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Going Places THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FAMILY FUN T FEATURES 5 Summer on a budget 8 Who let the dogs out? 12 Did someone say road trip? On the Cover: Dog days Fun Matthew of summer on the cheap Mikulskis, Picnics, putt-putt 9, of Chi+ puzzles cago, and dachshund Cinnamon Lynn got a Chicago hot dog and a sneak peek of the Chicago Dogs’ fancy new home, Impact Field in Rosemont. The Chicago Dogs are Chicago’s brand new independent baseball team.

Going Places FREE | SUMMER 2018

220 winning ideas

Photographer: Thomas Kubik Design: Claire Innes



15 Street fests with legit fun for all

56 Do Europe without the flight

19 Summer fests guide

59 A Chicagoan’s guide to Aruba

38 Ye olde faire a merry victory for families



49 Your guide to Logan Square with kids

42 4 thrilling escapes for families

62 The real al fresco deal

45 Fore! really cool mini-golf courses to try


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weet, sweet summer. It is the perfect season to unplug, relax and make memories. The only problem is that sometimes those memories come with a hefty price tag. Thankfully we Chicagoans are lucky to have hundreds of free and low-cost ways to savor every moment of summer. Here are some unique ways to enjoy summer on a budget.

SPLISH, SPLASH As much as we Chicagoans LONG for summer, the heat and humidity can end a park playdate before it even starts (especially if there are metallic slides—ouch!). The next best thing? Splashing around at some of Chicagoland’s best watering holes.

Little Bear Park, Glenview This cozy, gated park boasts a foam floor splash pad, castle-inspired playground, interactive story walk, covered sand lot, hedge maze and swinging benches to host the perfect summer picnic.

Ohio Street Beach, Chicago Even though it is close to the hustle and bustle of Navy Pier and Oak Street Beach, this quieter beach provides calm waters and the opportunity to not just play in the sand and water, but also at the two nearby playgrounds. Make life easier by taking advantage of the chair rentals and delicious food and drink offerings from nearby Caffé Oliva.

Crown Fountain, Chicago You can’t talk splash pads in Chicagoland without mentioning the “crown”ing one—Crown Fountain at Millennium Park. The art installation is popular not just because of its beautiful glass towers and reflecting pool, but also because of the fun and unique way visitors can interact with the art. I mean, it’s the one time you won’t chastise your kids for getting involved in a spitting contest. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 6

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FUN UNDER THE STARS What most families love about summertime is that everything is more laid back and relaxed—including bedtime! There are so many great reasons to push back bedtime every once in a while, from outdoor concerts and movies to fireworks displays all summer long (OK, those can get annoying when they take place at 11 p.m. on a random week night, but oh well).

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, Chicago Shakespeare comes alive in city parks through this popular (and free) summer tradition. The acting company tours throughout Chicago’s parks in July and August so that theater lovers of all ages can share that love from the comfort of their own picnic blanket.

Outdoor concerts Most communities host summer concerts on a weekly or monthly basis, showcasing local musical talent, whether it is rock n’ roll or more orchestral pieces. Either way, these concerts are a great excuse to throw together a picnic and kick up your heels under the stars. One tip: The Chicago Night Out in the Parks series is definitely something to put on your summer bucket list!

Outdoor movies Thanks to neighborhood movie nights, you can introduce your kids to the classics or take in the summer’s biggest blockbusters. Check with your local park district to see what titles will be featured this summer, and don’t forget to bring some pillows and sleeping bags in case your kiddo conks out during the show.

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GOING PLACES WORK UP A SWEAT Kick your park time up a notch by traveling from neighborhood to neighborhood on a park crawl. Start with these:

Bison’s Bluff, Schaumburg Kids of all ages can spend hours climbing, creating and splashing at this northwest suburban gem. The unique playground is composed of natural materials such as boulders, logs and sand in order to encourage today’s modern kids to play the way former generations did. Just be sure to pack an extra set of clothes because the sand and water areas are very tempting!

Warren Park, Gurnee This massive park boasts four playgrounds, but the real highlight is the massive sandbox where you can dig for dinosaur bones and even climb on top of them for the ultimate summer photo opp.

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Matthew Mikulskis, 9, of Chicago, with Cinnamon Lynn. Photo by Thomas Kubik

Did you know that the term “dog days of summer” actually has celestial origins? Sirius, also known as the dog star, rises just before the sun starting in late July, which nicely coincides with some of the hottest days of the summer. Head to Adler Planetarium’s Doane Observatory (or maybe just your own backyard) to sneak a peek at the literal star of the season—it can be found just below Orion’s famous belt.

Play ball! Chicago’s sports family just gained another member—and it’s a dog, at that! There’s a catch, though: the name of Rosemont’s new baseball team, the Chicago Dogs, actually refers to our city’s beloved hot dogs, not their canine counterparts. The team plays at the brand-spanking-new Impact Field (it’s visible from the Tri-State) and it has family fun planned starting at the home opener on May 25 and continuing all doggone summer long. Best of all, tickets start at just $9, so you won’t break the bank while busting that boredom.

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ot, humid, and most of all, lazy. Yep, it’s safe to say that the dog days of summer will be here before we know it. But if you think the dog days have to be synonymous with boredom, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Here’s how the Windy City does those dog days right (spoiler alert: it’s more fun than you can shake a stick at).

Get a move on Since the PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run benefits the city’s largest no-kill animal shelter, it only makes sense that the

race is completely pet-friendly. More than 4,000 humans and their dogs hit the road at Montrose Harbor June 3, and the money they raise from the run goes straight to PAWS Chi-

cago. And if you contribute $250 or more, you get access to the VIP Hero Hangout area, which includes a puppy play pen (we can hear your squeals from here!).

Chow down One of our city’s most lasting legacies is our … um … unique take on the all-American food known as the hot dog. If you’re going for a classic, Superdawg, which celebrates its 70th birthday this summer (and boasts a second suburban location in Wheeling), is always a safe bet—their dawgs are topped with mustard, relish, dill pickle, chopped onions and a hot pepper. Or check out Dog Haus for a more avant garde experience—their all-beef dogs are served on King’s Hawaiian Rolls with a variety of trimmings. But whatever you do, remember Chicago’s cardinal rule: Hold the ketchup. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 1 0

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Park it here The Chicago Park District has gone to the dogs— — Lincoln Park’s Noethling Playlot Park, at least. The half-acre area is better known as Wiggly Field due to its proximity to the Friendly Confines. Pups can play off-leash (supervised, please!) or cool off in thee kiddie pool on warm days. There’s also a separate area for smaller dogs, so you can make sure man’s best friend isn’t going home with any new enemies. The Chicago Park District has 20 other dog-friendly areas with just as much canine cred, but admittedly less-cute names.

Go a little wild Lions, tigers and … dogs? They may not be domestic pooches begging for a belly rub, but the African Painted Dogs who live at our local zoos share a lot of characteristics from their canine cousins. The endangered spe-

cies have signature h patchwork coats, a strong pack mentality and adorably rounded ears that will have you howling at all the cuteness. The pups can be seen at the Regenstein African Journey (Lincoln Park Zoo) or Habitat Africa! The Savannah (Brookfield Zoo).


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Style it Even Fido needs to rep his hometown! Head to Edgebrook, where Local Goods Chicago sells dog (and cat!) collars that salute our city’s starry flag. While you’re there, nab a coordinating neckiddos or some pint lace, a wooden train for the kiddos m that, glasses that proudly proclaim cold nose or not, Chicago is your kind of town.

Soak up the sun Life’s a beach for pups in Chicagoland! It wouldn’t really be summer without a dip in the lake—and even your pooch can get in on the fun. We like Wilmette’s Gillson Beach, which is truly designed for the whole family with a public swimming area that’s not far from the designated dog beach at the southern end of lakefront. The beach is part of a larger park, complete with picnic areas and a tot lot (where dogs are also welcome, provided they are leashed), not to mention 60 acres just begging to be explored by you and your four-legged friend.

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here are many famous (and wacky) landmarks across our country, from Route 66 to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine in the middle of nowhere Kansas. But if you’ve never taken the time to check out some of Chicagoland’s weird and wonderful roadside attractions, well, you’re just not doing summer vacation right. Whether your kids are interested in history or mega fans of Home Alone (I mean, aren’t we all?), there’s a fun stop along the road for everyone. Here’s to making new discoveries close to home.

The Leaning Tower of Niles, Niles If you can’t quite shell out the funds for trip to Italy, not to worry. Just 15 minutes northeast of O’Hare, there’s a replica of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa that stands at about half the height of the real thing, but still makes for great Instagram ops. Plus, there’s also a fountain and reflecting pool to give the attraction an ultra-authentic Italian feel. How cute would a photo of grandma pretending to hold the tower up be?

