2022 Chicagoland Apple Orchards


The season is upon us! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, sweater weather, cider, donuts…

This is my absolute FAVORITE season of the year! And before winter hits, we need to enjoy

all of the outdoor activities we can get!

 

As with everything, please make sure to check the farms Facebook pages, the weather, and acceptable forms of payment before heading out.

 

 

 

All Seasons Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • Apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and corn maze
  •  The Barnyard activity area includes the corn maze, magic shows, pig races, pedal karts, petting zoo, etc. Last entry into corn maze is 45 min prior to closing.
  • Open weekdays 10 AM – 5 PM. Close at 6 PM weekends and holidays

 

Apple Barn Orchard and Winery

  • Elkhorn, WI
  • Fall Hours: Beginning September 6, 2022 open Tuesday thru Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5
  • Pumpkins & apples

 

Apple Holler

  • Sturtevant, WI
  • 78 acre orchard and hardwood forest
  • Monday-Friday: 9AM until 4PM; the last picking bags are sold at 3PM, open until 5 PM on weekends.
  • Farm Park Fun is open every day! Enjoy activities such as our Corn Maze, Little Red Haybarn, Giant Slide, Corn Palace Corn Box, Straw Mountain, and visit the Goats at the Golden Goat Bridge, PLUS Pony Rides for kids and Peddle Cart Rides on the weekends!
  • Pick your own apples, peaches, and pumpkins!

 

 

Cody’s Farm & Orchard

  • Marengo, IL
  • Limited variety this season, follow their Facebook page for weekend updates on what is available.
  • Apple picking to potentially begin the weekend after Labor Day
    • Free hayrides to pick your pumpkin
    • Corn maze
    • Kids play area
    • Fall decorations
    • Delicious food & desserts

 

County Line Orchard

  • Hobart, IN
  • Big barn open daily 9 AM – 6 PM
  • U-Pick apples, pumpkins, and sunflowers.
  • Tractor rides, corn maze, animal barnyard and more!

 

Curran’s Orchard

  • U-Pick begins Labor Day Weekend!
  • Rockford, IL
  • Wagon rides, play area, animals, and more
  • Grab ‘n’ Go donuts and apple cider slushies
  • Daily hours, 9 AM – 6 PM
  • “Curran’s Orchard grows luscious fruit sprayed with 1/3 of the typical amount of chemicals.”

 

 

 

 

Edwards Apple Orchard

  • Poplar Grove, IL
  • A family-owned apple orchard in Poplar Grove, Illinois where guests can enjoy crisp apples, apple cider donuts, and freshly-pressed apple cider.
  • Pumpkin picking as well!
  • “The Apple Barn, restaurants and playground will be open this year, as well as pick-your-own. We hope that the return of your fall favorites will help you continue your family traditions. Please join us for warm cider donuts, a fresh cup of cider, and the time together that we’ve all been craving.”

 

Garwood Orchards

  • LaPorte, IN
  • U-Pick open daily 9AM, last wagon out at 5:15 PM
  • Horses & Pony Rides
  • Check their Facebook page for daily U-Pick updates

 

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard

  • Pingree Grove, IL
  • Fall Festival Open Daily from August 26, 2022 through Halloween Day. Hours are 9-6 every day, including Columbus Day and Labor Day
  • General Admission includes: Entrance to Animal Land, Pedal Karts, Tire Mountain, Corn Stalk Maze, Wagon Ride to the Field /Orchard, Haunted House, Munchkin Maze, Straw Bale Maze, Western Town, Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Pumpkin Slide, Jumping Pillow, Chicken Show, Pig Races, and Corn Box (Pony and Camel rides are available for an additional cost).
  • “We have an apple orchard at our Farm and apple picking is one of our Fall Festival Attractions. We do not offer apple picking as its own activity, but guests can choose to pay for apple bags and pick apples in addition to their Fall Festival admission.”
  • Purchase admission tickets online in advance
  • The fall festival at the South Barrington location begins September 10th and runs through Halloween.
    • Come see the famous Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, enjoy animals, watch a pig race, and enjoy the bakery.

