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Highland Park Fourth Fest

Highland Park, Ill.

Enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, picnic games, live music and food at Highland Park's Fourth Fest.  Fireworks will be held at dusk at Wolter's Field.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free, wristbands for unlimited rides and games are available an early bird rate of $15.00; price the day of the event will be higher

Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.


Festival focuses on high-quality juried artwork in 11 categories. Plus live music, a silent auction, children's craft tent and food booths.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1-2
Cost: Free.


Chicago, Ill.


Three day interactive music experience features a lineup of family-friendly rock and activities including music and dance workshops. Part of the Lollapalooza Festival. Visit for tickets.

When: See website for lineup
Cost: Check website

La Grange Endless Summerfest

La Grange, Ill.

Celebrate summer at its best with family fun, live music  and great entertainment for all ages. Includes rides, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, music, and Sunday night fireworks.

When: 4-10:30 p.m. July 31; noon-10:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2
Cost: Check website

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.

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

Family Twilight Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark.

When: 7-9 p.m. June 19, July 3, Aug. 21; 6-8 p.m. June 6, July 18 and Aug. 1
Cost: $19, $16 members

Destination Asia Summer Festival

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Travel to Asia with culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and more during this second annual cultural festival featuring the dynamic cultures of China, Japan and India, among others. Hike the trails and explore the Arboretum's collections of trees and plants native to Asia, including our impressive Ginkgo trees.

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

Cooking With the Sun

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

Come out and discover how to harness the sun's energy to cook food. Participants will make their own pizza box solar cooker and taste treats that have been cooked using the sun's energy.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Walking in the Waterfall

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Make a splash investigating the movement of the water in Lake Katherine's waterfall. Wear clothes that can get wet. Boots are provided.

When: 1-2 p.m. (grades K-3); 3-4 p.m. (grades 4-5) July 1 and 29; Aug. 19
Cost: $5

Kids’ Fishing Derby

Monee Reservoir | Monee, Ill.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish, smallest fish and the greatest number of fish caught. Each participant receives a goodie bag and free ice cream.

When: 7 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5

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