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Fun and Fit Family Day

Libertyville, Ill.


The 5K Run/2 Mile Walk is designed to encourage families and individuals to participate in fun activities to stay active and healthy together. Proceeds benefit Lambs Farm's Special Olympics programs. Post-run, families can enjoy special activities for children, browse sponsor booths, visit Lambs Farm's Farmyard & Attractions, browse the shops and Visitor's Center, or enjoy a healthy meal at the Magnolia Café & Bakery. New this year: Performance by Ralph of Ralph's World and optional course obstacles by Cross Training Playground.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25, $100 for a family of five if you register before June 2. Prices increase after June 2; see website for details.

Glenview SummerFest

Glenview, Ill.


Glenview’s Annual Summer Fest showcases a range of regional businesses and civic organizations. Favorites include Hackney’s, Scandinavian Ski Shop and Katy Boldt Jewelry, as well as the Glenview Fire Department’s fire pole and special entertainment and kid friendly activities. Plus, balloons, crafts, puppies, live music and a beer tent.

When: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Swedish Days Festival presented by Northwestern Medicine

Geneva , Ill.


Geneva celebrates its Swedish heritage with a festival featuring American and Swedish food including a craft beer tent, a carnival, Kids' day, "Geneva's Got Talent" and Sweden Väst, musical entertainment and the Grand Parade.

When: Visit website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities and carnival.

Gold Coast Greek Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Features live music and dancing, tours of the Cathedral, authentic Greek food and pastries, beer, wine and more. Valet parking will be available.

When: 4-11 p.m. June 24-26
Cost: Free

Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Chicago, Ill.


Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race on the south branch of the Chicago River in decorated dragon boats. n addition to the boat tournament, this year’s event will feature other on-land spectacles such as live musical and dance performances, booth vendors and special guest appearances. Proceeds are donated to promote literacy.

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Celebrate International Mud Day at Nicholas Conservatory

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.


International Mud Day is celebrated by children all over the world as a way to connect with nature through the earth. The event will be muddy activities, games, educational experiences and more. Dress for a mess.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free; no registration required

Navy Pier Pride 2016

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


Chicago’s first ever family Pride celebration outside of Lakeview. The event features entertainment and events, including About Face Theatre’s "It's for Real," a collection of stories that connects issues around race, class, sexuality, age, gender, self-esteem, and family; a kickoff parade led by the Lakeside Pride Marching Band; performances by the Milly's Orchid Show; and “Chicago’s Biggest Wedding” officiated by Angelica Ross. Plus, outdoor dancing in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, a moment of reflection to honor those lost in Orlando, and a celebration of life with special Pride-themed fireworks.

When: Noon-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

Daley Plaza | Chicago, Ill.


More than 5,000 volunteers join forces to make the city stronger and more vibrant. Serve-a-thon will kick off with a short opening rally in Daley Plaza. Then volunteers will disperse across Chicago to more than 30 locations, where they will give their time and talent to impact the community. Volunteers will then return to the plaza for a celebration and ceremony featuring top dignitaries. Register at

When: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Pioneer Day

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.


Discover how pioneers, like the Kennicott family who settled at The Grove, lived, worked and played. Costumed interpreters will take you and your family on a journey to the past. Expect hands-on activities like candle dipping, basket weaving and blacksmithing.

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

Civil War Reenactment Weekend

Fischer Farm | Bensenville, Ill.


Meet Abraham Lincoln and Sojourner Truth, hear music, and learn what life was like for ordinary people who lived through a truly extraordinary time. There will be a firing of the cannon  at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Concessions including hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, and more available for purchase.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

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