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Breakfast with Two Amazing Authors!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

Meet two rising stars in the Kid Lit world—before their books are published. Kelly Barnill, author of The Witches Boy, and Elana K. Arnold, author of The Question of Miracles, join us for a special breakfast/snack event to discuss their work. Registration includes a free advance reading copy of one of the books.

When: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free

Mommy and Me Zumba in the Plaza

Winston Plaza Shopping Center | Melrose Park, Ill.

FREE  

Exercise alone or with your children 3 and up. Playland Attendant on site for Children under 5. All first-time attendees recieve a Health & Fitness Goodie Bag. Bring a towel, water and a mat.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Family Fun Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A summer long fun festival featuring interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids. Highlights include daily appearances by Wiggleworms instructors at 10 a.m., daily reading circle at 11 a.m. and Movement Music Mondays at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour |

FREE  

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

FREE  

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

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.

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

Wild Wednesdays

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE  

Hear stories, enjoy a special hike, and learn about the featured animal.  Borrow a fishing pole, or rent a paddle boat. Popcorn and lemonade for sale. Wednesdays from June 18-Aug. 20.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The spectacle is choreographed to music and produced by award-winning Melrose Pyrotechnics. Watch from a lakefront boat cruise, Navy Pier’s South Dock or one of the Ferris wheel gondolas.

When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10:15 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

From Aug. 20-23, Chicago Dancing Festival returns for a four day-long celebration of the finest dancers and choreographers from across the country and around the world showcasing a wide range of dance, including ballet, modern and ethnic dance forms. Times and locations vary. Free, but tickets for indoor performances need to be reserved in advance. No tickets are required for the outdoor Grand Finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

When: Visit the website for schedule
Cost: Free

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings Shakespeare, free for all, to community parks across Chicago in July and August, Visitors to the parks will enjoy a 75-minute, daylight production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." For more information and performance locations, visit chicagoshakes.com/parks.

Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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