2021 Chicagoland Farmers Markets


Farmers Market Season has begun and is thriving! This will definitely be a different experience than you are used to but so are grocery stores and lots of other experiences!

Make sure to get the full requirements from each farmers market you want to attend, but the guidelines are mostly the same throughout all of them.

Wear a mask, limit the members of the household in attendance, no pets, etc. The Illinois Farmers Market Association outlines all of the guidelines.

 

 



MONDAYS

 

 

Hinsdale Farmers Market

  • The 45th Annual Hinsdale Farmer’s Market will start on Mon, May 31 thru Mon, Oct 25, 2021 (2 extra weeks).
  • 7 a.m – 1 p.m
  • Burlington Park, 30 E Chicago Ave.
  • FREE “Fitness In The Park” every Monday from 7-8 AM during the Farmers Market season.

 

 

WEDNESDAYS

 

Elmhurst Farmers Market

  • June  – October
  • 7 AM – 1 PM
  • Located in the York & Vallette Business District

Grayslake Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – September 22nd
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Located at the corner of Center and Whitney Streets in Historic Downtown Grayslake.

Green City Farmers Market: Lincoln Park

  • Wed & Sat, May through October, 7 AM – 1 PM.
  • 1817 N. Clark St.
  • Discounted parking is available for $13 for two hours with validation in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot(opens in a new window) off of Stockton Drive. Parking validation cards are available at all entrances to the market.

Highland Park (Ravinia) Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – October 27th
  • Hours: 7 – 1 PM
  • Live music at 8:45 & 11 AM
  • Jens Jensen Park, Highland Park

Oak Lawn Famers Market

  • June 9th – October 13th
  • Near the Village Green on Dumke Drive. 9446 Raymond Ave
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • No Farmers Market on Sept 8th.
  • Live music in the Library parking lot at 10 AM on select dates.

Winfield Farmers Market

  • June 5th – October 30th
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • Winfield Farmers Market is conveniently located at the SW corner of
    County Farm & Geneva Roads, in the parking lot of Winfield’s popular
    Prairie Trail Center shopping plaza

 

THURSDAYS

 

 

Barrington Farmers Market

  • June 17th – October 21st
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Park Ave & Cook St.

Bolingbrook Promenade Street Market

  • June 3rd – August 26th
  • 4 – 9 pm
  • Great live music from 6 – 8 PM

Clarendon Hills Farmers Market

  • June 4th – October 31st
  • 7:00 AM – 1 PM
  • 1N Prospect Ave

Gallagher Way French Market

  • 3635 N. Clark next to Wrigley Field
  • July 15, 22 / August 5, 19, 26 / September 9, 23, 30
  • 4PM – 7PM

 

La Grange Farmers Market

  • May 6th – October 21st
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • Corner of LaGrange Rd. and Harris Ave.
  • There are often fun events for children at 11 AM. Follow their Facebook page for specifics.

Libertyville Farmers Market

  • June 3rd – October 22nd
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • In Cook Park on West Church Street

Naperville’s 95th Street Farmers Market

  • June 3rd – September 30th
  • 3 PM – 7PM
  • Located in the parking lot of the 95th Street Library 3015 Cedar Glade Road, Naperville

Orland Park Farmers Market

  • June 3rd – August 19th
  • 4 – 8 pm
  • Crescent Park (near the 143rd Street Metra station). 9705 West 142nd St.

Wauconda Farmers Market

  • July 1st – September 30th
  • 4 – 7 pm
  • Main Street between Bangs and Mill Streets

 

FRIDAYS

 

 

Elgin Farmers Market

  • June – October
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Spring Street in Downtown Elgin

Lake Zurich Farmers Market

  • June 4th – September 10th
  • 3 – 7 pm
  • Paulus Park: 200 S Rand Rd.

Schaumburg Farmers Market

  • Every Friday from June 4th through October 29th
  • 7 – 1 pm
  • Trickster Gallery: 190 S. Roselle Rd.

St. Charles Farmers Market

  • June 4th – October
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • The East Side of Baker Methodist Church: 307 Cedar Ave.

 

SATURDAYS

 

 

Arlington Heights Farmers Market

  • May 15th – October 16th
  • 8 AM – 12:30 PM
  • In the parking lot at Vail and Fremont

Aurora Farmers Market

  • Saturdays, June 12 through October 16
  • 8 AM – Noon
  • Water Street Square (65 Water Street)
  • “Saturdays in Downtown Aurora are headlined by fresh produce and fun at the Aurora Farmers Market, now in our 109th (2021) season! Every week, our Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, decadent baked goods and pastry items, a selection of local food trucks and vendors (including Aurora’s famous Dick’s Mini Donuts), delicious coffee, one-of-a-kind artisan items and more!”

Batavia Farmers Market

  • June – October 31st
  • 8 – noon
  • North River Street between Wilson and State
  • 3rd Saturdays – will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping locally. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists, makers, and designers.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Batavia Boardwalk Shops while you are there!
    • FRIDAY 10 A.M. – 7 P.M., SATURDAY 9 A.M. – 4 P.M., SUNDAY 12 P.M. – 4 P.M.
      MAY 28 – DECEMBER 19, 2021
    • The Batavia Boardwalk Shops are located at the corner of Wilson and Route 25 (114 East Wilson Street)

Crystal Lake Farmers Market

  • June 5th – September 25th
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Depot Park (next to Downtown Train Depot)

Downers Grove Farmers Market

  • May 8th – October 16th
  • 7 – 12:30
  • Downers Grove Train Station, 5001 Main Street

Elk Grove Village Farmers Market

  • June – Mid- October
  • 7:30 – 1 pm
  • Come visit us at the Clock Tower at Wellington and Biesterfield
    on the municipal parking grounds in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Evanston Farmers Market

  • May 1st – November 6th
  • 7:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (just east of East Railroad Ave.)