 

 

 

 

Heinz Orchard

  • Green Oaks, IL
  • Opening day is Friday, September 9th
  • The closest orchard to Chicagoland!
  • No bathrooms available
  • Please note that as a small, family-run orchard we DO NOT offer hayrides, food/drink, corn mazes, etc. We specialize in PURE APPLE PICKING FUN in a beautiful surrounding!
  • Check their website and Facebook page for hours and schedule

 

Homestead Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • “Our customers come to our orchard to pick their own apples and have 23 varieties to choose from. . . . starting in late July, the LODI is ready to be picked for great applesauce and pies. Our early August apples include JERSEY MAC, EARLY BLAZE, and DUTCHESS. This season, late August apples will be McINTOSH and GALA. JONATHANS will begin in the middle of September. When October arrives we start picking EMPIRE, GOLDEN DELICIOUS, JONAGOLD and BLUSHING GOLDEN. Late in October we still have RED DELICIOUS, BRAEBURN and WINESAP. The message on our answering machine gives up-to-date picking information. 815-338-7443. It gives our estimated ripening dates and our favorite ways to use our apples.”

 

Honey Hill Orchard

  • Waterman, IL
  • FULL SEASON HOURS: THURS. SEPT. 8 THRU MON. OCT. 31 9-5:30 DAILY
  • Children’s play area with farm petting zoo and straw maze
  • Donuts, cider, pies, etc
  • Everyone over age 2 must have a pre-purchased picking bag to enter the orchard.

 

Jonomac Orchard

  • Malta, IL
  • On Fall Festival Days (Saturday, Sunday, Labor Day & Columbus Day Monday) guests must have general admission wristband to enter the u-pick orchard plus a u-pick bag (for up to 4 people). This is required so we are able to restrict the number of guests on our farm each day. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the website.
  • Fall Festival days are Fri-Sun and holidays
  • On Weekdays (Monday-Thursday, excluding Labor Day & Columbus Day Monday) it is free to enter the u-pick apple orchard once you have purchased your u-pick bag from inside our Store & Bakery or Cider House.
  • Tiny Town Play Area is open free of charge Monday through Friday, and guests are able to pick apples in our U-Pick Apple Orchard from 9am-5:00pm
  • All the fall festival activities are open on the weekends.
  • There is a pumpkin patch as well.

 

 

 

 

Keller’s Farmstand

  • Oswego, IL
  • Opening day for our Saturday & Sunday Fall Festivities is Saturday, September 10th.
  • Check out the 2022 corn maze for 8 acres of fun!
  • The apple orchard is located on our Oswego farm. Before heading to the orchard for U-pick apples, ALL guests must first purchase a bag at the Apple Barn. Last entry to the orchard will be 30 minutes prior to closing time to allow enough time for picking.
  • The pumpkin patch is at the Oswego farm only
  • Kids play area, farm animals, 8 acre corn maze, pedal tractors, etc available on weekends.

 

Kuipers Family Farm

  • Apple Orchard & Pumpkin Farm
  • Apple picking in the orchard is primarily available weekends only through October. Some varieties may be available to pick weekdays, check for updated information on the Homepage weekly
  • Corn maze, pig races, jumping pillow, tractor train, farm animals, and more!

 

Lang’s Orchard

  • Woodstock, IL
  • Picking begins September 10th, 2022
  • Open weekends from 11 AM – 4 PM

 

 

 

Rendleman Orchards

  • Alto Pass, IL
  • U-Pick Pumpkin Patch open late September through October 31st
  • Check their Facebook page for what variety of apples are available in the market
  • U-Pick sunflower and zinnia field as well
  • Apple cider donuts, slushies, and cute photo ops!
  • “Nestled in the hills of Southern Illinois, Rendleman Orchards has been committed to growing and shipping quality peaches, nectarines, apples, and vegetables to the commercial produce markets throughout the Midwest since 1873!”

 

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

  • Harvard, IL
  • “Our u-pick apple orchard, located in Northern Illinois near the Wisconsin state line, offers family fun and  entertainment in a beautiful 120 acre setting from mid-August through mid-November. We have over 17,000 apple trees with over 30 varieties of apples to choose from and new varieties are being planted each spring. We also grow pumpkins, giant pumpkins, gourds and winter squash. And we have the country’s first apple tree maze, Amaze ‘N Apples, where you can wonder through 1.5 miles of trails with 9 varieties of apples. Don’t forget our world famous apple cider donuts and the best apple picking in northern Illinois!”
  • Playground, petting zoo, train, carousel, and the countries only apple tree maze!
  • Admission includes: Access into the Orchard, Access into the Pollination Garden, 1/4 Peck Bag to Fill in the Orchard.
  • Picking available Monday through Sunday

 

Stade’s Farm & Market

  • McHenry, IL
  • A $10 minimum apple purchase per person is required to enter the apple orchard. (At least a 1/4 peck bag) Ages 2 and under are free.
  • Weekend tractor-driven rides to the Pumpkin Patch are available from 10 AM – 5:30 PM. Please check our website, Facebook, or call (815) 675-6396 for picking conditions and more information.
  • Fall fun / farmtractions Sat/Sun in September and Fri-Sun in October.

