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Design Harvest Festival

Chicago, Ill.


Features contemporary and sustainable design, original live music, unique vendors, hay rides, and more. Family activities include a hay maze, face painting, scarecrow making, petting zoo (noon-4 p.m.) and more.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 20-21
Cost: Free


Northbrook, Ill.


Community fall festival includes collectible and antique car show, children’s activities, hot dogs, soup and home-made sweets.

Cost: Free

Art In Your Eye

Batavia, Ill.


The festival features two art exhibits - The City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit - concerts, craft beer and wine tent, food, and live music and performances. Kids can visit the Picasso Tent or try chalkboard art on Saturday and Sunday.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships

Ottawa, Ill.


More than 500 top skydivers from around the country descending from Chicago’s skies as they perform extreme stunts and compete. Teams of up to 16 skydivers create geometric shapes, perform dramatic loops and spins in freefall, land on dime-sized dots and make belly- and back-to-earth, upright and head-down body formations.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

Art In Nature

Crabtree Nature Center | Barrington, Ill.


Watch 50 artists at work along our scenic nature trails. View and purchase art work and vote on your favorite artists. Families can create their own art by sculpting with clay or painting with watercolor with free materials. Artists will provide free mini lessons. Also has special children's crafts, food and live music. New this year are performances by Lake Dancers which combines music and dance to "paint" a picture.

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

Animal Olympics

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Can you leap as far as a frog, or or spear fish like a heron? Test your human abilities against these and other animal adaptations at this family drop-in program.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Historic Military Vehicle Display

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


See, touch and learn about the First Division Museum’s fleet of historic military vehicles ranging from World War I through Vietnam.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Deerfield Historical Society Fall Festival

Deerfield Historic Village | Deerfield, Ill.


Features activities for kids including a visit to a one-room schoolhouse, a classic car show, tours of historic buildings, food and entertainment.

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

Shofar Factory - A Rosh Hashana Educational Event

Chabad of Northbrook Hebrew School | Northbrook, Ill.


The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, will help students learn about the significance and history of the Shofar, from the cleaning to the polishing. Attendees will actually get to fashion their very own Shofar out of a ram's horn, while learning the entire process.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $10

Open House

Florence G. Heller JCC | Chicago, Ill.


Includes music, dancing, games, face painting and family fun.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

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