Glenview Farmers Market

  • June 19th – October 23rd
  • 8 AM – Noon
  • Historic Wagner Farm: 1510 Wagner Rd, Glenview
    • The 2021 market will be held in the circular drive on the north side of the Heritage Center

Green City Farmers Market: Lincoln Park

  • May through October, 7 AM – 1 PM.
  • 1817 N. Clark St.
  • Discounted parking is available for $13 for two hours with validation in the Chicago Historical Museum parking lot(opens in a new window) off of Stockton Drive. Parking validation cards are available at all entrances to the market.

Green City Market – West Loop

  • June through October
  • 8 AM – 1 PM
  • Mary Bartelme Park,115 S Sangamon St

Huntley Farmers Market

  • May – October
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Huntley Downtown Square – 11704 Coral St
  • You can also enjoy live music and a host of special events throughout the season.

Lisle French Market at PrairieWalk Pond

  • May 1st – mid-October
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Located along Garfield Ave, adjacent to Prairiewalk Pond

Naperville Farmers Market

  • June  – end of October
  • 7 AM – Noon
  • Downtown Naperville: 200 East. 5th Avenue

Northcenter Farmers Market

  • June 5th – October 30th
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • Northcenter Town Square – 4100 N. Damen
  • Please ENTER AT DAMEN AVE AND EXIT AT LINCOLN AVE!
  • The Northcenter Farmers Market is one of the oldest farmers markets on the North Side of Chicago

Oak Park Farmers Market

  • 7:00 AM – 1 PM every Saturday through October
  • The Market is located in the Pilgrim Church parking lot at 460 Lake St., one block west of Ridgeland Avenue.
  • Free parking is available in the Oak Park River Forest High School parking garage on Scoville Avenue, just north of Lake Street

Palatine Farmers Market

  • May – October
  •  7 – 1 pm
  • Every Saturday at the Palatine Train Station Parking Lot (directly east of the Palatine Train Station)

Rolling Meadows Farmers Market

  • May 29th, June 26th, July 17th, August 28th, September 25th
  • 10 – 2 PM
  • Community Church of RM: 2720 Kirchoff Rd.
  • Free kiddie trains and live music each month!

Sugar Grove Farmers Market

  • June  – September
  • 8 – noon
  • Village of Sugar Grove Municipal Center Parking Lot; 10 Municipal Drive

Tinley Park Farmers Market

  • June 5th – October 9th
  • 8:00 – 12:30
  • Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Avenue

Wheaton Farmers Market

  • April 10th – November 27th
  • 8 – 2 pm
  • The outdoor market is at Reber Street and Liberty Drive near Courthouse Square.
  • “The first hour of the market between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. being reserved for the unvaccinated at-risk population that includes seniors and those with underlying health conditions.”

 

SUNDAYS

 

 

Antioch Farmers Market

  • Antioch farmers market will be once a month, on the last Sunday of the month. June 27th, July 25th, August 29th, and September 26th
  • 8:00 am – 2:00 pm located at the William E. Brook Entertainment Center (Bandshell) 900 Skidmore Drive Antioch.
  • The kids flea market will be from 9 AM – Noon

Cary Farmers Market

  • June – September
  • 9 – 1 pm
  • Cary Train Station, 100 W Main Street

Geneva Farmers Market

  • June 7th – November 8th
  • 9 – 2 pm
  • South Street & 4th Street

Glen Ellyn Farmers Market

  • June – October
  • 8 – 1 PM
  • Parking lot South of the Railroad tracks between Forest and Main

Logan Square Farmers Market

  • May 9th – October 31st
  • 9 – 3 pm
  • 9 AM – 10 AM priority shopping for individuals of high risk
  • Takes places along Logan Blvd from Milwaukee to Whipple

Mt. Prospect Farmers Market

  • June 6th – October 31st
  • 8 – 1 pm
  • East Metra commuter lot at NW Hwy and Emerson Street

Oswego Farmers Market

  • June 6th – September 26th
  • 9 -1 pm
  • 19 Main Street in downtown Oswego

Plainfield Farmers Market

  • June – September
  • 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Plainfield Public Library parking lot

Western Springs French Market

  • May through end of October
  • 9 AM – 1 PM
  • The French Market’s location is on Hillgrove Avenue in front of the historic water tower, between Lawn Avenue and Grand Avenue.

Wicker Park Farmers Market

  • Every Sunday through October 31st!
  • 8 am – 2 pm
  • 1425 N. Damen Ave
  • *Masks are required between 8:00 – 9:00 AM for all shoppers, volunteers, and staff, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional for all vaccinated individuals between 9:00 – 2:00 PM.

 

Do you live in the West or Far West suburbs?

Check out this awesome and handy printable from Stay + Play Local Tri-Cities!

West suburban farmers markets

 

 


U-Pick Berry Farms near Chicagoland

2021 Chicagoland U-Pick Berry Farms


Near to Chicago, U-Pick Berry Farms

 

U-Pick Berry Farms near Chicagoland

 

 

 

Backwoods Berry Farm:

  • 27244 Hettick Scottville Rd., Hettick IL
  • Facebook page has the most current updates on the berry status
  • Harvest Season:
    • Strawberries: Mid to late May
    • Blueberries late June
    • Blackberries Mid to late July
    • Peaches early August

 

Billy Boy’s Blueberry Barn

  • 650 Freyer Rd., Michigan City IN
  • “We are the closest blueberry farm from Illinois located approximately less than 60 minutes from Chicago, IL. We are minutes away from New Buffalo, MI, the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall and the Indiana Dunes.”

 

Blueberries of Indiana

  • Check their Facebook page for blueberry status before heading out. Ripening should begin around the 4th of July.
  • No credit cards accepted
  • Bring your own containers.

 

Cody’s Farm

  • 19502 River Rd. Marengo, IL 60152
  • Picking will be available daily from 8am-5pm
    • 8am-9am Check in and purchase your buckets in the farm market
    • 9am to 5pm proceed across the road to the “Red Barn” and purchase your picking buckets, Strawberry field closes at 5pm, Farm Market remains open until 6pm
  • Don’t forget the strawberry donuts and make sure to come back for apple picking season!

