4 ways to ring in June on the North Shore

June is an all-around solid month, you know? Aside from marking the official start of summer, there’s just an intangible feel-good quality in the air. It’s warm but not too hot, you can hang on the porch ‘til midnight, and your children still have a few weeks before they’re bored out of their skulls.

With June taking third in my three favorite months (September and October, in that order, if you must know), I’ve rounded up four things to do on the North Shore to ring it in.

Catch Star Wars in the Park

In a galaxy quite close, the city of Northbrook is putting on an evening of fun, games and a free showing of Rogue One. The movie might be a little intense for younger kids, but the force remains with you—in the form of a bounce house, a visit from Star Wars characters Kylo Ren and Rey, trivia and more.

7 p.m., Friday, June 2

Village Green Park

1334 Shermer Rd., Northbrook

Celebrate Hidden Creek

One of my favorite outdoor pools EVER is throwing itself a 20th birthday party, and guess what? We’re all invited! Bring your family and your beach bag and enjoy an afternoon of fun, surprises and chillin’ by the pool.

2–7 p.m., Saturday, June 24

Hidden Creek AquaPark

1220 Fredrickson Pl., Highland Park

Soar through Six Flags

As a roller coaster connoisseur, I’m disappointed in myself that I have yet to hit up Six Flags. But when it happens—and soon—it will be glorious. I’m particularly looking forward to Batman: The Ride, new this season. Why, you ask? Because it kicks off with a 10-story climb that drops into a full 360-degree immediately after, for starters.

542 N. Riverside Dr., Gurnee

Rock out at Ravinia

Not that any Chicagoland resident needs me to alert them to Ravinia, but still. I’m liking this year’s lineup, including several kids shows in June—Catskill Puppet Theater, Ko-Thi Dance Company and The Peking Acrobats among them. Looking for a show to see sans little ones? John Legend’s stopping by (of course it’s sold out, but where there’s a will, there’s a way).

200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park

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