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All awhirl Long before people built helicopters or drones to hover in the sky, nature built whirlybirds. Maple whirlybirds, that is. The fluttering things that twirl down from maple trees in summer are called samaras, and they are seeds with wings. If you drop a samara from above your head, the wing will make it twirl in a little circle all the way to the ground. How? The thin, wide, paper-like wing catches the air and rotates around the heavy tree seed. As the wing cuts through the air, its speed generates lift. Basically, it’s the way helicopters fly—and insects and hummingbirds. Why would a tree seed be built to whirl? Because it needs to leave home. A seed that drops fast straight down will land in the shade of its mother tree, where there’s no sunlight and little chance to grow. A seed that is fluttering in a circle will fall more slowly. While it’s in the air, a gust of wind may blow it out into the open, where there will be enough sun to sprout. A maple tree drops thousands of samaras each summer, and only a few ever sprout. Though many of the seeds will be eaten by squirrels and other animals, a wing gives each one a better chance. Nature is a great engineer.
Tummy time We can all tick off a long list of reasons why raising the kids in Chicago and its suburbs is absolutely the best. One of those reasons has to be the food, right? Give me a deep dish pepperoni or TAMARA L. an Italian beef and fries on a Saturday O’SHAUGHNESSY night and I’m a happy mom despite the food baby that results. I figure that’s why they make loose-fitting maxi skirts. Summer in Chicago means food fests at every turn, with the mother of all food fests, Taste of Chicago, taking the starring role. I’ll admit, doing Taste is always on my annual summer to-do list, but I never quite got around to going until last year. Last year, Chicago Parent created Kids Eat Chicago in partnership with Taste of Chicago and I found myself and the kids right in the heart of the city munching on lots of food that makes Chicago great. Instead of being overwhelmed by the crowds like I feared I would be, Kids Eat actually became a fun respite. My family, for instance, made Kids Eat our home base, ventured out into the crowds for the food, then quickly dashed back to Kids Eat to enjoy. Kids Eat Chicago returns to Grant Park this month. You’ll find just a taste of all the things Chicago Parent’s wonderful event planners have in store for your family starting on page 24. I hope to see you there. Happy July.
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A dark, cool movie theater is a welcome respite from the heat of the day. Plus, there’s popcorn. Head to our Contests page this month to enter to win a family five-pack to see “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” ““Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” ““Teen Titans Go to the Movies,” and ““Christopher Robin.”
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our landlubbers might not turn into seafaring experts in a day at the Chicago Children’s Museum’s new Boats exhibit, but they’ll certainly leave more comfortable climbing on a vessel.
The climbing is the key, as the museum has found boats of many sizes to explore from top to bottom, inside and out. Kids can helm a two-story fishing boat, with a galley and sleeping space in the bottom and a steering wheel at the captain’s station up a narrow staircase. They can luff the sails on a sailboat, or find comfort in the closeness of a kayak. They’ll learn how boats of all sizes move through the lake waters: by machine (the power boat), by man (the kayak) and by nature (the sailboat). Once they find their favorite cruiser, your new sailor can grab one of the many fishing poles to hook a worm, crawfish or perch and learn about
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the fishlife that inhibit the Great Lakes. If your kiddo is more comfy on the ground, he or she can man the bait shop, taking charge of their math skills by selling worms and fishing licenses with the money provided. There’s a knot-tying station, where young sailors can learn about and replicate knots used on a boat, and two boxes of costumes for play as a captain, a mermaid or even a beaver. The exhibit is perfect for kids who are just learning to walk up to age 10. Lake Michigan, visible through the windows that line the outer wall of the room, serves as the perfect imagination boost. Hillary Bird
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Turn July up to 11 Go out there and let the music lift you up, Chicago! Here are three of our July picks for getting the groove in your heart— and in your KEELY FLYNN neighborhood. After all, kids learn early that the best musical experiences are outof-doors, hands on and turned way up.
With the goal of “bringing cultures together,” the 4th annual Bantu Festival celebrates diversity, food from more than 20 countries and music from local and international faves alike. Save on airfare and travel with the fam to Africa, the Caribbean and South America, all without leaving the Hyde Park neighborhood. Admission is entirely free, too! Kids won’t know what to dive into first, with the abundance of arts & crafts areas, the Children’s Village with hands-on experiences of each featured culture, and the African drum & dance lessons—the latter of which is for all ages and stages. (No worries, you’re among friends, here.) July 28, Midway Plaisance, 60th Street and Ellis Avenue, Chicago; bantuentertainment01.com
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KIDS EAT CHICAGO Don’t miss performances from Miss Jamie’s Farm, Super Stolie, The Stu Show and singers from Bubbles Academy. July 14-15, Grant Park; kidseatchicago.com
Yes, the Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest food festival. (Noodle on that for a second.) But no, “food” isn’t the only reason to converge upon Grant Park—Chicago’s front yard— with roughly a million of your closest friends; the musical lineup at recent Tastes has inspired some to dub the week “Tasteapalooza.” So is it worth bringing the smallest of concertgoers downtown to get funky with the likes of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic as well as to witness whatever the heck The
Flaming Lips have up their technicolor sleeves? (Um, yes.) Not only are there loads of kid-friendly activities and musical opportunities during the weekend portion of the fest but, in a beautifully cost-effective change of pace, admission to the Taste of Chicago—including lawn seats for the Petrillo Music Shell concerts—is entirely free. July 11-15, Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, Chicago; cityofchicago.org
Square Roots Fest Lincoln Square’s beloved Square Roots Fest is a weekend-long party that not only touts musical headliners the grownups are jonesing to see (The Jayhawks! Matthew Sweet!) but is bringing the fun for the younger set at the Kids Stage (Little Miss Ann! Nick Davio & Friends!) as well. Besides, when’s the last time you took part in a Family Barn Dance? Come for the indie rockers and local crowd-favorites, stay for the craft beer and nightly dance parties. Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, this is also your chance to jam out (with the kids, too!) in the city’s
pitch-perfect “jam session” neighborhood. July 13-15, Lincoln Avenue at Montrose Avenue, Chicago; squareroots.org
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My kids break all they touch. It’s why I don’t have nice things. My entire house is comprised of brown furniture and brown carpet to hide the mud that clings to my children like Pig-Pen. I sold most of my wedding crystal and expensive dinnerware on a local moms’ site for $2 because I felt sure it was their only chance at survival.
My Christmas ornaments are shatter-proof. My margarita glass is made of plastic. When it comes to bikes, the boys demolish them faster than we keep up with repairs. Two have been lost to theft. A giant snow pile claimed another one this winter. So when acquaintances and family rid themselves of old bikes, I eagerly take them. No questions asked. I am practically a safe haven for vintage Schwinns. Until my kids murder that Schwinn. The biggest dilemma is when donations arrive in electric pink with a white daisy basket attached. My youngest son, Joey, insisted we spray paint one such offering last week. I agreed before I realized that Chicago doesn’t actually sell spray paint within city limits. I drove out to the suburbs and stocked up on an excessive number of cans, unsure of how many I actually needed. Dazzled by the array of colors and metallic finishes, I arose the suspicion of the cashier who asked for three forms of
identification. Upon returning home, I carefully lined the driveway with a tarp and started spraying away. Amazed at how enjoyable spray painting can be, I dug around my garage to locate more things to coat. Old bean bag boards! Hockey sticks! My flip flops! The fumes had me high as a kite within 10 minutes and craving Doritos. I loved how neat the spray paint made the world. It was as though I was holding a magic wand, granting new life and a chance to be perfect again to everything around me. I felt like the Botox fairy. A few hours later, I came crashing down. Hard. I cried when I realized I spray painted half the lawn mower metallic orange. While it was fun to explore my creative side, I am grateful that spray paint is not easily accessible in Chicago. My vice personality clearly reared its ugly head. And the Cheetos bill alone could have bankrupted us by September.
