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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

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

Petite Chefs

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Introduce your taste buds to new foods with chefs from the Washburne Culinary Institute. Space is limited; free tickets are available at the Bonnie Fine Worshop one hour prior to start of program.

When: 3:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 2 and Aug. 6
Cost: Free with admission

Cantigny Park 60th Anniversary Celebration and McCormick Day

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


A full day of family fun is planned as the park celebrates a milestone anniversary on McCormick Day, the birthday of Cantigny benefactor Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955). Kids enjoy vintage games and crafts plus a concert by Miss Jamie & The Farmhands at 2 p.m. The Barefoot Hawaiian performs at 5:30 p.m. Plus, birthday cake cutting and a vintage baseball game. “A League of Their Own,” parts of which were filmed at Cantigny, will play continuously in the Visitors Center theater. The special day will be capped by a Ravinia-like concert by Chicago Sinfonietta at 7:30 p.m.—under the oaks outside the First Division Museum.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Junior Architects: Designing and Building My New Home

Frederick C. Robie House | Chicago, Ill.

Build your dream home from cardboard and found objects.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5; free adults

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

Nature’s Play Time

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.

Children will enjoy using natural materials to build their skills such as identifying and sorting shapes and colors, practicing their fine and gross motor skills, and working with various textures and patterns. After the activities and some pond exploration, a snack will be provided.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

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

Mummy Science

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Get hands-on with our interactive mummy, learn about organic and inorganic materials and the scientific principles that make mummification possible. Meet a real Egyptologist and see how science can show us what ancient Egyptians looked like using CT scans and 3-D modeling.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 pair, $10 members; $10 additional, $5 additional member

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined grounds on the east side to find nature-themed sculptures crafted by Lego artist Sean Kenney, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower.


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

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