 

Garwood Orchards

  • 5911 W. 50 S, La Porte IN
  • Check the Facebook page for updates before you arrive!
  • U-Pick Strawberries currently available, 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM.
  • Always call before coming for Picking Status: 219-362-4385

 

Heider’s Berry Farm:

  • 1106 N. Queen Anne Rd., Woodstock
  • Cash or check only
  • “Opening for the season with STRAWBERRY picking on Wednesday, June 9 from 8AM to 5PM with Upick strawberries at $14 per 4 quart basket and prepicked rhubarb at $3 per pound. WATCH FOR OUR NEW ENTRANCE just north of the barn past our farm yard. Hope to see you sometime in the next 3 to 4 weeks!”
  • “Heider’s Berry Farm provides pick your own and pre-picked strawberries (June and September till frost) and raspberries (July and September till frost). Seasons vary depending on the weather so watch for specifics as the seasons approach. Hours are flexible depending on weather and supply. Check facebook or Connect With Us on the home page before coming.”

 

Johnson’s Farm Produce

  • 8960 E. Ridge Rd, Hobart IN
  • Officially opening June 12th & 13th for Strawberry UPICK!
  • Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are available for U-Pick later in the season.
  • Always call and / or check their Facebook page for picking status before heading to the farm.

 

McCann Berry Farm

  • 18110 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock, IL
  • They no longer have U-Pick strawberries
  • Blueberry season begins around the second week of July through 1st week of August.
  • Call ahead or check FB page for updates to determine availability
  • Cash or check only

 

Olive Berry Acres:

  • 2575 W. Mine Road, Mazon IL
  • Farm is open 9 AM – 2 PM for U-Pick strawberries
  • You MUST check their Facebook for up to date picking days & times as they are subject to change frequently.

 

Prairie Hill Blueberry Farm:

  • 424 County Road 1400 North, Bethany IL 61914
  • Picking season depends on the weather but ranges from Early June to Mid July.
  • 3-acres offers over 1,000 blueberry bushes for picking.
    5 varieties to choose from. Eat your way through the field to find the ones you prefer.

 

Stade’s Farm and Market:

  • 3709 Miller Rd, McHenry IL
  • U-Pick strawberries are available from 8:30 AM – 5 PM
  • We recommend you check our website and/or Facebook for the most recent picking, crop, and weather conditions that may affect your u-pick experience.
  • In late summer / fall look forward to summer and fall raspberries. The summer crop begins in early July and the fall crop begins in mid-August and continues to produce until early to mid-October.

 

Stateline Blueberries

  • 9957 N. Frontage Rd, Michigan City IN
  • The Farm Update section of their website gives you the most up to date information on their blueberries and where to pick.
  • The only farm in the area to accept credit cards.

 

Tammen Treeberry Farm

  • 37131 Essex Rd, Wilmington, Illinois
  • A shortened blueberry season is anticipated this year. Keep close watch on the Facebook page for updates!

 

The Blueberry Patch

  • 7015 Blackwell Dr., Sawyer MI
  • U-Pick blueberries to begin mid July. Follow Facebook page for updates

 

Thompson Strawberry Farm:

  • 14000 75th Street, Bristol WI
  • “We will have our home farm as normal, and a new location.  Our new strawberry farm is located only 1 mile west of our home farm on the corner of MB and K.  We will only have one location open per day. We will have signs up indicating which field will be open.”
  • Strawberry U-Pick has begun!
    • Monday-Friday 8:00-6:00

    • Saturday and Sunday 8:00-4:00

  • The sunflower field will be open soon as well!

 

Tom’s Farm Market

  • 10214 Algonquin Rd, Huntley, IL
  • Follow Facebook page for the announcement of the beginning of strawberry U-Pick. Should be in the next week or so.

 

Valley Orchard

  • 811 E. State Street, Cherry Valley IL
  • “Asparagus and rhubarb are done for the season. We will not have any other fruit to pick until our CHERRIES which should be ready around June 20th.”

 

You Pick Berries:

  • 30683 Lanan Rd, Kingston IL
  • Raspberries and Blueberries this year! Opening just after the 4th of July.

What To Do To With Your Kids on Valentine’s Day In Chicagoland?


Were you asking yourself, “What is there to do with the kids for Valentine’s Day?”

Well, we’ve got you covered with over 40 events spanning the city to the suburbs! Enjoy these fun events with your kiddos, or choose one of the drop off events

and have a date night!

Events In Chicago

Friday, Feb 7th

 

5:00 PM: Paper Hearts, Flowers and Garlands

  • Lillstreet Art Center
  • 5-7 pm
  • “Cut, paste, paint, print and decorate cards, garland, and gifts for Valentine’s Day. Make it a family event and co-create handmade tokens of love to keep close to your loved one’s hearts for a lifetime. Make memories and gifts together in this one-day family workshop. At least one child and one adult must register for family workshops.”

6:00 PM: Valentine Family Dinner at The Kids Table

  • The Kids Table: Wicker Park location
  • 6 – 7:30 PM
  • Menu: Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce, Garlic Bread Soup & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • “In our Family Dinners, adults and kids work side-by-side to make a meal, and then enjoy it together! It’s the perfect combination of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner, and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home.”

 

Saturday, Feb 8th

 

6:30 PM: Valentine’s Night Out: Spa Chemistry

  • The Laboratory Collective
  • 6:30 – 8:15 PM
  • 5 – 12 yrs old
  • “While parents have a night out, kids can spend their Saturday night with The Laboratory.
    Our Science Nights out include a pizza dinner and unique hands-on science activities based on kids’ favorite themes or movies.”

6:30 PM: Parent & Child Create Night – Valentine’s Day Craft

  • Kidcreate Studio – Lakeview
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your child! Prepare for an evening filled with love! You and your child will enjoy getting messy with clay! Air-dry clay and paint will be used to create a lovely heart-themed trinket box. Each parent and child will create their own craft. What a great keepsake!”

