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Foot Golf is the hot game at Lake Park! Play a full 18-holes any time, any day! Foot Golf is the most popular sport on the course, because it’s great fun for all ages.

Family Picnics, Parties & Outings

Add group outings and rentals are available. There are 3 large picnic shelters, and a wide open space. Info is at, or call 847-391-5700.

Boats, Boats, Boats! Rent a paddle boat, swan boat, or a kayak. Add the boats to your next party!

Join us for live music

Thursday evenings


18-hole par-3 short course. We welcome golfers of all ages & skills! This is a great course for young players, and a perfect place for any golfer to practice their all-important short game. There are lessons, leagues and great special events, including tournaments, all season. Find it at, or call 847-391-5700.

•We proudly sponsor Sticks for Kids, and provide clubs free of charge. •We do parties! Our staff will help put together an event to remember.

at the Des Plaines Park District

1015 Howard Ave. • 847-391-5730



Fun for all ages! Open daily. Our 18-hole adventure golf course is designed with a old-time mining theme, complete with creeks, bridges, waterfalls, and rock formations.

Mountain View Batting Cages. 6 cages! Choose baseball or softball, hi-arc, slow pitch and fast pitch.

Available for Groups, Fundraisers, and Birthdays! Group reservation forms and information are available on our webpage at, or email for more info.

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510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733


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7 Hacks for Fun, Stress-Free Road Travel

The vacation your family has been anxiously anticipating is almost here. The question is, are you prepared for the sibling squabbling, food and drink spills, umpteen rest stops, and being asked a hundred times or more, ‘are we there yet?’ With a little pre-planning, you can drastically reduce the hassles and turn your time on the road into a fun, family experience for all.

1. Restroom breaks. Immediately before heading out, have everyone go to the bathroom, whether they need to or not. Just before and while on the road, limit beverages, particularly caffeinated ones, to reduce the frequency of restroom stops.When you do have to stop for something, have everyone use the restroom again, and don’t accept anyone’s claim,“I don’t need to go.”

2. Reduce stops. Strategize where you choose to stop so you can cover all the bases at once. Fuel up, grab food and beverages, use the restroom, and go for a walk or play a game of tag so everyone can stretch and exercise.

3. Drive through the night. Kids typically sleep through the night on the road. So it’ll seem like they’ve reached your destination in the blink-of-aneye, which will reduce your overall stress. Parents can switch off driving while one another sleeps.

4. Snacks and drinks. Bring along a cooler and a variety of drinks and snacks to reduce pit stops. Breaking up the time with small meals and snacks will also help keep kids pacified. When packing snacks, include some nutritious ones like carrot sticks and apples. Also, keep in mind the messiness of particular types of foods.To reduce messes, avoid foods that melt, smear, and squish, such as chocolate, cupcakes, and yogurt.

5. Plan fun or scenic stops. Do some advance research to find a fun stop along the way,

and build it into your vacation. Look for a state or national park, national monument, beach, kiddie fun-land, river walk, or water park.

6. Car entertainment. Before your trip, visit the library to pick out books, audiobooks, and music CDs. But don’t let the kids have the items until you’re on the road.That way, the kids will have fresh entertainment. Also, take along some car games, and print a list of games that don’t require pieces to play.

Some ideas to get you started include the license plate game. Have everyone write down the states of the license plates as they spot them. The person with the most states wins.

Also, try the “Would you rather?” game. Take turns asking everyone what their choice would be between two gross or unpleasant situations. For example, would you rather be trapped in a closet that’s crawling with hundreds of centipedes or eat a worm?

7. Screen time. While limiting kids’ daily screen time is a best practice, consider making an exception for your road trip. Depending on the length of your drive, it can be a challenge to keep kids amused for the duration despite all the other entertainment you bring along. Limit their screen time on the road by allowing them 30-minute cycles of screen time broken up by other activities.

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This is the season you were dreaming about during those cold winter months. Don’t let your summer slip away this year. Make plans now so you and your family can do these can’t-miss fun activities.

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina

Des Plaines Park District

This sporty 18-hole, par-3 has beautiful greens and strategically placed bunkers, all set around picturesque Lake Opeka. At the north end of the beautiful 73-acre Lake Park, the marina offers paddle boat, kayak, and swan boat rentals, and special events all season. 1015 Howard Avenue, Des Plaines, IL. 847-391-5730. [See our ad on Page 3.]

