What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL August 9-11 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this weekend?

Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicago, and the suburbs this weekend!

 

Family Friendly Events in Chicago, IL This Weekend:

 

Major ongoing events this weekend:

 

Illinois State Fair

  • The 2019 Illinois State Fair runs from August 8th through August 18th. The Fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to Midnight for the duration of the Fair.
  • Illinois State Fairgrounds: 801 Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL 62706
  • Free Admission Days:
    • Sunday, August 11 (Veterans & immediate families free with proper ID)
    • Monday, August 12 (Seniors FREE)
    • Friday, August 16 (1st Responders’ with proper ID)

Chicago Hot Dog Fest

  • Presented by the Chicago History Museum, August 9 – 11, Lincoln Park at Stockton and LaSalle
  • Opens at 11 am each day
  • “The Chicago-style hot dog is a quintessential part of Chicago’s storied history.
  • Join us for the city’s largest picnic and take a bite out of Chicago history with our full line-up of bands, history, family activities and Vienna Beef hot dogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles by the city’s top hot dog vendors.
  • There is a $5 suggested donation which goes directly to support the mission, exhibitions, and programs of the Chicago History Museum!”

Festival Cubano

  • August 9 – 11, 12pm – 10pm
  • Kids 12 and under are always free!
  • Riis Park: 6100 W Fullerton Ave.
  • Carnival rides and games, Cabana VIP experience, classic vintage cars, dominoes, music and dance workshops and more!

Ginza Holiday Festival

  • Friday August 9 – 5:30pm – 8:30pm

  • Saturday August 10 – 11:30am – 8:00pm

  • Sunday August 11 – 11:30am – 4:30pm

  • Midwest Buddhist Temple: 435 W. Menomonee St.
  • Audiences will enjoy the serene beauty of Minyo Folk dance, the thunderous rhythms of Taiko drumming, and the action of Martial Arts, as well as delicious food, exhibits, and shopping the Waza market.

Retro on Roscoe

  • “Retro on Roscoe features Chicago’s top talent and entertainment on three main stages. Artisans, antique vendors, and cool merchants will provide a shopping experience that is second to none. Local restaurants fill the venue with summertime samplings and tasty treats. All this and more liven up this tree-lined street for an enjoyable three-day festival that brings back great memories while providing excellent entertainment for the entire family.Retro’s Antique Car Show will showcase over 50 antique, classic and muscle cars throughout the weekend at the festival.Our Family Area is one of the best in the City and offers top-notch talent, games, crafts, and lots more. Retro provides an incredible experience filled with exciting opportunities for all in attendance. Retro On Roscoe is the primary fundraising event that enables Roscoe Village Neighbors to sponsor so many community improvements.”
  • Friday 5-10 pm, Sat/Sun: 12-10 pm

The Fest For Beatles Fans

  • Fri: 5 pm – 12; Sat: Noon – Midnight; Sun: Noon – 11pm
  • The Hyatt Regency O’Hare
  • A three day festival honoring the lasting legacy of The Beatles

Bixbee Imagination Station Pop-UP

  • Mon to Thur, Sat & Sun (10am – 5pm), Fri (10am – 7pm)
  • Tickets: Adult $23, Kid (3-11 years old) $15, Children 2 and under are FREE
  • “Come discover a world every kid (and kid-at-heart) wished truly existed. Enter an un-charted playground where you can ride a polka-dotted elephant and spot cheeky, technicolor monkeys. Ignite a brilliant light show with just the beat of a drum. Ride a mythical unicorn blazing across a disco rainbow sky. See human connectivity come to life like an electric spirograph. Share secrets with your bestie via flower blossoms. Explore outer space with a surfing, taco loving dinosaur, and take a selfie inside a ferociously, friendly shark!”
  • In Chicago for a limited time only!
  • 915 W. North Ave.

Lego Ninjago Days at Legoland Discovery Center

  • August 3rd – September 30th
  • “Calling all ninjas in training: Master Wu is ready to challenge you with an EPIC mission! LEGO NINJAGO® has been summoned to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago! Unleash your Ninja building powers to complete Master Wu’s challenges with exclusive building activities, mega mini movie creations and practicing your ninja moves with your favorite NINJAGO characters to become a ‘Master of Spinjitzu’! Are you pumped for the challenge?”

