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North Shore Taco Fest with Highwood Days

Highwood, Ill.

FREE  

Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and tons of food from local vendors. Plus, the North Shore Taco Fest brings together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations.

When: Check webiste for schedule. July 20-23.
Cost: Free

Taste of River North

Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy cuisine from River North restaurants, merchants, artists and music. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & Kohl’s Cares have teamed up to present the Kid Zone with family entertainment, the Ward Park playground, dancing, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and various demos from local schools and organizations. The tent is staffed by the Lurie Children’s Community Volunteer Corps, who help teach kids about bike, pedestrian and safety.

When: July 21-23, 2017; See website for schedule.
Cost: $5 donation

Family Night: Touch a Truck, Game Show Fun, Classic Cars & More

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Get close to a big rig and enjoy the music of country rocker Joe Kalish. Star in a game show , competing with other families or friends in high-energy Versus or 5-minute rounds of Trivia Blitz, a game similar to Jeopardy. It’s also Cruise Night (bring your cool wheels) and stay for Movie in the Park (“Monster Trucks”) at 8:30 pm. Food trucks on site.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 parking

Military Science: Rockets

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Kids learn about military rockets in a fun and safe environment. Experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of rockets. Enjoy a rare opportunity to pick up a WWII “Super Bazooka,” a Vietnam era LAW and other modern rocket launchers. All students take home an Estes rocket. June 23; July 6 and 24; Aug. 4.

When: 1 p.m. June 23 and July 24; 10 a.m. July 6 and Aug. 4
Cost: $15, free parking

Cool Science: Junior Star Wars Cooking Science

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Make galactically delicious treats that may include Wookiee cookies, edible light sabers, Obi-Wan-kebobs or Yoda soda punch.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $39, $26 resident

Nature Performs

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

This family friendly show combines dance, theater and lots of laughs. Kids help tell the tale of Ricky the Rabbit and his adventure around Chicago.

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

Elmhurst Cycling Classic

Wilder Park | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

A full day of professional and amateur bike racing near Wilder Park and around Elmhurst College. Register for the Family Fun Bike Parade and ride a couple laps on the same course as the pros. Plus, enjoy family fun, food & entertainment in Wilder Park. All surplus proceeds support community charities in Elmhurst and DuPage County. For more information, visit elmbike.com.

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

Origami in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Visitors will be awed by 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding as they walk paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibit features installations, gallery works, and the Boxes' own compositions, as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Dinos & Dragons

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon. Along the winding outdoor path, guests can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo. The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11
 










 
 
 
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