things to do in chicago this weekend

What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL August 2 – 4 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this weekend?

Here are over 50 family-friendly events happening in Chicago, and the suburbs this weekend!

 

Family Friendly Events in Chicago, IL This Weekend:



FRIDAY



9:00 AM: North Aurora Days

  • North Aurora Days takes place in Downtown North Aurora, Illinois. The annual community festival includes 5/10K marathon, pet parade, sporting activities, Garage Sale, carnival, bags tournament, car show, food booths, beer tent, live music, fireworks and more.
  • Make sure to check out their community wide garage sale Thursday, August 1st – Saturday, August 3rd.

 

11:00 AM: Kidzapalooza at Lolla

  • Going to Lollapalooza this year? Did you know that children under 10 get in free with their parent?
  • “Located in its own enclosed area of Grant Park, Kidzapalooza offers parents and kids the opportunity to catch family-friendly music on its own stage while taking part in activities like skateboarding demos, hip hop workshops, a music video tent and much more. With a dedicated Family Services area and the Tag-A-Kid program available to register your child, Kidzapalooza ensures that you and your family have a great time at Lolla!”
  • “Kidzapalooza is thrilled to provide a private space where nursing and expectant mothers can change a diaper, apply sunscreen to their children, pump or nurse! The Family Services space is shared with the Tag-A-Kid space in the Kidzapalooza area at the festival. It closes at 7PM Thursday – Sunday.”
  • Lollapalooza takes place Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL. The festival hours are 11AM – 10PM each day.

5:00 PM: Summer Nights Concert – Rumours (Fleetwood Mac Tribute)

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, Animal Ambassadors, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
  • Schedule:
    • 5:00 pm – Games and Craft Activities
    • 5:00 – 9:00 pm – Roaming Entertainers
    • 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Animal Ambassadors
    • 7:00 pm – Concert (see schedule listed below)
    • 9:00 pm – Laser Light Show Finale

5:00 PM: Festa Italiana – Naperville

  • Festa Italiana is a showcase of authentic Italian culture, music, food, artisans, and so much more!  A 3 day extravaganza with 2 stages (Italian & rock), family friendly entertainment, artists, and the celebrated Zoppé Family Circus. Feast your eyes on amazing dancers, singers, and circus performers, and then feast on the best Italian food Illinois has to offer.
  • Friday August 2, 2019 5pm – 10pm
    Saturday August 3, 2019 12pm – 10pm
    Sunday August 4, 2019 12pm – 9pm
  • Naper Settlement

5:00 PM: Festa Italiana – Rockford

  • Come celebrate 41 years with us at Festa Italiana, a Rockford tradition! Enjoy the exquisite taste of Italian culture, entertainment, and best of all– delicious food! Festa Italiana is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Rockford Italian American Association. G.R.I.A.A is a non for profit organization that raises funds for scholarships for area youth in grades K-12.
  • Boylan High School: 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford, IL
  • Friday, August 2nd, 2019: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019: Noon to 11 p.m.
    Sunday, August 4th, 2019: Noon to 7 p.m.

5:00 PM: Jeff Fest (aka Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival)

  • “Party hard! Or, at the very least, get down to great tunes, tasty foods, family fun and more at the 19th annual summer happening that is Jeff Fest. Held in idyllic (and popular) Jefferson Memorial Park just west of the intersection of Milwaukee and Lawrence Avenues, Jeff Fest is a proud tradition in one of Chicago’s most friendly communities. Beyond music and food, the Kids’ Zone area on the north side of the park features a ton of cool activities for families. It’s also where one will find the fest’s groovin’ “Community Stage.”
  • Friday 5:00-10:00 pm; Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm; Sunday 2:00-9:00 pm

5:00 PM: La Grange Endless Summerfest

  • Friday – Sunday at Gordon Park. Hours: Friday, 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
  • Admission Fee: $5 after 5pm; Kids 12 & Under FREE
  • “Don’t miss the highlight of Chicago’s legendary summer festival scene in the western suburbs. The La Grange Endless Summerfest promises something for everyone – from family-friendly carnival rides and fireworks to incredible live band performances and delicious local bites. Live music, cold beer, carnival rides, fireworks, bingo and delicious bites from your favorite local restaurants!”