Veggie Fest

  • August 10th & 11th, 11 am – 8 pm
  • Danada South Park, 2701 Navistar Circle, Lisle, IL 60532
  • “Not just for vegetarians, Veggie Fest is for everyone! Whether you’re a long-time vegetarian or vegan, or you want to learn how to add more plant-based foods to your diet, or you’re just looking to have a great time, this is the summer festival for you. Free admission!”
  • “Visit our acclaimed international food court and food demos from leading chefs. Enjoy talks from recognized speakers and doctors sharing the latest research on health and wellness. The Children’s Tent, Yoga Tent, and Meditation Tent are unsurpassed. If you just want to kick back and enjoy a summer’s day, we have live music from some of the best bands in Chicago.”
  • Children 0-16 years are invited to participate in the Vegi-kids parade. Come dressed as your favorite vegetable or animal and join the parade.  If you don’t have a costume we have masks or hand puppets for everyone! Use your creativity to be unique and be a part of costume contest. Win exciting prizes. There will be cool gifts for everyone who is in the parade. Participation is FREE.

Jurassic Quest: Navy Pier

  • August 9-11, 2019: Fri 3pm-8pm Sat & Sun 9am-8pm
  • “In addition to the life-like Dinosaur Exhibits, there are many attractions and activities for all kinds of dinosaur fans. Our guests can dig up fossils like a real paleontologist, they can ride on the back of a huge 24ft T. Rex, or the spiky, overgrown, Carnotaurus among others. There are countless dinosaur themed rides throughout the event including inflatable mazes, huge slides, and the multitrack Dino Bungee Pull. Jurassic Quest has a Dinosaur Petting Zoo where little ones can pet dinosaurs that are more their size. Our little Questers can even do crafts and explore Dino Science stations, Visit the fossil area in our Dinosaur Museum and see real dinosaur fossils dating back over 60 million years. Whether they are big or small, young or old, our guests have a dino-mite time!”

 

FRIDAY

 

10:00 AM: Millenium Park Family Fun Festival

  • Weekdays, June 24–August 9, 10am-2pm.
  • Millenium Park, under the tent at Chase Promenade North
  • Families are invited to join the fun all summer long with activities, including music and arts and crafts, for kids of all ages. Take part in hands-on art projects with some of the region’s most popular museums, art & cultural organizations.
  • Daily Performances:

10:00 AM & 11:00 AM: Wiggleworms Navy Pier

  • Free and open to the public! Join us at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier for Wiggleworms, Old Town School of Folk Music’s celebrated early childhood music program. This free program for babies, toddlers and preschoolers features two back-to-back 45-minute performances, separated by a 15-minute break. Come sing, clap and play along!

11:00 AM: Acorn Express Adventure

  • “Join us on the Acorn Express tram for a family friendly tram-ride adventure through the Arboretum! We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week.”

1:00 PM & 5:00 PM: Barrel of Monkeys: Millenium Park Theatre Series

  • Cloud Gate Plaza
  • Writers of all ages have been participating in writing workshops with actors bringing the stories to life through hilarious sketches, songs and dance now presented in an open dress rehearsal and final public performance.
  • Come see their hard work come to life this weekend!

3:00 PM: Neon Summer Pop Up

  • 5 week only pop -up
  • 1265 W. Le Moyne St, Chicago
  • Neon Summer Chicago is an all ages event. While the experience is fun for all ages prior to 7pm, please keep in mind after 7pm the festivities turn boozy so we recommend families come out during our earlier hours. All ages are welcome to stay throughout the event as long as they want. After 7pm, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Admission into Neon Summer Chicago Pop-Up, including access to 9-Hole Pop Mini Golf course, Bocce ball and Instagramable experiences. Go-Karts, Axe Throwing, food and full bar/drinks will be available for additional purchase onsite. Select your date, the time that works best for your group, arrive anytime within your 30-minute ticketing window and stay as long as you’d like! 
  • Go Kart racing is first come, first served and NOT included unless purchased, specifically in a package.

4:00 PM: Aloha Summer Family Luau

  • Norman P Smalley Pool in Elmhurst
  • “Bring your family to Norman P. Smalley Pool to celebrate the end of summer with Hawaiian fun in the sun. Games, prizes and Hawaiian music await you at this special theme day. Regular daily admission rates apply.”

5:00 PM: Food Truck Friday at Hickory Creek

  • Hickory Creek Preserve in Mokena. La Porte Road Access
  • “In addition to yummy and convenient food, enjoy the trails and activities. Plus, it’s hard to beat the view. Forest Preserve staff will be on-site with preserve information, activities and items for checkout — binoculars, field guides and bags — to get you out exploring the preserve and exercising.”