 

Sunday, Feb 9th

 

 

9:00 AM: V-Moji Workshop at Little Goat Diner

  • 2nd floor of Little Goat Diner, 820 Randolph Street
  • “Join Kidcreate Studio at Little Goat Diner for a fun Valentines Day Project! What’s a V-Moji? It’s a Valentine’s Day Emoji, of course! Nothing says “I love you” better than a hand-made gift and what could be better than a personalized V-Moji!?! Register early for this class, it will fill up fast! Come ready to get messy while you play right along with your child. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please register each child, no need to register the caregiver.”
  • If you plan to stay for brunch, we ask you make a 10:15 reservation

1:00 PM: DIY Valentine’s Day For Kids

  • Foxtrot Market (Southport)
  • 1 – 4 PM
  • “Decorate Valentine’s Day cards, enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate bar, and build your own festive candy bags. See you there!”

 

Tuesday, Feb 11th

 

 

6:00 PM: Family Valentine Dinner & Movie at Indian Boundary Park

  • Indian Boundary Park
  • “What says I love you better than a Dinner & a Movie in the park? Join us for a classic Disney animated flick “Sleeping Beauty”, which is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. We will be serving a buffet meal along with the film presentation. space is limited.”

 

Wednesday, Feb 12th

 

 

10:30 AM: Valentines “Chocolate Box”

  • Be Kids Cafe: 2800 W North Ave
  • “During this class we will be making salt dough valentine chocolates!
    Mommy and me art classes are great for 2-7 year olds! During mommy and me classes your child will explore a variety of art and recycled materials and experience new textures as well as work on fine motor skills and learn to be creative in a group setting. Your child will be introduced to sustainable arts and crafts. They will be inspired to look at nature and everyday raw materials in new interesting ways. We pride ourselves on using as many recyclable and sustainable materials as possible for all the activities we do.”

Thursday, Feb 13th

 

 

5:30 PM: Valentines Day Party w/ Stages Performing Arts

  • Purple Monkey Playroom
  • “Join us for our magic combination of pizza, playtime, and Stages-led singing-and-dancing in our Valentine’s clad Bucktown playroom.”

 

Friday, Feb 14th

 

 

Valentines Day Craft and Cookie Decorating – Little Beans Cafe & Playspace

  • Little Beans Cafe Chicago & Evanston
  • “Join us and celebrate love and valentines day with a cute craft and cookie decorating. This will be offered all day and is included in regular playspace admission.”

9:00 AM: Spring Flower Show at The Lincoln Park Conservatory

  • “Explore the Spring Flower Show: Renaissance features plants and flowers arranged in a way to replicate the still life paintings produced during the Renaissance period. The displays will feature a spring array of plants such as tulips, dragon lilies, Persian buttercups, roses, and peonies in a rich tapestry of colors such as lavender, chocolate, pink, and scarlet.The show will also feature a soundtrack of period music.”
  • February 14th to May 10th

9:00 AM: Spring Flower Show at The Garfield Park Conservatory

  • “Explore the Spring Flower Show: Understory: Layers of Light and get to know the plants that thrive below the forest canopy. See understory trees arching upwards toward the light, our historic azalea collection, and flowers blooming at the first light of spring. Observe fallen trees, hanging vines, and even mushrooms! What else will you discover?”
  • Show will run from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, May 12.

11:00 AM: Valentine’s Day at Monica + Andy

  • Lincoln Park Guideshop: 2052 N Halsted St.
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • “MONICA + ANDY INVITES YOU & YOUR MINI SWEETHEARTS TO COME CELEBRATE AT OUR ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY EVENT!
  • Join us for Instagrammable mini sessions by Photographer Tracy Dyer, custom backdrops and heart crafts by Sweet Jory’s, sweet treats and more! Complimentary Music by Tunes with Tim for all ages.”

3:00 PM: Valentines Crafting & Open Play Party

  • Be Kids Cafe: 2800 W North Ave
  • 3 – 5 PM
  • “Parents will have two options: for $10 your child can drop in from 3 – 5pm and make valentines from all sorts of fun supplies as well as paint their own clay hearts. We will also have a fun photo back drop for the kids to use. For an additional $12 your child will enjoy open ‘Play for the Day’ when you sign up in advance, here. It is going to be tons of FUN and we can’t wait to see you there!”

 

Saturday, Feb 15th

 

 

12:00 PM: Sweet Saturday at Garfield Park Conservatory

  • Noon to 3 pm
  • “This drop-in event will let your whole family try some sweet treats while learning about plants in our collection. From chocolate and vanilla, to banana and papaya, your family will love this Valentine’s weekend event.”

5:30 PM: Date Night – Valentine’s Candy Mosaic

  • KidCreate Studio – Lakeview
  • 5:30 – 8:30 PM
  • “Do you have plans that don’t include your little ones? Do you want to see a movie that isn’t animated or enjoy a dinner that doesn’t include french fries? Sign your kids up for their own night out. It’s Valentine’s Day, and romance is in the air. Sign your kids up for some fun of their own while you enjoy an evening out with your Valentine. The kids will create a heart-themed mosaic made out of frosting and Skittles®. Art doesn’t get any sweeter than that!”

6:00 PM: Valentine Family Dinner at The Kids Table

  • The Kids Table: Lakeview location
  • 6 – 7:30 PM
  • Menu: Heart Shaped Pizza, Balsamic Glazed Strawberry Salad & Strawberry Milkshakes
  • “In our Family Dinners, adults and kids work side-by-side to make a meal, and then enjoy it together! It’s the perfect combination of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner, and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home.”

 

 

Events In The Suburbs

Saturday Feb 8th

 

 

10:00 AM: Kid’s Valentine’s Day Party

  • Compass Mortgage: 27755 Diehl Rd., Warrenville
  • 10 – 11:30 AM
  • “Join us for a fun morning filled with games, prizes, crafts, treats and a special Princess appearance from Princess Fairytale Parties!! Please RSVP with the eventbrite link above so we have enough goodies for all.”

