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Barrington Art Festival

Barrington, Ill.


Features artwork, live music, food and kids' activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking

Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade

Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Chicago, Ill.


The wreath laying ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. The parade kicks off at noon and proceeds south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Participants include many area high schools' Drum and Bugle Corps as well as many veterans groups.

When: Wreath Laying: 11 a.m. Parade: noon
Cost: Free

Mole de Mayo Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Along with the traditional mole puestos (mole booths) and mouth­watering festival food concession stands, this year’s celebration features more than 30 live bands, dozens of artisans, merchants and craft vendors, matches by professional masked wrestlers (Mexican lucha libre), flame­throwing performances, and a chance to ride the mechanical bull. At the Plaza de los Niños (kids zone), enjoy face­painting and carnival games and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) outreach component presented by Northeastern Illinois University.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 27; noon-10 p.m. May 28; noon-9 p.m. May 29
Cost: $10 family, $5 individuals

Family Day/Open House

Big Run Wolf Ranch | Lockport, Ill.


Features 10 wolves, Siberian tiger, black bear, mountain lion and more. Plus, food, drinks, gift shop, music, raffles and fun. Featured activity: Wolf Puppy Play Time! Season passes and adoptions available.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $6

Dip In the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Dip Trailside Museum's nets into the pond to discover what interesting creatures lurk in the depths. Rubber boots available, or bring your own.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Wear: A Babywearing Conference

Westin Michigan Avenue | Chicago, Ill.

The conference is focused on promoting safe, comfortable and accessible babywearing education. It seeks to educate and preserve indigenous babywearing practices while showcasing the latest in babywearing fashion, design, and innovation. Wear: A Babywearing Conference is dedicated to providing the latest research, education and support for babywearing educators and families. We seek to preserve age-old indigenous babywearing practices, while showcasing the latest advances in babywearing innovation, design and fashion.

When: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $20-$500

Bird Bonanza!

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Explore the different characteristics and features of birds. Observe how birds fly and the shapes of their wings, and investigate how observing birds helped develop the concept of machine flight. See what feathered friends call Illinois home.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5, $3 members

“Princesses Preparing for the Ball” Show and Party

Little Beans Cafe - Evanston | Evanston, Ill.

Royal Princess Party will be putting on a 30-minute show starring Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Spiderman. Come dressed as your favorite princess or superhero (not required) and get ready for a live performance full of fun surprises from your favorite Royal Princess Parties characters as they prepare for the ball. After the show there will be a meet and greet, photos, crafts and pizza.

When: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: $35 for one child, $55 for two children and $70 for three children

A.B.L.E. Twelfth Night

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations), in partnership with Chicago Children’s Theatre, provides artistic experiences through which individuals with special needs feel empowered to discover their own unique voices and develop the confidence and skills to share who they are. Actors work together and support each other to create a performance piece, while building lifelong skills that will help both onstage and in their day-to-day lives. Speaking in Shakespeare’s original verse, twenty teenage actors with Down syndrome will share roles in scenes, monologues and songs to tell this tale about identity and love—and how things can be different from what they seem.


When: 11 a.m.
Cost: $15 and up


The Actors Gymnasium | Evanston, Ill.

The performances showcase the acts created by the students in their 9 months of study. The Actors Gymnasium always grows a unique pool of talent, and the 2015/16 Pro-Training Students are up and coming stars. Come see how a year of dedication, creativity and teamwork can change the world of physical theatre, circus, dance, and beyond.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $15

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