5:00 PM: Warrenville Summer Daze

  • There will be kids activities available: Face Painting (5-7P); Magic Show (6-7:30P)
  • Inflatables (5-9P); Movie on the large inflatable screen in the WCB – Madagascar (8P) and Wonder Park (8P)

5:00 PM: Family Fun Fest at Knolls Park

  • “Come celebrate summer with the York Center Park District. There will be food, music, games, amusements, and much more. Bring friends and family for a celebration that will end with fireworks.”

5:00 PM: Mane Event Arlington Heights / Taste of Arlington Heights

  • The Mane Event and Taste of Arlington Heights events are back-to-back street festivals located on Vail Avenue and Campbell Street near the intersection of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street.
  • 5 – 11 p.m. Business Expo
    5 – 8 p.m. Children’s Entertainment
    6 p.m. The Jet Set Quartet
    8 p.m. 7th Heaven

5:00 PM: Taste of Orland Park

  • The Taste will be held at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, on Friday, August 2 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 3 from 1
    p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, August 4 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Taste is a 3 day event filled with events, music and food, Grab your family and friends to taste the various local restaurants in Orland Park. Follow the link for event times and vendor information.

6:00 PM: First Fridays Aurora

  • First Fridays on August 2 welcomes a block party to the night of art, music, and more in downtown Aurora.
  • Enjoy food trucks, live music, live art, vendors, and more at the Stolp Block Party from 6 to 10 p.m. The party closes Stolp Avenue from Downer Place to Galena Boulevard. Saint Astro and Glad Rags perform at the gazebo at Millennium Plaza.
  • August’s First Fridays is also celebrating its first Sidewalk Chalk Day. Enjoy a variety of sidewalk chalk art and create your own chalk designs at various businesses.

6:00 PM: Summer Nights Classic Car Show Downtown Downers Grove

  • Theme: Pony (Mustang, Camaro, Barracuda, Firebird, Javelin, etc), Live music from Zazz (alternative Jazz quintet
  • Downtown Downers Grove hosts the Summer Nights Classic Car Show on Friday nights from 6 to 9 pm all summer long.
  • All classic cars welcome on Main from Maple to Franklin. Featured Cars on Curtiss must be 25 years (1994) or older. Live music at the train station and a trophy awarded to the “best” featured car each week.

6:00 PM: Vintage Rides Wheaton

  • Theme: Camaro Night / Southern Rock
  • Vintage Rides returns to the new, beautiful Front Street in Summer of 2019!
  • Stroll through Downtown Wheaton to enjoy seeing the new streetscape, classic cars, motorcycles and trucks of every make, model and year! Spectators will admire cars from Model T’s to Teslas and everything in between. There will be a DJ spinning tunes, so bring the entire family out for fun in Downtown Wheaton and enjoy the cars, the music and the great food and shops that Downtown Wheaton has to offer.

6:00 PM: Destination Asia Festival

  • Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and more.  Join us for a fun-filled weekend that will transport you across the globe. On Friday, kick off our sixth annual Destination Asia festival with a formal ceremony, engaging performances, culinary delights, and a breathtaking Japanese lantern display, Toro Nagashi, on Meadow Lake.
  • Did you know The Morton Arboretum has a vast tree and shrub collection from Asian countries? Explore our tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea and learn about the important conservation efforts with which the Arboretum participates.
  • Follow the link for the food, performer, and activity schedule.

7:30 PM: Movies in the Park- Incredibles 2 in Wilder Park

  • Elmhurst
  • “Grab a picnic blanket and join us at Wilder Park for a showing of Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2. Come early for free popcorn and food trucks at 7:30 p.m. Movie begins at dusk, approximately 8:30 p.m.
  • Food options at the event will include Jimmy Johns, Cupcakes for Courage, Windy City Ice Cream and Kimmer’s Ice Cream!
  • Prior to the movie, 8-8:20 p.m., the Trinity Irish Dancers will present a short dance performance.”

