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Tall Ships Chicago

Chicago, Ill.

The festival kicks off with a Parade of Sail. Then, starting Thursday, ticketed guests have the opportunity to view, tour and even sail away on participating vessels.

When: 3-10 p.m. July 27; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 28-30; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 31
Cost: $10 general admission; $15 dockside boarding, $25 weekend dockside boarding

Family Fishing

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn safety and the basics of fishing, then spend some time trying to reel in the big one. All equipment and instruction provided. Each child must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. June 28, July 28
Cost: $10

Free Garden Program: Backyard Butterflies

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.


Join Master Gardner Suzette Gacek, from the University of Illinois extension Master Gardner's Program to explore the world of backyard butterflies.

When: 3-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Adventures in the Zoo - Camouflage

Elgin Public Museum | Elgin, Ill.


Explore how mammals, birds and reptiles all hide themselves to survive in the wild. Have fun learning about natural history.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Color and Light: The World Through My Window

Frederick C. Robie House | Chicago, Ill.

Geometry, color and pattern are explored in the creation of a unique window design inspired by Wright’s magnificent Robie House windows.

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

The Science of History

Mount Prospect Public Library | Mount Prospect, Ill.

The program will involve creating and learning about catapults. If time permits, they will play an old-fashioned game or two.

When: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25

Eating for Two with Stephanie Izard

Monica + Andy | Chicago, Ill.

Showcases food and recipe demonstrations by James Beard award winning Chef (and new mom) Stephanie Izard. All proceeds benefit the Chicago Children's Choir. Healthy bites and mocktails are included.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $25

Cardboard CAR-nival!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

Make your own cardboard car, then drive around the store. Road trip snacks will be served by car-hops. Register in advance.

When: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $5

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.


Participants can pick up their Waldo Passport and must find Waldo and get their passports stamped in at least five of the participating businesses. Then celebrate with a Waldo Party on July 30 at 3:30 p.m. with snacks, games, and activities. Participants with passports that have five stamps or more will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

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