1:00 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • Feb 8th 1 – 3:30 pm
  • Feb 9th: 1:30 – 3 pm
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

5:00 PM: Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out

  • Naperville Yard Indoor Sports Complex
  • 5 – 9 PM
  • “Enjoy a night away from the kids with the Naperville Yard Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out. We will keep them busy with arts & crafts, sports, bouncy houses and our playtower while you enjoy a night out on the town. All children will be served dinner. All children must be potty trained.”

6:00 PM: Sweetheart Ball

  • White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville
  • 6 – 9 PM
  • “Have a sweet time at this year’s candy themed Sweetheart Ball. Enjoy a decadent evening which includes a delicious dinner (choice of chicken fingers, chicken breast, or vegetarian pasta), dancing, entertainment, and a magnificent sweets table. For boys and girls ages 4-12 with parent. Register at the Deer Grove Leisure Center by Feb 5, $22 | $27 per person.”

Sunday Feb 9th

 

 

10:00 AM: Be Our Minnie Valentine

  • Playroom Cafe Two – Naperville
  • 10 – 12 PM
  • “Minnie will arrive at 10am sharp for a meet and greet and to take pictures with all at our beautiful Valentines Day themed backdrop. Valentines arts and crafts to follow after Minnie’s departure!”

10:00 AM: Kids Cooking Class – Valentine’s Day Brownies

  • Maggiano’s Vernon Hills
  • “Come join us in the fun as one of our outstanding chef’s teach your little ones how to make brownies for Valentine’s Day!
    They will enjoy them so much more knowing they made them themselves 🙂
    Following this chef guided activity; a wonderful brunch will be served for the kids and the parents alike.
    Don’t forget, if your child participates in 7 classes, they will receive a complimentary chef jacket in their own size!”

10:30 AM: Valentines Party with Rapunzel

  • It’s A Girl Thing, Geneva
  • “One of our favorite princesses is coming back..Rapunzel will be joining us for a fun Valentines Day party! Come enjoy a fun time decorating a valentine craft to take home. We will have yummy valentine goodies for everyone to enjoy. Rapunzel will sing, dance and play games with all of her friends!
    There will be time for everyone to get their own picture with Rapunzel and she will have a special gift to give everyone!”
  • Call 630-234-2000 to reserve your spot

11:00 AM: Induo’s Mom & Mini Day Out

  • Abbington Banquet Hall, Glen Ellyn
  • 11 AM – 2 PM
  • “We admire moms for their hard work and we want to celebrate moms and their daughters at our Mom & Mini Day Out™ Event – VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION! This event is styled like an expo, but to make things easier for moms and their little ones, we’ve separated it into 5 different “corners”: CRAFT, GAME, SNACK, PAMPERING & SHOPPING!”

12:00 PM: Sweetie Sweets Valentine’s Day Event

  • Bock Neighborhood Center, Schaumburg
  • 12 PM – 2 PM
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Bock! We will make fun candy creations, do Valentine’s Day experiments, make a craft, and embark on a scavenger hunt to find the missing heart in the park!”

12:30 PM: Hearts & Crafts: A Princess Valentine’s Party

  • Fitz’s Spare Keys, Elmhurst
  • “Love is in the air and your favorite Princesses Belle & Ariel want to share it with you! Join us for a very special event full of arts, crafts, games, singing, dancing and much more with your family, friends and little ones!”

1:30 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • Feb 8th 1 – 3:30 pm
  • Feb 9th: 1:30 – 3 pm
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

 

 

Wednesday, February 12th

 

 

10:00 AM: Love Bugs: A Valentine’s Day Celebration

  • Cantigny Park, Wheaton
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day! This celebration of family and friendships will include stories, songs and Valentine Day inspired crafts-plus a special Valentine’s sweet treat! Bring your little love bugs and join us!”

6:00 PM: Kid Rock’s Swingin’ Sweethearts

  • Cantigny Park, Wheaton
  • “Bring your special Valentine to our sweetheart music and dance Kid Rock Party! Enjoy musical activities about Valentine’s Day, hearts, friendship, chocolate candy, flowers and more! Our upbeat music, and child-friendly rhythm instruments and movement props will tickle your little Valentine’s heart and make this an event you will remember forever!”

7:00 PM: Water Color Painting on Sugar Cookies

  • Art & Events at Delish, Bloomingdale
  • “Create an edible assortment of edible water color paintings on sugar cookies by Delish Cakes. This class will be held in the Art Studio and is a BYOBorW class! We will show you how to make each one beautiful with a valentines color pallete and some edible gold leaf. Take home 12 edible pieces of art in an adorable valentines day cookie box.”
  • Perfect for a Galentines Day or Mommy and Me!

 

 

Thursday, Feb 13th

 

3:30 PM: Lezzas Valentines Heart Cake Decorating Workshop

  • Lezza Spumoni & Desserts Inc, Elmhurst
  • “Show your special loved one just how much they mean to you by decorating your very own Valentines Heart Cake here at Lezza!
    Each participant will receive one red velvet heart shaped cake, iced in your choice of white or pink buttercream, or chocolate ganache. Each cake includes multiple colors in piping bags, a wide variety of sprinkles, assorted valentines day candies, one red buttercream rose and a decorative box to gift your masterpiece!
    So think out side the box of chocolates this year and create something not only with your hands but your whole heart too.”
  • Ages 8 and up
  • *Please call ahead to book your reservation , before Wednesday, February 12th, at (630)530-0630

5:00 PM: Kids Club Valentines Day Party

  • Kids Club & Party LLC, Schaumburg
  • Join us for our special Valentine’ Day Party with Princess and Prince Charming!
  • Admission $15 per child (0-7 yeras old only). To make a reservation call us at 224-653-8623 or send us a message on Facebook. Please make sure one of our staff confirms your reservation.
  • Dancing, music, singing, and much more fun. Snacks, water, and jucie will be offered.