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Summer is in full swing, so are you bringing your A game in all areas of iconic summer events? Here are a few summer bucket list scenarios and how to knock them out of the park!
The music festival What to eat: I could eat multiple appetizers instead of a main course, and music festivals like Ravinia are the place to bring your best. When going with a group, coordinate what you are bringing, otherwise you will end up with eight wheels of cheese and 10 boxes of crackers. Believe me. What to wear: A maxi dress makes for the perfect picnic lounge wear. I
add flat ankle tie sandals to navigate the grass, and always bring a blanket scarf for when the sun goes down. What to drink: Why not mix it up with a mixed drink? There are so many canned cocktails that are as delicious as they are portable. My new favorite is the Chicago-created Dia de la Paloma, a refreshing mix of Tequila, grapefruit and lime.
The backyard BBQ What to eat: People love to mix and mingle, so anything messy or that involves utensils can be a burden. My favorite appetizers are served ved on a stick, and you can enlist the kids to help lp assemble them! Here are two of my favorite combinations: marinated Feta cheese + kalamata olive + cucumber + cherry tomato OR cheese tortellini + salami + cherry tomato + green olive. What to wear: Many women avoid shorts like the plague, but done right they can become a comfy, cute option for a bags tournament in the backyard! I found a gingham ham print with a tie waist from Target and paired d it with a simple white T-shirt, adding low wedges dges or simple slides. What to drink: Ask friends to bring a six-pack ack of their favorite craft beer and host a mini tastasting. Set out 2 oz. glasses next to a galvanized tub filled with ice and let attendees discover a new favorite.
The baseball game What to eat: Although hot dogs are tradition, there tra many more gourare so ma options available met opti to fans tthese days. The Cubs are featuring a Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich and Beef Sandw Barbacoa Tacos, Barb and Sox fans can ssnack on Maple Glazed Bacon on a stick and Elotes, which is seasoned, roasted corn ro off the cob. Make sure to plan your food purchases prior to entering the park to
resist those nachos that beckon after a beer or two. What to wear: Layers are a major player at any outdoor ballpark. Check to see if your seats are in the sun or shade (rateyourseats.com) and dress accordingly. I generally wear boyfriend jeans, a team T-shirt, sneakers and add a hat because who is looking at your hair when Yu Darvish is on the mound? What to drink: Wrigley has the classic Bob Chinâ€™s Mai Tai, but pop into Draft Kings for a Frozen Sweet Tea to mix it up. Guaranteed Rate boasts more than 100 different beers, so pick up a locally made Yum Yum Pale Ale or a Good Ryes Wear Black IPA.
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Bursting with national pride Get patriotic with this easy craft
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER
here can never be too much red, white and blue around the Fourth of July. So get a package of fun red and white paper straws to create this festive wreath for all your barbecues and festivities. And if there are leftover straws, make some fun kiddie cocktails to enjoy while watching the fireworks.
Materials: u Cardboard u 144-count red and white paper straws u Hot glue gun and sticks u Scissors u Blue construction paper
On a piece of cardboard, create a floral ring about 6 inches in diameter.
Apply glue to the first inch of a full-size straw, then adhere to the cardboard ring so that the end is flush with the inner ring. Continue to add full-sized straws all the way around the inner ring evenly.
Cut more full-sized straws to be three-quarters length. Then apply those straws with hot glue on the top and in between the first layer of straws. Again make the flush end even along the inner ring.
For a third layer, cut more straws in half. Then add the third layer with hot glue and the half-sized straws. You can even alternate with the leftover onefourth size straws as well.
Either trace a star or draw freehand stars on blue construction paper. Cut out and adhere with glue to the wreath. If needed, secure a small loop of ribbon or twine on the back of the wreath with glue. Hang and enjoy! Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor and mother of three.
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Food Network DAD Jeff Mauro makes sure his family is surrounded by food, love
“At home I’m just another dad, taking him to school, playing Xbox with him or taking him to and from all of his activities.”
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BY HILLARY BIRD
s Jeff Mauro was conducting one more on-camera interview after winning Food Network Star in Season 7, young son Lorenzo climbed into his lap. “Life is just going to change for the better and I’m going to set a great example for him and still be a family man while living out this dream,” Mauro was saying.
He looked down at little Lorenzo, then nearly 3, and said, “What’s Daddy going to be on?” Lorenzo, who now wears a pendant of St. Lawrence, the patron saint of chefs and comedians, said “Cooking show!” “That’s right: cooking show,” Mauro said. Lorenzo then peered off camera and asked: “Can I climb on the ladder?” In his most dad voice, Mauro quickly said, “No, you cannot climb on the ladder.” Standing in Maggie Daley Park nearly seven years later, Mauro laughs. “I’ll never forget that moment. It was real, there was nothing staged about that,” he says. “This isn’t a performance, that’s why we live in the same
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neighborhood blocks i hb h d I grew re up, bl k away a from tons of family. I knew our life would change at that moment, and it did, but it was my job as captain of this ship to steer it in the right direction and through the calmest waters possible. There’s a lot to the entertainment business that can decimate a family.” Mauro, an Oak Park-River Forest High School grad and Bradley University alum, has worked to keep his family the No. 1 priority through his success. He started by marketing himself as “The Sandwich King” as a contestant in 2011 on Food Network Star. Though his rise through the ranks as a celebrity chef in the last seven years has seemed quick, before that, the deli owner-turned-actorturned-chef worked for more than a decade on his craft. He is one of four
children, ch hilld and says his hi immediate i di t and d extended family worked in restaurants and helped set him on his career path. “I kind of engineered my life to do what I’m doing right now,” Mauro says. “It wasn’t overnight, some people are like: what does it feel like to be an overnight success? And I’m like, ‘I was 32. I lived in Los Angeles four years, and failed in my own city for four to five years, so it wasn’t an overnight success.’” Longtime Chicago residents may have seen him in his run as a waiter and then Tony in “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.” He parlayed that into some stand-up, then a stint in Los Angeles, eventually returning to his roots as he and wife, Sarah, a nurse also from Chicago, came home and CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
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began a family. “Ultimately, I thank my wife, Sarah, who, it wasn’t only, ‘Oh, you can do it, Honey,’ but thank God she was a realist,” Mauro says. “She said, ‘make sure we’ve got a backup. If you don’t get a TV show, what are we going to do?’” When Lorenzo made the Mauros three, the family lived in University Village. With Lorenzo nearing 3, about the age he was starting to tackle new foods, Mauro was crowned Food Network’s newest star. Though Mauro was surrounded by the exotic foods of a chef, he says introducing them to Lorenzo is all part of the parenting experience. “Just because we’re around more food, it’s not like he’s eating nigiri and tamago by the spoonful,” Mauro laughs. “He still loves cheeseburgers and pizza. It’s my job to lead by example and help him try new things.” Like all parents, there are
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in Oak Park to study the drums. Now, Jeff and Lorenzo have formed their own family band. “It’s kind of our thing. Some dads play catch with their kids, we play rock and roll,” Mauro says. Becoming a dad helped Mauro refine the direction he wanted to take his career and work even harder to earn a spot as a Food Network Star. “I think I was always gravitated to performing and being an entertainer and believe it or not, television has better hours than restaurant chefs, and I knew when I had a family I didn’t want to be a traditional, backof-the-house restaurant chef,” he says. “As much as I love that work, the hours are so grueling and I’m a baby when it comes to that. I didn’t want to miss out on the formative years.” Just this year, Mauro’s schedule includes the opening of four new Pork & Mindy’s restaurants—of which Mauro is a partner—and Mauro’s latest
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What to expect Lots of fun and games Five inflatables from our favorite playtime guru, The Playground Games, including a 15-foot bounce house, 17-foot giant two-lane slide, Connect 3 Basketball, Hippo Chow Down and The Eliminator (a Warped Wall inflatable). The Playground Games also will have Hula Hoops, run a Potato Sack Race, challenge kids (and their parents!) to a Tug of War and races with Butt Bouncers.
