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We know you want to make the most of summer, so we’re going to show you some of the best events to check out in your area.

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15 Local Concerts


From village fest to ‘taste of’ festivals, we got you covered on the best places to listen to great music, eat delicious local food and dance in public.

8 Farmers Markets

Find the best places in your town to buy fresh produce and support small businesses.

9 Get Active

From 5ks to events in the park, these are all of the events to get you outside & your heart pumping.

10 Summer Activities

The summer is the perfect time to se local artists. see which venues are hosting the best musical acts in your area.

18 Car Shows

Time to dust off that classic chevy that’s been sitting in the garage all winter and check out other vintage rides.

24 Aquatic Fun

Find all the great waterparks and events in illinois to check out with the family!

26 Library Activities

From movies in the park, to golf outings, there are a variety of new events in your community to check out this summer .

Want to learn something new and stay cool at the same time? Here are some of the events happening at your local library.

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Chicago Street between Cass and Jefferson Streets.

vendors, a fireworks spectacular and more are slated for the 33rd annual Woodridge Jubilee. Organized by the Woodridge Park District and the village of Woodridge. For more information, visit




New Orleans North. 5 p.m. Located along

The 4th Annual Festival of Philippine. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center, Bolingbrook Village Hall * Town Center, 375 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. Free admission. Hours of entertainment includes: cultural performances, parade of costumes, live bands. Fun for the whole family includes: Children activities, cultural exhibits, gifts, merchants and more.


Third Annual Fine Arts Festival. At Burlington Park, located between Garfield and Washington, just off Chicago Avenue in Hinsdale. More than 100 juried artists from across the U.S. will exhibit and sell works of art in painting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and fiber arts. All artwork is original and has been created by the exhibiting artists. For more information, visit


Sizzle Into Summer. 5-10 p.m. Harrer Pool & Park. Kick off the summer with this funfilled event. Join us for an evening of live local music at Harrer Park. other activities include a climbing wall, strolling, children’s entertainers, and inflatables. Bring the whole family. Come on out and make some memories. Food and drink available for purchase.


Old Canal Days. This family-friendly event starts Thursday when the carnival comes to town! Friday evening officially kicks off the event with the parade following. The main stage will be located at Central Square with a beer and wine tent and exceptional entertainment lined up throughout the entire weekend; and the craft show will run Saturday and Sunday between 6th Street and 8th Street on State. There are numerous activities and exhibits scheduled at the Lincoln Landing as well as Heritage Village.

Taste of Des Plaines. 5-11 p.m. June 17 and noon to 11 p.m. June 18. Downtown by the Metra Train Station in Des Plaines. Free admission. Featuring eight local restaurants. For more information, visit tasteofdesplaines.




Bolingbrook, 631 E Boughton Rd. Bolingbrook’s Taste of Bolingbrook will take place at the Promenade Bolingbrook. Restaurants, delicious food, live music, entertainment and a dedicated kid’s zone are all a part of this year’s Taste of Bolingbrook.

9:15 p.m. Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Rd. Musical entertainment will be performing on the amphitheater beginning at 7:00pm. The band, activities, and food will be at Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Rd.; fireworks will be held at Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Rd. at 9:15pm.

Taste of Bolingbrook. The Promenade


Taste of Joliet. ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium. Be a part of the fun in 2017! With 25 food vendors, carnival, kids zone, and headline entertainment, the Taste of Joliet is the highlight of the summer. We set a single-day attendance record in 2016 and we’re working hard to make 2017 even bigger!


Rotary GroveFest. Each day, on two separate stages, entertainment features everything from local talent from dance studios and teen bands, to the best in local and regional musical talent covering many genres as well as a sprawling beer garden. Carnival, handmade market, craft fair and food and business expo. For more information, visit


Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival. Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street. 3 fun-filled days that will include the following: Carnival, Huge Children’s Area, Craft Fair, Over 30 Food Booths, Live Music on 2 Stages, Balloon Launches at 5:30am & 6:30pm, Balloon Glows at 8:00pm, and Nightly Fireworks starting at 9:45pm. Carnival, June 28-July 2. Festival, June 30-July 2.



Woodridge and Center drives. Local bands, thrilling carnival rides, an assortment of food

Bicentennial Park and Theatre. Back by popular

Woodridge Jubilee. At the corner of

demand! Still FREE! Live music, food ‘n brew & FIREWORKS 9:30-9:50 pm. Featured bands are HOT MESS 6:00-7:30 pm (featuring Mayor O’Dekirk on drums & vocals!) and JUNKYARD DAWGS 8:00-10:30 pm. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. Parking is free.

Independence Celebration & Fireworks Show. 6-10:30 p.m. Billie Limacher

Morton Grove Days. Takes place at

American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. Beer garden, bands, food court, fireworks and parade on July 4. For more information, visit

Romeoville Independence Day.


Patriotic Picnic & Fireworks. 6-9 p.m. Plainfield Central High School, 24120 Fort Beggs Dr. Fireworks at dusk. Fun for the entire family: Bike Parade, Military Organizations, Face Painting, Touch-A-Truck, Dance Performances, Kids’ Patriotic Bike Parade, Inflatables & more. For more information, go to


4th of July Parade & Ice Cream Social. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Museums at Lisle Stations Park, 921 School Street. In commemoration of Independence Day, this year’s 4th of July Parade will begin at Lisle Junior High at 11:00am and will proceed down Main Street from Jonquil to School, right on Spencer and then left on Burlington to Village Hall. Following the parade, the Lisle Heritage Society will host an ice cream social on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School Street in Lisle just north of Village Hall. Discover Lisle’s past while savoring a frozen treat.


Fourth of July Parade and Celebration. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Parade will begin at Notre Dame College Prep and proceed to Grennan Heights Park. Follow the parade to Grennan Heights Park and enjoy the post-parade festivities. Children’s games, pony rides, face painting and raffle.


Independence Day Celebration. 4-10 p.m. at Ty Warner Park. The family fun begins at 4 p.m. at our old-fashioned Independence Day Celebration. A complete list of activities can be found in the summer program guide. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the best 4th of July around.


Independence Day Parade. Steps off at Main and Grant streets in Downers Grove at 12:45 p.m. Parade heads south to Warren Avenue. For more information, visit events.


Taste of Westmont. In Downtown Westmont. A four-day weekend full of fun for the whole family. Thursday is Kidzapalooza featuring carnival specials, Irving states, battle of the bands, car show and more. More carnival specials all weekend, plus craft show, kids activities, face painting and a beer tent. Free admission to all areas. For more information, visit html.