5:30 PM: Love Bug Dance at the Dupage Children’s Museum

  • Naperville
  • “You’re invited to celebrate an evening of love, friendship, and family with your little “Love Bugs” at the Museum’s Valentine’s Dance. Groove out with Bach to Rock’s family-friendly DJ, indulge in tasty treats from Fiammé, remember the evening with special photo ops, explore a variety of special activities, and play in the Museum’s exhibits.”

Friday, Feb 14th

 

 

9:00 AM: Valentine’s Day Event at Rockin Tots

  • Rockin Jump Buffalo Grove
  • “Come join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration! Valentine Arts & Crafts! Coffee & Sweet Treats! Tattoo Station! Jumping, Bouncing, playing all over the trampolines!”

9:00 AM: Valentine’s Day Event at Rockin Tots

  • Rockin Jump Carol Stream
  • “Come join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration! Valentine Arts & Crafts! Coffee & Sweet Treats! Tattoo Station! Jumping, Bouncing, playing all over the trampolines!”

9:30 AM: Valentine’s Day Free Mini Photo Session

  • Fit4Mom Oak Brook / Hinsdale
  • 4500 Belmont Rd, Downers Grove
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a free mini photo session, Stroller Strides Class and a quick discussion on pelvic floor health! MegCal.Photography will be offering 5-minute free photo sessions throughout the duration of class (9:30-10:30am). You will receive one FREE digital photo. All other photos from your mini session will be available in digital format for purchase. Megan is also a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and will give a brief discussion on pelvic floor health! This event is open to the public, and you don’t need to attend the Stroller Strides class to participate in the mini photo session. However, moms who attend the class will be first in line for photos and after that they will be offered to ANYONE on a first come, first serve basis (until 10:30am). So tell your friends and join the fun!”

5:00 PM: Valentine’s Day – Science & Movie Night

  • 5 – 8 PM
  • Funday: 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie
  • “We are planning a fun night with some science experiments – think Candy experiments :), and we will wrap with a movie night: we will be watching LADY AND THE TRAMP – a Valentine’s Day Classic. Science, Movie and Pizza! Isn’t it awesome?”

5:45 PM: Valentine’s Day Kids Night Out

  • River Forest Park District
  • 5:45 – 8 PM
  • It’s Valentine’s Day! Parents want a date night! Drop your kids off with us for an evening of Valentine’s Day art, movie, pizza, and more.
    Ages: 4-12
    $10 per child
    Code: 4220.3120
    Pre-registration required

Saturday, Feb 15th

 

 

10:00 AM: Oswego Chocolate Walk

  • Downtown Oswego
  • 10 AM – 3 PM
  • “Join us for the Chocolate Walk in downtown Oswego on Feb. 15th. Only 350 tickets will be sold. $20 a ticket includes treat box and Hot Chocolate Taster Ceramic Mug. Every participating location will have a chocolate treat and hot chocolate for you to taste. 50% of the net profit will be given to Fusion Project.”

11:00 AM: Valentine for the Birds

  • The Morton Arboretum
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • The Children’s Garden
  • “Celebrate your love for nature on Valentine’s Weekend  in the Children’s Garden!  We will make some tasty treats to hang on the trees for our favorite feathery friends!”

5:00 PM & 8:00 PM: The Best of Second City

  • McAninch Arts Center at College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn
  • “Find out for yourself why The Second City has been the first name in laughter for nearly sixty years! From the stages that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more comes the next generation of comedy superstars. This laugh-out-loud, must-see production features some of the best sketch comedy and songs from The Second City’s comedy vaults updated for the modern era, plus trademark improvisation performed by The Second City’s best and brightest…and funniest! It’s the perfect date night out with your loved one or friends! Enjoy a Fannie May chocolate heart and drink specials from your Valentine – the MAC!”

5:30 PM: Parent Night Out!

  • Rockin Jump Buffalo Grove
  • 5:30 – 10 PM
  • “Let Rockin’ Jump take the kids and you take some time for yourself! Includes a Rockin’ Jump T-shirt for your kiddo! Plus food & drink to keep them energized and happy! The kids will have a fabulous time bouncing, flipping, battling it out on the X-Beam, climbing the Vertical Ops Challenge Wall and showing their skills! Includes 2 slices of pizza, drink, and Unlimited good times! We will return them to you exhausted & ready for bed!”

Sunday, Feb 16th

 

 

11:00 AM: Valentine for the Birds

  • The Morton Arboretum
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • The Children’s Garden
  • “Celebrate your love for nature on Valentine’s Weekend  in the Children’s Garden!  We will make some tasty treats to hang on the trees for our favorite feathery friends!”

 


