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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

Tween Workshop: Comic Adventures

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Work with a teaching artist as you explore the galleries with other tweens, share your ideas, and create your own custom comics to map out and document your museum experiences.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $12, $10 member

Afternoon Adventures: Won't You Be My Teddy Bear

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

The Teddy Bear was inspired in one of Americans most beloved presidents Theodore Roosevelt. Learn the story behind this iconic stuffed adorable creature and create a felt teddy bear.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $3, $2 members

Luna de Cuernos

Fifth House Ensemble | Chicago, Ill.


Luna de Cuernos, a modern interpretation of a Puerto Rican folktale, is a story of a tight-knit group of friends and family under threat, and the risks they will take to defend all that they own. Doña Yuiza’s garden is the pride and joyof the neighborhood. The program features illustrations by local artist Sarah Becan inspired by the true stories of Chicagoans.

When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Move to the Music

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.


Play a variety of outdoor activities and sports while listening to some tunes.

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays
Cost: Free

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

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.

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