 

Valley Orchard

  • Cherry Valley, IL
  • Monday – Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
  • Check their website for the apple variety U-pick schedule
  • Fresh donuts, pie, and apple cider!

 

Woody’s Orchard

  • Plano, IL
  • Open Thu – Sun 10a – 6p.
  • Woody’s is a U Pick orchard with a Bakery, Farm Market Gift Shop, Play Yard, and Train. Enjoy Apple Cider Donuts and Slushies on our beautiful farm. Check our website for pricing
  • Woodys Orchard has a 2 acre pumpkin field that features 15 varieties of pumpkins planted randomly. The pumpkins range from 1-5 lb “cannon balls” to 100 lbs “atlantic giants.”

2022 U-Pick Flower Farms Near Chicagoland


Fall doesn’t mean enjoying a beautiful flower field has to come to an end.

Many sunflower fields are just now blooming!

Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced activity, and bring home a vase a full of flowers to adorn your home!

 

 

 

 

Thompson Strawberry Farm

  • 14000 75th Street, Bristol WI
  • Open through mid October
  • Roughly 40 min drive from Chicagoland (15 min north of Six Flags)
  • Visit the sunflower fields everyday, 10 AM – 7 PM
  • $15.00/Adult; $10.00/Child (3-12 Years Old)
  • “Each adult admission fee includes a Thompson Strawberry Farm souvenir cup that you can fill with flowers from our fields. We have sunflower mazes that are cut out of the field for you to walk through the flowers. There are also large grass areas to enjoy the summer sun, or take a leisurely walk around the field. Our goal is to have everyone enjoy a nice summer day in the country and bring home some beautiful flowers.  We have other flower varieties as well including: Zinnias and wildflowers (expecting bloom mid-August). You are welcome to mix & match these flowers with your sunflowers to fill up your souvenir cup!”

  • Each child admission fee includes a Thompson Shaved Ice! We have several flavors for you to choose from.

  • Be sure to bring something to cut your flowers with. They do have scissors available for purchase just in case!

 

 

 

Keller’s Farmstand

  • “We’re so excited to bring back our Sunflower Field from last year, on an even bigger and expanded field, with more types of sunflowers! PLUS, new for 2022 is our Cut Flower Field, with more than a dozen varieties of the most beautiful flowers you’ve ever seen. You may even pick a bouquet to take home! Plus our Keller’s Summer Playground is included with your Flower Field ticket – a great place to bring the little ones out for an hour of fun! And of course our Farmstand is open for shopping as well. It’s all only at our Oswego location.”

 

Von Bergen’s Country Market

  • 9805 IL Route 173, Hebron IL
  • The Sunflower Festival has already kicked off and the sunflower maze will be available daily (10 am – 6 pm) during peak bloom! Follow their social media to be updated on the fields
  • There are also U-Pick zinnia’s and snapdragons!
  •  Farm animals, and a giant play area for the kids!
  • Wagon rides to the maze are available on the weekend

 

Stade’s Farm & Market

  • 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, IL
  • Check their Facebook page for U-pick hours and sunflower field status
  • “Sunflower picking on the farm begins in mid-July and will last through late September. We have 2+ acres and 18 different varieties of sunflowers planted for 2021. We also grow other cut flowers such as snapdragons, zinnias, cosmos, marigolds, and amaranthus.”
  • Sunflower Pricing
    • $2 each
    • $5 for 3 flowers
    • $25 per vase all you can fit inside (Zinnias may be picked for vases at the same price)

 

 

Harvest Time Farm Park

  • 17904 Grant St., Lowell IN
  • “Come out and explore our acres of flower fields and fresh air! We have a variety of gorgeous blooms including sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, wildflowers, and more!”
  • Acres of sunflowers and other wildflowers and gorgeous blooms, a brand new butterfly enclosure, tasty treats and scheduled fun for the kids depending on the weekend!
  • Follow their Facebook to stay updated!

 

M&D Farms

  • 14946 S Bell Rd Homer Glen
  • The Grand Opening will be Friday August 12th 2022.
  • Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 9-3.
  • Entry Fees are $7ea, 3 and under are free.
  • 3 new BUTTERFLY Gardens this year!!!