5:00 PM: Music Matters Summer Fest

  • Music Matters Summer Fest is held at the Peg Bond Center on the Batavia Riverwalk. A family friendly festival with great food/craft beer, kids zone, art zone and of course lots of great music.The cost is FREE with a suggested donation of $5+. All proceeds go to Chip In Batavia this year!

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

  • August 9 – Imports (British, German, Japanese, Italian, etc.). Live music from Another Pint (Irish and Pop covers).

6:00 PM: Movie in The Park – ST CHARLES

  • Join us at Lincoln Park downtown St. Charles from 6-9PM for our third annual Movie in The Park! We will be showing The Secret Life of Pets along with snacks, raffles, prizes and more! Please RSVP!

6:00 PM: Vintage Rides

  • “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.”
  • Volkswagon Night / Roller Skating

6:30 PM: Water Colors Jazz Series

  • “The Art Ensemble of Chicago is an avant-garde jazz group that grew out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the late 1960s. The ensemble integrates many jazz styles and plays many instruments, including “little instruments”: bells, bicycle horns, birthday party noisemakers, wind chimes, and various forms of percussion. The musicians wear costumes and face paint while performing. These characteristics combine to make the ensemble’s performances both aural and visual.”
  • Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park
  • All ages event

7:00 PM: Beach Campfire with Highland Park District

  • Enjoy a night of activities near Lake Michigan ending with a fire and s’mores.
  • Millard Park: 35 Ravine Drive, Highland Park IL
  • Bring an optional beach blanket to sit on.
  • Children under two are free. There are no restrooms at this site.
  • Follow link to register

8:00 PM: Movies in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon 3

  • 6514 W. 27th Pl. – Across the street from Liberty Cultural Center
  • Berwyn

8:00 PM: Back to School Bash (Grades 6-8) Sunset Pool

  • Sunset Pool in Glen Ellyn
  • One last celebration before school starts! Kids in grades 6-8 are invited to join us for a FREE pool party complete with a DJ and games at Sunset Pool in Glen Ellyn! Grab your swimsuit, money for food and join your friends! The concession stand will be open until 9pm.
  • Must show student ID or have parent check in students entering 6th grade with no ID yet.

 

 

SATURDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: 2019 Oz Festival Illinois

  • Butler Haynes Park in Mapleton
  • Join us for a day filled with the fun and magic of Oz!
    Admission: $5.00 Adults
    $3.00 Children (3-12) and Seniors (55+)
    Free 2yrs and under
    Free Parking

9:00 AM: Junior Tour de Naperville

  • Commissioners Park
  • The seventh annual Junior Tour de Naperville is coming back to Commissioners Park in 2019.  Hosted by the Naperville Park District, the event gives kids ages 3-10 the opportunity to ride their bicycles, big wheels or tricycles around the 1.2-mile trail, cheered on by family and friends.

10:00 AM: Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Festival

  • 10 am – 3 pm; Saturday & Sunday
  • “The Kite Festival will take place in the meadow west of Evening Island. Visitors can walk there or take the free tram. Ice cream treats, beverages, and many lunch options will be available for purchase on-site.
  • Enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois.
  • In addition to watching the professionals, feel free to bring your own kite to participate in public fly time, or make a kite to fly at the kite-making workshop. Sign up for the Kids’ Mad Dash. The first 30 kids to register will receive a kite to build and fly in the competition. Register in the Gift of Wings tent between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (or until registration is filled).”

10:00 AM: 2019 Bud Billiken Parade

  • “Every summer since 1929, “The Bud” has united African-Americans throughout the city of Chicago in music, dance, food, and laughter. It’s one of the only spaces where we can openly and emphatically praise the historic roots that plant us into the South Side of Chicago.”
  • This is the worlds largest back to school parade, you don’t wan’t to miss it!
  • It stretches two miles down Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, through the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, into Washington Park.
  • All attendees are welcomed to join in the post-parade festivities in the park.

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 10th and 11th presents Steampunk Invasion!
    • “We invite all our guests to dress up in your finest time-traveling attire. No matter which century you portray, we’re looking forward to celebrating a leap back (or forward) in time with you! Gas up your airship, pop-up your parasol, and dust off your cravat – because this weekend is going to be a steamy sensation!”

