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Fountain Square Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.

The oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's North Shore celebrates its 36th year. Features the eclectic works of more than 170 juried artists. The fest takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. Also: kids' art activities, food and jazz-centric music lineup.

When: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. June 25; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. June 26
Cost: $5 donation

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.

Taste of Joliet

Joliet, Ill.

Three day festival featuring live music, carnival, food vendors and kid zone.  Performers include Styx, Trace Adkins and RaeLynn.

When: Visit website for schedule of events
Cost: Visit website for admission prices.

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

Model Sailboat Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.


Watch model sailboats race across the North Lake. Demonstrations are organized by the Chicago R/C Model Yacht Club and held at the Waterside Terrace on the Esplanade. Admire spectacular views of the North Lake and Smith Fountain as you watch the race, and learn about building and operating model sailboats; weather permitting.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free; $30 parking

Celebrate Mud Day

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Drop in for an afternoon of glorious mud play in celebration of International Mud Day. Make mud pies, mud blocks and mud cookies with mud galore.

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

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

Visit from Cubs Mascot "Clark"

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.


Visit from the Chicago Cub's mascot, Clark! Join us for photo ops, autographs and giveaways.

When: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Luau at Smalley Pool

Norman P. Smalley Swimming Pool | Elmhurst, Ill.

Bring your family for Hawaiian fun in the sun. Games, prizes and Hawaiian music await.

When: 1-6 p.m.
Cost: Free with pool admission

15 Year Anniversary Celebration

Capannari Ice Cream | Mt. Prospect, Ill.


For 15 years, Capannari Ice Cream has been a fun and welcoming place for people to gather, enjoy a scoop, and make memories together.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

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