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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


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

Old Fashioned Campfire

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with friends and family, and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire. March 20, April 10, May 8.

When: 8-9:30 p.m. June 12; July 31
Cost: $8, free 2 and under

Journey on the Underground Railroad

Graue Mill and Museum | Oak Brook, Ill.

Experience what it was like to be a passenger of the Underground Railroad. This theatrical experience begins with a skit in which attendees will meet the legendary Harriet Tubman and then follow Hinsdale blacksmith John Coe on a historic journey that would have taken place by escaping slaves of the time.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, $10 kids

Gettin' Corny

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Explore the many facets of of corn while manufacturing biodegradable plastic, inventing a popcorn topping, concocting a non-Newtonian fluid, witnessing ethanol explosions, sampling sugars, making a-maize-ing art, and taking part in corny math.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

National Sports Collectors Convention

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

More than 45,000 collectors, sports fans, exhibitors and 90 high-profile athletes will converge on the Donald E Stephens Convention Center.

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $25

Winnetka Fourth Fest

Winnetka Park District | Winnetka, Ill.


Winnetka's celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by family friendly events on the green at 11 a.m. including kids' games and races. The real Fourth Fest begins at 6 p.m. with face painting, bouncy houses, slides and fireworks. Fourth Fest will be located at Duke Childs Field. Events on the green will be located at the Villaga Green.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

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