 

 

SATURDAY



9:00 AM: North Aurora Days

  • North Aurora Days takes place in Downtown North Aurora, Illinois. The annual community festival includes 5/10K marathon, pet parade, sporting activities, Garage Sale, carnival, bags tournament, car show, food booths, beer tent, live music, fireworks and more.
  • Make sure to check out their community wide garage sale Thursday, August 1st – Saturday, August 3rd.

10:00 AM: Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious

  • You’re invited to Kiddie Academy Arlington Heights for Storytime LIVE! Curious George and Pinkalicious will jump off the page and visit the classroom.
  • This event is FREE and open to everyone — bring a friend or two. Please RSVP on the Event Website to reserve your spot.

10:00 AM & 10:45 AM: Jodi Koplin – Jigglejam “A Musicfest for Children”

  • DuPage Children’s Museum
  • “Get ready to wiggle, JIGGLE, and giggle to Jodi’s Jigglejam “A musicfest for Children.” Since receiving her MSW in 1982, Jodi Koplin has been creating her unique style of FUNtastic, interactive music which sparks imagination & promotes self esteem. It’s sure to be a playful, fun, silly, and whimsical show!”
  • Enjoy 20-minute performances at 10:00 and 10:45 a.m.

10:00 AM: Bristol Renaissance Faire

  • Kenosha, WI off I-94 at the Wisconsin Border
  • Saturdays and Sundays, July 6th – Sept 2nd, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Children are free
  • August 3rd and 4th is Monsters and Magic Weekend!
    • ” Whether you believe it’s “LeviOsa”, or “LevioSA”, we’re sure you’ll find our weekend dedicated to all things magical and monstrous an uplifting experience! Join us as we celebrate all things dark and spooky, as well as the magic that allows them to exist in our Monsters and Magic weekend! Tighten your neck bolts, comb your fur, and sharpen your fangs because this weekend is going to be wicked!”
    • There will also be costume contests, a spooky limerick contest, Harry Potter trivia, and classic monster trivia.
  • Fun for all ages!

10:00 AM: Alsip Scavenger Hunt

  • “Hurry to the Apollo Recreation Center Pavilion to receive your checklist for a fun morning of hunting for each item on your list! Bring the family or put together a team of up to six people and drive around town checking item after item off your list. You will be expected to collect items, take pictures of item and also take  photos of your team doing different activities and hilarious stuff. The top three teams that return to the Apollo Recreation Center Pavilion with the most items on the list in the least amount of time will win the Prizes. Some of the prizes include gift certificates for the Alsip Park District and local businesses in town, gift cards to do something fun and other very cool prizes. So join us! For added fun, dress up in costumes, uniforms or just plain crazy, super silly stuff!”
  • Ages under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

10:00 AM: Touch-a-Truck Addison Park District

  • “Hey kids, here’s your opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire truck, police car, ambulance, tractor, school bus and many other big trucks! Kids will be able to explore the trucks inside and out, and hang out with members of the Addison Police Department and  Addison Fire Protection District.”
  • Age: All ages!
  • Location: Centennial Rec Center

10:00 AM: Art at the Glen

  • “Art at the Glen truly is a cultural destination. In addition to the variety of art available for purchase, downtown Glenview boasts a slew of upscale shopping and dining experiences. To the delight of art enthusiasts and shoppers, artists will be available at their booths to give demonstrations and one-on-one conversations about their artistic processes. Young art festival attendees are invited to visit the kid’s area which hosts activities made just for them, including interactive games and activities along with art scavenger hunts! To top it all off, the weekend festivities will be accompanied by hit music duo Cirrus Falcon.”
  • “Art at the Glen has been named as one of the top art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine! Located at 2030 Tower Drive, artists will be displaying one-of-a-kind pieces in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, furniture, and jewelry. Best of all, the show admission and parking are both FREE for all attendees!”