The Home Alone House, Winnetka The Georgian-style home, located at 671 Lincoln Ave., still looks the same as it did in 1994, minus all of the damage from the Wet Bandits’ break-in. I’m sure the house gets thousands of looky-loos each year, so I would suggest keeping your visit brief (the home is still a residence, after all). But since new generations of children discover the film each year, your kids will probably find this stop to be cooler than your average trip to the suburbs. 12 Summer 2018 • goingplaces

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Paul Bunyan and Bessie the Cow, Libertyville Outside Lambs Farm stands an imposing 15-foot-tall Paul Bunyan Muffler Man statue with a giant ax alongside a cow, who is apparently named Bessie. In case there was any doubt you’re in farm country, there’s also a large milk bottle statue nearby. The figures make for great pictures, and the train rides, mini golf and petting zoo at Lambs Farm make the trip to Libertyville more than worth it.

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The Gold Pyramid Museum, Wadsworth Yes, Wadsworth is a bit of a trek, but much like the Leaning Tower of Niles, the pyramid is a fun way to get an international experience without having to shell out for a plane ticket. The museum, is, believe it or not, part of a residence and you can buy tickets to explore. Three pyramids make up the garage with a 64-foot-tall Ramses statue hanging out nearby. If that doesn’t give you enough of an ancient Egyptian experience, there’s also a 17,000-square-foot, six-story replica of King Tut’s tomb on the property. Tours run all summer long on the weekends.

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ne of the joys of summer is experiencing street fairs that take over neighborhoods on the weekends. While there’s always ample entertainment for the grown-ups, it’s sometimes a toss-up whether it’s worth it to bring the kiddos. Here are a few favorite street fests worth it for kids.

West Fest (Kid Fest) Kid Fest hours noon-7 p.m., July 7-8, Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street Within Chicago’s West Fest is Kid Fest, a festival just for youngsters on the adjacent (Wolcott) street. Here you’ll find train rides, bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course, pony rides, carnival games, kid-friendly vendors and live familyfriendly music. Kid Fest benefits Talcott Fine Arts & Museum Academy.

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Noon-6 p.m., June 2-3; on Hoyne between Crystal and Potomac and on Crystal between Hoyne and Damen, Chicago Set along Division Street in West Town, you’ll find a plethora of local vendors, music and food. Children hone in on the Kids Stage featuring live music from Chicago favorite, Mr. Dave. Clemente High School sets up an interactive sports zone while pony and train rides, face painting, balloon animals, bounce house and more complete the fun. Proceeds from the fest exclusively benefit local elementary schools.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 4-5, The Glen Town Center, 2030 Tower Drive, Glenview Among the numerous shops and restaurants at The Glen Town Center, you’ll see original artwork by 185-juried artists at this 15th annual festival. The long-standing Marriott Theater will have live performances for littles in addition to fun interactive games.

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Rock ’n’ Run the Runway 5-10:30 p.m., June 30, 1070 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling The village of Wheeling and the city of Prospect Heights annually co-host Rock ’n’ Run the Runway, a live music and fireworks event held on the runways of Chicago Executive Airport. In addition to family-friendly live music, you’ll find food trucks, face painters, balloon artists and a kiddie train. Making their debut at the fest will be Captain America and Wonder Woman.

Strawberry Fest Hours vary, June 22-24, Historic Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove Downtown Long Grove’s annual Strawberry Fest has become a family favorite because who doesn’t love all things strawberry? In addition to the many strawberry-enhanced eats, kids will enjoy a classic carnival and three stages of live entertainment. At the Kid Zone, get Coachella vibes at the flower crown-making booth, try the water balloon toss or ballroom dancing and get junior knight training.

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Pilsen Food Truck Social 11 a.m.-9 p.m., June 9-10, 18th Street between Racine and Throop, Chicago Located in Chicago’s lower west side, the historic Pilsen neighborhood is filled with restaurants, cool shops and public art murals. More than 25 of the city’s best food trucks line up on 18th Street, including many of Pilsen’s most popular restaurants like Dusek’s Board and Beer, Honky Tonk BBQ and Dia De Los Tamales. Kids’ carnival games, face painting, live music by Thalia Hall, and of course, plenty of delicious eats, will keep kids anything but bored.

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Backlot Bash Aug. 24-26, Oakton Street, between Lincoln and Laramie Avenues, Skokie This fabulous annual celebration in downtown Skokie draws people of all ages. Among the mix of live music performances, expect a carnival with classic rides and games, kids’ fun run, bingo and children’s stage.

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The daddy of all summer street fests, Taste of Chicago, has a new dedicated area for families created by Chicago Parent, the last two days of Taste, July 14-15. With inflatables provided by The Playground Games, two days full of the best children’s entertainers, a train, a diaper changing area, picnic tables under a tent, great info for parents from trusted advertisers and more, it is the place to be at The Taste.

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JUNE Taste of Wheaton Memorial Park and downtown Wheaton May 31-June 3

The festival includes Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K, carnival rides, children’s games, live entertainment, beer garden and marketplace. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free; fees for some activities. Lincoln Park Greek Fest 2701 N. Sheffield, Chicago (773) 868-3010 June 1-3

Greek culture and Hellenic pride are celebrated with authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance performances, kids’ activities at this festival outside St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Hours: 5-11 p.m. June 1; noon-11 p.m. June 2; noon-10 p.m. June 3. Admission: $5.

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Features a milk drinking contest, demos on the care, feeding and milking of cattle, cattle shows and cow chip lotto. Plus, carnival rides, petting zoo, exotic animal exhibit, chain saw carving, talent show and firework shows each evening. The parade Saturday afternoon struts down Ayer Street. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website. Taste of Mexico 26th Street and California Chicago (773) 868-3010 June 1-3

Foodies will revel in authentic Mexican foods when 26th Street, the bustling hub of Little Village and Chicago’s Mexican community, hosts a cultural extravaganza. Highlights include a Restaurant Row, music and cultural stages.

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FESTS Hours: 3-10 p.m. June 1, noon-10 p.m. June 2-3. Admission: Free. Pivot Arts Festival 1443 W. Norwood St., Chicago (773) 609-0782 June 1-10

The 10-day festival features music, theater, dance, puppetry, discussions, wine tastings, workshops, children’s performances. Community Parade is June 3, kicking off at George B. Swift Elementary School. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free-$25. Squeez’d Girls on the Run 5K Chicago presented by Mariano’s College of Lake County Grayslake June 2

Family friendly and open to the public, the 3.1-mile, non-competitive run celebrates health, confidence and strength. After the run, enjoy food, music and activities. Hours: 8 a.m. Admission: Check website. LaGrange Pet Parade Cossitt Avenue and LaGrange Road, LaGrange (708) 352-7079 June 2

Features marching bands, kids showcasing their pets, floats and clowns. Visit The Pet Parade Facebook page or email johnna@ for participation registration. Hours: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Admission: Free. Do-Division Street Fest Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt, Chicago (312) 850-9390 June 2-3

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Bucktown Garden Walk, see page 29. shopping, live music and family entertainment together under the summer sun. Spanning 10 city blocks, the bash features the Family Fun Fest with activities including pony and train rides, face painting, climbing wall, bounce house, jousting, kids’ music and talent show, sports-infused activity area and family stage. Hours: Noon-6 p.m. Admission: $5 donation. Naperville Park District Frontier Park Kite Festival Frontier Park, Naperville (630) 848-5000 June 3

Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free. 57th Street Art Fair 57th Street Hyde Park neighborhood Chicago June 2-3

Chicago’s oldest juried art fair features art in many media, with handson activities, music and playgrounds for kids. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3. Admission: Free.

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Homewood Artisan Street Fair Martin Avenue and Ridge Road, Homewood (708) 798-3000 June 8-9

This two-day festival features unique artisans, activities for all ages, live music and food from Homewood’s best restaurants. Hours: 4-9 p.m. June 8, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 9. Admission: Free. Andersonville Midsommarfest 5200 N. Clark, between Foster and Catalpa, Chicago (773) 728-2995 June 8-10

Festival features food, entertainment on five stages and family activities including face painting, games and a pet parade. The Swedish American Museum sponsors Swedish entertainment, music and dancing around the Midsommar Maypole. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $10; free kids under 12. Chicago Blues Festival Millennium Park, Chicago (312) 744-3315 June 8-10

The world’s largest free

blues festival showcases performers on five stages playing to more than 500,000 blues fans, proving that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free. Ribfest Chicago Northcenter Lincoln Avenue at Irving Park Road, Chicago (773) 525-3609 June 8-10

Enjoy ribs and top original bands while the kids hang out at “Kids Square” featuring entertainment, inflatables and games. Plus, celebrity-judged “Best Ribs” award and professional rib-eating competition. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free; donation requested. Downtown Aurora Magic Festival Water Street Mall 24 E. Downer Place, Aurora June 9

A community-based fan festival celebrating wizards, witches and all things magical with classes, games and contests. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 kids 5 to adult, free kids 4 and under.

