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Art on Harrison

Oak Park, Ill.


Includes art, music, food, dance and hands-on demonstrations for the whole family.


When: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 19; noon-8 p.m. Sept. 20
Cost: Free

Berwyn Oktoberfest

Berwyn, Ill.


The festival includes an international food court, live bands, carnival and amusements, family pavilion, crafters, vendors and beer garden.


When: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 19, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 20
Cost: Free


Palatine, Ill.


Rotary Club of Palatine presents a festival featuring German food and beverages, authentic music, and activities for all. There are family activities on Saturday afternoon, including music, art and German language lessons. Visit website for more information.

When: 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 19; noon-midnight Sept. 20; noon-6 p.m. Sept. 21
Cost: Free

Art In Your Eye

Batavia, Ill.


The festival features two art exhibits - The City Hall Exhibit and Student Legacy Exhibit - concerts, craft beer and wine tent, food, and live music and performances. Kids can visit the Picasso Tent or try chalkboard art on Saturday and Sunday.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships

Ottawa, Ill.


More than 500 top skydivers from around the country descending from Chicago’s skies as they perform extreme stunts and compete. Teams of up to 16 skydivers create geometric shapes, perform dramatic loops and spins in freefall, land on dime-sized dots and make belly- and back-to-earth, upright and head-down body formations.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Sept. 12, Oct. 10.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

T-Rexplorers: Walk This Way

Glenview Park District Park Center | Glenview , Ill.

Join junior paleontologists to answer your questions about dinosaurs. Handle authentic and replica dinosaur tracks as well as other related fossils. Play dinosaur games, create an interactive dinosaur story and make a craft.

When: 3:30-5 p.m. kids 5-7; 5:30-7 p.m. kids 7-12
Cost: $43, $38 residents

Semi-Annual Children's Clothing & Toy Resale

Alice Gustafson School | Batavia, Ill.


Features new or gently used infant through teen clothing for all seasons, shoes, uniforms, sporting goods, costumes, books, games, videos, CDs, toys, maternity wear, baby equipment and furniture. Income from the sale will be used for educational programs, materials and equipment for the school’s students and staff.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 (adults only); 8-11 a.m. Sept. 20
Cost: Free

Holy Trinity Parish Oktoberfest

Holy Trinity Catholic School | Westmont, Ill.


Urban Legend Brewing Co. will be selling an Oktoberfest beer made exclusively for Holy Trinity. Traditional Oktoberfest food such as bratwursts and pretzels also will be available for purchase, plus root beer floats for kids. Live children’s music, face painting, kids activities, two bounce houses, a kids movie night and Chicago White Sox mascot South Paw.

When: 4:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 19; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sept. 20
Cost: Free

Sleepy Storytime--Featuring Curious George

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


Celebrate National Curiosity Day with some classic Curious George stories, along with activities and treats. Kids are encouraged to wear their PJs and bring a favorite stuffed animal companion.

When: 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

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