park District | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Includes live dog performances, agility training course, demonstrations and pet-related vendors. Each pooch receives a treat-filled goody bag. All dogs must remain leashed while in the park.

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

Historic Route 66 Car Show

Berwyn, Ill.


Celebrate the automobile and the spirit of Route 66-the legendary highway that runs between Chicago and Southern California. Also features food and car-related vendors.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Zombie Army Games

Statesville Haunted Prison | Crest Hill, Ill.

Compete against other zombies and survivors throughout the day in individual challenges: Zombie Obstacle Course, Hatchet toss, Crossbow Challenge, and Severed Head Toss. Plus, the Giant Zombie Man Bonfireand a Zombie Hunt. Vendor sell festival food and drinks. It is highly encouraged to dress as a zombie or a survivor, and there will be a makeup booth that can assist you for an additional fee. Visit for more information.

When: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Cost: $25

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