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For the first two hours Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon, Kids Eat Chicago goes sensory friendly thanks to Autism Home Support Services. A normally quieter time, the volume goes down for the entertainment and activities to create a safe, judgment-free environment more welcoming for families with special needs. “It’s really about helping our families enjoy as many social outings as they can,” says Shelly Andrews, marketing
director for Autism Home Support Services. Both Saturday and Sunday, Autism Home Support Services is sponsoring a quiet tent for parents and kids who need to rest, relax and recoup. Kids with sensory issue and their families want to go out and enjoy the same things as their peers without fearing a public meltdown, Andrews says. And Autism Home Support wants to help them do that, she says.
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Don’t miss Museum row: Our favorite museums come out to play with hands-on activities and info, including Shedd Aquarium, Kohl Children’s Museum, Lizzadro Museum, Morton orton Arboretum and Chicago History Museum. Fun and info. More than a dozen of our favorite advertisers host handson activities for families along ng with great information. The family dining tent. Soccer drills and games with Lil’ Kickers, sponsored by Clif
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u July 11-15 u Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., SaturdaySunday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. u Grant Park, at Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive u Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 14 for $10. Smaller “Taste of” portions are available for 1-6 tickets. u Admission is free. Free lawn seating at the Petrillo Music Shell concerts; seats at Petrillo start at $18. u tasteofchicago.us
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us. “Taste bites,” prepared by Washburne Culinary Academy, will be served Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Arts and family programming: The Artist Garden features live painting by local artists, Chicago SummerDance offers live music and dancing on Buckingham Fountain Plaza, the March of the Puppets daily musical procession, pop-up performances by local artists. Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen: Cooking demos by local and national chefs on Buckingham Fountain Plaza. On Sunday, July 15, Emmynominated Chef Jeff Mauro— our cover dad—will host a Sandwich Smackdown Day featuring friendly sandwich showdowns with two chefs battling it out for sandwich supremacy.
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BY AMANDA SIMKIN ome people measure the arrival of summer by mercury climbing up the thermometer, but Chicago foodies know that the true arrival of summer is marked by packed patios and rooftops, lines snaking outside ice cream parlors, and of course, the scent of BBQ wafting through Chicagoland neighborhoods. It is enough to make you put down your beach read, get up from your towel and dig into some of Chicago’s most delicious summer treats like these.
Mario’s Italian Ice, Honey Butter Fried Chicago Chicken, Chicago May 1 is circled on many Chicagoan’s calendars because it marks the seasonal opening of Mario’s Italian Ice. The variety of unique flavors (watermelon, cantaloupe and pomegranate just to name a few) and authentic recipes (including real fruit chunks!) makes standing in long lines completely justified.
Rainbow Cone, Chicago If you are looking for the ultimate summer in Chicago Instagram snap, a visit to Rainbow Cone is a must. This kaleidoscope cone has been helping Chicagoans beat the heat since 1926. The combination of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts) and pistachio ice cream topped with orange sherbet is not only a feast for your eyes but also your taste buds. For those a bit less adventurous, eat up cones and sundaes that feature only one flavor. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Whether you take advantage of the cozy patio or carry out your meal to enjoy at your favorite park, your summer simply isn’t complete until you bite into one of Honey Butter Fried Chicken’s juicy and flavorful drumsticks. Be sure to try a side of the swoon-worthy mac ‘n cheese. Food allergies? Take a look at the menu for dairy and gluten free, as well as vegetarian and vegan, options— there’s definitely something delicious for everyone who walks through the door. Closed Mondays.
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Johnnie’s Italian Beef, Elmwood Park and Arlington Heights
While it is open to debate, many Chicago foodies have deemed Johnnie’s to be the winner of the battle of the beef sandwiches. What makes it reign supreme? Maybe it’s the way the beef is shaved, maybe it is the peppery gravy or maybe it is the perfect flavor combo when you pair your hot beef with a cool, refreshing Italian ice. Just be sure to bring cash when you visit since both Johnnie’s locations are truly old-school Chicago joints and don’t accept credit cards.
Gene & Jude’s, River Grove Fair warning, if you prefer ketchup on your hot dog, take your business elsewhere. But you will most likely regret it since Gene & Jude’s hot dog and fries combo has been recognized as America’s #1 hot dog on more than one occasion. This straightforward hot dog stand only has counter service so be prepared to have an outdoor picnic or chow down in the car. And if you are lucky enough to score a babysitter, Gene and Jude’s is open until the early morning hours on weekends so you can get your red hot fix even without the kids.
Hecky’s, Evanston While you might enjoy firing up your own grill, take a day off and indulge in authentic, Creole-inspired BBQ at Hecky’s. Options include pulled pork, baby back ribs, turkey drumsticks, wings and more. One bite of the homemade authentic BBQ and you will know why people have been flocking to Evanston for the past 30 years. As the saying goes, “It’s the Sauce!”
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Don’t feel like going on a scavenger hunt to get the best meals in town? No problem. Thanks to the expanding food truck scene, mouthwatering eats and treats will come to you while you make the most out of Chicago’s short summer. Chances are a food truck will be waiting in the wings no matter what type of summer event you attend—beaches, parks, concerts, carnivals, etc. The only struggle will be deciding which food truck to try out first. It’s hard to go wrong when there are so many delicious and unique choices, but be on the lookout for the Tamale Spaceship for traditional Mexican street food, Toasty Cheese for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and Firecakes Donuts for small batch sweet treats, including ice cream doughnut sammies.
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Stop the slide Tips from learning specialists to keep kids’ brains engaged over summer BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER
hile your kids are soaking up the sun and enjoying lazy days and maybe even later bedtimes, are they forgetting some of the things they spent the other three seasons learning? Summer slide is real. Studies show that on average, students’ achievement scores decline over summer break by one month’s worth or more of school-year learning. “Kids can lose two to three months of critical thinking skills over the summer and math skills are hardest hit,” says Julie Crawford, owner of Mathnasium Buffalo Grove and Mount Prospect. “Students typically don’t get the repetition needed to really master and retain the skills being covered in class, so any break will degrade their learning progress.” Yet summer can be used as a way to make learning more fun and hands-on. “The key to preventing the summer slide is to keep kids
engaged without realizing they are applying the same inquiry process teachers require during the school year,” says Wil Greenwald, owner of Code Play Learn. “Look for opportunities for them to think, explore, examine, analyze, inquire and ask questions.” Here are some ideas from educational experts to keep those kiddos learning and exploring over summer break.