10:00 AM: Lincolnshire Art Festival 2019

  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Milwaukee Ave & Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire
  • “The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun.”
  • “Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.”

10:00 AM: Mokena Park Districts Farm and Barn Fest

  • Yunker Farm
    10824 W. LaPorte Road
    Mokena IL 60448
  • “Farm & Barn Fest is held annually in the heart of Mokena celebrates the significance of farming life in Illinois’ history. This unique event gives guests the opportunity to experience farm life from 10am-5pm through entertaining demonstrations such as horseshoeing and blacksmithing, entertainment, delicious food, kids’ activities, and old-fashioned contests for kids of all ages.”

10:30 AM: 40th Annual Cultural Fest

  • Miller Park: Bloomington, IL
  • Family Fun from 10:30-6 pm

11:00 AM: Neon Summer Pop Up

  • 5 week only pop -up
  • 1265 W. Le Moyne St, Chicago
  • Neon Summer Chicago is an all ages event. While the experience is fun for all ages prior to 7pm, please keep in mind after 7pm the festivities turn boozy so we recommend families come out during our earlier hours. All ages are welcome to stay throughout the event as long as they want. After 7pm, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Admission into Neon Summer Chicago Pop-Up, including access to 9-Hole Pop Mini Golf course, Bocce ball and Instagramable experiences. Go-Karts, Axe Throwing, food and full bar/drinks will be available for additional purchase onsite. Select your date, the time that works best for your group, arrive anytime within your 30-minute ticketing window and stay as long as you’d like! 
  • Go Kart racing is first come, first served and NOT included unless purchased, specifically in a package.

11:00 AM: Grant Park Orchestra Open Rehearsal

  • Introduce your children to classical music in a less formal environment by attending the open rehearsal of A Mass Of Life: A Celebration of the Human Spirit at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    • “Carlos Kalmar conducts this rarely performed, epic work—an exultant celebration intermingled with the contemplation of eternity—featuring the orchestra, an expanded chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists”
  • The official performances will be held Friday evening at 6:30 pm and Saturday evening at 7:30 pm.

11:00 AM: Naperville Food Truck Festival

  • Naper Settlement: 523 S. Webster St.
  • “Hey Foodies! We’re heading to Naper Settlement – the heart of downtown Naperville, to bring you the Inaugural Naperville Food Truck Festival. Featuring 25+ of the area’s best food trucks, live DJ entertainment, beer garden and a vendor village featuring local businesses. Plus enjoy DuPage Children’s Museum Hands-On Activities. This is a family friendly event where kids can enjoy the Naper Settlement playground and all can experience the historical grounds.”

11:00 AM:  Elmhurst Kite Fest

  • Berens Park: 493 N. Oaklawn Ave, Elmhurst
  • “Soar to new heights at this year’s Kite Fest! With plenty of time to fly the skies with the family, a hula hoop contest and dj, it will be a perfect day in the park.”
  • “Food trucks will on site, so plan for a picnic!”

11:00 AM: Free Event! Princess Royal Ball Event

  • Town Square Wheaton
  • Join your favorite princesses for a royal ball! Enchanted attire welcome!

12:00 PM: Taste of Bolingbrook

  • The Promenade Bolingbrook
  • “This year is bigger than ever with six bands on two stages, an expanded Family Fun Zone, street performers, a magician, face painters, a Treasure Hunt, the ground bound plane, the trackless train and the climbing wall.”

1:00 PM: Trolley Ride & Picnic at Trolley Museum

  • Fox River Trolley Museum
  • “The fun will start with a ride on a vintage trolley car along the banks of the scenic Fox River ending at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve. Once there, the Museum will have a picnic with food, drinks and games for everyone!
    Located at a crook in the Fox River, the Preserve offers a scenic setting, complete with wildlife, trails, picnic shelters, rest rooms, and a little known 8-ft waterfall. It also features the historical burial site of unknown soldiers in General Scott’s Army during the Blackhawk War of 1832. Following the picnic the trolley will take us back to the Fox River Trolley Museum.”

1:00 PM: Thirsty Ears Music Festival

  • Saturday, August 10 1:00 – 10:00 PM
    Sunday, August 11 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • “For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage.We’ll also have delicious beer from Empirical Brewing, vendor booths, kid friendly activities and food trucks on both days. Highlights include a special performance of our Sound of Silent Film Festival Saturday at sundown and, to close out the fest on Sunday, a performance of our original radio play 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.”