Plainfield Fest. West Electric Park (New Location). Plainfield’s largest annual event, full of fun for all ages with rides, food, music bags competition, pizza contest, craft and business vendors, and much more. For more information, visit


Taste of Park Ridge. At the corner of Prospect and Summit avenues. Music, bands, free family fun zone and food vendors. For more information, visit


Big Greek Food Fest of Niles. Takes place at Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 Caldwell Ave. Authentic Greek food, Greek pastries, kids activities, face painting and live music. Admission is $2, free before 5 p.m. For more information, visit

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downtown plainfield farmers market June-August (Sundays) • Plainfield Noon-4 p.m. Downtown Plainfield, 15025 S. Illinois St. The Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot near the Plainfield Public Library. The market features fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables in addition to baked goods and handcrafted items. For more information, contact Susan Bostanche at 630-608-7344.


La Grange Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave. Held weekly on Thursdays through October 26th. 7 am – 1 pm located at La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave, adjacent to Village Hall at 53. S. La Grange Rd. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening. Get tips for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle from local businesses in the Activity Tent; kids activities and live music vary. Convenient free parking.


Westmont Street Fair OpenMarket. 5-9 p.m. Each week, this event will offer and promote kids activities, live bands, free raffles, and other weekly special attractions. The vendor selection process has been adjusted to allow for more of an open market with produce, artists, unique products and more. Event coincides with Cruisin’ Nights.


The Marketplace. 4-9 p.m. The Promenade Bolingbrook. Shoppers have the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and meats which have no nitrates or antibiotics added. In addition, the outdoor markets regularly feature fresh Amish baked goods, gourmet olive oils and vinegars, homemade granola, Italian

specialties, pickles, jams, fresh free range eggs, cheese, all natural pet treats and pasta in a variety of delicious flavors. Other favorites include wonderful BBQ sauces and salsas. They willl run every Thursday evening from 4-9 p.m. through August 17th, and on August 31st. *August 24th and September 7th will be from 4-8 p.m.

Prairie Ave., between Main and Garden. A great selection of fruits, vegetables and other food products are available every week. This year is the 25th anniversary, and is sponsored by Park Ridge Community Bank.

trash is another one’s treasure! Clean out your attic, closets, and basement and rent a space at our spring outdoor sale! Avoid the hassle of running an ad and putting up signs, we will take care of the advertising.




Joliet Rd. Vendors at Montana Charlie’s offer an incredible variety of merchandise which can be found no place else. Located conveniently on Joliet Road just south of I55 this family friendly flea market also has a variety of vendors selling many different foods from around the world. We are open to the public from 8:00am through 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come and spend the day exploring all that our vendors have to offer. It’s never the same experience twice!

Cost $7.00. Lake County Fairgrounds 1060 E Peterson Road, Grayslake, IL. Grayslake is a Chicago Illinois Antique Vintage Flea Market, which is mostly indoors in the winter – all under one large roof, as this is one of the few covered antique and flea markets in Chicago Illinois. A Chicago Illinois Antique and Flea Market place is a paradise for all kind of collectors: antique furniture, old paintings, used watches, old jewelry, silverware, toys, curiosa. Plenty of stands with antiques and collectibles from Chicago Illinois and the Midwest.

Downtown Downers Grove Market. 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Downers Grove Main Street Train Station in the south parking lot off Burlington Avenue. On a typical Saturday you’ll find everything you need to prepare your weekend and weekly meals. Decorate your dinner table or home with fresh cut flowers or potted orchids. If you’re in the mood to shop for yourself or for gifts for others there are a variety of craft vendors. For more information, visit special-events.


Farmers Market. 8 a.m. to noon at 6210 Dempster St. Parking for customers, volunteers and vendors is located in the American Legion Civic Center lot, the Historical Museum lot and the Harrer Park/pool parking lots. No market July 2.

JUNE-OCTOBER (SATURDAYS) • PARK RIDGE Farmers Market. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 15

Montana Charlie’s Flea Market. 255 S


Route 66 Street Market. 4-9 p.m. Don’t miss Downtown Joliet’s Street Market bringing together vendors, local businesses, and live entertainment to offer residents a wide variety of items for purchase while enjoying a stroll in historic Downtown Joliet. Wednesday’s from 4pm – 9pm – June 7th – August 9th, located along Chicago Street between Van Buren and W. Jefferson Streets.


Outdoor Spring Garage Sale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Maine Park Leisure Center. One person’s

Grayslake Illinois Monthly Antique Market. July 8 @ 9 a.m.-July 9 @ 3 p.m.


Scout Flea Market. 10826 IL-71. The is the 2nd Sunday every month. Scout Flea Market is the perfect destination for anything unique, antique, vintage reclaimed, handmade, and well, there’s almost something for everyone.


French Hens French Country Market. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 123 West Illinois Ave along the I&M Canal. Antiques, artisans, hand crafted items, fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and more!

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Celebration in the Park. Various locations. Get the family together and celebrate summer with us out at the par. There will be ice cream and family fun. A special entertainer will perform beginning at 4 p.m. on June 16 and July 14. ice cream will be served before Movies in the Park on August 11. June 16-3:30-5 p.m.-Okemo Park Fieldhouse July 14-3:30-5 p.m.-Mansfield Park August 11-7:30-8:30 p.m.-Harrer Park


Piyesta Pinoy Bayani 5K. 9-10:30 a.m. Join us on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Bolingbrook, IL for the inaugural Piyesta Pinoy Bayani (Hero) 5K (Run, Ruck, Walk). The Piyesta Pinoy Bayani 5K will also be held to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March and to honor the Filipino and American service members who sacrificed their lives during this tragic moment in Filipino-American history.


Backyard BBQ. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Volunteer Park, Murphy & Malibu. Free hot dog, chips and drink for the first 250 people. Kick off the summer at the Backyard BBQ. For more details, go to


Arts and Nature on the River. Noon-4 p.m. Join the Forest Preserve District of Will County for its second “Arts & Nature on the River” event. Stroll the paved trails around Four Rivers while exploring several informal venues and galleries located throughout the preserve. The event will feature numerous art exhibits, live music, intriguing performances, creative demonstrations and hands-on activities. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages event.


The Chase 5k Run & Walk. 8 a.m. start. 1500 E. Prairie Avenue, at Pearson Street. A USA Track & Field Certified flat course through residential streets in downtown Des Plaines, IL, with proceeds benefitting the Des Plaines Park District Scholarship Funds. Gear check, water available throughout, and refreshments provided at the finish. For more info, go to



Father’s Day 5k. Packet pick-up begins 6:30 a.m. Maine East High School • 2601 W. Dempster St. Race Day Registration from 6:30-8:00 am will be available at a cost of $40.00. Pre-registration fee $30. Performance t-shirt for participants (not guaranteed for registrations after 6/9).


Shorewood Kite Fest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cene’s Four Seasons Park. Bring your kite and join us for an afternoon of high flying fun. Professional kite flyers to demonstrate kites, large show kites and sport kites. Come decorate a paper kite at Party in the Park on June 22. Bring your decorated kite to Kite Fest. Free to attend.