Play and play some more u Create Lego challenges where kids are asked to build a Lego creation to accomplish the challenge. u Let the kids take apart an old or broken appliance and see how it worked. Many kids have no idea what is inside their tablets or smartphones. u Create a scavenger hunt. The hunt can require the kids to apply math, map reading, measuring and more as they work their way through the clues. u Play games at home similar to Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network. Give each kid a meal type, a set budget for ingredients and
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then let them get creative. Let them research food ideas, build their ingredients list, figure out how they will spend their money and then try to cook the meal. u Dedicate a night to board games like Monopoly that are strategy based and require communication, counting and money management to keep kids’ minds engaged. Wil Greenwald, owner of Code Play Learn
Make math real u Play games that include strategy and critical thinking skills, such as Kanoodle and Rush Hour, which can be played independently. Or try chess, Battleship, checkers and Connect Four to build strategic skills. u While driving in the car or waiting for an activity to start, challenge your child to try to count to any number, by any number, backward and forward.
u Sneak math into cooking. Take a simple recipe and have your children double it or half it. For more advanced kids, have them convert the measurements to metric measures. u Make sense of coins and money. Start a change collection jar and set a goal. Have younger kids start by counting two different coins to determine the total and have them decide if they have enough money to “buy” a certain item. For older kids, give them a $1, $5 or $10 bill and the price of an item in a store. Ask
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them to make change. Have them take it further by first calculating the tax, computing the total price and then make the change. u Do a little reading and math everyday. Keep it fun and focused on concepts they were challenged by in the past year. If you are going to have them practice and review some basic skills, find a new way to do it. Julie Crawford, owner of Mathnasium Buffalo Grove and Mount Prospect CONTINUED ON PAGE 32
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Spark reading through new finds u Most local libraries have summer reading programs or contests with incentives to motivate kids and keep reading part of your family’s daily routine. u Going on outdoor trips to nature centers, museums, farms and zoos is a great way to learn about new things. Take pictures, investigate new things and then do some research when
back home about what they saw. This is a great way to learn new vocabulary and spark new interests. u Give your child a chance to preview content they will learn in the coming year and encourage them to check out books on the subjects. Check with your school about curriculum and reading lists for the upcoming year to get a jump start. u Hobbies can also spur a child’s learning. If baseball is a child’s passion, there are so many great ways to leverage the love of the game to connect to the world of books and reading. Then top off the learning with a trip to the ballpark to catch a game. JoAnn Paldo, reading and learning specialist, chicagoreadingspecialists.com
Get moving u The brain needs “exercise” consistently, let the kids pick out something they are interested in and then take a field
trip related to that topic. So if they want to learn more about the stars, head to the Adler Planetarium or get a telescope to examine the night sky. u Set goals for a summer “bucket list” together to hit various topics of fun, learning, exploration and new experiences. Then schedule those things into your summer calendar.
u Set a good example and take the time to learn something or do something new yourself. Or try something new the entire family can learn together. Tiffanie Sperling, managing director at enerGEEwhizz Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor and mother of three.
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The perfect summer dinner comes off the grill with symmetrical marks and can be eaten by anyone with teeth. It comes vegan, Kosher and even with parts we don’t talk about. July 19 marks National Hot Dog Day, a holiday worth celebrating in Chicago (with tomatoes, white onions, mustard, a dill pickle, sport peppers, the brightest sweet relish on the planet and a dash of celery salt). The Chicago Dogs are off for the day, but three other ballparks are happily serving their own versions of the Chicago dog: Kane County Cougars, Windy City Thunderbolts and Joliet Slammers.
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The Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival is more than a series of races in Busse Woods; it also includes cultural performances, a Health Wellness Village, food trucks and a Kids Zone full of games and activities. For the uninitiated, Dragon Boat racing dates back more than 2,500 years. A portion of proceeds from the festival helps Adaptive Adventures, a Wilmette-based organization that promotes sports opportunities for kids, adults and veterans with physical disabilities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 28. Free. gwndragonboat.com.
Since we’re all about food, take a walk through some of the best foodcentric fests around. Head west for the Naperville Rib Fest July 4-7, which includes ribs, a petting zoo and a magic show. Next, hit the Windy City Smokeout July 13-15 at the Chicago River for Southern-inspired fare from some of the best Chicago has to offer. Of course, Taste of Chicago runs from July 11-15, with Kids Eat Chicago on July 14-15. At the North Shore Taco Fest July 19-22 enjoy the area’s best taco-centric restaurants. If you’re willing to travel across state lines, the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Ind., is good for those looking for all things polka and pierogi July 27-29. Finally, check out “That’s Weird, Grandma: Stories About Food,” a play from tales written by Chicago Public School students and performed by Barrel of Monkeys. It runs July 23 through August. ChicagoParent.com July 2018 37
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CALENDAR 1 | SUNDAY CHICAGO DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE.
Parade to generate national visibility for the disability community marches west on Van Buren to Dearborn and north on Dearborn to Washington (Daley Plaza). Parade begins at 11 a.m. Post-parade celebration takes place on Daley Plaza at 12:30 p.m. disabilityprideparade.org.
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SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHT AT CENTENNIAL BEACH. Families
with special needs can enjoy a quiet, relaxing evening. $3. 6:30-8 p.m. Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville, (630) 848-5000, centennialbeach.org.
2 | MONDAY TREE POSE FAMILY YOGA. Kids
learn about the environment while stretching, moving and breathing like creatures in nature. $6. 10-11 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. MOON MONDAYS. The Buzz Aldrin
Education Cart available for exploration. Free with museum admission. 2-3 p.m. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, (773) 728-8111, swedishamericanmuseum.org.
3 | TUESDAY
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EVERGREEN PARK’S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE.
The parade starts at 95th and Harding. Fireworks display at Duffy Memorial Park begins at dusk. 6:30 p.m. Evergreen Park, evergreen park-ill.com. MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER FILM SERIES. Today’s
Movie: High Fidelity. Each presentation begins with a screening of a locally produced “ChicagoMade Short.” 6:30 p.m. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, (312) 742-1168, millenniumpark.org.
4 | WEDNESDAY GLEN ELLYN 4TH OF JULY PARADE & FESTIVAL. Parade
and dancing. Families can stay after for children’s movie at 11:15 a.m. 10 a.m. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St., Chicago, gallagherway.com/events.
starts on Ellyn Avenue going west on Crescent Boulevard. After the parade, a festival at Lake Ellyn includes an inflatable obstacle course and carnival games. Parade begins at noon. Fireworks begin at dusk. Free; $3 for festival. Lake Ellyn Park and other locations, glenellyn4thofjuly.com.
PLAINFIELD PATRIOTIC PICNIC AND FIREWORKS. A bike
EVANSTON’S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Games at
parade, touch-a-truck and a dance performance. 6-9 p.m. Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, Plainfield, plfdparks.org.
neighborhood playgrounds throughout Evanston. A fun run for kids 12 and under precedes the parade down Central Street. After the parade, a
OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC AT GALLAGHER WAY. Music, shakers, bubbles, singing
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concert at the lakefront concludes with a fireworks display. Clark Street Beach, Church Street and Sheridan Road, Evanston, evanston4th.org. HIGHLAND PARK FOURTH FEST. Enjoy carnival rides, a petting
zoo and pony rides, picnic games, live music and food. Fireworks at dusk at Wolter’s Field. Free admission; $20 early-bird wristbands for unlimited rides and games, $25 day of. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for the festival; see website for schedule. Downtown and Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park, pdhp.org. AURORA FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. The
parade route begins at Benton and River at 10 a.m. The Fox Valley
Orchestra attempts to set a world record for “Most People Head Banging Simultaneously” by playing “Bohemian Rhapsody” at 9 p.m. Food vendors, inflatables and music from 7-9:15 p.m. at McCullough Park. 10 a.m. parade, events at parks vary. (630) 896-6666, aurora-il. org/1239/4th-of-July-Parade. HINSDALE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE AND CELEBRATION. The
parade begins at Sixth and Garfield and ends at Robbins Park. Burlington Park family fest includes carnival games, inflatables, turtle racing and a Ferris wheel. Fees for food. 10 a.m. parade, 11 a.m. Family Festival. Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Hinsdale, (630) 789-7000, hinsdalechamber.com.
