There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.
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Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land at Naper Settlement with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County.
Festival highlighting African culture features dancing, music, art and entertainment. Visit website for detailed schedule.
Features 4 stages of music (Polish, American, Dance and Club music), Polish cuisine and arts and craft. Plus, Kids' Stage and Kids' Inflatables Zone.
Family activities include a petting zoo, moonjump, freckle contest , Irish Dancers, Ice Cream Eating Contest, food vendors (including Irish fare), Irish crafts, face painting and bag pipers. Plus live entertainment, Jameson tasting, Irish beer, bean bag games and more.
Featuring artisans, live entertainment, carnival and a parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. Check website for detailed schedule.
Nearly two dozen comic book writers, artists, and publisher, along with apparel, toys, and collectibles vendors will fill the library with fun and excitement for the whole family. Plus, get your face painted, watch balloon twisting, learn how to make your own stuffed plush toys and more. Don't forget to dress as your favorite character for Mini Comic Con's costume contest.
Features kite demonstrations with gigantic kites (weather-permitting), sponsor booths, and Firehouse Pizza & Grill and Dairy Queen available for purchase. Bring your own kite or buy one on-site. The first 500 kids receive a free paper kite to color, assemble and fly.
Circus In The Parks, featuring Chicago's Midnight Circus, a high-flying assortment of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists and even a dog tours Chicago parks under a little big top. To purchase tickets visit www.CircusInTheParks.org.
The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, will help students learn about the significance and history of the Shofar, from the cleaning to the polishing. Attendees will actually get to fashion their very own Shofar out of a ram's horn, while learning the entire process.
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. Sept. 6 and 20.
All are encouraged to don their fanciest dresses, ties, and hats for this family soiree! Each guest gets their own fancy brunch box with tea sandwiches, mini scones, and fresh fruits, along with tasty refreshments. Kids under three years will get a mini-box for a mini-brunch. Includes a photo booth station for you to take photos with the kids so they can remember the day. All proceeds benefit Whole Kids Foundation. Registration required.