Food Truck Fridays. 4:30-7 p.m. Whalon Lake in Naperville, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve in New Lenox, July 7, 14, 21 and 28; Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access in Plainfield, August 4, 11, 18 and 25. Kick off the weekend right with this Forest Preserve District of Will County Program. Visit Whalon Lake every Friday in June for yummy and convenient food while enjoying the trail and other preserve amenities.


MS Run the US-Chicago 5K Run & Walk. 9 a.m. Plainfield East High School, 12001 S. Naperville Rd. Join us as we run through Chicagoland during our 4rd Annual 3,100-mile Relay run across America for multiple sclerosis (MS). Pre-race registration: $35 (closes 7/8/16). Race day registration: $40. Our Chicago 5k is a mix of terrian at Plainfield High School. Throughout the course you can expect both cement and dirt running around the high school campus.


Sundowner 5K. 7 p.m. Pilcher Park. Set on the newly repaved, tree-lined trail through historic Pilcher Park, all 5k runners will receive a custom short-sleeved performance shirt and a finisher’s medal. Participants will be treated to a post-race cook-out in the pavilion. Children 6 – 12 can participate in the 1 Mile Junior Jog, and children 6 years

and under can participate in the 50-yard dash. All children receive a race shirt and a finisher’s medal.


Niles Cycling Classic. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Races start at 9 a.m. Oak Park, Ottawa & Main. Allday racing, all-day fun! Professional cycling comes to Niles as a part of the Intelligentsia Cup Series. Join us at Oak Park for the Inaugural Holiday Inn Express Niles Cycling Classic. Visit to be a part of this incredible family-friendly event!


Gnome, Elf & Fairy Festival. 6:30-8 p.m. Wildwood Nature Center. $10 per child. Ages 2-10 with adult. Dress up as an elf, gnome, or fairy and bring the family to enjoy an afternoon of outdoor magic. Build fairy houses, elf forts, and gnome gardens with natural materials. Listen to stories about these enchanting creatures, create crafts, and enjoy gnome geocaching. Before you fly away, paint and take home your very own garden keepsakes.


Cardboard Boat Regatta. 2 p.m. start.

Dance Party and 7th Heaven Concert! Participants receive a t-shirt (sizes not guaranteed), 3 RomeoFest food samples, drink (soda, beer or H20) and a finisher award! Heats begin at 5:45pm-please check in NO LATER than 5:30pm in front of the Toyota Main Stage. Register by 7/24! Sign up at RomeoFest $20 for adults and $15 for 20 years old & under *LIMITED to 250 participants*


Dog Days of Summer. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wandschneider Park at Downers Grove Museum. FREE! All ages! Bring your fourlegged friends to Wandschneider Park for an end-of-the-summer dog fest! Bring a picnic lunch, relax in the park, and visit booths from local pet-related businesses and shelters.


Nowell Park Back to School Fest. 11 a.m. Nowell Park. Spend an afternoon at Nowell Park playing games and enjoying the outdoors with your family and friends. Lunch will be served starting at noon and give-aways will be going on throughout the day! This is a free event.

Towns Center Park. Prizes for Best Theme, Fastest Time and Most Spectacular Sink. Boats must be made entirely from Cardboard and Duct Tape. Families, neighborhoods, business and non-profit groups are encourages to enter and sail way with prizes and glory. For rules and entry procedures, goto and find the Cardboard Boat Regatta on the calendar.

Bark in the Park. 10 a.m.-Noon. Prairie View Park. Free Event. Come celebrate with us and your furry canine friend at our inaugural Bark in thePark. There will be games and activities. Dogs will even get to take home their very own treat bag.



Begins. Chicagoland Speedway, 500 Speedway Blvd. Registration required. Foam Glow 5K™ is a fun filled experience exposing runners to Glowing Foam and a ton of Blacklight’s all over the course. Glowing runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds. Whether you are a long term runner or a walk around the park stroller, the 3 miles of the Foam Glow 5K™ course will have you shining bright and waiting for the next run.

Recreation and Aquatic Complex. 200 S. Lindsey Ln. The race starts and finishes in front of the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex. The USATF certified course winds through subdivisions and park property on paved streets. Course monitors, split timers, and water stations will be provided. Participants can register online (link above), or at the Bolingbrook Park District located at 200 S. Lindsey Ln. Bolingbrook, IL 60440 or 201 Recreation Dr. Bolingbrook, IL 60440 from 5:00am10:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am-8:00 pm on Saturday, and 7:00 am6:00 pm on Sunday.

Foam Glow 5K. 8:45 p.m. Registration


Food Fest 1 Mile Race. Help us kick off RomeoFest with a 1 mile race, DJ


Parkie’s 5K & 10K. Bolingbrook


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kidzfest august 5 • joliet • downtown locations Kidzfest is a downtown extravaganza of family fun. The event includes many types of interactive, educational and fun activities sponsored by a variety of vendors including Lewis University Kids Campus, Joliet Park District, Rialto Square Theatre, the Library, the Forest Preserve District, Joliet Police and Fire Departments, Simon Says DJ and numerous other vendors planning special activities for kids. Pony rides, food and entertainment are also on the agenda. Don’t miss this free, once-a-year family fun-fest in Downtown Joliet!


Island Rendezvous. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. 135th Street. Rendezvous was a time when fur traders met to celebrate a successful season. Join the Forest Preserve District of Will County as it refreshes this 18th century tradition and updates it for today’s families. Enjoy crafts, games and activities. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages event.


Movies in the Park. 8 p.m. Grab your blanket and snacks and come to this familyfriendly FREE event. Movies will be shown on a giant inflatable screen. Concessions will be sold at each event and movies will start at dusk. June 16-Briese Park-“Secret Life of Pets” July 7-Theodore Crossing-“Sing” August 4-Inwood Park-“Finding Dory”


Movies in the Park After Dark. Bieu Bien Park . 2600 Old Tavern Road FREE Movie starts at approximately 8:30pm. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and picnic baskets. ALL Ages Welcome. June 13-The Secret Life of Pets June 27-Angels in the Outfield July 11-The Lego Batman Movie July 25-Sing August 8-Moana


Park Event Hotline at (815) 609-6124 after 4 p.m. June 9-Sing June 23-Trolls July 7- The Lego Batman Movie July 21-The Secret Life of Pets

JUNE-JULY (VARIOUS) • BOLINGBROOK Free Movie Nights. 8:15 p.m. Various

Locations. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blanket and a bowl of popcorn! Our outdoor movie series features three movies that will be displayed on outside on an inflatable screen. Bring the whole family and enjoy a familyfriendly movie (all movies are rated PG). June 22-LEGO Batman-Village of Bolingbrook, Performing Arts Center July 13-Sing-AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Bolingbrook July 31-Moana-Bull Dog Park


Wednesday Morning Movie Series. 9 a.m. Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave. This year, the series will show PG rated files, which make it perfect for all ages. Admission: $1 per person. June 14-Storks June 21-Ice Age: Collision Course June 28-The Secret Life of Pets July 5-Monster Trucks July 12-Trolls July 19-Sing July 26-Rock Dog August 2-Surprise Movie August 9-Surprise Movie

2100 Egerton Drive July 14-Finding Dory-Westminster Park, 1320 Westminster Drive July 20-Moana-Sunnydale Park, 2019 Wheeler August 4-Up-Castaldo Park, 3024 71st Street August 18-Zootopia-Ide’s Grove East Park, 8127 Meadowview Avenue


Movies in the Park. Harrer Park, 6250 Dempster St. Celebrate the summer int he great outdoors. Make it a family night. Grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy a “night out” at the movies. June 23-The Mighty Ducka-8:30-10 p.m. July 28-Sing-8-10 p.m. August 11-Moana-7:30-10:30 p.m.