 

Heap’s Pumpkin Farm

  • Enjoy over 9 acres of sunflowers, zinnias and other flowers to take photos, cut your own flowers to take home and enjoy the other activities on the farm!
  • Daily Pass admission is $12 and includes sunflower field, zinnia field, and one bloom

 

Richardson Farm

  • Spring Grove, IL
  • “Snap pictures as you wander the trails through acres of brightly colored sunflowers. It’s a sight like no other!”
    • 13 acres of sunflowers planted in a whimsical design with 3.2 miles of flowing trail to stroll through
    • Many different varieties of sunflowers
    • Flowers of many different colors including orange, yellow, gold, red, and peach

 

Goebbert’s Farm: Pingree Grove

  • 10 AM – 6 PM daily
  • Admission is $5/pp

 

County Line Orchard

  • 200 S. County Line Rd, Hobart IN
  • Best pick of sunflowers is mid to late September
  • They also have U-Pick apples and U-Pick pumpkins, corn maze, kids farm, and new this year, 25 stunning artworks on barn door canvases by local artists throughout the Orchard!

 

Kuipers Family Farm

  • 2022 Sunflower experience begins August 27th
  • “Guest will be able to enjoy over 7 acres of 20+ different sunflower varieties in the fields.  Come stroll through the flowers, take photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery of a late-summer farm day! Many adorable photo ops will be available so you can capture the perfect selfie or family photo. The experience goes ‘full bloom’ on weekends with live music and food trucks on the scenic orchard lawn.”
  • Make sure to come back in the spring for Tulip Fest!

 

Eckerts Family Farm

  • Belleville Farm, IL
  • “Our Sunflower Trail uses the same concept as a corn maze, but with sunflowers instead. That means you can get up close, personal and even tickled by the beautiful flowers that can’t help but make most people smile. Make sure to set aside adequate time to fully enjoy the experience, as our Sunflower Experience spans and sprawls for a full 2 acres of fun.”
  • “Sunshine and summer weather brought us lots of beautiful sunflowers & zinnias! Adventure through our sunflower & zinnia fields for an unforgettable experience filled with imagination, special moments, and breathtaking photo ops. The cost of the farm flower experience is $5 plus field access. This includes admission to the sunflower & zinnia fields, one sunflower to cut and take home OR eight cut-your-own zinnias, a delicious cookie from our bakery, and a sticker.”

 

The Wildflower Farm

  • Monee, IL
  • Bring your own scissors!
  • “Have fun! There are over 12 types of flowers and foliage to choose from. Fill your jar with as many flowers as you can. Once you are done, feel free to enjoy the sites, relax and sip on a fresh squeezed lemonade or iced coffee. Cool off with an ice cream. Kids’ admission includes the Barrel Cart ride, slides and Jumpy Pillow. Pssst…adults can ride the Barrel Carts too!”
  • “We have 6 different u-pick containers to choose from: $17 jar (refill $12), $25 jar (refill $20), $40 sunflower mug (refill $30), $45 Wildflower Farm logo mug (refill $30), $60 Sunflower pitcher (refill $40), and $70 Wildflower Farm logo pitcher (refill $40). With the purchase of one of these containers you are able to fill it with any flowers you can fit INSIDE that jar. A purchase of a single jar/pottery waives the admission fee for that single person. We do not allow outside jars/vases/containers to be brought into our u-pick field.”

 

Proclamation Flowers

  • 33891 S Rivals Rd, Wilmington, IL
  • Check their Facebook for when their colorful, greenhouse, grab n’ go bouquets will be out! Their bouquets are $15, and come in a glass jar. There will also be a pumpkin cart as well for electronic purchase.
  • Electronic checkout only; instructions are posted in the greenhouse. The guaranteed way to get flowers is to preorder through: https://proclamationflowers.square.site
  • You can also book a private session in the field! “For $30, you can have a private photo session (no U-pick), for $45 (1-5 people) and 60$ (6-10 people) you will have unlimited and exclusive access to cut whatever is blooming in the flower field. We grow around 300 hundred varieties of 70 species of cut flowers, many of them unique, heirloom, or specialty blooms you’re not going to find other places. No one else will be in the flower field with you during your time slot. So it’s truly all yours for the picking!” Bring your own cutters and buckets.
  • Book your private cutting session through their website!