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FESTS fest-goers to try six sample-sized portions from any food truck or restaurant. A percentage of proceeds benefits St. Procopius Church Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $5 donation.

Island Rendezvous Isle a la Cache Museum 501 E. Romeo Road Romeoville (815) 886-1467 June 9

Visitors will journey back to the 18th century and participate in games and activities including archery, French crafts, storytelling, a skillet toss, firestarting demonstrations, a petting zoo and more. Reenactors representing voyageurs, potters, cooks, seamstresses and craftsmen will relive the French fur trade era. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Free; free parking and shuttle service available. Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest Historic Printers Row Dearborn Street between Polk Street and Congress Parkway

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, see page 32. and the Harold Washington Library, Chicago (312) 222-3986 June 9-10

This two-day outdoor festival is devoted to the love of storytelling and the written word. Children’s programming includes storytelling, performances, sing-alongs and special activities. Hours: See web-

site for schedule. Admission: Free. Pilsen Food Truck Social 18th Street between Racine & Throop, Chicago June 9-10

Fair features more than 20 food trucks and neighborhood restaurants. A $20 sampler ticket will allow

Chicago Children’s Theatre The Station 100 S. Racine Avenue, Chicago (312) 374-8835 June 10

This year’s festival features unique family experiences for all ages including: aerial circus arts, black light dance party, airbrush tattoos, and performances by The Happiness Club, Old Town School of Folk Music and Yuri “The Human Beatbox” Lane. Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10.

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FESTS p.m. June 15; 12:30-11:30 p.m. June 16; 1:30-9 p.m. June 17. Admission: $6 in advance; $10 at event.

Grant Park Music Festival Millennium Park, Chicago June 13-Aug. 18

Highland Games & Scottish Festival

A series of summer concerts showcasing classical music performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus in a spectacular setting. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free.

Hamilton Lakes Highway 290 and Thorndale Itasca June 15-16

Libertyville Days Festival 135 W. Church St., Libertyville (847) 918-8880

Arts Dans La Rue, see page 34. June 14-17

Old Settlers Days

The family festival has carnival rides, entertainment, food and more. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website.

Settlers Park East Hawick Street, Rockton (815) 206-8525 June 14-17

Festival features parade,

music, carnival rides, Trading Post, food and fireworks. Kids Area activities are 4-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1-8 p.m. Saturday and 2-8 p.m. Sunday. Hours: 4-10 p.m. June 14; 4-11:30

Events includes a Highland dance competition, athletics competition, cultural exhibits, car show, kids’ crafts and activities. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website for price. Taste of Des Plaines Downtown Des Plaines Train Station 1501 Miner St., Des Plaines (773) 868-3010 June 15-16

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Naperville Ribfest, see page 26. tures music, food and kids’ activities. 5K will begin at 8 a.m. on June 16. Hours: 5-11 p.m. June 15; noon11 p.m. June 16. Admission: Free. Puerto Rican People’s Parade Division from Western to Sacramento, Chicago specialevents June 16

Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican community celebrates the anniversary of the People’s Parade along Division Street. Hours: 2 p.m. Admission: Free. Custer Fair 600 Main St., Evanston (847) 328-2204 June 16-17

Eclectic art festival with diverse works from more than 300 artists. Plus, unique folk and Native American music on two stages, an “EcoVillage” green vendor area, a children’s park with kids’ activities and food from more than 30 restaurants. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission: Free. Viking Midsummer Festival Good Templar Park 528 East Side Drive, Geneva

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Festival celebrates all things Viking-related, and festivities will focus around a 125-year-old Viking ship replica that was part of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $5, kids 12 and under free.


Make Music Chicago Various locations, Chicago June 21

Live, one-day, free music festival on the first day of summer. This year, musicmakers of all ages, abilities and musical tastes will gather for performances and participatory events throughout Chicago’s public spaces, including Maggie Daley Park, Riverwalk, Daley Plaza, Lincoln Park Zoo and more than 15 Chicago Park District sites. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: Free. Swedish Days Festival South Third Street and West State Street (Rte. 38), Geneva (630) 232-6060 days.php June 19-24

Geneva celebrates its Swedish heritage with a festival featuring American and Swedish food

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FESTS tainment, a special kids’ area, an arts and crafts fair, fireworks, a large carnival and an assortment of daily events. Hours: Carnival starts June 27. Festival runs June 29-July 1. See website for schedule of events. Admission: $8, free kids 6 and under. Chicago SummerDance Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park 601 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 742-4007 June 28-Aug. 25

Squeez’d Girls on the Run 5K Chicago presented by Mariano’s, see page 20. including a 5K race, craft beer tent, a carnival, kids’ day, “Geneva’s Got Talent” and Sweden Väst, musical entertainment and the Grand Parade. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free, fee for some activities and carnival. Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party Old St. Patrick’s Church 700 W. Adams St., Chicago June 22-23

Features great music and entertainment for all ages plus food trucks. Saturday afternoon activities include bounce houses, face painters, games and more. The first 100 kids on Saturday will receive a Block Party Kid Zone cinch bag. Hours: 5-10:30 p.m. June 22; 2-10:30 p.m. June 23. Admission: $10, free kids under 5. Gold Coast Greek Fest Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago 1017 N. La Salle Drive, Chicago (312) 664-5485 annunciationcathedralchicago. org June 22-24

Features live music and dancing, tours of the cathe-

dral, authentic Greek food and pastries, beer, wine and more. Valet parking available. Hours: 5-11 p.m. June 22; noon-11 p.m. June 23-24. Admission: Free. Long Grove Strawberry Fest Long Grove Historic Village 308 Old McHenry Road Long Grove (847) 634-0888 June 22-24

Three days committed to all things strawberry. In addition to three stages of live entertainment includes a Kid Zone with timeless fun such as water balloon toss, flower crown arts, ballroom dancing and junior knight training. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $5 (free 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday); free kids 12 and under.

Fun and Fit Family Day Lambs Farm I-94 and Route 176, Libertyville (847) 362-4636 June 23

Enjoy a brisk run or walk around Old School Forest Preserve, then browse booths and join in the fun and fit activities for the whole family including Kids Dash. Hours: 9 a.m.noon. Admission: $25, $100 for a family of five.

Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

The Art Center’s Festival Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival

Ping Tom Memorial Park 300 W. 19th St., Chicago (312) 326-5320 June 23

Community Park 1825 Short St., Lisle (630) 769-1000 June 27, June 29-July 1

Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race on the south branch of the Chi-

This festival features hot air balloon shows and rides (weather permitting), as well as musical enter-

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cago River in decorated dragon boats. In addition to the boat tournament, this year’s event will feature other on-land spectacles such as live musical and dance performances, vendors and special guest appearances. Proceeds are donated to promote literacy. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free.

Free one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors and two hours of live music and dancing. Hours: Thursdays-Sundays. Admission: Free Frontier Days Recreation Park 3 blocks east of Arlington Heights Road at 500 Miner St. Arlington Heights (847) 577-8572 June 29-July 4

Features family-friendly activities, live music, a carnival, a Fourth of July parade and a craft market. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website. Windy City Ribfest Lawrence Avenue and Broadway Street, Chicago June 29-July 1

Fest features live music, lots of ribs, arts & crafts and kids’ area on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Hours: Noon-10 p.m. June 29-30; noon-9 p.m. July 1. Admission: $5. Glenview SummerFest Lehigh between Glenview Road and Washington Street Glenview (847) 724-0900 June 30

Fest showcases regional

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FESTS businesses and civic organizations, plus the Glenview Fire Department’s fire pole, live music, kid-friendly activities and puppies. Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Admission: Free. Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe (847) 835-5440 June 30-July 1

Guests can stroll the Esplanade and shop for botanicthemed art and art made from plant materials. More than 90 juried artists display their work including photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry and much more. Artist talks and family activities will be featured. Hours: 10

a.m.-5 p.m. June 30-July 1. Admission: Free; parking fees apply. Civil War Days Lakewood Forest Preserve Rte. 176, west of Fairfield Road Wauconda (847) 968-3400 June 30-July 1

See large-scale battle reenactments, explore camps and shops and meet various characters. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 1. Admission: $10, $5 kids 4-17. Includes museum admission and parking.

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Swedish Days Festival, see page 23. ate national visibility for the disability community. Parade marches west on Van Buren to Dearborn and north on Dearborn to

Washington (Daley Plaza). Post-parade celebration takes place on Daley Plaza at 12:30 p.m. Hours: 11 a.m. Admission: Free.