Chicagoland Farmers Markets


Chicagoland Farmers Markets

MONDAYS

Hinsdale Farmers Market

  • June 3rd – October 14th
  • 7 a.m – 1 p.m

TUESDAYS

Lemont Farmers Market

  • June 11th – October 29th
  • 8 – 1 pm

WEDNESDAYS

Aurora Farmers Market

  • June 8th – October 12th
  • Noon – 4 pm

Elmhurst Farmers Market

  • June 7th – October 20th
  • 7 – 1 pm

Grayslake Farmers Market

  • June 5th – September 25th
  • 3 – 7 pm

Green City Farmers Market: Lincoln Park

  • May – October
  • 7 – 1 pm

Joliet: Live Market on Chicago Street

  • Every 2nd Wed of the month from June – October
  • 4 – 8 pm

Naperville Farmers Market at St. Johns

  • May 29th – September 11th
  • 3 – 7 pm

Oak Lawn Famers Market

  • June 5th – October 16th
  • 7 – 1 pm

Winfield Farmers Market

  • June 5th – October 30th
  • 7 – 1 pm

THURSDAYS

Antioch Farmers Market

  • June 6th – September 26th
  • 2 – 6 pm

Barrington Farmers Market

  • June 13th – October 17th
  • 3 – 7 pm

Bolingbrook Promenade Street Market

  • June 6th – September 12th
  • 4 – 9 pm

Clarendon Hills Farmers Market

  • May 16th – October 31st
  • 7 – 2 pm

Gallagher Way French Market

  • July 11th – September 26th
  • 5 – 8 pm

La Grange Farmers Market

  • May 9th – October 31st
  • 7 – 1 pm

Libertyville Farmers Market

  • May 30th – October 17th
  • 7 – 1 pm

McHenry Pearl Street Farmers Market

  • May 17th – September 27th
  • 4:30 – 8 pm

Naperville: St. Johns Farmers Market

  • May 29th – September 18th
  • 3 – 7 pm

Orland Park Farmers Market

  • May 30th – July 25th
  • 4 – 8 pm

Wauconda Farmers Market

  • July 11th – October 3rd
  • 4 – 7 pm

FRIDAYS

Elgin Farmers Market

  • June 7th – October 4th
  • 3 – 7 pm

Lake Zurich Farmers Market

  • June 7th – August 9th
  • 3 – 7 pm

Schaumburg Farmers Market

  • June 7th – October 11th
  • 7 – 1 pm

St. Charles Farmers Market

  • June 7th – October 25th
  • 7 – 1 pm

SATURDAYS

Arlington Heights Farmers Market

  • June 1st – October 12th
  • 7:30 – 12:30 pm

Aurora Farmers Market

  • June 8th – October 12th
  • 8 am – noon

Batavia Farmers Market

  • June 1st – October 27th
  • 8 – noon

Crystal Lake Farmers Market

  • June 1st – September 28th
  • 8 – 1 pm

Downers Grove Farmers Market

  • May 11th – October 19th
  • 7 – 12:30

Elk Grove Village Farmers Market

  • June 8th – October 12th
  • 7:30 – 1 pm

Green City Farmers Market: Lincoln Park

  • May – October
  • 7 – 1 pm

Huntley Farmers Market

  • May 25th – October 5th
  • 8 – 1 pm

Lincoln Park Farmers Market

  • May 25th – October 26th
  • 7 – 1 pm

Lisle French Market at PrairieWalk Pond

  • June 2nd – September 29th
  • 8 – 1 pm

North Center Farmers Market

  • June 16th – October 27th
  • 7 – 1 pm

Oak Park Farmers Market

  • May 18th – October 26th
  • 7 – 1 pm

Palatine Farmers Market

  • May 11th – October 26th
  •  7 – 1 pm

Rolling Meadows Farmers Market

  • May 25th, June 22nd, July 20th, August 24th, September 28th
  • 10 – 2pm

Sugar Grove Farmers Market

  • June 1st – September 28th
  • 8 – noon

Tinley Park Farmers Market

  • June 1st – October 12th
  • 7:30 – 12:30

Wheaton Farmers Market

  • April 13th – November 9th
  • 8 – 2 pm

SUNDAYS

Cary Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – August
  • 9 – 1 pm

Geneva Farmers Market

  • April 14th – November 10th
  • 9 – 2 pm

Glen Ellyn Farmers Market

  • May 19th – October 27th
  • 9 – 1:30 pm

Logan Square Farmers Market

  • May 12th – October 27th
  • 10 – 3 pm

Mt. Prospect Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – October 20th
  • 8 – 1 pm

Oswego Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – September 29th
  • 9 -1 pm

Plainfield Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – September 15th
  • Noon – 4 pm

Western Springs Farmers Market

  • May 12th – end of October
  • 9 – 1 pm

Wicker Park Farmers Market

  • June 2nd – October 27th
  • 8 am – 2 pm
  • Bag free this year! Bring your own bags and containers!

 


What To Do In Chicago With Kids


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  • Millennium Park
    • Don’t miss out on taking a picture with Cloud Gate (or the bean as some call it)
    • Splash around in the shallow reflecting pool of Crown Fountain if it’s warm, however the images projected onto the 50 – foot, glass block towers are available to see year round.

 