10:00 AM: Highland Park Kids Fair by Ballet Makkai

  • Port Clinton Square in Highland Park
  • “It’s a Bubble Dance Party! Join us for a day of fun filled with Bubbles, Balloon Artists, Face Painting by Dazzle Artists, Balloon Performer Mr. Scott activities by WeOrbit and performances by Ballet Makkai and Stages Performing Arts and much, much more!”

    10:00 – Bubble Performer – Mr. Scott
    10:30-11:00 -Ballet Makkai
    10:00-12:00 – Face Painting – Dazzle Artist
    11:00-1:00 – Balloon Artist

  • Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, Obstacle Course for Kids, Glitter Tattoos, Spin Art, Coder Challenges, Mini Basketball and More!

10:00 AM: KidzFest Joliet

  • “There’s SO MUCH to see and do and it’s all FREE and all for KIDS! Come check it out! Kidzfest is held on the first Saturday of August from 10am until 3pm each year. The event includes many types of interactive, educational and fun activities sponsored by a variety of vendors, Joliet Park District, Rialto Square Theatre, the Library, the Forest Preserve District and numerous other vendors planning special activities for kids. Food and entertainment.”

10:00 AM: Warrenville Summer Daze

  • Miss Liz Children’s Entertainer (2-3PM); Face Painting (2-4PM); Water Balloon Fight (6P); Hula Hoop Contest (6:30P); Sack Races (7P)
  • Inflatables (1-4P and 4:30-9P); Movie on the large inflatable screen in the WCB – Madagascar (6P) and Wonder Park (8P)

10:00 AM: Destination Asia Festival

  • Enjoy performances and activities all day during our fifth annual Destination Asia Festival with 4 stages, a vendor expo, food trucks and Asian cuisine, martial arts, and more!
  • Did you know The Morton Arboretum has a vast tree and shrub collection from Asian countries? Explore our tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea and learn about the important conservation efforts with which the Arboretum participates.
  • Follow the link for the food, performer, and activity schedule.

10:00 AM: Elgin Art & Soul on the Fox

  • August 3rd & 4th 2019 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. BOTH days!
  • ART & ENTERTAINMENT ALONG RIVERSIDE DRIVE PROMENADE
    PLUS INSIDE DREAM HALL (51 S GROVE AVE) – JUST A SHORT WALK FROM THE OUTDOOR BOOTH AREA
  • Attendees at this year’s event will enjoy entertainment within the main event area on Riverside Drive Promenade. Some will be roving and others will be performing from one of the two covered outcroppings.

10:30 AM: Naperville Unicorn Paradise Party

  • Enjoy….
    • Photos with a “Live” Unicorn
    • Face Painting–Unicorn Themed
    • Unicorn Canvas Painting & Decorating
    • Unicorn Dream Catchers
    • Nail Painting
    • Unicorn Story Time
    • Unicorn Singalong and Dance
    • 15+ Free Raffle Prizes
    • Music, Shopping, & More!
    • BLVD Kitchen will have some FUN food available for purchase!!

10:30 AM: Tea Under The Sea

  • Serenitea Café and Boutique: 1046 Pleasant St, Oak Park
  • “Join us for a very intimate and very limited seating event with a very special mermaid! Have tea, meet and get a photo and even have the opportunity to spend a little more time with our mermaid friend! Check out our general admission and also the VIP Experience ticket options. Only 50 seats available.”

