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Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

Glencoe, Ill.

Guests can stroll the Esplanade and shop for beautiful botanic-themed art and art made from plant materials. More than 90 juried artists will display their work including photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry and much more. Artist talks and family activities will be featured.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; parking fees apply

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

Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade

Glen Ellyn 4th of July | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Glen Ellyn's 4th of July parade will begin at Hawthorne St and Lenox Rd heading north on Lenox Rd, turning west onto Linden St. and southbound on Main St ending at Crescent. Visit for more information.

When: Noon
Cost: Free

Glen Ellyn 4th of July Fireworks

Glen Ellyn 4th of July | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Bring your blanket for a traditional fireworks display. Visit for information on special "Boomer Booster Seats" on the Lake Ellyn boathouse dock.

When: Dusk
Cost: Free

Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks

Lake Forest, Ill.

Event features food, a beer garden, live music, activities for kids and fireworks display.

When: 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $10, $15 residents; free kids 5 and under, parking $20-$50

Windy City Ribfest

Chicago, Ill.

Fest features live music, lots of ribs, arts & crafts and kids' area (on Saturday and Sunday afternoons).

When: 5-10 p.m. July 3, Noon-10 p.m. July 4, noon-9 p.m. July 5
Cost: $5

Oak Fest

Oak Forest, Ill.


Enjoy live music, food vendors, a carnival, bingo, Fourth of July fireworks and a car show at Oak Fest.

When: For more information visit event website.
Cost: Free

Frontier Days

Arlington Heights, Ill.


Frontier Days features family friendly activities, live music, a carnival, a Fourth of July parade and a craft market.

When: For more information visit event website.
Cost: Free; carnival tickets and other activities cost extra; free shuttle service

Family Twilight Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark.

When: 7-9 p.m. June 19, July 3, Aug. 21; 6-8 p.m. June 6, July 18 and Aug. 1
Cost: $19, $16 members

Campfire Nights

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.

A family evening with activities including games, crafts, kid-friendly campfire stories and a night hike. Marshmallows are available for roasting. Bring bug spray.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3
Cost: $7

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