1:00 PM & 5:00 PM: Barrel of Monkeys: Millenium Park Theatre Series

  • Cloud Gate Plaza
  • Writers of all ages have been participating in writing workshops with actors bringing the stories to life through hilarious sketches, songs and dance now presented in an open dress rehearsal and final public performance.
  • Come see their hard work come to life this weekend!

2:00 PM: Music Matters Summer Fest

  • Music Matters Summer Fest is held at the Peg Bond Center on the Batavia Riverwalk. A family friendly festival with great food/craft beer, kids zone, art zone and of course lots of great music.The cost is FREE with a suggested donation of $5+. All proceeds go to Chip In Batavia this year!

2:00 PM: Sandbox Symphony IV

  • Oakwood Beach: 4100 South Lake Shore Drive
  • “Brother El’s Sandbox Symphony IV is a beach art exhibition of live PA electronic music, visual arts, movement, food and nature. Giving praise to the Oakland/North Kenwood neighborhood’s arts and culture by honoring the legacy of sculpture and art activist Milton Mizenburg with a memorial popup gallery. This free art exhibit at Oakwood Beach features the backdrop of the beautiful skyline, yoga, live music, live interactive art, a mini pop-up farmers market, a mobile toy creation cart, sand castles and local short films.”

4:00 PM: Party in The Park

  • West Chicago Park District
  • Live music, grill-off, movie in the park “Sing” at 8:30

4:00 PM: Can-U-Canoe

  • Ages 6 – adult
  • Paddle the Skokie lagoons!
  • Heller naturalists provide everything needed.
  • Skokie Lagoons: N. Cook County, Winnetka IL

4:30 PM: Lake Zurich Culvers Car Cruise season opener

  • LIVE DJ MUSIC – *50/50 – Raffles – Trivia – Lots of KOOL RIDES
    Food discounts for every Cruiser
    RESERVED PARKING FOR SHOW CARS
    Koolest car awarded with a full size Trophy each cruise Nite

6:00 PM: French Picnic Under the Stars

  • Cantigny Park
  • “This event comes on the eve of the park’s signature event, French Connection Day. Enjoy a French-theme picnic (available for pre-purchase), live music from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm performed by a Chicago Sinfonietta four-piece ensemble, and stargazing. The park’s 23-foot Eiffel Tower will be illuminated, adding a touch of Paris to the festivities.  From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, silhouette artist Cassidy Alexander will create a memory for you to take home as well!As darkness falls, view the stars and planets through your own telescope or one provided by the Naperville Astronomical Association (NAA), Northwest Suburban Astronomers, and the Chicago Astronomical Society (CAS). If the sky is clear, this will be an ideal night to witness the beautiful night sky.  The NAA will also be presenting “What I Can See from My Backyard in the Suburbs” at 7 pm in the Visitors Center Theater (seating is limited and first-come, first-serve).”

6:00 PM: Family Twilight Adventure at the Morton Arboretum

  • Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night’s theme with a tram ride, activities, and a hike. We’ll relax and roast marshmallows at the end of the evening. Children must be accompanied by adult registrant; please plan to have at least one adult per five children and dress for the weather.

7:00 PM: Rhea Lana’s Back To School Fall / Winter Event

  • August 11th – 17th
  • Shop early on August 10th from 7- 10 pm with the pre-sale shopping pass on their Facebook page.
  • 2 Yorktown Mall Drive, Lombard
  • “Rhea Lana’s is an award winning semi-annual children’s consignment event!  Hundreds of families sell thousands of gently used, HIGH QUALITY children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, DVDs, baby equipment, gently used maternity clothes and much much more at affordable prices.  Our events are open to the public for SEVEN Days only!”

7:30 PM: Movies on The Green – Geneva Commons

  • **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.
  • Back To The Future

 

 

SUNDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: Rhea Lana’s Back To School Fall / Winter Event

  • August 11th – 17th
  • Shop early on August 10th from 7- 10 pm with the pre-sale shopping pass on their Facebook page.
  • 2 Yorktown Mall Drive, Lombard
  • “Rhea Lana’s is an award winning semi-annual children’s consignment event!  Hundreds of families sell thousands of gently used, HIGH QUALITY children’s clothes, shoes, toys, books, DVDs, baby equipment, gently used maternity clothes and much much more at affordable prices.  Our events are open to the public for SEVEN Days only!”