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Libertyville Days Festival, see page 22. Bristol Glen Ellyn 4th of July

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Lake Ellyn Park and other locations, Glen Ellyn June 30, July 4

Deerpath Park Deerpath and Hastings roads Lake Forest July 4

Annual event kicks off on June 30 with the Cardboard Regatta and the Food Truck Picnic in the Park. On July 4, there is a day filled with activities, including a parade, a 4-mile run, music, and fireworks. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free, food and family fest activities extra. Highland Park Fourth Fest Sunset Woods Park 1801 Sunset Ave. Highland Park (847) 579-3121 July 4

Enjoy food from Highland Park restaurants, carnival games and pony and carnival rides. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $20 early-bird wristbands for unlimited rides and games, $25 day of.

Community celebration features food, a beer garden, live music, activities for kids and fireworks display. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Admission: $10 residents, $15 non-residents; free kids 5 and under, VIP packages start at $25. Naperville Ribfest Knoch Park 700 S. West St., Naperville July 4-7

Fest features a BBQ contest with several rib vendors, food ranging from ribs and hot dogs to salads, snacks, desserts and drinks, two live music stages, special events, and fireworks (July 3). Family area features carnival rides, inflatables, circus tricks, magic show, face painting, petting zoo and live performances.

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Hours: See website for schedule; fireworks July 4. Admission: Check website. International Festival of Life Union Park 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 427-0266 July 6-8

This family festival features international and local acts on two stages, arts and crafts, food, games and entertainment for kids. Plus, 3x3 soccer tournament. Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Admission: Check website. The Irish American Heritage Festival 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago (773) 282-7035 ext. 10 July 6-8

This annual family event features more than 100 performers for three days. Plus, Irish and American food and drink, shopping, step dancers, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, a raffle with a trip to Ireland, the Mashed Potato Eating Con-

test and Sham-ROCK Stars singing contest for kids. Hours: 6 p.m.-midnight July 6; noon-midnight July 7; noon-11 p.m. July 8. Admission: $18-$15 adult; $5 kids under 12; free kids 3 and under. West Fest West Town neighborhood Chicago Avenue between Damen Avenue and Wood Street, Chicago (312) 850-9390 July 6-8

Features live music on three stages, plus Kid Fest, Pup Fest, and an array of vendor booths from neighborhood retailers, restaurants and artists. Hours: 5-10 p.m. July 6; noon-10 p.m. July 7-8. Admission: $5 donation. Taste of Chicago Grant Park 331 E. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 744-3315 July 11-15

The Taste returns for five days in Grant Park for a

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FESTS massive foodie fair complete with live music and activities for the entire family. Popular features include a three-course fine dining experience prepared by a notable Chicago Chef at Celebrity Chef du Jour, pop-up restaurants, food trucks and more. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 11-13; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 14-15. Admission: Free; additional cost for food and seating at Petrillo. Railroad Days Pioneer Park Lyman Street, West Chicago (630) 231-3003 railroad-days July 12-15

Music, food, fireworks, carnival rides, parade, 5K Run/Walk, community art show and beer garden. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free.

a Family Day on Sunday. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website; kids under 12 free with paying adult. Arts & Crafts Festival The DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago (773) 947-0600 July 14-15

Taste of Polonia, see page 36. Windmill City Festival Batavia Riverwalk 100 Island Ave., Batavia (630) 879-5235 July 13-15

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Featuring carnival, entertainment, music and demonstrations. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free. July 13-15

Enjoy southern-inspired fare from premiere Chicago BBQ restaurants and interact with chefs and their culinary teams. Plus, country music and

A celebration of creativity in African-American heritage that begins and ends with an artistic explosion. The weekendlong celebration marks many different contributions from the AfricanAmerican community to a global cultural landscape. Includes music and entertainment. Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Admission: Free.




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Start out early with a trip to Marengo Cave. Take the Dripstone Trail tour, then go to the surface for some family Gemstone Mining, and finish with the spectacular Crystal Palace tour. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy some Happy down time in the Cedar Glade or Maple Grove before embarking on your afternoon trek.

Get up and going early on a hiking adventure to O’Bannon Woods State Park. Maybe you prefer an aquatic experience? Dive in or lounge by the pool at O’Bannon Woods where you can find water features for every age.



After lunch, head out to Patoka Lake or Hemlock Cliffs for the perfect Saturday trip ideaS:hiking experience. Or, if you prefer, swing by one of the local wineries and grab a bottle of your favorite red or white to enjoy later by the campfire.

Lunch at the Overlook and enjoy a splendid view of the mighty Ohio River. Sit on the deck and take in the views with a brew, if you prefer.

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Designed for children ages 1-9 Admission:

$12 per child Adults are always free! Naperville Park District Frontier Park Kite Festival, see page 20. Bucktown Garden Walk 182 N. Damen (starting point at Churchill Park), Chicago (773) 486-4353 July 14-15

Festival features a garden walk, tree walk, trolley rides, live music at Club Lucky and petting zoo at Lottie’s Pub. Churchill Park hosts a Children’s Area (10 a.m.-noon) with nature-inspired activities sponsored by local businesses and schools. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $10 donation. Kids Eat Chicago Grant Park 331 E. Randolph St., Chicago (312) 744-3315 July 14-15

The final two days of Taste of Chicago get especially family friendly when Chicago Parent and its partners move into Grant Park with inflatables, great kids’ music and entertainers, games, mini-train and more. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; see website for schedule. Admission: Free.

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Roscoe Village Burger Fest Roscoe Village Belmont and Damen avenues Chicago (773) 868-3010 July 14-15

The savory patty and a rockin’ music lineup are in the spotlight for Roscoe Village’s burger bash. In addition, good food and music, arts/crafts and a Kids’ Zone are on the weekend’s menu. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Admission: $10 donation.

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Square Roots Festival 4400-4560 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago (773) 728-6000 July 14-15

A festival of more than 70 acts including music, dance parties, jams and kids’ area with games, crafts, interactive concerts, the “Instrument Petting Zoo” and more. Also features the best local and regional craft breweries and Lincoln Square restaurants. Hours: 5-10 p.m. July

Admission $16 per person 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 (847) 228-2860

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FESTS 13, noon-10 p.m. July 14, noon-9 p.m. July 15. Admission: $10, $5 seniors and kids, $20 families suggested donation. Chinatown Summer Fair Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road, Chicago (773) 868-3010 (312) 326-5320 July 15

Iconic annual celebration of Far East culture includes the Dragon & Lion Dance Procession, artisans, food vendors and more. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free. Soulful Chicago Book Fair 61st Street, between Cottage and King, Chicago (646) 359-6605 July 15

A celebration of literacy

and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora, complete with more than 100 authors and music. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free. AccessChicago Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago July 19

Test products, services and connect with community organizations to learn about available disability-related social services. Take part in various adaptive sports and recreational demonstrations, learn about legal rights of people with disabilities, participate in a free health screening and enjoy fun activities for kids. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free.

North Shore Taco Fest with Highwood Days Everts Park 130 Highwood Ave. Highwood (847) 433-2100 taste.html July 19-22

Complete with carnival rides, funnel cakes, live music and tons of food from local vendors. Plus, the fest brings together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers and food trucks to offer a wide range of mouth-watering taco creations. Hours: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. July 19; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. July 20; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 21; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 22. Admission: Free. Vernon Hills Summer Celebration Century Park north of U.S. Route 60 on

Lakeview Parkway Vernon Hills (847) 361-8979 July 19-22

Includes live music, carnival rides, food, bingo games, car show and kids’ activities. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free. BenFest St. Benedict Church courtyard 2215 W. Irving Park, Chicago July 20-22

“Rock the Fest” is BenFest’s youth band showcase hosted by School of Rock. The popular children’s area features live music and dance for various ages, games, waterslide, inflatables, arts and crafts area, Sport Zone and more. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $5 donation.