Kane County Cougars

There’s something special for everyone at a Cougars game! Bring the entire family and join the best fans in baseball as the Kane County Cougars play their fifty game home schedule at beautiful Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva. Since 1991, the Cougars have been at the forefront of affordable family-fun, great food and fireworks. Every Cougars game is packed with exciting baseball action and between inning on-field events and contests. Select games feature post-game fireworks and free pregame concerts in the music garden. And, the youngsters will love the Cougar’s Kid Zone. Visit KCCOUGARS.COM for more information or call 630-232-8811.

Naper Nights Concert

Naper Settlement’s Naper Nights Concert Series is back on July 14-15 and August 1819! Rock out with your community as you eat, drink, dance, and hear the nation’s best tribute bands perform music from your favorite artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Neil Young, Taylor Swift, and more! To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit

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Mountain View Adventure Center

Des Plaines Park District

Open daily, our 18-hole mini-golf course is fun for all ages! Practice your swing at our 6 batting cages. Skate Park for boards, bikes and blades. Group reservations are available. 510 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, IL. 847391-5733. [See our ad on Page 3.]

Air Classics Museums of Aviation


It is our mission to chronicle and preserve the critical role aviation has played throughout history and share this valuable information to the public through our unique exhibits and educational programs. Our collection includes aircraft, engines, uniforms and other aviation memorabilia from the 1930s to the present time. (630)466-0888

Explore up close the history of military aviation from the 1930’s to the present. Our outdoor airpark is the home to eleven aircraft including veterans of Vietnam and the Gulf War. The indoor exhibits include aviation memorabilia including aircraft engines, historical displays and a full-size interactive mockup of an Airbus A320 cockpit. A gift shop is on the premises. The museum is open Saturday & Sunday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. Located at 44W546 W. US Rt. 30 Sugar Grove, just west of the Aurora Airport entrance. For more information, please call 630 466 0888 or visit

Summer Vibes in Naperville

Naperville’s restaurant lineup is packed with options for summer fun, great eats, and over 50 restaurants with outdoor patios. Find quick bites or gourmet fare while enjoying the

weather, maybe even with your four-legged friends. Cool off with frozen treats like classic favorites, over-the-top shakes, local dairy creations, or rolled ice cream. Embrace summer traditions, dine alfresco in style, and indulge your sweet tooth with lively choices in Naperville! Check out for more information.

Experience 1 Day in Lemont 4 Ways

Time Out Magazine voted Lemont one of the best day trips from Chicago. We’d love to have you stay awhile, but if you only have a day, we’ve put together four itineraries for friends, families, and adventurers alike. These itineraries allow you to design your trip based on your interests–with recommendations for the best places to explore, shop, and dine.Visit to plan your trip!

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Those who love live concerts will want to come to Music in the Plaza, and classic car aficionados won’t want to miss Cruise Nights. Add in the Block Party and the Independence Day Celebration in July, the Farmers Market on Saturdays, and the ongoing Benches on the Avenue. Summer fun is a sure thing here in Tinley Park!

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is a family-friendly outdoor history museum featuring 13 acres of learning and interactive opportunities for all ages. Visitors are immersed in history as they learn about the past and how it relates to the present, from pioneer times to today! Take a tour, explore our exhibits, and even try activities and chores from the past with our living history demonstrations. No two days are the same at Naper Settlement! Start planning your visit at

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523 S. Webster St | Naperville, IL. 13 acres of learning and interactive opportunities for all ages! WHERE HISTORY COMES ALIVE! Come Explore: Exhibits, Tours, Splashpad, Special Events, Programs & more!
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Ready for a SWEET event?

Celebrate National S’mores Day with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana! Join us on August 12 for our S’mores Day Fun Run & Walk! After the run and walk, stay for more marshmallow-themed activities and delicious treats. Can’t make the Fun Run & Walk? No problem! Families can choose to participate in both events or just one at Camp Greene Wood. Don’t miss out on the fun, register your family today! www.girlscoutsgcnwi. org (See our ad on p. 51)

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Cruise Nights in Wood Dale

Join us for music, food, vehicles, and fun! Enjoy Cruise Nights in Wood Dale that are free for spectators and participants. Events take place Mondays: 5-8pm: July 17 and August 21 from 5-8 p.m at Wood Dale Road and Commercial Street. For more information, visit www.