11:00 AM: Kidzapalooza at Lolla

  • Going to Lollapalooza this year? Did you know that children under 10 get in free with their parent?
  • “Located in its own enclosed area of Grant Park, Kidzapalooza offers parents and kids the opportunity to catch family-friendly music on its own stage while taking part in activities like skateboarding demos, hip hop workshops, a music video tent and much more. With a dedicated Family Services area and the Tag-A-Kid program available to register your child, Kidzapalooza ensures that you and your family have a great time at Lolla!”
  • “Kidzapalooza is thrilled to provide a private space where nursing and expectant mothers can change a diaper, apply sunscreen to their children, pump or nurse! The Family Services space is shared with the Tag-A-Kid space in the Kidzapalooza area at the festival. It closes at 7PM Thursday – Sunday.”
  • Lollapalooza takes place Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL. The festival hours are 11AM – 10PM each day.

11:00 AM: Great Lakes Brick by Brick Lego Ship Building

  • 2531 Sheridan Road (Building 42), Great Lakes IL
  • Calling all ship builders! The National Museum of the American Sailor will be hosting its 1st Annual LEGO Brick By Brick event on August 3rd from 11am to 4pm. This free program invites LEGO builders to share their creations with fellow enthusiasts on one exciting day – and compete for fabulous prizes!  Create your own LEGO design and enter to win a LEGO Store gift card!”

11:00 AM: Joules Back to School Bash

  • Yorktown Mall, Lower Level, Center Court
  • Join us at Yorktown Center for a Back to School Bash, in partnership with Von Maur
  • Enjoy facepainting, a back to school photobooth, art activities, back to school gift bags, delicious treats, scooter giveaways, free monogramming and gift with purchase (inside Von Maur), and more!

12:00 PM: Edgefest

  • “Chicago’s historic Edgewater neighborhood will become a celebration of all things North Side as flavorful cuisine, award-winning entertainment, and family fun take center stage during Edge Fest. Now in its fifth year, this annual event focus on all things Edgewater, with local musicians and vendors showcasing all that the exciting neighborhood has to offer. With an outdoor café setting, Edge Fest will be a one-of-a-kind experience unlike any other on the city’s North Side.”

12:00 PM: Festa Italiana – Naperville

  • Festa Italiana is a showcase of authentic Italian culture, music, food, artisans, and so much more!  A 3 day extravaganza with 2 stages (Italian & rock), family friendly entertainment, artists, and the celebrated Zoppé Family Circus. Feast your eyes on amazing dancers, singers, and circus performers, and then feast on the best Italian food Illinois has to offer.
  • Friday August 2, 2019 5pm – 10pm
    Saturday August 3, 2019 12pm – 10pm
    Sunday August 4, 2019 12pm – 9pm

12:00 PM: Festa Italiana – Rockford

  • Come celebrate 41 years with us at Festa Italiana, a Rockford tradition! Enjoy the exquisite taste of Italian culture, entertainment, and best of all– delicious food! Festa Italiana is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Rockford Italian American Association. G.R.I.A.A is a non for profit organization that raises funds for scholarships for area youth in grades K-12.
  • Boylan High School: 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford, IL
  • Friday, August 2nd, 2019: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019: Noon to 11 p.m.
    Sunday, August 4th, 2019: Noon to 7 p.m.

12:00 PM: La Grange Endless Summerfest

  • Friday – Sunday at Gordon Park. Hours: Friday, 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
  • Admission Fee: $5 after 5pm; Kids 12 & Under FREE
  • “Don’t miss the highlight of Chicago’s legendary summer festival scene in the western suburbs. The La Grange Endless Summerfest promises something for everyone – from family-friendly carnival rides and fireworks to incredible live band performances and delicious local bites. Live music, cold beer, carnival rides, fireworks, bingo and delicious bites from your favorite local restaurants!”

