Eyes to the Skies festival lowers cost, increases the fun for Chicago families

What do hot air balloons, rock climbing and Ferris wheels have in common? They all can be found at the Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival. The fest includes hot air balloon launches several times a day (if the weather cooperates) and fireworks each evening.

If you go

Check the EyesToTheSkies.org for
times and scheduled activities, recommendations on parking and
shuttle buses to the festival site.

New for kids this year is a rock climbing wall, says Wendy Nadeau, event coordinator.

Other features include a carnival with more than 20 rides; a separate kids’ area; craft fair; and music. Nadeau recommends families visit the fest between 1 and 7 p.m. “There are a lot of events and shows in the children’s area.” And the fest, while often crowded, is still fairly easy to navigate with a stroller.

This year, in a nod to the economic conditions most local families are facing, the festival organizers have lowered the entry fee by 50 percent. Admission is $5 for adults, free for kids 5 and under. It’s free on July 4 from noon-3 p.m. for Lisle residents and all day for military members with a photo ID.

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