About the calendar The deadline for submitting listings for the August issue is July 2. All events are subject to change. Please call the event sponsor at the number listed to confirm before you go. Events taking place on four or more dates during the month are listed in Ongoing Events, beginning on page 49.
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CALENDAR GLENVIEW FOURTH OF JULY.
A children’s bike parade precedes the parade at Harlem Avenue and Glenview Road. A concert begins at 7 p.m. at Glenview Park. 11:15 a.m. children’s parade, fireworks at dusk. Harlem Avenue and Glenview Road, Glenview, glenview.il.us. OAK LAWN’S PARTY IN THE PARK. Families can participate in
games, play in the mud table, in inflatables or with bubbles, and decorate a mural. At 3:30 p.m., the party moves to Stony Creek Golf Course. Fireworks launch at Richards High School. Noon-4 p.m. at Memorial Park, 3:30-10 p.m. at Stony Creek Golf Course. Memorial Park, 102nd and Major, Oak Lawn, olparks.com. SKOKIE’S INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE & 3D FIREWORKS FESTIVAL. Parade begins at noon.
Bands perform at Niles West High School until dusk. First 10,000 patrons to fireworks will receive a pair of 3D glasses. (Fireworks rain date is July
5.) Noon, parade; 5 p.m. celebration at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton, Skokie, (847) 674-1500, skokie4th.org.
Fireworks at dusk. Fees for food. 4-10 p.m. McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park, tinleyparkdistrict.org. NAVY PIER FIREWORKS.
DOWNERS GROVE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Parade
begins at Main and Grant streets. Fireworks set off from 75th Street and Lemont Road. 12:45 p.m. parade, about 9:30 p.m. fireworks. 801 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, events.downers.us/independence-day. ITASCA 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Live music, vendors
serving picnic-style food and Itasca Brewing’s beer tent. Fees for parking and food. 4 p.m. food vendors, 7 p.m. music. Hamilton Lakes, Highway 290 and Thorndale, Itasca, itasca. com/1272/4th-of-July. TINLEY PARK FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION. Inflatables,
crafts, clowns and music highlight the celebration. A fun run with categories for young runners begins at 8 a.m.
Fireworks synchronized with music on Navy Pier can be seen from the dock and the lake. 9:30 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, (312) 595PIER (7437), navypier.com.
5 | THURSDAY PICTURE THIS. Kids 3 and under
enjoy a children’s story that relates to a work of art in the galleries. Free with museum admission. 11-11:30 a.m. Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing Entrance: 159 E. Monroe, Chicago, (312) 443-3600, artic.edu. NAPERVILLE RIBFEST. See July 4.
LAKE FOREST FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS. Community celebra-
tion features food, music, activities for kids and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. $10 residents, $15 non-residents; free kids 5 and under, VIP packages start at $25. Deerpath Park, Deerpath and Hastings roads, Lake Forest, friendslfpr.org. NAPERVILLE RIBFEST. Fest
features a BBQ contest, two music stages and fireworks. Family area features carnival rides, inflatables, circus tricks, magic show, petting zoo and live performances. See website for schedule. Knoch Park, 700 S. West St., Naperville, ribfest.net.
6 | FRIDAY THE IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL. More than 100 perform-
ers, step dancers, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, Mashed Potato Eating Contest and Sham-ROCK Stars singing contest for kids. $15-18 adult; $5 kids under 12; free kids 3 and under. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, (773) 282-7035, irish-american.org. WEST FEST. Live music on three stages, plus Kid Fest, Pup Fest and an array of vendor booths from
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on two stages, arts and crafts, food, games and entertainment for kids. Noon-10 p.m. Check website for admission. Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago, (312) 4270266, internationalfestivaloflife.com. NAPERVILLE RIBFEST. See July 4.
7 | SATURDAY
The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. NAPERVILLE RIBFEST. See July 4.
8 | SUNDAY CHICAGO STORIES, SONGS AND CIRCLE GAMES. Enjoy a morn-
ing filled with nature-based stories, music and movement with kids ages 4-6. Class meets on the south lawn. 11-11:45 a.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. (312) 228-1004, luriegarden.org.
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THE IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL. See July 6.
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books read aloud and performed by actors from the Theatre Y Ensemble. Recommended for 6 and under. 10 a.m. DANK Haus German, American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave., (773) 561-9181, dankhaus.com. WEST FEST. See July 6. Noon-10 p.m. THE IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL. See July 6. INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE. See July 6.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE. See July 6. WEST FEST. See July 6. Today’s times are noon-10 p.m. THE WORLD’S LARGEST BASKETBALL CLINIC/HEALTH & FITNESS FESTIVAL. The Chicago
Sky and University of Chicago Medicine attempt to break a World Record. Appropriate for kids 8 and older. Preregistration requested. 2-6 p.m. Soldier Field Stadium and Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive. (312) 235-7000, sky.wnba.com/ chicagofit.
BIKES, BRANCHES & BITES.
Explore the trees on two wheels. Free with admission. 4:30 p.m.-sunset.
SCANDINAVIAN JAM. Join musicians and instructors for an
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CALENDAR afternoon of traditional music. Free with museum admission. 1-3:30 p.m. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St. (773) 728-8111, swedishamericanmuseum.org.
SUBURBS MAKIN’ MUSIC BLUEGRASS JAM. Make a simple instrument or
bring your own for a bluegrass jam circle. 1 p.m. Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest, (708) 366-6530, fpdcc. com. MINI MAKERS DAY. Watch live
demonstrations, participate in handson workshops and activities, meet makers and experiment with techenabled gadgets like 3D printers. Free with museum admission. 1-4 p.m. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.org.
9 | MONDAY MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER FILM SERIES. See July 3.
Today’s movie: Iron Giant.
10 | TUESDAY TEDDY BEAR PICNIC. Bring a picnic
and a Teddy bear to enjoy storytelling, crafts, games, snacks and march in the Teddy bear parade. $7 and up, parents free. Registration required by July 6. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Hampe Farmhouse, 297 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream, csparks.org. CHILDREN’S LUNCH HOUR ENTERTAINMENT. Performance
geared to the young and young-atheart and last about 45 minutes. Today’s performer: Scribble Monster. 11 a.m. Frontier Sports Complex, 3380 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville, napervilleparks.org. RAPTORS! Experts from
Wings and Talons talk about birds of prey. 6-8 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago, (312) 228-1004, luriegarden.org.
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OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC AT GALLAGHER WAY. See July 3. PASSPORT TO FUN: MISS JAMIE’S FARM. Take a musical ad-
venture to Miss Jamie’s Farm. In the case of rain, this event moves inside the Robert W. Rolek Community Center. 6:30-8 p.m. Round Lake Area Park District, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake, rlapd.org. MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER FILM SERIES. See July 3.