12:00 PM: Mane Event Arlington Heights / Taste of Arlington Heights

  • The Mane Event and Taste of Arlington Heights events are back-to-back street festivals located on Vail Avenue and Campbell Street near the intersection of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street.
  • Noon -1:30 p.m. DJ/Kids Entertainment
    2 – 3 p.m. Kevin Purcell and the Root Doctors
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Indigo Band
    5 – 6 p.m. School of Rock
    6:30 – 8 p.m. Sugar Highway
    8:30 – 11 p.m. ARRA

1:00 PM: Taste of Orland Park

  • The Taste will be held at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, on Friday, August 2 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 3 from 1
    p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, August 4 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Taste is a 3 day event filled with events, music and food, Grab your family and friends to taste the various local restaurants in Orland Park. Follow the link for event times and vendor information.
  • Saturday is Kids Day at the Taste of Orland Park presented by Palos Health & Loyola Medicine. Free activities include pony rides & petting zoo, photo booth, touch a truck, face painting, bounce house, inflatable obstacle course & slide. Plus, Orland Park Police and Fire departments will on site, too!

2:00 PM: Jeff Fest (aka Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival)

  • “Party hard! Or, at the very least, get down to great tunes, tasty foods, family fun and more at the 19th annual summer happening that is Jeff Fest. Held in idyllic (and popular) Jefferson Memorial Park just west of the intersection of Milwaukee and Lawrence Avenues, Jeff Fest is a proud tradition in one of Chicago’s most friendly communities. Beyond music and food, the Kids’ Zone area on the north side of the park features a ton of cool activities for families. It’s also where one will find the fest’s groovin’ “Community Stage.”
  • Friday 5:00-10:00 pm; Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm; Sunday 2:00-9:00 pm

4:30 PM: Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest

  • Join us for the 2019 Meijer Chicago Bears Family Fest. Enjoy a team scrimmage, tons of fun activities for the whole family, fireworks and more. Festivities begin at 4:30 pm and tickets are just $10. Buy your tickets now to get the best seats available.

5:00 PM: Summer Nights Concert – House Party (DJ Joey Figueroa & Julian “Jumpin” Perez

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, Animal Ambassadors, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.
  • Schedule:
    • 5:00 pm – Games and Craft Activities
    • 5:00 – 9:00 pm – Roaming Entertainers
    • 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Animal Ambassadors
    • 7:00 pm – Concert (see schedule listed below)
    • 9:00 pm – Laser Light Show Finale

7:30 PM: Movies on The Green – Back To The Future

  • Geneva Commons
  • Every Saturday at 7:30pm • June 15 – August 10
  • Bring the family and enjoy hit movies on The Green every Saturday throughout the summer.
    **Free popcorn will be available.
    **Best of all, it’s FREE!
    **Blankets and chairs are welcome.

7:30 PM: Glow Swim

  • Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center
  • Join us for a glowing night of fun! Swimmers will get all the glow swag they need to make for a fun night at Phillips Park Aquatic Center. Members receive a $1 discount.



SUNDAY



8:45 AM: Sensory Friendly Sundays at the Arboretum

  • First Sunday of the month, May through October, 2019; 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. in the Children’s Garden
  • Experience a less crowded Children’s Garden with minimal noise, suited to families with sensory needs.
  • Advance registration is required.

9:00 AM: North Aurora Days

  • North Aurora Days takes place in Downtown North Aurora, Illinois. The annual community festival includes 5/10K marathon, pet parade, sporting activities, Garage Sale, carnival, bags tournament, car show, food booths, beer tent, live music, fireworks and more.
  • Make sure to check out their community wide garage sale Thursday, August 1st – Saturday, August 3rd.

10:00 AM: Bristol Renaissance Faire

  • Kenosha, WI off I-94 at the Wisconsin Border
  • Saturdays and Sundays, July 6th – Sept 2nd, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Children are free
  • August 3rd and 4th is Monsters and Magic Weekend!
    • ” Whether you believe it’s “LeviOsa”, or “LevioSA”, we’re sure you’ll find our weekend dedicated to all things magical and monstrous an uplifting experience! Join us as we celebrate all things dark and spooky, as well as the magic that allows them to exist in our Monsters and Magic weekend! Tighten your neck bolts, comb your fur, and sharpen your fangs because this weekend is going to be wicked!”
    • There will also be costume contests, a spooky limerick contest, Harry Potter trivia, and classic monster trivia.
  • Fun for all ages!

