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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

Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.


Festival focuses on high-quality juried artwork in 11 categories. Plus live music, a silent auction, children's craft tent and food booths.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1-2
Cost: Free.

International Clown Week

Forest Park, Ill.


Festive remembrance of circus artists past, held in the nation's most well known final resting place for circus artists. Event includes speakers, laying of flowers, circus arts performances,  fun stuff for kids including activities and entertainment, prizes, snacks and refreshments, and many, many clowns. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a youthful attitude.



When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free


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

Destination Asia Summer Festival

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Travel to Asia with culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and more during this second annual cultural festival featuring the dynamic cultures of China, Japan and India, among others. Hike the trails and explore the Arboretum's collections of trees and plants native to Asia, including our impressive Ginkgo trees.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $30 parking

Made in Chicago

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Share your culture and talents at a showcase all about Chicago kids. Visitors of all ages and abilities can take to the stage to sing, dance, or just play. Stick around to jitter and jive during the Dance Party.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Old Time Family Picnic

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

Includes food, music, art, lawn games, and more.


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