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Summer Programs and more Alcuin Montessori School Summer camp 2016 324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park (708) 366-1882

Avery Coonley Summer Program 1400 W. Maple Ave., Downers Grove (630) 969-0800

German International School Chicago (GISC) 1447 W Montrose Ave, Chicago (773) 880-8812

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Intercultural Montessori Language School Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese 301 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park 114 S. Racine, Chicago (708) 848-6626

River Forest Community Center Early Childhood Learning Center Infant, Preschool & Pre-K 8020 Madison Street River Forest (708) 771-6159

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FESTS St. Haralambos Big Greek Food Fest of Niles Holy Taxiarhai And Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church 7373 Caldwell Ave., Niles (847) 647-8880 July 20-22

The event features authentic Greek food and wine, cooking demonstrations, live Greek music and dancing. Kids Korner is a secure area where kids can enjoy face painting, crafts and more. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $2, $1 seniors, free kids 12 and under; free 3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. World Arts & Music Festival Dawes Park Sheridan Road at Church Street Evanston (847) 448-8260

Homewood Artisan Street Fair, see page 20. July 20-21

This festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity, features art from an abundance of countries, family crafts activities, international cuisine and live music, dance, and spoken

word performances. Hours: Noon-7 p.m. Admission: Free. Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk Sheffield Avenue, between

Webster and Belden, Chicago July 21-22

In addition to two stages of music, more than 80 of the neighborhood’s residential gardens will be open for the public to


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FESTS explore. Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Admission: $7-$10 suggested donation. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. July 23-29

Features 10,000 aircraft, 2,500 showplanes, worldclass daily air shows plus two night air shows, evening entertainment including opening day concert by Dierks Bentley, 800 exhibit areas, onsite camping and KidVenture with hands-on activities. Hours: Gates open at 7 a.m. Admission: Check website. DuPage County Fair 2015 Manchester Road Wheaton (630) 668-6636 July 25-29

Entertainment includes

Rodeo, Demo Derbies, carnival rides, community service projects, concerts, craft fair and horse shows. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website. Lake County Fair Peterson and Midlothian roads Grayslake (847) 680-7200 July 25-29

The annual fair features hi-powered motocross and demolition derbies, professional rodeo, daily entertainment stages and County Fair traditions in the livestock barns & auction, horse show, carnival midway, petting zoo, diverse food treats and more. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $5-10; free kids 5 and under.

Wicker Park Fest Milwaukee Avenue, between North Avenue and Paulina Chicago (773) 384-2672 July 27-29

Event features three stages of continuous live music, a dedicated children’s fun area, an arts section with installation and performance acts, dozens of local vendors and restaurants, and environmentally-friendly production efforts. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $10 donation. International Dragon Boat Festival Lake Arlington 2201 N. Windsor Drive Arlington Heights July 28

This event brings together

culture, sport and international flavors that blend a 2,500-year-old tradition with the fun and excitement of an outdoor festival. Festival features Asian cultural performances, the Health & Wellness Village with products and services to assist in leading a healthy lifestyle and interactive Kids’ Zone. Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free. Taste of Lincoln Avenue North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood, Chicago July 28-29

Features 100-plus vendors, food and more than 20 acts on two music stages. Afternoons feature a stand-alone (free) kids’ carnival on Altgeld with art activities, pony

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Affordable Summer Arts Camps for Kids & Teen Musical Theatre Workshops One, Three, and Six Week Sessions Available as well as Teen Programs Taught All Summer Long! Acting, Singing, Dancing, Crafts, Outdoor Activities, and Motivational and Self Esteem Building Workshops! Early Registration Discounts! Camps & Workshops taught in the Palatine/Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows area

LaGrange Pet Parade, see page 20. rides and more. Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Admission: $8 donation.

AUGUST Northbrook Days Festival 1331 Shermer Road Shermer Road and Walters Avenue Northbrook Aug. 1-5

Features a wide variety of great food vendors, carnival rides and games, and entertainment. Live entertainment is featured each night at the main stage and during the day at the beer garden, food and children’s stages. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free; fees for rides and food. Festa Italiana Boylan High School Grounds 4000 St. Francis Drive Rockford (815) 636-2902 Aug. 3-5

Enjoy three days of authentic music, carnival, kids’

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activities and Italian food. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Visit website for admission prices. Jeff Fest 4900 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 868-3010 Aug. 3-5

The northwest side’s cozy Jefferson Park neighborhood throws its annual community party with food, music, arts/crafts and activities for kids. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 3; 2-10 p.m. Aug. 4; 2-9 p.m. Aug. 5. Admission: $5 donation. La Grange Endless Summerfest Gordon Park, La Grange lagrangeendlesssummerfest. com Aug. 3-5

Family fun, live music and great entertainment for all ages planned. Includes rides, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, music, and Sunday night fireworks. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 3; 1-10 p.m. Aug. 4; 1-9:45 p.m. Aug. 5. Admission: Check website.

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FESTS Arts Dans La Rue Marion Street, between Lake and North Blvd., Oak Park (708) 383-4145 Aug. 7

Savor art, food, wine, music, dance and all things authentically European. Kids’ activities include artistic face painting, a wandering mime, animal ambassador Mindy the Monkey and art with the Oak Park Art League. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Admission: Free. Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby Chicago River Columbus Avenue bridge to Michigan Avenue bridge Chicago Aug. 9

Spectators cheer on more than 50,000 yellow rubber ducks to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Family entertainment includes face painting, games, free food and appearances by sports mascots. Donated prizes will be provided to the adoptive parents of the winning ducks. Hours: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Admission: Free; $5 to adopt a duck. Annual Ginza Holiday Festival Midwest Buddhist Temple 435 W. Menomonee St. Chicago (312) 943-7801 Aug. 10-12

Experience a taste of Japan at this cultural festival, which features Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations, classical dances, drumming, ukelele, martial arts and fencing. Traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered and other Japanese merchandise. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $5, children under 12 are free.

Taste of Des Plaines, see page 22. Chicago Hot Dog Fest Chicago History Museum Stockton and LaSalle streets Chicago Aug. 10-12

Festival features live music and family-friendly activities, plus classic Chicago-style hot dogs. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $5 suggested donation or $20 suggested family donation; cost for hot dogs. Retro on Roscoe Roscoe and Damen, Chicago (773) 665-4682 Aug. 10-12

Festival features local restaurants, artisans, vendors, chili cookoff and a family area with crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides and more. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 10, noon-10 p.m. Aug. 11-12. Admission: $10. The Fest For Beatles Fans Hyatt Regency O’Hare

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Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont (847) 696-1234 Aug. 10-12

Features dozens of special guests and tons of events and activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Revolver. Includes activities for kids, such as Beatles puppet shows, Beatles parade and arts and crafts. Hours: 5 p.m.midnight Aug. 10; noonmidnight Aug. 11; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 12. Admission: Check website. Bud Billiken Day Parade and Picnic Martin Luther King Drive from 39th Street (Oakwood Blvd.) to 51st Street, Chicago (773) 536-3710 Aug. 11

Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. and features float, bands, drill teams, dance teams and celebrities. At the end of the parade route, there is a picnic with entertainment, food and music. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Free.

Chicago Botanic Garden’s Kite Festival Chicago Botanic Garden 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe (847) 835-5440 Aug. 11-12

Enjoy soaring stuntkite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois. Ice cream, beverages and many lunch options available for purchase on the west meadow. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Free; $30 parking. Near North Food Truck Social Sedgwick between Chicago and Locust, Chicago Aug. 11-12

Nearly 20 food trucks will park to dole out creations. Kid-centric games, picnic tables and entertainment will keep parents happy. A $20 sampler ticket gives tasters a chance to try sample-sized portions

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FESTS from participating trucks. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 11-12. Admission: $5 donation. Edison Park Fest Downtown Edison Park 6730 N. Olmstead Ave. Chicago (773) 631-0063 Aug. 17-19

Includes music, food, craft fair, dog show, bags tournament and basketball clinic. Kids’ Play Area features a rock climbing wall and waterslide, and Children’s Stage has kid-friendly performances, craft booths and a playground. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: $5 donation. Homewood’s Giant Block Party Hickory Road, between Dixie and Martin, Homewood (708) 798-3000 Aug. 18

Activities including a jump house, games, zip line and crafts. Also featuring live entertainment, summer fare, and the annual Pooch Parade. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission: Free. Chicago Air and Water Show North Avenue Beach, Chicago (312) 744-3370 Aug. 18-19

One of Chicago’s longestrunning events, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan. Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: Free. Worth Days 11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth worth-days Aug. 23-26

event schedule. Admission: Check website.

Four days of entertainment, carnival rides, food and kids zone. Parade is noon on 111th Street and fireworks about 9:15 p.m. Aug. 26. Hours: 6-11 p.m. Aug. 24; 2-11 p.m. Aug. 25; 2-10 p.m. Aug. 26. Admission: $5, $3 residents, free kids under 16 and senior citizens.

Taste of Greektown

Cherry Valley Festival Days Baumann Park 218 S. Walnut St., Cherry Valley (815) 332-2152 Aug. 24-26

Festival includes entertainment, amusement rides, kids’ games, bingo, fireworks and food. Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight Aug. 24; noon-midnight Aug. 25; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 26. See website for

Greek Town 400 S. Halsted, Chicago (847) 509-8050 Aug. 24-26

Food, music and entertainment, including Greek bands, artisans and games for both kids and families. Hours: Noon-10 p.m. Admission: Free. Logan Square Food Truck Social Humboldt Boulevard between Armitage & 606 Trail, Chicago logansquarefoodtrucksocial. com Aug. 24-26

Two dedicated stages of music, family friendly activities and, of course, food trucks. A $20 sampler ticket can be used to

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FESTS try sample-sized portions at participating trucks. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 24; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 25; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 26. Admission: $5 donation.