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 10th and 11th presents Steampunk Invasion!
    • “We invite all our guests to dress up in your finest time-traveling attire. No matter which century you portray, we’re looking forward to celebrating a leap back (or forward) in time with you! Gas up your airship, pop-up your parasol, and dust off your cravat – because this weekend is going to be a steamy sensation!”

10:00 AM: Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Festival

  • 10 am – 3 pm; Saturday & Sunday
  • “The Kite Festival will take place in the meadow west of Evening Island. Visitors can walk there or take the free tram. Ice cream treats, beverages, and many lunch options will be available for purchase on-site.
  • Enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois.
  • In addition to watching the professionals, feel free to bring your own kite to participate in public fly time, or make a kite to fly at the kite-making workshop. Sign up for the Kids’ Mad Dash. The first 30 kids to register will receive a kite to build and fly in the competition. Register in the Gift of Wings tent between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (or until registration is filled).”

10:00 AM: Lincolnshire Art Festival 2019

  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Milwaukee Ave & Olde Half Day Rd, Lincolnshire
  • “The festival hosts 100 juried artists from around the country in the Village Green of Lincolnshire and offers extraordinary examples of fine art and fine craft in a variety of mediums and price points. Take in the tranquility of Lincolnshire with a wonderful weekend that combines the fun of art with the art of fun.”
  • “Live music on the music stage, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt and spin art, make the festival a perfect family experience. Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the masters at work with interactive art demos and booth chats taking place all weekend long! Festival-goers of all ages will have an opportunity to get into the “art-filled” action by contributing to a mural on-site at the festival.”

10:00 AM: Marcus Summer Film Series

  • Join us Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at 10AM, June 16 – August 14 to view your favorite family flicks for just $3.00! Grab the family and head to your nearest participating Marcus Theatres® location!
  • Dr. Seuss The Grinch – August 4, 5 & 7

  • Access the link to look for a participating theatre near you. (Addison, Elgin, Chicago Heights, Bloomington, and Orland Park just to name a few)

10:30 AM: The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Reggae for Kids

  • The Rock and Roll Playhouse will be performing your favorite reggae hits including the music of Bob Marley and other Jamaican legends. Your kids will be jammin’ with us on the dance floor!
  • Gallagher Way: 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

11:00 AM: Neon Summer Pop Up

  • 5 week only pop -up
  • 1265 W. Le Moyne St, Chicago
  • Neon Summer Chicago is an all ages event. While the experience is fun for all ages prior to 7pm, please keep in mind after 7pm the festivities turn boozy so we recommend families come out during our earlier hours. All ages are welcome to stay throughout the event as long as they want. After 7pm, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Admission into Neon Summer Chicago Pop-Up, including access to 9-Hole Pop Mini Golf course, Bocce ball and Instagramable experiences. Go-Karts, Axe Throwing, food and full bar/drinks will be available for additional purchase onsite. Select your date, the time that works best for your group, arrive anytime within your 30-minute ticketing window and stay as long as you’d like! 
  • Go Kart racing is first come, first served and NOT included unless purchased, specifically in a package.

11:00 AM: L.L. Bean Back to School Bash

  • L.L Bean Oakbrook Center
  • From 11am-2pm, they’ll be hosting a number of activities for kids and parents in our store:-Enter to win a free monogrammed L.L.Bean backpack and lunch box-Customize your L.L.Bean purchase with free and festive iron-on patches-Enjoy back to school themed treats from Bake Chicago-Join story-time in our L.L.Bean tent

    -Let us know how you spent your summer with our #BeanOutsider wall

1:00 PM: Thirsty Ears Music Festival

  • Saturday, August 10 1:00 – 10:00 PM
    Sunday, August 11 1:00 – 9:00 PM
  • “For two days Wilson street between Hermitage and Ravenswood will be closed to feature seventeen stellar ensembles and soloists performing music from Beethoven to Shostakovich to Reich and everything in between on the main stage.We’ll also have delicious beer from Empirical Brewing, vendor booths, kid friendly activities and food trucks on both days. Highlights include a special performance of our Sound of Silent Film Festival Saturday at sundown and, to close out the fest on Sunday, a performance of our original radio play 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.”

2:00 PM: Old Town School of Folk Music Open House

  • 909 W Armitage Ave in Lincoln Park
  • An afternoon of free workshops and jams, dancing, sample classes, and performances.

 


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