Today’s feature: Man on Wire.
11 | WEDNESDAY TASTE OF CHICAGO. The A five-day massive foodie fair in Grant Park with live music and activities. Additional cost for food and Petrillo seating. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Grant Park, 331 E. Randolph St., Chicago, (312) 744-3315, tasteofchicago.us. SUMMER ADVENTURES FOR CHILDREN: “VOYAGES.” Kids 5-12
learn about the cultural history of international cities. $3. 1-3 p.m. Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines, (847) 391-5399, desplaineshistory.org. MUNTU’S 2018 SUMMER JAMBOREE. Interactive perfor-
mance allowing audience members
to participate and express their own creativity. $10 child, $15 adult. 10 a.m.-noon. Gary Comer Youth Center, 7200 S. Ingleside Ave., Chicago, muntu.com/jamboree. BUTTERFLIES & BUGS, THEIR SPECIAL JOURNEYS.
Explore the world of the butterflies and other insects. 2-3 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove, (847) 929-5102, webrary.org. MUSIC BOX THEATRE MOVIES AT GALLAGHER WAY.
Sundown movies at Gallagher Way begin at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Today’s movie: Home Alone. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St., Chicago.
12 | THURSDAY RAILROAD DAYS. Music, food, fireworks, carnival rides, parade, 5K Run/Walk and community art show. See website for schedule. Pioneer Park, Lyman Street, West Chicago, (630) 231-3003, westchicago.org. TASTE OF CHICAGO. See July
11. OPEN PLAY FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. Wonder Works
opens early the second Thursday of every month for kids 8 and under
with special needs. $5 per person. 9-10 a.m. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park, wonder-works.org. FILTHY FUN DAY. Enjoy mud games, human sundaes and more. Bring a towel and goggles. Swimsuits recommended. A nonfilthy pizza lunch is included. $20, $30 non-residents. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Walter Park, 970 High Ridge Pass, Carol Stream, csparks.org.
13 | FRIDAY WINDMILL CITY FESTIVAL.
Features carnival, entertainment, music and demonstrations. Batavia Riverwalk, 100 Island Ave., Batavia, (630) 879-5235, windmillcityfest.org. SQUARE ROOTS FESTIVAL. More
than 70 acts including music, dance parties and kids’ area with games, crafts, interactive concerts, an “Instrument Petting Zoo” and more. $10, $5 seniors and kids, $20 families suggested donation. 5-10 p.m. 44004560 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, (773) 728-6000, squareroots.org. WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT. Enjoy southern-inspired fare from Chicago BBQ restaurants. Family Day on Sunday. See website for tickets and schedule; kids under 12 free with adult. Grand and the Chicago River, Chicago, windycitysmokeout.com.
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CALENDAR RAILROAD DAYS. See July 12. TASTE OF CHICAGO. See July
donation. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Belmont and Damen avenues. (773) 868-3010, roscoevillageburgerfest.com.
11. WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT. See July MOVIES IN THE PARK: MOANA. Head to Wilder Park for
a showing of “Moana.” Food trucks at 7:30 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. Wilder Park, 175 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, (630) 739-1071, epd.org.
14 | SATURDAY CHICAGO KIDS EAT CHICAGO. A twoday event in partnership with Taste of Chicago. Chicago Parent and its advertisers present activities including inflatables, great kids’ music and entertainers, games and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Grant Park, 331 E. Randolph St. kidseatchicago.com
13. TASTE OF CHICAGO. See July
11. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
SUBURBS DAY OUT WITH THOMAS. Take a 20-
minute ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine or Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy storytelling, tattoos, magic, music and more. $21, free kids under 2. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union, (800) BIG-RAIL (244-7245), irm.org. WINDMILL CITY FESTIVAL.
See July 13. MAGICIAN JAIME APONTE.
ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. A celebration of creativity in AfricanAmerican heritage. Includes music and entertainment. Noon-10 p.m. DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place. (773) 9470600, dusablemuseum.org. AERIAL DANCE CHICAGO PRESENTS “BLACKBIRD.” An
evening-length work inspired by the blackbird. Recommended for families with kids 9 and up. $25-$45. 7 p.m. Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Parkway. (312) 337-6543, aerialdancechicago.org. SQUARE ROOTS FESTIVAL.
See July 13. Today’s times are noon10 p.m. BUCKTOWN GARDEN WALK.
Features a garden walk, tree walk, trolley rides, live music and petting zoo. Churchill Park hosts a Children’s Area (10 a.m.-noon) with nature activities. $10 donation. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 182 N. Damen. (773) 486-4353, bucktown.org. ROSCOE VILLAGE BURGER FEST.
The savory patty and a music lineup are in the spotlight. In addition, food and music, arts/crafts and a Kids’ Zone are on the weekend’s menu. $10
Magician Jaime Aponte will amaze the Photo entireCredit: family with his illusions. DCASE 2-3 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove, (847) 929-5102, webrary.org. RAILROAD DAYS. See July 12.
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Restaurant Row • Merchant Lane • Carnival Opens 5:30 Thursday and Friday, 3:00 Saturday, & 2:00 Sunday Entertainment:
Thursday Jukebox Hero with Hairbangers Ball
Friday Uncle Kracker
15 | SUNDAY
with The Ron Burgundys
CHICAGO CHINATOWN SUMMER FAIR.
Annual celebration of Far East culture includes the Dragon & Lion Dance Procession, artisans, food vendors and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wentworth Avenue and Cermak Road. (773) 8683010, chicagochinatown.org. SOULFUL CHICAGO BOOK FAIR. A celebration of literary arts
and music found in the African Diaspora. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 61st Street between Cottage and King Drive. (646) 359-6605, soulfulchicago bookfair.com. SUMMER MUSIC AT GALLAGHER WAY. Bring a blanket
and pack a picnic for the concert. Today’s performer: Third Coast Percussion. 6:30 p.m. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark St., gallagherway.com/ events.
Super Sunday Family Fun Day on July 30th • John Measner Magic • Balloon Dude Dale • Dave Dinaso’s World of Reptiles • Jesse White Tumblers • Michael’s Make Creativity Happen • Petting zoo and pony rides • Climbing Wall • Hippo Bungee Grab • And much more • Bingo (Saturday & Sunday) • Car & Bike Show Sunday, July 29th
Scott Stapp of Creed with Hillbilly Rockstarz
• Primetime Racing Sat 4 to 8 Sun 2 to 8
• And Spectacular Fireworks Show
with The Four C Notes Admission & Hours Thurs. - 5:30 to 10:30 pm • Fri. - 5:30 to 11:30 pm Sat. - 3:00 to 11:30 pm • Sun. - 2:00 to 10:30 pm Free Admission on Sunday for residents with ID! Ride Specials Mega Pass $40 pre-sale/$50 at Fest – Good for Admission & Rides All Four Days! Four Hour Ride Special - $25 – Thursday from 6 – 10 or Sunday from 2 – 6. *$5 off coupons are available at the Village Hall* RidgeFest is held at Freedom Park located at Birmingham & Oak (2 blocks east of 104th & Ridgeland). For more info call the Village of Chicago Ridge at (708) 425-7700. Check out our RidgeFest website –www.chicagoridge.org
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TASTE OF CHICAGO. See July 11. Today’s times are 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
See Ju Se Julyy 6 July
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS. See July
14. SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHT AT CENTENNIAL BEACH. See July 1. RAILROAD DAYS. See July 12. WINDMILL CITY FESTIVAL.