10:00 AM: Art at the Glen

  • “Art at the Glen truly is a cultural destination. In addition to the variety of art available for purchase, downtown Glenview boasts a slew of upscale shopping and dining experiences. To the delight of art enthusiasts and shoppers, artists will be available at their booths to give demonstrations and one-on-one conversations about their artistic processes. Young art festival attendees are invited to visit the kid’s area which hosts activities made just for them, including interactive games and activities along with art scavenger hunts! To top it all off, the weekend festivities will be accompanied by hit music duo Cirrus Falcon.”
  • “Art at the Glen has been named as one of the top art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine! Located at 2030 Tower Drive, artists will be displaying one-of-a-kind pieces in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, furniture, and jewelry. Best of all, the show admission and parking are both FREE for all attendees!”

10:00 AM: Destination Asia Festival

  • Enjoy performances and activities all day during our fifth annual Destination Asia Festival with 4 stages, a vendor expo, food trucks and Asian cuisine, martial arts, and more!
  • Did you know The Morton Arboretum has a vast tree and shrub collection from Asian countries? Explore our tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea and learn about the important conservation efforts with which the Arboretum participates.
  • Follow the link for the food, performer, and activity schedule.

10:00 AM: Elgin Art & Soul on the Fox

  • August 3rd & 4th 2019 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. BOTH days!
  • ART & ENTERTAINMENT ALONG RIVERSIDE DRIVE PROMENADE
    PLUS INSIDE DREAM HALL (51 S GROVE AVE) – JUST A SHORT WALK FROM THE OUTDOOR BOOTH AREA
  • Attendees at this year’s event will enjoy entertainment within the main event area on Riverside Drive Promenade. Some will be roving and others will be performing from one of the two covered outcroppings.

10:00 AM: Vintage Transport Extravanganza

  • Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL
  • “The most comprehensive antique vehicle show in Illinois returns! See 500+ antique vehicles including cars, trucks, buses, trolley buses, and military vehicles on display alongside the country’s largest collection of historic railway equipment. Ride authentically restored trains like the steam-powered coach train, the Nebraska Zephyr, and turn-of-the-century streetcars and ‘L’ cars from Chicago. Unlimited train rides are included with your admission.”

11:00 AM: Secret Agent Storytime 

  • The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply: 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave
  • Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to sing, dance, read books, and make crafts with Agent Zach and your friends, parents, and siblings on the first Sunday of every month at the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. This message will self-destruct in 30 seconds. We’re counting on you, junior story agents!
  • This event is free and open to the public. Recommended for junior agents ages 0-4 and their families.

11:00 AM: Kidzapalooza at Lolla

  • Going to Lollapalooza this year? Did you know that children under 10 get in free with their parent?
  • “Located in its own enclosed area of Grant Park, Kidzapalooza offers parents and kids the opportunity to catch family-friendly music on its own stage while taking part in activities like skateboarding demos, hip hop workshops, a music video tent and much more. With a dedicated Family Services area and the Tag-A-Kid program available to register your child, Kidzapalooza ensures that you and your family have a great time at Lolla!”
  • “Kidzapalooza is thrilled to provide a private space where nursing and expectant mothers can change a diaper, apply sunscreen to their children, pump or nurse! The Family Services space is shared with the Tag-A-Kid space in the Kidzapalooza area at the festival. It closes at 7PM Thursday – Sunday.”
  • Lollapalooza takes place Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL. The festival hours are 11AM – 10PM each day.

12:00 PM: Edgefest

  • “Chicago’s historic Edgewater neighborhood will become a celebration of all things North Side as flavorful cuisine, award-winning entertainment, and family fun take center stage during Edge Fest. Now in its fifth year, this annual event focus on all things Edgewater, with local musicians and vendors showcasing all that the exciting neighborhood has to offer. With an outdoor café setting, Edge Fest will be a one-of-a-kind experience unlike any other on the city’s North Side.”