Team Trivia. 7-9 p.m. Neat Kitchen + Bar, 246 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Bring your friends out for a pub quiz challenge run by the WPL librarians. Grab a bite to eat, flex your knowledge skills, and have some fun while competing for cool prizes.


Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: An Architectural Legacy. 7-8 p.m. Mahlke Meeting Room 1/2, Woodridge Public Library. Age: Adults. The year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth. Learn about Wright himself and his architecture in the Midwest and elsewhere in this slide lecture.

Movies in the Park. 8:30 p.m. Settlers’ Park,



15251 S. Van Dyke Rd. Pack up your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray, and join us for some great movies under the stars! All movies are shown in Settlers’ Park, with great terraced seating and snacks available for purchase. If inclement weather is forecast, the movie will be cancelled. Incase of cancellation, please call the Settlers’

at 8 p.m. Movies start at 8:45 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair and watch a movie at one of our parks. Come early for family activities, which may include crafts, giveaways, vendors and/or games. June 30-The Secret Life of Pets-Windy Point Park,

Library, Romeoville Branch Meeting Room A. Registration is open. Paint, drink, and have a great time while you create your own beautiful, wood panel painting. No art experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. This program is for adults aged 21 and up. A photo

Movies Under the Moon. Family activities

Paint and Sip. 6-7:30 p.m. White Oak

ID is required for all attendees. Wine will be available for purchase with cash for $3.00 per glass or 2 for $5.00. Space is limited so sign up today.


Movie Under the Stars. 8 p.m. Movies begin at dusk. Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Road. This free event features themed pre-movie activities. Come out for a night with he stars under the stars. For more information, go to June 14-The Lego Batman Movie ( Rain date June 15) July 14-Zootopia (Rain date July 16)


Family Fun Fest. 6-8:30 p.m. Lisle Community Park-Bandshell, 1825 Short Street. The Community Park Bandshell area will be filled with fun for the whole family. Win prizes at more than 20 fun fair games that will entertain and challenge. Snacks will be available for purchase.


Movie in the Park. 8:30 p.m. Ty Warner Park. Make sure to bring your own blankets and chairs to enjoy the movie outdoors! The Backstop Concession Stand will also be open and selling tasty treats. July 21-Finding Dory August 4-“Middle School...The Worst Years on My Life”


Movies in the Park-“Moana”. 6:30-10 p.m. Prospect Park. Arrive early for concessions, face painting and fun activities before the movie.

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Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen. 2-3:30 p.m. Joliet Public


Library, Black Road Branch. Ms. Austen’s first three novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park are published, and Emma is complete. She visits us from the autumn of 1815, the most vibrant and hopeful time of her life. Drawing from her letters, juvenilia, and novels, this 45-minute performance delves into the personal life of one of the most beloved and intriguing novelists of the 19th century.

2 p.m. June 14-White Eagle Banquets-6839 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Niles July 26-William Tell Holiday Inn-6201 Joliet Road, Countryside September 13-525 So. Randall Road, St. Charles

Active Senior Expo. 9:30 a.m.-


Movies After Dark. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Grennan Heights, 8255 Oketo Ave. We will be showing movies on a huge

46 foot screen starting at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. In addition to the movie, we invite everyone to bring dinner or purchase provided food for a picnic at 6:30 pm. Questions, please contact the Howard Leisure Center at 847-9676633. Free event.


America’s Night Out Against Crime. 5:30-8 p.m. Located at the Police Station, 903 w. Jefferson St. Event features: DJ. “Touch a Squad,” Moon Jump, Station Tour,

Taser Demonstration, Firearms Simulator, Food and Refreshments, Miscellaneous Raffles, Matt Whillhem BMX shore and more. Contact (815) 725-1460 with any questions.

AUGUST 5-7 & 12-14 • JOLIET “Grease” Musical by Joliet Drama Guild. 7:30 p.m. Friday

& Saturday. 2:00 p.m. Sunday. $15 adults/ $13 students, seniors & military. Here’s Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hotrodding guys and gum-snapping, hipshaking “Pink Ladies” bring back the

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Nature Center, 529 Forestview Ave. Pet cows, chickens, goats, and more in the petting zoo featuring over 20 animals. Head out on a 50 cent hayride through Wildwood and hop on a pony ($5/ride). For more information, visit

every day with non-stop free entertainment for all ages to enjoy. The event is located at Deer Crossing Park (1050 W. Romeo Road) and Village Park (900 W. Romeo Road). RomeoFest is a 4-day long celebration of the Romeoville community with music, food, family entertainment, carnival, car show and more!

features 3 days of carnival, music, local food vendors, craft and vendor expo, beautiful baby contest, car show, bags contest, pie and hot dog eating contests, Kidz Zone, fireworks, parade on Sunday at Noon. For more info, visit

Country Farm Fair. Noon-3 p.m. at Wildwood

Romeofest. The Village of Romeoville fills

41st Annual Shorewood Crossroads Fest. Gene’s Four Seasons Park. Festival

look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.


Blues & Brews on Route 66. 5 p.m. Don’t miss our second year of this exciting new festival that embraces the history of blues in Joliet. Blues & Brews on 66 combines a blues fest with a craft beer fest. This fun filled night will again feature live entertainment by multiple blues artists, cold brews, and food vendors.


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Park Ridge Summer Concert Series June-July (Fridays) • Park Ridge 8 p.m. Series will begin with Barbara Schubert and the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony Friday June 23, 2017. We will have 5 consecutive orchestral concerts, then Brian Patti will perform with his Big Band Friday July 28th, 2017.