 

 

Peony Hill Farm

  • 1015 Zola Road, Harrisburg, IL
  •  A Peony Farm with 12 acres of fresh cut flowers. They sell the cut flowers in the spring and root divisions in the fall.
  • 2022 blooms and roots are closed for the season

 

Shawnee Hills Lavender Farm

  • 480 Brown Section Rd, Cobden, IL
  •  U-Pick lavender farm
  • Closed for the 2022 season, lavender blooming season usually the first weeks in June

Juneteenth in Chicago 2022


June 19th is the REAL freedom day when the word that slavery had ended finally reached the enslaved people of Galveston, TX.

A holiday just as important as the 4th of July, and with Chicago being a major destination of freed African Americans

fleeing the Jim Crow south in the Great Migration, this is the perfect city to celebrate in!

 

 

Here are some fantastic ways to celebrate this weekend!

 

 

 

Juneteenth Story Time

  • Remember our virtual story time from 2020? If you can’t make it out to any of the below events, watch our Colors of Chicago story time of Juneteenth For Maisie!

 

Clear The Shelves w/ Semicolon and Kido!

  • June 18th, 2022 from 10 AM – 1 PM
  • 150 WEST, located in the Roosevelt Collection Shops at 1023 S. Delano Ct.
  • Free books, toys, and good vibes for kids!
  • If you have or know of a CPS student or child in need, register! They will be giving away books for all ages and baby gear.
  • “Since the first donation, we’ve given away over $650k worth of books to Chicago’s students! While it isn’t always what’s best for turning a profit-it IS always best for the literacy levels of families who cannot otherwise afford access to books that they can keep for a lifetime.”

 

Juneteenth at Bronzeville Children’s Museum

  • Saturday, June 18th from 1 -3 PM
  • 9301 S. Stony Island Ave
  • $5 per person, members free
  • Masks required
  • Crafts, storytelling, live music, and more!

 

Juneteenth: The Celebration

  • Harold Washington Cultural Center: 4701 S. King Dr.
  • 6-19-22 at 1:00 PM
  • “M.A.D.D. Rhythms returns on SundayJune 19 at 1 p.m. with the arts partners of the Harold Washington Cultural Center and Bronzeville businesses, for its annual Juneteenth celebration. This afternoon celebration includes live dance, DJ and music, complimentary food, workshops, raffles, art and children’s activities.”
  • Performances by M.A.D.D Rhythms, Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre, Blu Rhythms Cru, Broadway In Bronzeville, The Happiness Club, & Chicago Tap Theatre

 

Beverly / Morgan Park Juneteenth Family Festival

  • Saturday, June 18th 2022
  • Beverly / Morgan Park: 110th Place and Longwood
  • 11 AM – 7 PM
    • Storytelling
    • African Djembe Drumming Lessons
    • Thrive Cardio Dancing
    • African Dancing
    • Vendors
    • Food
    • Music
    • Live Entertainment
    • Activities for Kids and the Entire Family
    • And So Much More…

 

1865 Fest

  • Friday – Sunday, June 17th – 19th 2022
  • GARFIELD PARK’S MUSIC COURT DRIVE (THE CIRCLE) MADISON & MONROE/HAMLIN & CENTRAL PARK, CHICAGO, IL
  • Friday:
    • 3 PM: Military Honors & Flag Raising Ceremony
    • 6 PM: Night Light Football
  • Saturday & Sunday:
    • 11 AM – 8 PM
    • “The Circle” Family activities & workshops
  • Sunday
    • 12 PM: Fathers Day Grill and Live Entertainment

 

Juneteenth “Community Recommitment” Celebration

  • Monday, June 20th 11 AM – 10 PM
  • “Neighborhood parade starts at 9 AM at Gately Stadium Park. The parade will conclude at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum entrance (817 East 104th Street, between Corliss & Maryland Ave) followed by a community festival that will take place on the museum grounds, Corliss, and Butler College Prep directly across the street from the Museum.”
  • “Our annual free celebratory event will have something for everyone including live performances, vendors, speakers and interactive activities for children,” said NAPRPPM President David Peterson, Jr. “The goal of this event is to create a festive environment in the community, where individuals or, the whole family can come out to enjoy and celebrate African-American history, heritage, and culture.”

 

Juneteenth Festival On The Square

  • June 19th at 1 PM
  • 1016 North Dearborn Street
  • “Congo Square Theatre presents its 2022 Festival on the Square–a celebration of arts, healing, and Black joy, including live music, theatrical readings, and much more!”