  • 606 Trail
    • This abandoned rail line is now 2.7 miles worth of recreational trail and park. Makes for a gorgeous run, bike ride, or walk with the kids.
  • Willis Tower Skydeck
    • Are you brave enough to step out onto the ledge at 1,353 feet in the air?! This destination makes for the perfect photo op
  • 360 Observation Deck (John Hancock Building)
    • Here you will experience 360 degree views of the city 1000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, eat / drink in the clouds on the 96th floor, and experience TILT! A moving platform that tilts you out over Michigan Ave from the 94th floor!
  • 18 mile lakefront trail
    • Run, walk, push the stroller along gorgeous Lake Michigan! Stop in any of the wonderful lakefront neighborhoods along the way!
  • Maggie Daley Park
    • Meet the playground to top all playgrounds! Kids of all ages will get a kick out of exploring this unique and amazing park!
    • Don’t forget the climbing structures and mini golf to take your outing to the next level!
    • Ice Skate along the skating ribbon in the winter
  • Navy Pier
    • Get your 360 degree view of Chicago when you ride the giant Centennial Ferris Wheel. Not to mention more rides, musical and theatrical entertainment, and dining.
  • Chinatown
    • This is one of our favorite downtown destinations. We love the food, market, and little shops.
    • If you are looking for a satisfying meal, I recommend Phoenix for Dim Sum and Joy Yee for … well, anytime of the day.
  • Chicago Riverwalk
    • Stroll along the beautiful riverwalk to enjoy art, dining, kayaking, boat rides, and more!
    • Don’t let the kids miss seeing the Centennial Fountain and water arc spray over the river every hour!
  • Scavenger hunt to find as many Chicago murals as you can
    • Chicago is a wonderful city but you can get stuck going to the same tourist destinations over and over. Travel off the beaten path by making a walking tour for yourself of the Chicago murals.
    • You’ll find yourself visiting a variety of great neighborhoods and who knows where the adventure will take you!
    • This is a perfect multi-visit scavenger hunt
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
    • You will love a visit to this conservatory when the weather is cold, rainy, or even too hot! The kids can spend hours in the children area and there are also 12 acres of outdoor gardens
    • Free admission but please leave a donation!
    • We also love the weekly children events!
      • Morning Glories: Mondays, 10 a.m – noon
      • Wild Wednesdays: 4 p.m – 7 p.m
      • Fiddleheads: Sat & Sun Noon – 4 p.m
  • Yoko Ono’s Sky Landing & Osaka Japanese Garden
    • At Jackson Park (near The Museum of Science and Industry) there is a beautiful Japanese garden. Don’t miss the springtime blossoming of the cherry blossoms in the beginning of May!
    • You will also find Yoko Ono’s sculpture, Sky Landing. Comprising of 12 ft. tall lotus flower petals symbolizing peace.
  • The Morton Arboretum
    • Located in Lisle, this arboretum is a perfect place to connect with nature. The grounds are beautiful, children will adore the Children’s Garden, and there are always great exhibits to experience like the trolls and Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks
  • View constellations at Dearborn Observatory
    • Located in Evanston, the Dearborn Observatory is open every Friday night from 9 – 11 p.m to look through the historic 18.5″ refracting telescope.
    • 9 – 10 p.m is reservation only, and 10 -11 is available for walk- ins.
    • On the last Friday of the month during these same observing hours, you can meet astronomers and have your astronomy questions answered! Stop by anytime during the two hour window.
  • Fermi-lab Ask A Scientist
    • Held from 1 – 4 p.m on the first Sunday of the month
    • A 3 hour session that includes a tour, a presentation by a scientist, and a Q & A period.
    • The minimum age for the tour is 10 years old.
  • Art Institute of Chicago
    • One of the oldest art museums in the United States and contains the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art outside the Louvre!
    • Although there is a fee for adults, admission for children are free!
    • Almost daily, drop in, art making for children and families!
  • Hyde Park Art Center
    • Free and open 7 days a week
    • 6 galleries filled with contemporary art
    • After school, weekend classes, and workshops all year round for children.
  • The Field Museum
    • Among the many exhibits, the timeless favorite are the dinosaur fossils. Take your family to meet Sue and Titanosaur.
    • Don’t miss the great children’s play area in the Crown Family Play Lab
  • Adler Planetarium
    • Visit during the day, or at night, and explore the universe together!
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    • Extremely fun and interactive
    • Your whole family will have a blast with the hands on exhibits and interactive learning.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    • 32,500 aquatic creatures from around the world
    • Make a stop at the Polar Play Zone for young children
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
    • Inspiring appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities.
    • Admission for adults is only $10, children 6-11 are $3, and 5 and under are FREE
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
    • Home to one of the country’s largest Mexican art collections, including more than 7,000 seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present.
    • Free admission
  • Engine 18 Firehouse tour
    • Chicago Fire uses a real firehouse to film the show!
    • 1360 S. Blue Island Ave.
    • You cannot do a tour when they are filming but you can watch from a distance!
  • American Science and Surplus
    • Wander the aisles and explore the oddities.
    • There are so many unique and random items to explore, whether you choose to purchase or night.
    • Makes for a fun and unique adventure
  • Wildwood Nature Center
    • 1.5 acres of restored, native prairie
    • Fully stocked catch and release pond
    • Free, great for children to explore
    • Animal feedings every Wednesday and Saturday
  • Willowbrook Wildlife Center
    • Glen Ellyn, IL
    • Native wildlife with permanent disabilities are provided homes along the outdoor exhibit trail. Residents include red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, owls, red foxes, groundhogs and raccoons.
    • Butterfly garden
    • 1/2 mile nature trail
  • Kline Creek Farm
    • Experience life on a working farm of the 1890s
    • West Chicago, IL
  • Lambs Farm
    • Visit the farmyard, petting area, ride the train and carousel, and learn in the discovery center
    • Grab a bite at Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, the on site restaurant.
  • Thomas Hughes Children’s Library
    • The newly remodeled Thomas Hughes Children’s Library offers customized learning experiences for early learners, elementary learners and tweens, is on the 2nd floor of Harold Washington Library Center.
    • Fun space to explore
    • Story time and playgroups all week long including evening playgroups!
  • Tour Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture in Chicago and Oak Park 
    • Sign up for one of the pedal or walking tours through Oak Park to explore the worlds largest collection buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and visit his studio.
    •  Visit the acclaimed Robie House in Hyde Park, Bach house in Rogers Park, and the Rookery in the loop.
    • A combination or walking tour can definitely be a family friendly outing if you choose the right one. Or explore on your own! I spent many a weekend touring Frank Lloyd Wright homes with my family as a child.
  • Chicago Magic Lounge Show on Sundays
    • On Sundays, the Chicago Magic Lounge features a family friendly magician!
    • The menu features kid-friendly items like mini Home Run Inn pizzas and chicken fingers, as well as special brunch cocktails for the adults!
  • Emerald City Theatre
    • Chicago’s largest theatre for young audiences
    • Before every performance there is an activity in the lobby before the show
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
    • The CST Family Series presents a convergence of abridged Shakespeare productions, timeless fables and fairy tales, interactive music concerts and musical theater created with families in mind.
  • Second City Comedy Show
    • The youth and teen ensemble is a 50 min show consisting of improv and sketch from The Second City Kid & Teen programs highest level class.
    • A funny, family friendly show that runs on Saturdays at 6 p.m

 

 

 

 

  • Head to the burbs and explore some charming downtown areas (Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Hinsdale, Lake Forest, Evanston)

 

  • Lego Land
    • 2 rides, 10 lego build and play zones, a 4D cinema, and much more!
    • Sensory Friendly Lego experience (Play Well Days) on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 – 10 a.m. for families affected by autism and other sensory sensitive disorders.