Taste of Polonia

Naperville Last Fling

Features four stages of music (Polish, American, Dance and Club music), Polish cuisine, arts and crafts, game arcades and a Kid’s World featuring activities and entertainment. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Aug. 31; noon-10 p.m. Sept. 1-2; noon- 9 p.m. Sept. 3. Admission: $7; free kids 12 and under.

Naperville Central High School 440 W. Aurora Ave., Naperville (630) 961-4143 Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land at Naper Settlement with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website.

Copernicus Center Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues, Chicago (773) 777-8898 Aug. 31-Sept. 3

African Festival of the Arts Washington Park 51st and Cottage Grove Chicago (773) 955-2787 Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Festival highlighting

African culture features dancing, music, art and entertainment. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Check website.

SEPTEMBER Frankfort Fall Festival Kansas Street, Frankfort (815) 469-3356 Sept. 1-3

Featuring artisans, live entertainment, carnival and a parade at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Check website for detailed schedule. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 1-2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3. Admission: Free. Irish Days Long Grove Historic Village 308 Old McHenry Road Long Grove (847) 634-0888

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A tribute to culture, music, food and Guinness. Features live entertainment, a leprechaun hunt, as well as competitions for Irish costume and more. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free. The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Glenwood Avenue parking lot Glen Ellyn Sept. 8

More than 60 teams compete for trophies and bragging rights in three categories. Festivities include live music, a dunk tank, and activities for kids. All proceeds support Bridge Communities in their efforts to help transition homeless families in DuPage County to self-sufficiency. Hours: See website for schedule. Admission: Free.


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a merry victory for families BY CHERYL EUGENIO

o summer is complete without a visit to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha. It happens to be our family’s most anticipated summer event; we can’t wait to make our merry way through the Elizabethan town of Bristol, a fantasy world where knights, fairies and a queen walk.

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turkey legs to snacking on famous Wisconsin cheese fritters, you won’t leave hungry. Strolling around town is certainly a feast for the eyes. People dancing, singing or even engaging in random sword fights. Fairies can be found flitting about, and don’t even get me started on the costumes! If you’d rather rest those weary legs, watch any of the scheduled acts on-

Bristol Renaissance Faire 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, Wis. Weekends and Labor Day, July 7-Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: $25.95 adult, $11.50 kids 5-12 and free kids 4 and under.

stage. Just be sure to scope it out first or check the rating— some of the shows are suited for a mature audience. Kids’ Kingdom is the place to be. Instagramworthy photos await at the entrance of Kids’ Kingdom where kids can sit at one or all of the six themed thrones.

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Once inside go on a treasure hunt or play aboard two giant ships. For a truly magical experience, stop here at the end of the day to get knighted by the Queen herself. Complimentary family games are offered three times a day. Every game is different, so don’t forget kly stage to check the weekly o learn a few schedule. Want to tricks of the trade? e? Stop by or free Queen’s College fo for hands-on-historyy activin ng ties. If you’re willing w to dish out a few bucks, you can create your own history-made-re-al souvenir! If ad-lll venture’s your calling participate in RenQuest, a live action adventure where you get to be the hero or the villain and you have a chance to fight with foam weapons and spells. For younger kids and short attention spans,


Tips to have a merry good time Each weekend sports a different theme, so feel free to don your costumes. Love pirates? Have a yo-ho-ho good time during their Swashbuckler weekend. Calling all heroes and villains, monsters aand n magicians, they’ve added tth those new th weekends for w you. yyo Moms, need a M placee to nurse and/ plac the kids? There or change th air-conditioned room is an air-con nd for inside Kids’ KKingdom in you. you Kids Quest is another option that lasts 20-30 minutes. Love carnival-like rides? Try out any of the unique rides and games are all powered by muscle.

Everyone can bring in their own water bottle. Have a picky eater? It’s OK to bring their favorite snack. Credit cards didn’t exist back then, and only a few places accept them here. Keep cash handy. Potty time? For bathrooms with real running water and other modern necessities, make a stop at the facilities by the front of the entrance. Plan to spend the day there. After all, how often are you transported to the 16th century? Need elven ears and armor to add to your closet? From hand dyed scarves to kilts to leather hats and moccasins, they’ll have something for you.


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Embrace European culture at Downtown Oak Park’s French street festival featuring art, food, wine, music, film, dance and more.

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River Forest Community Center Early Childhood Learning Center ! Half-Day & Full-Day: Preschool & Pre-K ! Before and After School Care ! Summer Camps ! Parent and Tot Programs ! Full-Day Infant— Preschool Programs at our OPRF HS location

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scape rooms are the latest attraction sweeping Chicagoland and it’s a no-brainer why they’ve become so popular. The main idea is to work together as a team by solving puzzles in order to “escape” from a room you’re trapped in. To make it even better, these local escape rooms have designed special themes perfect for your tweens and teens.

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ESCAPES for families Escape Artistry Learn fascinating facts Lear about Chicago while locked in the roo rooms at Escape Artistry. For eexample, “The Railcar” esca escape features a CTA-style co commute gone wrong; yo you have to stop the tra train in order to save the cit city. With no minimum ag age for participation, the roo room’s difficulty can also be ad adjusted upon request to make it exciting for the entire family. 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago;

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EscapeHouse Chicago EscapeHouse Chicago brings fun for all ages. Families with players (aka Junior Spies) younger playe experience rooms roo designed for up. Try out the “White ages 8 and up challenge where players House” challen secret service agents and become secre missile strike heading must stop a m directly to the White House. These Mission” times occur from “Family Missio p.m. Sundays and 4-8 11 a.m.-3 p.m Tuesdays. p.m. Tuesdays 54 E. Ontario St., Chicago; escape housechicago.

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o ho-hum putt-putting here. You can venture to the Congo, play a “championship” course, learn some trick shots, have a glow party and more. Each course is “hole-in-one” fun. So, scramble the kiddies and grab your caddy—it’s golfing time!


How about taking the kids on an exotic expedition? Congo River Golf and Exploration has two 18-hole courses overflowing with adventure. Each course winds around a waterfall-fed river. You’ll brave rickety bridges, trek a steep mountain, come face-to-face with a giant Tiki mask and putt on a “floating” green. Search for hidden “artifacts” (QR codes that you scan into your device) and earn prizes. Don’t worry about mosquito nets, but pack sunscreen. There is little shade on this course. Great for golfers of all ages. Keep in mind there are stairs, uneven walkways, high ledges and bridges, so strollers should stay back at “camp.” 1325 N. Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates; (847) 843-1778,

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Play like a champ at Wilderness Falls MiniGolf. This rustic-themed mini-golf course has two 18-hole courses. Putt across a 35-foot waterfall and “play through” Big Foot’s Cave on the Bear course. Bear is also home to the Chicago Mini-Golf Championship. Go ahead, walk in the footsteps of mini-golf greatness! If climbing is more your style, “fly” over to the Eagle course, with its 40-foot “mountain.” On the last hole race against your foursome to sink your putt first. The winner walks away with bragging rights. Perfect for golfers of all ages. 145 S. Clow International Parkway, Bolingbrook; (630) 378-8888, CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 4 6

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What do Mount Rushmore, roulette and roller coasters all have in common? Par-King Skill Golf! This quirky course is an eclectic collection of outrageous obstacles, wacky water hazards and trick holes. Hole-in-one? Who cares! Golfers have more fun tracking balls as they whiz, whirl and wind through a unique assortment of 19 moving obstacles. Watch your ball ride up an elevator in the Sears Tower, spin through the Rocket Ship, spiral around the Roller Coaster. Or take a chance with the Lucky Roulette. This throwback course only accepts cash. Golfers must be at least 48 inches tall. Great for older kids and teens. 21711 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire; (847) 634-0333,

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Don’t let a rain delay take you off course. Putting Edge brings all the fun of minigolf inside for a “glowing” good time. This indoor, illuminated course is lit with black lights. Everything glows in the dark—scenery, holes, golf balls, even the golfers! Along with clubs and balls, golfers get glow bracelets to wear. The course spans two floors and takes golfers through a series of themed luminescent rooms. “Dive” into the murky depths of the sea, “play” with monkeys in the jungle or “joust” the mysterious dark knight in the castle. Hole 17 is a trick hole that twirls the ball through an oversized Aztec calendar wall maze before dropping it on the green. The 18th hole is Skee-Ball meets golf. Fun tip: It’s possible to sink a hole-in-one on all 18 holes. Challenge the kiddos and see who can shoot the most “aces.” Keep in mind, it is dimly lit to boost the glow. Better for kids who are not afraid of the dark. 4105 N. Harlem Ave., Norridge (in the Norridge Commons Shopping Center); (708) 457-8377,

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Museum Free Days Please note: Free days are for Illinois residents only in most cases. Days can change; always check before going.

Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (312) 922-STAR Free admission: June 21, Aug. 27-31, Sept. 9-16

Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago (312) 857-7161 Free admission: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Always free for kids 13 and under.

Cantigny Park and First Division Museum 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton (630) 668-5161 Free admission: Always free. Parking is $10, free on the first Wednesday of the month.

Chicago Children’s Museum 700 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago (312) 527-1000 Free admission: 5-8 p.m. Thursdays; first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. Always free for kids under 1.

Elmhurst (630) 834-0202 Free admission: First Friday monthly. Always free for kids under 18.

Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (312) 922-9410 Free admission: June 20-22.

Joliet Area Historical Museum

Chicago History Museum

204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet Free admission: June 2

1601 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 642-4600 Free admission: 12:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays.

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

DuSable Museum of African American History

220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst (630) 833-1616 Free admission: Fridays.

740 E. 56th Place, Chicago (773) 947-0600 Free admission: Tuesdays.

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

Elmhurst Art Museum 150 Cottage Hill Ave.,

99 Chicago Riverwalk (312) 977-0227 Free admission: Sundays.

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Midway Village Museum 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford Free admission: June 7, 21; July 22, 26; Aug. 9, 23; Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27

Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W. State St., Sycamore (815) 895-9777 Free admission: First Thursday monthly.

Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago (312) 280-2660 Free admission: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Always free for kids 18 and under.

Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

(773) 684-1414 Free admission: June 4-7, 11-12; Sept. 4-6, 1013, 17-20, 24-27

National Museum of Mexican Art 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago (312) 738-1503 Free admission: Always free.

Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago (773) 755-5100 Free admission: Thursdays. Always free for kids under 3.

Shedd Aquarium 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (312) 939-2438 Free admission: June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19; Sept. 4-30

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City Lit Books




ogan Square is low-key, artsy and diverse with plenty of cute cafes and independent stores within easy walking distance, making it a great neighborhood for a day of family exploring.

City Lit Books 2523 N. Kedzie Ave. Getting kids to appreciate the written word is so important, and this independent bookstore is definitely a place that makes that a priority. Celebrate good books with storytime 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday, which includes read-alongs and sing-alongs and often author visits. Free parking in back.

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Palmer Square Park 2200 N. Kedzie Ave.

Seven acres of green space in the middle of the boulevard create a peaceful park to play and people watch. Inspired by The Velveteen Rabbit, sculptures shaped like bunnies and tree stumps are perfect for young kids to climb or play pretend with. There’s a tree swing and plenty of open space to kick a ball, read a book or just soak up the sunshine.

Logan Square Farmers Market Logan Boulevard, east of Milwaukee on the Square 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays May 13-Oct. 28 A weekly, open-air community market that has won many accolades, the Logan Square Farmers Market is a great place to get fresh produce, hear performances by local musicians and even do some yoga. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 5 0

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El Cid 2645 N. Kedzie Ave.

The outdoor patio is the perfect place to sip margaritas or mojitos and munch chips and salsa, and it’s not often that you’ll meet a kid who doesn’t like a quesadilla. El Cid is a good neighborhood Mexican restaurant that is sure to fill the bellies of the whole family.

Dunlays on the Square 3137 W. Logan Blvd. Kids eat free from the children’s menu every day 4:30-6:30 p.m. If that isn’t reason enough to visit this bar and grill with an outdoor patio, perhaps the inventive menu will sway you. The Lobster Deviled Eggs and Brussels Sprout Salad are creative spins on popular dishes.

*play 3109 W. Logan Blvd. This adorable local toy store is packed with imaginative, educational and nostalgic toys, plus great gift ideas for Chicago-loving little ones, like Chicago children’s books and Barack Obama dolls. I thought the Chewbeads baby teething

jewelry was super insightful. My daughter and her friend got a big kick out of the Madhatter dough and old-time toys like latch kits. Maia Martine, Play salesperson, recommends SpinAgain and NogginStik for little babies, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls books and handmade bows and arrows for older children.

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Revolution Brewery


Revolution Brewery

2323 N. Milwaukee Brews and babies might not have been two things you instantly put together, but they combine well, especially for Sunday brunch. This local brewpub serves buttery biscuits and gravy, Breakfastman burgers, chilaquiles and smoky tomato bacon omelets. Tap into one of their popular brews (I can’t wait for my favorite Rosa Hibiscus Ale to become available) or try a tasty beermosa.

More All Star Press A 22725 N. Milwaukee An art gallery with a ssports theme, All Star Press, P is just the ticket if you y have older kids who are a sports fans.

If you have the energy, there’s more to explore in Logan Square, such as Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, Parson’s Chicken & Fish, Jam Restaurant and The Logan Theatre.

Lula Café 2537 N. Kedzie Ave. This delightful, buzzing café started serving farmto-table cuisine before it became uber popular. Almost anything you try on the seasonal, locally sourced menu is sure to please. I like their savory Sunchoke Dip, topped with h pumpkin ki seeds, pecorino, walnuts and mushrooms. An early brunch is your best bet with little diners in tow.

New Wave Coffee House

Where is Logan Square

3103 W. Logan Blvd. This independent coffee shop serves drinks brewed with Metropolis beans and sandwiches, has a colorful, artistic vibe and plenty of seating outside.

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Warm temps, hotter musical theater



s soon as the temps start rising in Chicago, it’s all we can do to keep from singing in the streets—or dancing in the aisles. If the upcoming lineup of musical theater greatness has anything to say about it, this is definitely the summer to do it.

Memphis Inspired by true events, ‘Memphis’ tells the tale of a white radio DJ, a black club singer and the kind of dreams that 1950s Tennessee doesn’t know how to handle. Porchlight brings its signature musical prowess to the historic Ruth Page Center for the Arts and, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’) and music and lyrics by David Bryan (of the band Bon Jovi), a rollicking time is guaranteed. (Would you expect anything less from the birthplace of rock n’ roll?) Through June 3 The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago 52 Summer 2018 • goingplaces

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South Pacific If we’re handing out awards for the most timely staging of 2018, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific’ is an extremely strong contender. Darkness and prejudice live quite well amidst beauty and love in this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical. Under the direction of Victor Malana Maog, this production explores race, patriotism and the suggestion that maybe those concepts weren’t limited to the era of World War II. Through June 17 Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace

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Avenue Q This is definitely not the puppet show for your youngest family members. (Maybe you’re thinking of that other street?) Following the path of a recent college grad as he wonders just what to do with his English degree in the real world, ’Avenue Q’ is every bit as emotionally packed and fun as you’d want a soft n’ fluffy cast to be—but with just enough wit and fun to make you glad you’re solid with your ABCs and 123s. Through June 30 Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights

Waitress Based on Adrienne Shelly’s hit film and brought to life by an all-female creative team, ‘Waitress’ centers around Jenna, a waitress, pie maker and wife in a loveless marriage who dreams of more. Her story—and journey—are sweet as pie, and original music and lyrics from six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles might just even have you coming back for seconds. July 3-July 22 Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago

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The Color Purple If you like your Pulitzer Prize-winning stories to have Tony Award-winning restagings, then ‘The Color Purple’ and its heroine’s tale of hope and love against the odds is a solid choice. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 5 4

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New York Magazine called it “one of the greatest revivals ever” and, with a heart-soaring blend of jazz, gospel and the blues, we’re fairly certain you’ll be singing a similar tune as well. July 17-29 Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago

‘Summer Concert at Millennium Park’ Calendar alert! Keep the popular Summer Concert penciled in your calendar to see what’s on next season’s horizon. Eileen LaCario, vice president of Broadway in Chicago, calls it “the highlight of the summer for Broadway fans—it’s like ‘Broadwaypalooza.’” Previews from wildly anticipated shows will be performed, so come early to stake your lawn claim amongst equally fervent fans. (‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ anyone?) Aug. 13 Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago 54 Summer 2018 • goingplaces

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“Walk a mile in her shoes” takes on a whole new meaning when a struggling male actor steps into some high heels—and into the role of a lifetime. Tony Award-nominee Santino Fontana (‘Crazy ExGirlfriend, the voice of Hans in ‘Frozen’) brings the leading lady to life in a world premiere

that redefines girl power. Sept. 11-Oct. 14 Cadillac Palace, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago

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an’t get to Europe this summer? The next best thing is traveling to one or more of these charming towns that feel like Europe but you don’t even have to pack your passport. Many attractions are open seasonally, making summer the perfect time to go.