Party in the Park. 6:30 p.m. One Town Center Blvd., Shorewood. Bands and fun begin at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages available for purchase. Plan to have dinner at the park. Picnic baskets, lawn chairs, blankets and coolers welcome. June 15-Cadillac Groove June 29-The Band Sundance July 13-NOJO July 27-Strung Out


6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Enjoy quality entertainment on the bandshell every week June 2 – Sept 1. Bring blankets & chairs for hill seating. Bring blankets and chair for hill seating. Concessions and now beer and wine are available. Parking is free. June 9-Elvis Tribute Artist Nick Miller July 7-Spoken Four August 11-New Invaders


Summer Concerts in the Park. 8-9:30 p.m. Hodges Park. Don’t miss the free Friday night concerts at Hodges Park sponsored by the Park Ridge Park District. July 16-Generation August 4-Second Hand Soul


Summer Family Concert at Prospect Park. 2:30-3:15 p.m. Prospect Park. Check out our new Family Concerts at Park. All ages welcomed. June 25-Miss Jamie’s Farm July 23-Jeanie B! and the Jellybeans August 27-Istvan & His Imaginary Band


Battle of the Bands. 6-10 p.m. FREE park admission and parking. FREE for bands to register & open to all ages & types of bands.

Time to rock the bluffs and bandshell again! Rock it out with 6 bands competing for cash prizes. 1st place $1000! Enjoy food ‘n brew, too.


Rooftop Summer Music Series. 7:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy great music, beverage bar, snacks, tour the museum galleries, and much more for just $8 for Museum Members & Students or $10 for General Public. June 8-Generation July 13-Great Moments in Vinyl August 10-Classical Blast 2017 August 25-M & R Rush September 15-Matthew Curry


Concerts in the Park. 6:30 p.m.-Dusk. Preservation Park. Concerts are held the third Friday of the summer months at Preservation Park (710 Taylor Street) from 6:30 pm – dusk. Enjoy this FREE concert series! Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket full of goodies and your lawn chairs! June 16-James Bulanda July 21-Cadillac Groove August 18-Split Decision September 15-Anthem


Summer Concert Series. 7:30-9 p.m. Grab a blanket, food and come out to enjoy six Chicago area bands. Concerts are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Village off Bolingbrook’s Performing Arts Center, located at 375 W, Briarcliff Rd. June 14-Brett Mitchell & the Giant GHOST June 21-Saints N’Sinners June 28-Dick Diamond & the Dusters July 5-Sweet Diezel Jenkins July 12-28 Days Band July 19-Nick Pontarelli July 26-Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues August 2-Thirsty Boots Band August 9-Hi Infidelity

August 16-Shindig August 23-Chicago’s Most Wanted August 30-Soda September 6-Lisa McClowry

August 2-Fiat Cats August 9-Pirates Over 40


Various locations. Bring your lawn chairs and listen to some live music at a Woodbridge Park District Park. June 21-Cadillac Groove-7200 Woodridge Drive June 28-Ben Tatar & the Tator Tots-Westminster Park, 1320 Westminster Drive July 12-Dixie Crush-Mending Wall Park, 8406 Mending Wall Drive July 19-Shindig-Janes Avenue Park, 7927 Janes Ave July 26-This End Up-Seven Bridges Park, 6516 Green Road August 2-Anthem-Westminster Park, 1320 Westminster Drive

Rocking’ the Ville Concert Series. 7-9 p.m. Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Road. Pop, water, adult beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. All park rules apply to concerts; no pets allowed. June 22-Billy Croft & the Five Alarm June 25-Senior Symphony Sunday 4- 6 p.m. Del Bergeson Orchestra July 6-The Neverly Brothers July 20-Anthem August 17-The Student Body

JUNE-AUGUST (TUESDAYS) • DOWNERS GROVE Summer Concert Series. 7 p.m. Fishel

JUNE-AUGUST (VARIOUS) • WOODRIDGE Summer Concert Series. 7-8:30 p.m.


Park. The free concert series at Fishel Park returns this summer with thirteen concerts, all on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm from late May to August. Food, wine and beer will be on sale. June 13-Billy Croft & the 5-Alarm Band June 20-Rockin’ Fenderskirts June 27-Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band July 11-HiFi Superstar July 18-Libido Funk Circus July 25-Piano Man August 1-Second Hand August 8-Semple August 15-New Odyssey August 22-Wild Daisy August 29-One Foot in the Groove

Concerts in the Park. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oak Park, Maine & Ottawa Streets. Pack up the lawn chairs and blankets, bring your family and a picnic. Join us as the park comes alive for free summer concerts Friday evenings! Food is available for purchase from Howard Street Inn. July 7-Soda July 14-Sting Rays & Vehicle Adventure Night July 21-Blooze Brothers July 28-White Saddle Band & Penny Carnival August 4-Semple August 11-Chicago Tribute Anthology (CTA)


6-8:30 p.m. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Harper Park Pavillion, 6250 Dempster Street. Free to attend. June 13-SamaSama Project June 20-DIVA Band June 27-Second Time Around July 11-Billy Croft and the Five Alarm July 20-Sting Rays July 25-The Good Mondays

Concert in the Park. 7-8:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Park. The best music is right here in Westmont. We’ve got 4 great, FREE concerts showcasing a variety of music! Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs, blankets and dance moves to our park and enjoy an evening of outdoor entertainment. July 19-Dueling Pianos July 26-The Meteors


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Cruising into Lockport. FREE Event. Mondays, June 5-Aug. 28 6:30pm-8:30pm Food & Farmer’s Market 4-8pm. Come out to Central Square and First Midwest Bank parking lots, located at 9th and Hamilton in downtown Lockport to see the classic car show and listen to great live entertainment. Shop the farmer’s market and enjoy delicious food and drinks as well. Kids will love our inflatable obstacle course, face painting and much more!

JUNE-AUGUST (TUESDAYS) • PLAINFIELD Cruise Night. Downtown Plainfield. 5-9 p.m. Tentative 2017 Schedule: June 6, 13, 20, & 27; July 11, 18, 25; & August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, (815) 436-4431,


Cruising Nights & Westmont Street Fair. 5-9 p.m. Downtown Westmont. Clean’em up and bring’em out to downtown Westmont. The event features live music, radio station promotions, business and restaurant specials, and more. All cars are invited to come out each week, but there will be weekly car theme awards and raffles.


Summer Nights Classic Car Show. 6-9 p.m. in downtown Downers Grove. All classic cars are welcome on Main Street from Maple to Franklin; Featured Cars (must be pre-1985) park on Curtiss Street. For a full schedule of the classic car show, visit


Classic Cruise Nights. 5-9 p.m. 796 Royal Saint George. Sponsored by Braconi’s

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Restaurant & Pizzeria. Featured car nights, No fees, awards each night, food discounts, hop service or dine-in and more. June 7-Buick Olds June 14-Dodge, Mopar June 21-GTO June 28-Mustang July 5-Red, White, Blue July 12-Cadillac July 19-Corvette July 26-Camaro August 2-Import August 9-Convertible August 16-Chenille August 23-’50s and ‘60s August 30-Muscle & Hot Rods September 7-Rain Date September 14-Last Night/Any Favorite


Cruising Park Ridge. 6-10 p.m. Park Ridge Library Parking Lot (20 S. Prospect) and on Summit Avenue by the Metra Station. Fun for the whole family! Live entertainment, (music starts playing at 6:00pm) food, beer/wine, bounce house and, of course, cars, cars, cars! Free to exhibit your car! Free to attend!