See July 13. KIDS EAT CHICAGO. See
Today’s performance is 5 p.m.
July 14. WINDY CITY SMOKEOUT. See SQUARE ROOTS FESTIVAL. See
July 13. Today’s times are noon-9 p.m. BUCKTOWN GARDEN WALK. See
ROSCOE VILLAGE BURGER FEST. See July 14.
July 14. ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. AERIAL DANCE CHICAGO PRESENTS “BLACKBIRD.” See July 14.
See July 14.
17 | TUESDAY OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC AT GALLAGHER WAY. See July 3. CHILDREN’S LUNCH HOUR ENTERTAINMENT. See
July 10. Today’s performer: Jeanie B. Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville, napervilleparks.org.
18 | WEDNESDAY SUMMER ADVENTURES FOR CHILDREN: “VOYAGES.” See July 11. SKATING TRICKS OF THE TRADE. Watch and learn from the
pros at a demonstration of roller skating skills. Rain date July 26. 7-8 p.m. Elmhurst YMCA, 211 W. First St., Elmhurst, elmhursthistory.org. MUSIC BOX THEATRE MOVIES AT GALLAGHER WAY. See
July 11. Today’s movie: Twister.
19 | THURSDAY ACCESS CHICAGO. Connect with community organizations to learn about disability-related social services. Take part in 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. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, cityofchicago.org/mopd.
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Join us on Wednesday evenings for free family movie nights on the Field Museum’s Northeast Terrace
CALENDAR NORTH SHORE TACO FEST WITH HIGHWOOD DAYS. Carnival,
live music and the fest brings together the region’s best taco-centric restaurants and food trucks. 4 p.m.10 p.m. Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood, (847) 433-2100, celebratehighwood.org. VERNON HILLS SUMMER CELEBRATION. Includes music,
carnival rides, car show and kids’ activities. See website for schedule. Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, (847) 3618979, summercel.com.
20 | FRIDAY BENFEST. “Rock the Fest” is BenFest’s youth band showcase hosted by School of Rock. The children’s area features live music and dance, games, waterslide, inflatables, arts and crafts area, Sport Zone and more. $5 donation. See website for schedule. St. Benedict Church courtyard, 2215 W. Irving Park, Chicago, benfest.com. ST. HARALAMBOS BIG GREEK FOOD FEST OF NILES. Features
authentic Greek food, cooking demos, music and dancing. Kids Korner is a secure area for face painting, crafts and more. $2, $1 seniors, free kids 12 and under. Holy Taxiarhai & Saint Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 7373 Caldwell Ave., Niles, (847) 6478880, biggreekfoodfestofniles.org. HEJSAN—STORY & CRAFT HOUR.
Explore the music culture of Sweden through stories and crafts. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-noon. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago, (773) 7288111, swedishamericanmuseum.org. NORTH SHORE TACO FEST.
See July 19. Today’s times are 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
scavenger hunt. 5-7 p.m. Smith (Joseph Higgins) Park, 2656 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, (312) 742-7534, chicagopark district.com.
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THE SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR. The 1,500-year-old Sistine Chapel Choir, which serves as the Pope’s personal choir, is making its first appearance in Chicago. $47 and up. 7-9 p.m. The Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lakeshore Drive, ariecrown.com. SHEFFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL & GARDEN WALK. Two stages of music
and more than 80 residential gardens will open to the public. Noon-10 p.m. $7-$10 suggested donation. Sheffield Avenue between Webster and Belden, sheffieldgardenwalk.com. BENFEST. See July 20.
VERNON HILLS SUMMER CELEBRATION. See July 19.
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS. See July FAMILY NATURE DAY AT SMITH PARK. Play with stumps and
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CALENDAR NORTH SHORE TACO FEST WITH HIGHWOOD DAYS. See July
CELEBRATION. See July 19.
19. Today’s times are 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
ST. HARALAMBOS BIG GREEK FOOD FEST OF NILES. See July 20.
VERNON HILLS SUMMER CELEBRATION. See July 19. ST. HARALAMBOS BIG GREEK FOOD FEST OF NILES. See July 20.
22 | SUNDAY CHICAGO BENFEST. See July 20. SHEFFIELD MUSIC FESTIVAL & GARDEN WALK. See July 21.
SUBURBS DAY OUT WITH THOMAS. See July
24 | TUESDAY WILDLIFE! Observe common
urban reptiles and mammals. 6-8 p.m. The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park, Columbus Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago, (312) 228-1004, luriegarden.org. OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC AT GALLAGHER WAY. See July 3. CHILDREN’S LUNCH HOUR ENTERTAINMENT. See July 10.
Today’s performer is Miss Jamie from the Farm.
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NORTH SHORE TACO FEST WITH HIGHWOOD DAYS. See July
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LAKE COUNTY FAIR. The annual
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more. $5-10; free kids 5 and under. See website for schedule. Peterson and Midlothian roads, Grayslake, (847) 680-7200, lcfair.com.
Milwaukee Avenue between North Avenue and Paulina, Chicago, (773) 384-2672, wickerparkfest.com. LAKE COUNTY FAIR. See July 25.
DUPAGE COUNTY FAIR.
Entertainment includes rodeo, demoliton derbies, carnival, concerts, craft fair and horse shows. Check website for schedule. 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton, (630) 668-6636, dupagecountyfair.org. SUMMER ADVENTURES FOR CHILDREN: “VOYAGES.” See July
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DUPAGE COUNTY FAIR. See July
25. MOVIES ON THE GREEN: COCO. Watch “Coco” on the big
screen at the park. Starts at dusk. Movie will be cancelled in inclement weather. Village Green, 95th Street and 52nd Avenue, Oak Lawn, olparks. com.
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25. TASTE OF LINCOLN AVENUE. LAKE COUNTY FAIR. See July 25.
27 | FRIDAY WICKER PARK FEST. Features three stages of music, a dedicated children’s fun area, art and food. $10 donation.
Afternoons include a stand-alone (free) kids’ carnival on Altgeld with art activities, pony rides and more. $8 donation. Noon-10 p.m. North Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood, tasteoflincoln chicago.com.
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the Acorn Express Tram and head to one of the Arboretum’s Nature Play Spaces. $5 plus admission. 11 a.m.-noon. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. PASSPORT TO FUN: BLOW OFF SOME STEAM. Try hands-on
activities in STEAM. Dress to get messy. In inclement weather, this event will move inside Park School Multipurpose Room. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Park School, 400 W. Townline Road, Round Lake, rlapd.org. MILLENNIUM PARK SUMMER FILM SERIES. See July
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ONGOING EVENTS EXHIBITS THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR.
Get a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind beloved animated characters. This new exhibit, with more than 40 interactive elements, showcases how STEM concepts bring the films to the big screen. Requires a timed-entry ticket. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 6841414, msichicago.org.
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ONGOING EVENTS BIRDS OF PARADISE: AMAZING AVIAN EVOLUTION. Features ex-
travagant plumage, crazy courtship dances and bizarre behaviors of the birds. Challenge each other to a bird-like dance-off in “Dance, Dance Evolution,” witness the transformations these species undergo to attract their mates, put themselves in the shoes a National Geographic photographer and play interactive games. Free with museum admission. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, nature museum.org. CHICAGO RINK RATS: THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROLLER SKATING. Begins July 13. In the
wake of the Great Depression and into the 1970s, America found itself with a new pastime: roller skating. Hear first-person accounts from skaters and view images and eclectic artifacts. 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave.,
Elmhurst.(630) 833-1457, elmhursthistory.org. POP UP DESIGN STUDIO.