Holland, Mich. About 2½ hours from Chicago Never mind if you can’t make it to the Netherlands. If you couldn’t tell from the name of the town, the omnipresent tulips and wooden shoes make it clear that the influence of Dutch immigrants in the mid-1800s is still prominent today. The five-story DeZwaan windmill is the only authentic Dutch windmill in the United States. In addition to trekking to the top of it, the beautiful 36 acres of Windmill Island Garden includes a children’s garden, playground, Dutch carousel and gift shops. Nelis’ Dutch Village offers families a peek into 56 Summer 2018 • goingplaces

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what life was like in the Netherlands in the 1800s. Little ones can slide down the giant wooden shoe, feed farm animals and ride the “draaimolen” and “zweefmolen” as well as hear music from the Amsterdam street organ.

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New Glarus, Wis. About 2½ hours from Chicago “America’s Little Switzerland,” New Glarus, is full of charming chaletstyle architecture that will have you looking for the Alps. (The rolling hills of southern Wisconsin are actually somewhat similar to the farmland found near Glarus, Switzerland, where the first settlers originated.) The town hosts several summer festivals, including Polka Fest June 8-9; Heidi Fest, which celebrates the beloved title character of Johanna Spyri’s classic play, June 22-23; Swiss Volksfest, which commemorate Swiss Independence Day, Aug. 5; and Wilhelm Tell Festival Aug. 31-Sept. 1. It is also home to the Swiss Center of North America and the Swiss Historical Village.

Mount Horeb, Wis. About 3 hours from Chicago If you have Frozen fans, they’ll love a visit to the “troll capital of the world.” Mount Horeb, just west of Madison, celebrates its Norwegian heritage by lining Main Street with life-size

carvings of the mythological mischief makers. Trolls are said to live in mounds; Cave of the Mounds is four miles away. Visitors strolling “the trollway” can grab a sweet treat at Sjolinds Chocolate Factory and pick up Scandinavian imports at shops in town.

Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa About 6 hours from Chicago The closest you can come to Copenhagen without crossing the Atlantic may be the Danish Villages in western Iowa. “For me, it was a great experience because I’m Danish,” says Henriette Pentz, Naperville mom of two. “It gives you a feel for who the Danes are and why they settled there. Landscape wise, it’s similar to Denmark.” See a windmill originally built in Denmark in 1848 and reassembled in Elk Horn in 1976 and learn what life was like for Vikings in Scandinavia around 900 A.D. at the VikingHjem. Don’t miss the Little Mermaid statue that is a replica of the one in Copenhagen. If you have any Danish ancestry, trace your roots at the Museum of Photo by Henriette Danish America’s Pentz Family History and Genealogy Center.

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Danish food is plentiful and Rugbrød (rye bread) and frikadeller (Danish meatballs) are popular with kids. If you want to experience a blending of cultures, you can get a pizza topped with frikadeller. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 5 8

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About 4½ hours from Chicago “Little Bavaria” is a lot easier to get to than heading over to southern Germany. Both the Bavarian Inn and Zehnder’s are restaurants known for amazing fried chicken; it’s so popular that they serve 700 tons of it each year. Also, the restaurants are all-you-can-eat so perfect for growing teens and tweens who seem to never get full. Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland is home to all things holiday, all year round. It will have you humming carols and buying ornaments even if it is 90 degrees outside. For adults, a beer can be a great way to cool off and the Frankenmuth Brewery proudly carries on the German beer tradition as America’s oldest microbrewery. They have hand-rolled Bavarian pretzels as well as root bier and a kids’ menu. Bavarian Festival takes place June 7-10, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry, you’ll feel like you’re in Germany whenever you can visit.

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ith its arid climate, crystal-clear waters and cactuses aplenty, you wouldn’t think that Aruba, a tiny island on the coast of Venezuela, shares much in common with Chicago, a giant city on the coast of Lake Michigan. And you would be mostly right. But on my recent visit to Aruba, I was surprised by just how much this island nation has in common with our fair city. And since it takes a relatively easy flight to experience this alt-version of our Midwestern reality, a trip to Aruba is ideal for Chicagoans looking for a tropical escape, some adventurous activities or a little good old-fashioned sunshine. Here’s what to see for a slightly quirky taste of home.

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If you like Shedd Aquarium: Try snorkeling at one of the island’s beaches Get up-close-and-personal with the jewels of the sea when you go for a dive at one of the many beaches in Aruba. Beginners can hone their skills at Arashi Beach, which has shallow water and a sandy bottom, while snorkeling pros can explore the gorgeous shores at Mangel Halto, which are a bit trickier to navigate. In addition to fish of all sizes and hues, you may be lucky enough to spot a sea turtle or two on Eagle Beach; four species nest on the island, where they have special protected status. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 6 0

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If you like the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven: Check out The Butterfly Farm Butterflies (and some moths) from around the world make their home at The Butterfly Farm, a unique attraction that both kids and adults will love. Informative guides lead tours throughout the day, and butterflies emerge from their chrysalises every

morning grea excitement from visitors. Or morning, to great you can just bask in the many-colored creatures flitting about and take photos galore. (If one lands on you, be sure to make a wish!) Pro tip: Visit the farm early in your trip and re-use your tickets throughout your stay.

If you like frolicking along Lake Michigan: Frolic along the Caribbean Sea There’s no shortage of water-based fun on this island! Whether you want to try out wave running, stand-up paddle boarding, parasailing or water skiing, Aruba’s got your back. Splash in the translucent water, which averages about 80 degrees year-round. And in case you were wondering, yes, we do count soaking up rays, sipping a tropical beverage and snoozing in the sun as water (um … sand?) sports.

If you like navigating potholes on Lake Shore Drive: Jostle around on an off-road adventure There will be bumps. De Palm Tours hosts open-air truck tours through Arikok National Park, where you’ll take in some of the most awe-inspiring sites on the island. Tours visit the stunning Natural Bridge and Natural Pool (if the waves cooperate, you can even take a dip!) as well as Aruba’s first church, the gold mill ruins and a picture-perfect lighthouse. Be forewarned: You’ll need a shower when thee th tour is done, but all the dust is more than worth discovering what makes Aruba so special.

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If you like Chicago’s museum scene: Explore Aruba’s unique museums For such a small island, it has its fair share of museums. If you’re interested in ancient artifacts, the Archaeological Museum features items from as far back as 2500 B.C. and delves into the unique cultural mix that exists in Aruba. Beauty enthusiasts can learn about the country’s vibrant aloe vera industry—its exports are world famous!— at the Aruba Aloe Factory, which walks you through the whole production process. And at the Aruba Toy Museum, kids will be fascinated by the wide variety of vintage toys—and maybe newly inspired to appreciate their own playthings.

Where to stay Tourism is a big deal in Aruba, and many of the popular hotels cater to Americans. But for a less cookie-cutter hotel stay, we recommend Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, a boutique hotel with just 72 rooms and an abundance of charm, thanks to its striking

Dutch architecture. Each room is equipped with a kitchenette—which can be easily stocked at the nearby supermarket—to make easy meals, or opt to dine at one of the hotel’s two restaurants. Amsterdam Manor has its own swimming pool with waterfall and is just steps away from the lovely Eagle Beach.

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hat’s better during a Chicago summer than dining al fresco? Grab a blanket, pack up your favorite snacks and sprawl out at one of these gorgeous Instagram-worthy picnic spots.

Margaret Donahue Park 1230 W. School St., Chicago This popular Lakeview park features a Chicago skylinethemed playground, expansive Cubs-emblazoned turf field, splash pad with all the bells and whistles and shaded picnic tables or grassy areas.

Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago It’s no surprise that the planetarium’s spectacular grounds constantly attract wedding parties as it’s considered one of the most magnificent city backdrops. You’ll find plenty of other picnicgoers watching the boats go by and taking in the view.

Sunset Woods Park 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park Picnic tables are scattered among four themed playgrounds, sports fields and a skate park for the older set. There’s truly something for every age!

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418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park Shake your groove thing with a dance party on the grass. Ravinia’s summer kids’ concerts are the best place to picnic while listening to your favorite tunes. This summer’s lineup includes Laurie Berkner and Opera for the Young.

201 E. Randolph St. (between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Avenue), Chicago Grab deli sandwiches or snacks at nearby Bockwinkel’s or Mariano’s on your way to Maggie Daley Park, the “Bean” or Crown Fountain for lots of action and people watching.

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Harvester Park 15 W. 400 Harvester Drive, Burr Ridge Its multi-age playground has a large tree house and a mini ravine for sand play. Set up lunch at one of the picnic tables or on the grassy fields. Located right off I-55, it’s a convenient spot for friends venturing from the city or ‘burbs.

Ping Tom Memorial Park 1700 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago Amidst Chinese design elements and a lovely view of the river, this 17-acre outdoor haven is a popular locale for concerts and movies. Plus, there are ample areas to picnic with friends with a playground for kids.

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