JUNE-AUGUST (VARIOUS THURSDAYS) • ROMEOVILLE Cruising the Square. 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Edward Hospital Athletic & Events Center. 55 Phelps Avenue. This event features a classic car and bike show, kids activities, and food & beverages! Interested in entering your vehicle? Contact Showcase Classics at (866)4RSHOWS,online at showcaseclassics. com, or register on-site. June 29-Concert by Forget Hanna July 27-Concert by Forget Hanna August 31-Concert by the StingRays


Festival of Cars. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Warren Avenue, North of BNSF RR Tracks. Rain or shine. Gate opens at 8 a.m. $20 Registration fee. Access to Rotary GroveFest – food, rides, entertainment. DJ Dennis ‘The Big Bopper’. Various Trophy-Plaque Classes. Spectators are FREE. Dash Plaques & Goodie Bags. Door Prizes All Day Long.


Annual 4th of July Car & Bike Show. 2815 Showplace Dr., Rt 59 @ Cantore Dr. “8th Annual 4th of July Car & Bike Show” 9am-3pm Registration 9am-12noon, $25. Entry Fee, Reg. 9am-12noon or until lot is full. Awards: 3pm-12 Classes/divisions, 8 Best of categories. $25 participation fee, spectators are free. 75 ‘Soldier’ Awards @ 3pm, 150 Dash Plaques, 50/50 Split the Pot, great Rock & Roll tunes. Schedule click here. Facebook page: Double K Car shows. Contact Kerry @630-605-2122 or


Nitro Night. 5 p.m. Nitro Nite is an exhilarating event that will give you the chance to meet NHRA drivers, enjoy vendors, hot food, LIVE music, and ice-cold beverages! Come to Downtown Joliet to kick-off the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway! Please visit for more information on weekend festivities at the raceway!


Race Your Ride. 4 p.m. Route 66 Raceway. Race your ride is still a Test & Tune, your opportunity to safely see how fast you can race down the dragstrip. Whether you’re a first-time driver in your street legal vehicle or a seasoned veteran getting your dragster dialed-in for serious competition-a Test & Tune

is fun for racers of all experience levels. Cars and motorcycles must pass NHRA Technical Inspection to participate.


Classic Car Show. 6-8 p.m. Harrer Park. Step back in time and join us at Harrer Park with car collectors to show off their cars. Bop to the music of the Sting Rays, while cruising the show. Pre-register by July 9.


Operation Christmas Car Show & Fundraiser. Noon-4 p.m. Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W. Boughton Rd. $20 participant or $20+ donation of New unwrapped toy. Participant arrival by 11 a.m. Spectators are free, donations are welcome. Cars, trophies, vendors, raffles, prizes, decorating contest, dj/entertainment, family fun and more.


D’Arcy Route 66 Classic. Chicagoland Speedway. A Tribute to all things vintage, the Route 66 Classic is the ultimate good ole days event, paying homage to the early drag racing and hot rod culture. From Nostalgia Funny Car racing down the dragstripm to the Classic Car Cruise In-the Route 66 Classic is a quarter-mile blast down memory lane.


1st Annual Custom Car/Bike Show. Hosted by the Spanish Community Center & 4 Ever Rolling Car Club. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. $5 event admission (children 12 and under FREE!) Fun for the whole family. Live music! Over 40 classes of custom cars and bikes ($25 to register). All proceeds donated to the Spanish Center. Concessions and beer available.

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Theodore Marsh

Crest Hill

Whalon Lake

DuPage River Trail

Location. On Royce Road, west of Route 53/ Bolingbrook Drive in Naperville What it offers. Hiking and running trails, fenced in off-leash dog park, fishing, picnicking, and great location for beginner canoeing or kayaking.

Location. The Forest Preserve District has developed three segments of the trail, totaling 7 miles in Will County. The southern segment may be accessed from the following locations: Hammel Woods-Crumby Recreation Area (Black Road, Shorewood), Hammel Woods-DuPage River Access (Black Road, Shorewood), Hammel Woods-Route 59 Access (Route 59, Shorewood) What it offers. The DuPage River Trail is a work in progress through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District and 12 other agencies. The trail is planned to travel 34 miles from Channahon north to DuPage County. Officials from the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Naperville Park District gathered at Knoch Knolls Park in Naperville on Tuesday, May 17, to break ground for a 1-mile extension of the DuPage River Trail.

Bolingbrook • Naperville

des plaines river trail Des Plaines

Location. North Branch Trail between Caldwell and Devon avenues and the Chicago Botanic Garden What it offers. Beautiful views for running and hiking of the Chicago Botanic Garden, wetlands and Independe Grove Forest Preserve.

Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail Lockport


Location. Trail travels 10.81 miles from the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site north through Lockport and Romeoville to the Cook County line What it offers. Biking, Hiking and running through connections to the Forest Preserve District’s Centennial Trail, which travels north 3.16 miles to Schneider’s Passage/Isle a la Cache in Romeoville. This flat, crushed limestone segment of the trail travels along the I&M Canal through woodland. At the Cook County line, the north end of the trail connects to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Centennial Trail.

Shorewood + Joliet

Lake Renwick Bikeway


Location. The Lake Renwick Bikeway travels 3.35 miles through Lake Renwick Preserve. The trail may be accessed from the following locations: Lake Renwick Preserve-Turtle Lake Access (Lockport Street, Plainfield) Lake Renwick Preserve-Plainfield Township Access What it offers. The Lake Renwick Bikeway is a flat, paved linear and loop trail and travels 3.35 miles through wetland and around Budde Lake. It is ideal for biking, hiking, running and in-line skating.

Location. This Marsh can be accessed off of Gaylord near Theodore and Caton Farm What it offers. Theodore Marsh protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland, and a portion of Rock Run. This is great for biking running, picnicking and walking. The Rock Run Greenway Trail and Joliet Junction Trail connect to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ crushed limestone I&M Canal State Trail to provide a 16-mile, mostly paved loop trail.

Hidden Lake County Forest Preserve

Downers Grove

Location. Located off of Butterfield Road What it offers. Two lakes and the East Branch of the DuPage River make the 393-acre Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove an ideal place to fish, hike or just relax. The preserve is one of the few places in the county where visitors can hear spring peepers in the wooded ponds. It’s also home to King’s Grove, a remnant woodland of red, white, and bur oaks.

Miami Woods Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve


Location. Can be accessed from Cass Avenue or Lemont Road What it offers.. Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve is a forest preserve in southern DuPage County. It is known for its waterfall, which actually is a dam, which is in its ravine. It completely surrounds Argonne National Laboratory.