2023 Live at White Pines Concert Series

farm established in the 1830s, exploring wellpreserved buildings and artifacts. Experience the serenity of picturesque landscapes, perfect for picnics and leisurely walks. Engage in a range of activities, tours and educational programs including seasonal events that celebrate farm traditions. Rentals and party packages available. Visitors will leave inspired and connected to its timeless charm. 16W680 Old Grand Ave., Bensenville. www.

Santa’s Village Amusement and Water Park

Discover exciting rides, slides, animal attractions and more at Santa’s Village Amusement and Water Park, the place for FUN. FAMILY. MEMORIES! Enjoy our BRAND NEW attractions for the 2023 season including the Farmer’s Fling, Pirate’s Revenge, Snowman Spinout and Spearmint Twist Wa -

This summer, residents and music enthusiasts will be treated to an exceptional selection of live performances, showcasing different musical genres and talents. The concerts are FREE and will take place July 14 and August 18 at White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson in Bensenville. www.

Fischer Farm

Embark on a captivating journey to Bensenville’s Fischer Farm, where history, nature and adventure converge. Open Dawn-Dusk Daily Explore the rich heritage of this family

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Volo Museum

The world-famous Volo Museum has something rare and amazing for all ages! The highly anticipated Titanic Museum is now open! Check out full sized trains used in blockbuster movies and play mini golf in our brand new dino-themed golf course. Host your next party in our brand new party rooms with all-inclusive packages. Do you want to hang out at your house or spend the day exploring a giant dinosaur park, watching animatronic shows, playing vintage arcade games, riding retro kiddie rides, reliving your favorite movies through our movie cars, ride a full size carousel and tons more! Open daily Sun-Fri 10am-6pm Sat 10am-7pm. Visit 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]

Plainfield River Tubing

Plainfield resident, Kris Most, invites everyone to enjoy the beautiful DuPage River this season. Plainfield River Tubing provides shuttle transportation and tube rentals for a carefree, relaxing experience. Afterward, visit the many shops, restaurants, and bars for a memorable, fun day. For more information and to book your float time visit: www.

Reed’s Canoe Trips

Reed’s Canoe and Kayak Trips are an ideal recreational activity for groups of any size, from a family adventure to large church, school, or park district outing with an adventure close to home. The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing! 907 N. Indiana Ave, Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL Call for information or reservations: (815)WE CANOE or visit: www.

Astro Fun World

Astro Fun World is the most amazing time you’ll have in the galaxy! Offers indoor glow in the dark fun filled entertainment for all ages from kids to adults. Featuring Go Karts, VR Rides, Ropes Course, Zip Line, Kids Play Zone, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Climbing Walls, Mini Golf, Laser Maze and Arcade Games. Planning your next party? You can rent out of this World private party rooms! All the info is at

Have a Perfect Day in Chicago

With a population of 2.75 million people, the Windy City is vibrant, diverse, gritty, and loaded with Midwestern charm—there’s much to do, see, and eat, especially in the summer months. From museums with everchanging exhibits and family programming to outdoor restaurants to the best hotels for urban views, afternoon tea, and swimming to outdoor fun along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, keep reading to learn about how to have a perfect day in Chicago. For more ideas and itineraries on how to spend a fun day in the Windy City, get your copy of the new book, Perfect Day Chicago by Wendy Altschuler; perfect-day-chicago.

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Sonny Acres Farm

Summer is in full swing with tons of family fun at Sonny Acres Farm! Visit us for the best in amusements, eats and entertainment fit for all ages. Sonny Acres Farm offers endless opportunities all summer long for family and one-of-a-kind events including everything from weddings to birthday parties, family reunions and more. Summer hours and offerings are updated in real time at 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185. (630) 231-3859

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Downtown Naperville

Downtown Naperville Summer Sculptures

Are Here! One of the tell-tale signs that summer has arrived is the announcement of the Downtown Naperville summer sculptures! After seeing so many fun and creative sculptures over the years (dinosaurs, sailboats, dogs, pickup trucks, and more), 2023’s sculpture theme is Flying Into Summer! As a result, 19 uniquely creative dragonfly benches are now scattered throughout the downtown area through mid-September. Wander around downtown and enjoy the painted creations! You can even download a map to easily find all the sponsored sculptures at www.downtown!

