Trucks and toddlerhood go hand-in-hand (why else are firetrucks the most exciting part of parades?), and there’s no better month to get up close and personal with our four-wheeled friends. Check out these four events designed for truck enthusiasts of all ages. And be sure to bring the camera–you’re going to want to frame these adorable shots.
Tough guys are welcome at Elk Grove Village Touch a Truck, with tractors and construction vehicles joining the usual faves like firetrucks and police cars. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 5. Pirates’ Cove Lot, 901 Leicester Road, Elk Grove Village. (847) 437-9494, elkgroveparks.org.
Look out below! A helicopter might even join the fun at Elmhurst Touch a Truck, where cement trucks, army vehicles and ambulances are all open for exploration. $1. 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 12. Berens Park, 493 N. Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 993-8900, epd.org.
Kids can watch the world from the driver’s seat–of firetrucks, garbage trucks, police cars and more at Lincolnwood Touch-a-Truck. And there’s no need to worry about speeding tickets. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19. Lincolnwood Town Center, 3333 W. Touhy Ave., Lincolnwood. (847) 677-9740, recreation.lwd.org.
Cranes, ladders and flatbeds, oh my! Utility trucks–and even some antiques–take the spotlight at Sycamore Touch-a-Truck, where kids will love striking a pose next to those massive tires. Free. 1-3 p.m. Sept. 26. Blain’s Farm& Fleet, 1300 Dekalb Ave., Sycamore. (815) 895-3365, sycamoreparkdistrict.com.