Isle a la Cache Reservation


Morton Grove

Location. N Caldwell Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053 What it offers. 113 acres of restored woodlands & prairies, featuring a 1.5-mile paved path for biking & walking.

Forest Preserve District of Cook County


Location. N Branch Trail, Niles What it offers. The North Branch Trail is ideal for hiking, running and biking.

Location. Located on Romeo Road/135th Street, east of Route 53 in Romeoville What it offers. Isle a la Cache protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland, and a portion of the Des Plaines River. Includes trails for biking, hiking and running.

Iroquois Woods

Fullersburg County Forest Preserve

Location. 2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby What it offers. Starved Rock State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Illinois, characterized by the many canyons within its 2,630 acres. Hiking, fishing & boating in a historic landmark area

Oak Brook

Location. 309 Spring Rd, Oak Brook What it offers. Great for running, hiking, taking photos or nature walks.

Park Ridge

Location. 2300 W Touhy Ave, Park Ridge What it offers. Ideal for summer picnics by Axehead Lake.

Starved Rock State Park



Northeastern Region Six Flags Hurricane Harbor 542 N Route 21 Gurnee, IL 60031 (847) 249-4636 Key Lime Cove 1700 Nations Drive Gurnee, IL 60031 (877) 360-0403 Hidden Creek Aqua Park 1220 Fredrickson Place Highland Park, IL 60035 (847) 433-3170 Mystic Waters 2025 Miner Street Des Plaines, IL (847) 391-5740

Southern Region Anthony Acres Resort 15286 North Resort Road Effingham, IL 62401 (217) 868-2950

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Rainbow Falls 200 Rev Morrison Blvd. Elk Grove Village, IL (847) 437-9494 Coral Cove Water Park 849 Lies Road Carol Stream, IL 60188 (630) 784-6130 Dolphin Cove 300 South Kennedy Drive Carpentersville, IL 60110 (847) 836-7946 Cypress Cove 8301 Janes Avenue Woodridge, IL 60517 (630) 985-5620 Pelican Harbor 200 S. Lindsey Lane Bolingbrook, IL 60440 (630) 759-2727

Western Region Knights Action Park 1700 Recreation Drive Springfield, IL 62711 (217) 546-8881 Caribbean Water Adventure 1700 Recreation Drive Springfield, IL 62707 (217) 546-8881

Splash Station Waterpark 2780 U.S. Route 6 Joliet, IL 60436 (815) 741-7250 Phillips Park 828 Montgomery Road Aurora, IL (630) 851-8686 Splash Country 195 S. Barnes Road Aurora, IL (630) 906-7981 Raging Waves 4000 N Bridge Street Yorkville, IL 60560 (630) 882-6575

Great River Road Grafton, IL 62037 (618) 786-2345 Splash City Family Waterpark 10 Gateway Dr, Collinsville, IL (618) 346-4571

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Eastern Region Splash Valley Aquatic park 1850 River Road Kankakee, IL 60901 (815) 929-9779

Northwestern Region Magic Waters 7820 Cherryvale North Blvd. Cherry Valley, IL 61016 (815) 332-3260

Anderson Park & Aquatic Center 100 S Maple Street Normal, IL (309) 454-9550

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Centennial Beach 320 W Jackson Ave Naperville, IL 60540 Open through Sept. 2. Fees are resident $6 (nonresident $10). For information, call 630-8485090

challenge fitness pool 2021 S. Lawrence Ave., Lockport Indoor pool. Swim lessons and exercise classes available. Open swim hours during the weekend; children age 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Pool party rentals available. Call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.

chaney pool 410 Rose St., Crest Hill Noon to 7 p.m. Zero-depth entry pool complete with a deep-end, diving board and water slide. Swim lessons, water safety instructor certification, special events, rentals, Family Fun Nights and a Cardboard Boat Race. For information and fees, call 815726-2299.

heritage falls water park 101 Troxel Ave., Romeoville Swim lessons, water safety instructor certification, special events, rentals and Family Fun Nights & a Dive in Movie. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 815886-6263.

pelican harbor 200 S. Lindsey Lane, Bolingbrook. Summer hours: Noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily


admission, $15; with Resident ID, $8. Includes Parkie’s Oasis interactive sprayground, lazy river, four water-speed slides, zero-depth entry pool; beach volleyball; and sand playground area.

niles family fitness center 987 Civic Center Drive, Niles. For information, call 847-5888400

ottawa street pool On Ottawa Street just east of Route 59, Plainfield Open through Aug. 18. Hours are 1-4:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Features L-shaped outdoor pool with high and low dive.

JUNE-AUGUST (VARIOUS) • PLAINFIELD Flick-N-Float. Ottawa Street Pool. 8:30

p.m. Don’t miss out on the ultimate cinematic experience. Here’s your opportunity to enjoy a movie while floating on a tube at the Ottawa Street Pool. Guests must supply their own tubes. Free to season pass holders. Max 120-NonSeason pass holders will be $3 per person. Registration taken at the door. June 27-The Wild Life July 15-Moana August 8-Finding Dory


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7877 Milwaukee Ave., Niles (847) 967-6648 Open swim is 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fees are youth (3-12) resident $6 (nonresident $6); adult resident $8 (nonresident $11); senior (62+) resident $6 (nonresident $9).

for Oriole Aquatic Center and Harrer Pool. Oriole Aquatic Center June 13-August 8-Beach Towel Tuesdays June 18-Dad’s Day June 30-Oriole Pool Bash July 19-Free Freeze Pop Day August 4-Jaws on the Water Harper Pool June 18-Dad’s Day June 28-Free Freeze Pop Day July 14-Duck Races July 21-Harrer Pool Bash

swanson pool


oasis fun center

8 North Ave., St. Charles, IL 60174 For information, call 630-5843314. Harrer Pool. 6250 W. Dempster St., Morton Grove. For hours and fees, visit

oriole park aquatic center 9200 Oriole Ave, Morton Grove. (847) 965-1200. Special Events include: Birthday parties, Tiger Shark Swim Club, Aquatic Excercise Classes. Morton Grove Park District.

Family Theme Night. Ottawa Street Pool.

7-8:30 p.m. 23820 W. Ottawa St. Enjoy a night of fun and excitement. We will have special actives and games related to the theme of the night. FREE to season pass holders. Regular admission fees apply to non-season pass holders. June 21-Safari Night July 21-Game Night August 2-Under the Sea


Fourth of July Party. 1-4 p.m.Centennial Aquatic Center. Celebrate the holiday with some old fashion pool games at this family friendly event! Compete in a water balloon toss and family fun relays. Adults can even participate in cannon ball contests!


Winter in July. 1-4 p.m. Hinkley Pool. Free with daily admission. It’s hot outside, so come celebrate winter at Hinkley pool. See how accurately you can throw a snowball, make a snow man the quickest, and how fast yo can freeze your face. Let it snow!