 

Dusable Museum of African American History

  • Saturday, June 18th: 10 am
    • The DuSable Museum of African American History is entering a new era. After more than 60 years, the nation’s first independent museum of Black history will unveil exciting new changes during a special announcement and media event on June 18. The historic announcement event will feature speeches from various museum executives and board members such as DuSable President and CEO Perri Irmer, along with other special guests.”
    • Following Dr. Irmer’s remarks, the museum will be FREE and open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19th: 11 am – 8 pm
    • The Juneteenth BBQ & Block Party
    • “The DuSable Museum and Chance the Rapper present The Juneteenth BBQ & Block Party! A family Affair!
      Come for the Good Conversations, Special Performances, History + Art + Food + Fashion.”

 

Civil War to Civil Rights at Oak Woods Cemetery

  • Sunday June 19th & Monday June 20th at 1 PM
  • Advance reservations required
  • 1035 E. 67th St., by the S. Greenwood Ave. gate
  • “Hear the stories behind the people buried at the beautiful and tranquil Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago’s South Side, from important local African Americans who fought for Civil Rights to Confederate prisoners of war.”

 

Freedom Ride Chicago

  • Saturday June 18th from 12-2
  • This two (2) hour bike ride will start at the Harold’s Chicken, 35th and Indiana (located in Bronzeville) at 12:00pm, and end at Harold’s Chicken #88, 1450 South Michigan. at approximately 2:00pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the end of the ride!

 

Chicago Mahogany Tours

  • Come explore Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood w/ Dilla!
  • Book online to reserve a time slot for Saturday June 18th or Sunday June 19th
  • “Visit sites like the birth place of Black History Month, the Eighth Infantry Armory, and the Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Building. Gain a better perspective of the historic south side and learn how it changed the world. From the 1st open heart surgery, to Ida B. Wells-Barnett mansion there is a ton of history to be seen. And we can’t forget Pilgrim Baptist Church, which is consider the birth place of gospel music.”

 

The Woodlawn’s Juneteenth Block Party

  • Sunday, June 19th from 12 PM – 10 PM
  • The Woodlawn 1200: 1200 East 79th Street Chicago
  • Rooftop parties, spoken word, live music, cultural activities, kids club, and more!
  • Purchase tickets online

 

Opal’s National Walk For Freedom

  • Saturday, June 18th, 2022
  • Evanston
  • The parade will start route at 10 a.m. staging at the Robert Crown Center area lot. Parade will travel down Dodge street and end at the Civic Center parking lot (Ingraham Park) with additional festivities food and vendors.
  • “Juneteenth, now officially Juneteenth National Independence Day commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people which occurred two and a half years after the emancipation proclamation and originated in Galveston, Texas.”

 

Oak Park’s Juneteenth Celebration

  • June 19th at 11 AM
  • “Oak Park’s Juneteenth celebration culminates with a parade and community cookout on Sunday, June 19. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Longfellow Park near Jackson Boulevard and will march north on Ridgeland Avenue to Augusta Street. Community groups and organizations are invited to participate in the parade.”
  • Following the parade, a community cookout will be held starting at 1 p.m. at Taylor Park, 400 Division St.

 

Berwyn Juneteenth Fest

  • June 18th, 2021 from 12 -7 PM
  • Proksa Park, 3001 Wisconsin Ave
  • “Happy Juneteenth! Our goal is to infuse Black Lives Matter & Black Liberation content with Black Music Month into a celebration of life and manifestation of freedom while showcasing unity.
    Please join us in advocating and in celebrating!”
  • Children’s activities include:
    • Bouncy house
    • Seed planting station
    • Biodiversity maze
    • Obstacle course / scavenger hunt
    • Face painting

 

Juneteenth Pier 31 Fest (All Day Beach Bash)

  • June 19th. 10 AM – 10 PM
  • 3100 S. Lake Shore Drive
  • DJs, beach games for all ages, and reservable beach tents!
  • “Everyone’s invited to join us at PIER FEST 2022 to celebrate the freedom and power of Black Ownership.”

 

Eat at a Black owned restaurant. The full list of restaurants is available at the Black People Eats Instagram account: 

  • Juneteenth restaurant list drops on Thursday, June 16th!

 

Don’t forget about our Bronzeville Scavenger Hunt!

  • Thousands of African Americans fled the Jim Crow south and created a Black metropolis in the Bronzeville area of Chicago.
  • Juneteenth is the perfect day to explore this historical area and our scavenger hunt from Black History Month is a wonderful way to explore!

 

A Black History Scavenger Hunt Through Bronzeville


Explore all Bronzeville has to offer with this compilation of historical sites. Including a free coloring printable for the kids!


 


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