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Geneva Fine Arts Fair

Geneva Arts Fair | Geneva, Ill.


Featuring more than 150 artisans and a kids' art area with special activities.

When: Visit website for information
Cost: Free

North Shore Taco Fest with Highwood Days

Highwood, Ill.


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

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk | Chicago, Ill.

In addition to two stages of music, more than 80 of the neighborhood's lush residential gardens will be open for the pubic to explore. There are both self-guided garden tours and guided architectural tours. The fest also includes food and the Kids' Corner with entertainment and activities for families.

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 22-23, 2017
Cost: $7-$10 suggested donation

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

Movie on the Green

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.


Enjoy a free movie every Friday at dusk. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. June 23: The LEGO Batman Movie; July 28: Moana; Aug. 18: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

When: 7:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Imagine U Drama Workshop

Ethel M. Barber Theater | Evanston, Ill.


A 45-minute long creative drama workshop with Northwestern teaching artists. Come get lost deep in the garden-wood. Transform into impossible human flowers, create ridiculous garden insects and morph into terrifying woodland beasts with members of the creative team from Wirtz Center’s “A Mid-Summer Night’s Daydream.”

When: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Lombard Civil War Reenactment

Lombard Park District | Lombard, Ill.

Visitors have the chance to mingle with Union and Confederate soldiers, visit with Abe Lincoln, view a small skirmish in the morning and larger battle in the afternoon each day, experience living history demonstrations, shop, eat and much more.


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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