12:00 PM: Boating in the Park

  • “Row or pedal your way around Lake Ellyn! We will have kayaks, canoes, and a pedal boat available to rent from noon-4pm. Instructions are available on dry land before you venture out. Pack a picnic to enjoy by the shore and spend the afternoon enjoying the park. Rental fee: $5 per boat for 20 minutes. No pre-registration required.”
  • All ages welcome, however, each participant must be able to safely fit into a Glen Ellyn Park District life jacket. Life jackets are available for children (~20 lbs and up) and adults.

12:00 PM: Kids Fest Lake County

  • “The funnest festival in town! First  annual Kids Fest is Sunday, August 4th from 12 pm. to 7 pm at the Round Lake Beach Civic and Cultural Center. Kids Fest is a free event, fun-filled day of activities for the whole family. The day features an Inflatatbale Zones, live stage entertainment, hands on activities, climbing wall, Slime Zone and much more!
  • Don’t miss the Kids Fest local food vendors and lot’s of ice cream, as well as many local resources and organizations aimed at enriching families’ lives. “

12:00 PM: La Grange Endless Summerfest

  • Friday – Sunday at Gordon Park. Hours: Friday, 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
  • Admission Fee: $5 after 5pm; Kids 12 & Under FREE
  • “Don’t miss the highlight of Chicago’s legendary summer festival scene in the western suburbs. The La Grange Endless Summerfest promises something for everyone – from family-friendly carnival rides and fireworks to incredible live band performances and delicious local bites. Live music, cold beer, carnival rides, fireworks, bingo and delicious bites from your favorite local restaurants!”

12:00 PM: Festa Italiana – Naperville

  • Festa Italiana is a showcase of authentic Italian culture, music, food, artisans, and so much more!  A 3 day extravaganza with 2 stages (Italian & rock), family friendly entertainment, artists, and the celebrated Zoppé Family Circus. Feast your eyes on amazing dancers, singers, and circus performers, and then feast on the best Italian food Illinois has to offer.
  • Friday August 2, 2019 5pm – 10pm
    Saturday August 3, 2019 12pm – 10pm
    Sunday August 4, 2019 12pm – 9pm

12:00 PM: Festa Italiana – Rockford

  • Come celebrate 41 years with us at Festa Italiana, a Rockford tradition! Enjoy the exquisite taste of Italian culture, entertainment, and best of all– delicious food! Festa Italiana is the largest fundraiser for the Greater Rockford Italian American Association. G.R.I.A.A is a non for profit organization that raises funds for scholarships for area youth in grades K-12.
  • Boylan High School: 4000 St. Francis Drive, Rockford, IL
  • Friday, August 2nd, 2019: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Saturday, August 3rd, 2019: Noon to 11 p.m.
    Sunday, August 4th, 2019: Noon to 7 p.m.

1:00 PM: Taste of Orland Park

  • The Taste will be held at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, on Friday, August 2 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 3 from 1
    p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, August 4 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Taste is a 3 day event filled with events, music and food, Grab your family and friends to taste the various local restaurants in Orland Park. Follow the link for event times and vendor information.

2:00 PM: Jeff Fest (aka Jefferson Park Arts & Music Festival)

  • “Party hard! Or, at the very least, get down to great tunes, tasty foods, family fun and more at the 19th annual summer happening that is Jeff Fest. Held in idyllic (and popular) Jefferson Memorial Park just west of the intersection of Milwaukee and Lawrence Avenues, Jeff Fest is a proud tradition in one of Chicago’s most friendly communities. Beyond music and food, the Kids’ Zone area on the north side of the park features a ton of cool activities for families. It’s also where one will find the fest’s groovin’ “Community Stage.”
  • Friday 5:00-10:00 pm; Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm; Sunday 2:00-9:00 pm

7:00 PM: Oak Lawn Concert On The Green – Dancing Noodles

  • 95th St & 2nd Ave
  • The Oak Lawn Park District and Village of Oak Lawn presents free summer concerts and movies on the Village Green in June, July and August.

 

 


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