Parkie’s Pool Party. Noon-6 p.m. Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park, 200 S. Lindsey Ln. Enjoy a DJ, tailgate games, a mechanical surfboard, and a Wibit inflatable AquaTrack. Admission the Pelican Harbor is only $4 for residents with a Bolingbrook Park District resident ID card and $8 for nonresidents.


Ottawa Street Pool. 6-8 p.m. 23820 W. Ottawa St. The annual DARE Night Out is an event held for former Plainfield School DARE Graduates sixth through eight grade! This event is designed for DARE graduates to interact and reunite with not only each other but also their DARE Officers and fellow Plainfield Police Officers. The DARE program annually teaches approximately 1,200 students in the Plainfield School District.


Sea Lion Aquatic Park Cardboard Boat Regatta. 9:15-11 a.m. Sea Lion Aquatic Park, 1825 Short Street. Put your engineering hats on...and your bathing suit too! The Cardboard Boat Regatta is a hilarious special event allowing participants to show off their boat-building skills. Join us at Sea Lion Aquatic Park for a morning of comical fun by testing the waters in your cardboard boat. Compete against other teams or come out to watch the entertainment! All Ages Welcome! R/NR Fee: $20/$30. Register By: July 31.


Summer Workout in the Park-Aqua Fit. 5:30-6:30 p.m. 25 Busse Hwy. Enjoy Aqua Fit outdoors at Hinkley Pool.


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Comicopolis 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lockport Branch Library, 121 E 8th St. Comicopolis is a one day show on August 5th for people who love comic books, science fiction, steampunk, and pop culture. The show is presented in partnership between the White Oak Library District with Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics and City of Lockport’s Summer Arts Series.

Note to Readers: Many of these events require pre-registration. Please visit the respective library websites for more information.


New Life for Old Bags. 10 a.m.-Noon. Plainfield Public Library. Join this community project of creating mats for the homeless from used plastic grocery bags. Flattening, folding, cutting and making plarn (plastic yarn) can all be done at home, brought to the meetings. For more information, contact


Kevin Farris & the Infinite Possibilities. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downers Grove Public Library, Meeting Room Both. Through song and storytelling, Kevin inspires kids to live within their creativity!


Family Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13). 2-4 p.m. Downers Grove Public Library, Kids Program Room. Bring a blanket and pillow to enjoy a movie on our giant screen.


Pokemon Go Walking Adventure. 2-3 p.m. White Oak Library, Lockport Branch. Registration is open. Your Pokemon Go adventure begins at the library! We will be taking a short walk around downtown Lockport, hitting all of the many PokeStops and Gyms along the way. All ages are welcome, but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Street Art Competition. Fountaindale Public

Shorewood-Troy Public Library District Meeting Room A. Attention Whovians! Join us for an evening of trivia, where we’ll find out who’s the biggest Doctor Who fan. Registration Required.

Library-Entryway Sidewalk. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Create a chalk masterpiece on the library’s entryway sidewalk. Photos will be placed on the library’s website for voting. The artist with the most votes in each age group will win a prize! All ages. Presented by the Bolingbrook Arts Council.




Doctor Who Trivia Night. 7-8 p.m.

Summer Movie: Wall-E. Noon-1:45 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library Baxter Room. Stop in the library each week for a different family-friendly movie. Bring your lunch, we’ll provide the dessert! Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

DIY Outdoor Lantern. 2-3:30 p.m. White Oak Library, Romeoville Branch. Light up the summer night with DIY lanterns to decorate your outside space. Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors. Contact: Laura Katauskas, lkatauskas@



Library, Black Road Branch. Children of all ages. Enjoy stories and programs about butterflies throughout the week, and stop by to see our butterfly habitats at each Youth Services Desk. No registration is required.

p.m. Niles Public Library. Teens battle with other gamers in a friendly competition. Eric Garneau from Pastimes will serve as moderator. Winners will receive Pastimes gift certificates.

Butterfly Week. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Joliet Public

Injustice 2 XBOX One Tournament. 4-5:30


Harry Potter Extravaganza. All Day.

Shorewood-Troy Public Library District. “Happee Birthdae, Harry Potter!” It’s Harry’s birthday, and we’re celebrating at the Shorewood-Troy Library. Fans of all ages are welcome to join us! We’ll have house sorting, wand making, movie screenings, a scavenger hunt, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, photo ops, and more happening all day! Plus, we’ll have special Hogwarts “classes” at special times throughout the day.


Summer Reading Program Ice Cream Party Noon. 2 p.m. Woodridge Public Library. Celebrate the end of our summer reading programs with delicious ice cream! Get a treat, submit your final reading entries and pick up any prizes you might have won. Drop-in, no registration. Build a better world one scoop at a time!


Ice Cream Social & Movie Night. Fountaindale Public Library-Parking Lot. 5-8 p.m. Join us for free ice cream, live music, games, a meet and greet with Moana, live hula dancing and much more! At dusk, sit back and watch Disney’s “Moana” on a giant inflatable screen. All ages.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Screening. 2-5 p.m. Park Ridge Library.

Street and/or Black Road Branch, you have earned tickets to our Splash Station Party! Tickets will be available starting July 31.


Summer Reading Finale Family Concert: Justin Roberts. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Plainfield Public Library. Get ready to have some fun during this high-energy concert by two-time GRAMMY nominee, Justin Roberts. Attendee must be a Plainfield Library District cardholder.


Summer Reading Pool Party at Harrer Pool. 5:30-7 p.m. Harrer Pool. Did you spend your summer reading awesome books and winning cool prizes? Celebrate with us at the Morton Grove Park District’s Harrer Park Pool! Children under 10 years of age must be supervised and accompanied by a parent or caregiver at least 16 years of age. Registration is required for each individual attending.


Mashup Fan Fest. 6-8 p.m. White Oak Library, Lockport Branch. Come as your favorite character from a manga, television show, comic or book series and see what happens when all of your favorite characters come together. There will be games, weird fan-fiction talk, and other fandom crafts. Cosplay is optional.


Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with a screening of the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Butter beer and popcorn will be served. Dressing up is encouraged (but not required)! Rating: PG. Max: 75. Registration begins Saturday, July 22.

Fandom Fest. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Niles Public Library. This is the first time the Niles Library will hold a full-fledged convention, complete with a special guest, an artist alley, vendors who sell merchandise and opportunity to cosplay.



Station Water Park. Children of all ages with adult. How it works: Log the date of each library visit on your reading log or online. After you make five library visits to either the Ottawa

Westmont Public Library Kwasek Meeting Room-Second Floor. Join us for an afternoon movie and popcorn with friends. The August movie is Gifted.

Splash Station Party. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Splash

Westmont Library Cinema. 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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2017 Out & About Summer Guide  

Your complete summer guide to local fun and events in Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Joliet, Lockport, Shorewood, Plainfield, Lisle, Woodridge, Do...