Explore and create with a series of free design workshops for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.-noon Fridays. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 848-1976, flwright.org/programs/ popupstudio. AMAZING AMPHIBIANS & NATURE’S PUZZLES. Leap into
the world of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, and immerse yourself in the mathematical designs of nature. $6 and up, free for children under 3. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 7555100, naturemuseum.org. AMPLIFIED CHICAGO BLUES.
Immerse in the history of Chicago blues of the 1960s through pictures,
and experience the blues by playing guitar, designing an album cover, writing lyrics, and singing karaoke. Free with admission, free 18 and under Illinois residents. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org.
OTHER EVENTS PAINT COVERED WEDNESDAYS.
Kids use a large variety of paints, styles and canvases as they learn to tell their stories. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills and boosting self-esteem. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, wonder-works.org.
KIDS POKEMON LEAGUE.
For kids 6-12 who enjoy collecting the cards and are serious about learning how to play the game. Participants need to understand the official rules and be able to play independently. Must have a deck of 60 cards. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison St., Chicago. cat-n-mouse.com. LITTLE SQUIRRELS STORYTIME.
Stories and songs celebrating classic literature for preschool-age kids. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. CHICAGO SUMMERDANCE.
THURSDAY FAMILY NIGHTS. Enjoy
live music, kid-friendly fare and entertainment after-hours in the Children’s Garden. $5 after 4:30 p.m. 5-8 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.
One-hour dance lessons by professional instructors and two hours of live music and dancing. ThursdaysSundays through Aug. 25. Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 7424007, chicagosummerdance.org.
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PERFORMANCES PETER PAN AND THE PIRATES.
Through July 19. Follow Peter Pan as he battles Captain Hook and his team of swashbuckling bandits, as well as a time-ticking crocodile. Playing at Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley College, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, Museum of Science & Industry and the Tivoli Theatre. Recommended for families with kids 4-10. $8.50. 10:30 a.m., 10 a.m. at Tivoli Theatre. Check website for performance dates and locations. AlphaBet Soup Productions, (630) 932-1555, absproductions.com. PETER PAN, A MUSICAL ADVENTURE. Sail away on a
high-flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John and Michael on the stage at Navy Pier. Recommended for kids 5 and up. $22-$34. 11 a.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago, (312) 595-5600, chicagoshakes.com.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. Join Captain Nemo and
Professor Aronnax as they search for a sea monster. Recommended for families with kids 8 and up. $30 and up. 7:30 p.m. WednesdaysSaturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Two shows each day on Saturdays and Sundays. No performance on July 4. Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, (312) 337-0665, lookingglasstheatre.org. YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU.
Alice and Tony want to get married, but first their families must meet for dinner. Watch as hilarity ensues in the 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. $15 and up, free kids under 12. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays. Oak Park Festival Theatre, Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park, (708) 445-4440, oakparkfestival.com. PINKALICIOUS, A PLAY. Based on the popular book, follow the tale of
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DuPage actors invite the audience to choose story points for Goldie along the way, so no two shows are alike. Bring your imagination and participate in a “no-shushing” hour of fun. Recommended for families with kids 3 and up. July 14-15. 5 p.m. McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, (630) 942-4000, atthemac.org. SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS. Shakespeare will pop up in
neighborhood parks across Chicago. On each stop of the tour, a specially equipped truck rolls into the park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors perform. Parks include: Polk Brothers, Ellis, Kelvyn, Gage, Eckhart, Wells, Columbus, Tuley, Humboldt, Frank J. Wilson, Garfield, Dvorak, Ridge, Steelworkers, Hamilton, Piotrowski, Loyola and Ping Tom Memorial. Check website for schedule and
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by throwing out twists and turns in the plot, becoming characters in the story, and assisting the players whenever possible. Each week features a new kind of story. Recommended for families with kids 3-10. $10 kids, free adults. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Bughouse Theater, 1910 W. Irving Park, Chicago, hogwashkids.com. CINDERELLA. When the king and queen invite all the young ladies of the kingdom to a ball, Cinderella can’t wait to go. But her mean stepmother and stepsisters give her so many chores that she’s sure to be left behind. Suddenly, her Fairy Godmother appears and grants Cinderella’s wish of attending the royal ball. Recommended for families with kids 3-12. 11 a.m. July 21. $14, $12 kids 12 and under. Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W.
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Professional actors and musicians will explore students’ favorite dishes and culinary traditions—whether on Earth, in space or a magical land. Begins July 23. 8 p.m. Mondays. $15; $5 kids 12 and under. The Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, barrelofmon keys.org.
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his Independence Day marks the 242nd birthday of the Declaration, and more than enough reason to party. Which is something that Americans can’t wait to do in parade and picnic form. If hosting your own celebration is just too much, there are parades aplenty from which to gather candy and a slew of carnival rides to spin on to officially observe the holiday. Fourth on 53rd
Fourth on 53rd This is the celebration that the Founding Fathers of Hamilton fame would have wanted: a picnic, a parade and live music all rolled into one. The parade travels along Lake Park, Hyde Park Boulevard and makes its way to Nichols Park, where the food and festival will follow. 11 a.m. July 4 parade; 4thon53rd. com.
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with carnival rides, live concerts and a Kids Zone. As this is a military base, there’s an indoor rock wall for kids to climb and a paintball arena for adults. There will also be military displays throughout the grounds. 3-11 p.m. July 3, 3-10 p.m. July 4; mwrgl.com.
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N Northwest Fourth Fest Five days of IIndependence Day observing includes o rides, concerts, food rid and more food, and ends with a grand fireworks on July 7. This year’s display o Fest opens on July 4 Fourth Fes with a Children’s Bike Parade. The fest is located inside and outside of the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. 8:45 a.m. July 4 bike parade, see website for schedule; northwestfourthfest.com.
Grant Park Music Fest Independence Day salute A little John Philip Sousa, a little Aaron Copeland and a hint of John Williams is enough to spark the patriotic juices. The Grant Park Orchestra, as part of the Grant Park Music Festival, will prepare you and your family for the fireworks set off at Navy Pier by musically setting the tone for the day. If you can’t make the 6:30-8 p.m. performance on July 4,
hit up the open rehearsal from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on July 3. grantparkmusicfestival.com.
3D fireworks As if a decent fireworks display weren’t enough, the first 10,000 patrons at the Skokie Fourth of July Fireworks Festival receive 3D glasses to view the entertainment. There’s also food, drinks and live bands in the parking lot of Niles West High School preceding the big show. Noon parade, 5 p.m. celebration at Niles West, 9:30 p.m. fireworks; skokie4th.org.
Turtle racing If you prefer your Fourth of July holiday to take a slower turn, head to Hinsdale for the turtle races. With more than 20 trophies awaiting winners, the turtle races start as the Hinsdale Parade ends at Burlington Park. Also at the park there are a slew of activities for kids including inflatables, a Ferris wheel and face painting. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 4; villageofhinsdale.org. Hillary Bird
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Learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixarâ€™s most treasured films, from Toy Story to Inside Out. Opens May 24, 2018. Get tickets at msichicago.org Local sponsor:
The Science Behind Pixar was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. ÂŠ Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.
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