Be a Trailblazer in Freeport & Stephenson County, IL!

Families and visitors rave about the 50+ miles of hiking and biking trails throughout our picturesque countryside. Pick your path and challenge level and enjoy the view! What unique sites are waiting to be discovered? Forge your own path to places off of the normal monotony of the highway routine. Explore more and marvel at the beauty and opportunity in Freeport & Stephenson County. Find out more at

Growing Cents of Style

Growing Cents of Style is a SEASONAL ONLINE Consignment Sale Sept 12th-16th, 2023 offering THOUSANDS of gently used children’s & junior’s clothes, shoes, toys, women’s clothing, home goods & more. All at just a fraction of retail. Curbside pickup & shipping available for orders. Interested in selling? Register online at You won’t want to miss this HUGE event! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for all the details!

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The memories we make as a family create bonds we will share for a lifetime. This summer, take the short drive to Stephenson County for your next
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Downtown Downers Grove

Downtown Downers Grove is host to many family fun events this summer. Friday Night Live, Moose Cruise Shows, Downtown Market, Summer Concert Series, Sidewalk Sale & the Library Sea Creature Scavenger Hunt. As you enjoy our downtown events, make sure to shop and dine historic downtown Downers Grove and you may be rewarded with our Loyal to Local program. Visit for event details and to learn more about our great businesses. www. (See our ad on inside back cover.)

Rusty Rodeo

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 12 in the water with dip nets to collect, identify, and remove some Rusties. Prepare to get wet! Help round up some Rusty Crayfish in an effort to reduce their numbers! Wear closed-toe shoes and

clothes that can get muddy. 10 a.m. – noon. FREE; no registration required. This special event is co-sponsored by: Forest Preserve District of Kane County, St. Charles Park District, Fox Valley Park District, Friends of the Fox River, Center for Great Lakes Literacy/Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. Event will be held at two locations: Glenwood Park Forest Preserve, 1644 S. River St., Batavia and Historic Piano Factory Pedestrian Bridge, St. Charles. Meet on west side of Fox River Off Indiana St. For more information, call 630444-3190 or visit

Midwest Pond & Koi Society

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site for more information

Summerfield Zoo

An up close and personal animal experience for kids of all ages! Plenty of things to do and amazing animals! See our animals from A

(alligators) to Z (zebra). Free animal shows daily with admission (check online schedule). Kids can have fun feeding bottles to baby goats, feed the petting zoo animals or check out our new bubble play option! Free parking. Unique gift shop and snack shop. Just minutes from I-90 in Belvidere. or check us out on Facebook at Summerfield Zoo.

Sounds of Summer in Wood Dale! Join us in Wood Dale for free family concerts! Pack a picnic and lawn chairs for an evening of outdoor music with food and drinks available for purchase. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. on July 14, August 11 and August 18. Outside coolers are welcome for guests age 21 and older. Concerts take place at Wood Dale Road and Commercial Street. Visit for details.

20 out & about suburban family | July/August 2023 An up close and personal animal experience for kids of all ages! See our animals from A (alligators) to Z (zebra). Free animal shows daily with admission (check online schedule). Feed baby goats and visit the petting zoo. Unique gift shop and snack shop. FREE PARKING. JUST MINUTES FROM I-90. 3088 FLORA RD., BELVIDERE, IL SUMMERFIELD ZOO SUMMERFIELD ZOO E Find us on Facebook
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Visit Kenosha, WI

Looking for a fun, friendly, and affordable getaway with your family? Head north to Kenosha,WI.You’ll find museums, miles of lakefront, delicious dining, outlet and boutique shopping, and plenty of adventures. Get creative at DIY art studios, climb in the trees at a ropes course, board a pedal boat or authentic electric streetcar, or even catch a baseball game. You’ll never hear “I’m Bored” around here! Plan your trip at

Downers Grove Park District

Summer Events

Experience a summer like never before with the Downers Grove Park District’s special events. From lively concerts in the park featuring local bands to exciting parties in the park, there’s something for everyone. Cast off at our Annual Fishing Derby, or enjoy a fun day in the park with your pup at our Dog Daze event. With a jampacked calendar of engaging activities, the Downers Grove Park District is your destination for unforgettable summer fun. Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave.,630.963.1300. Lyman Woods Nature Center, 901 31st St., 630.963.9388. Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., 630.963.1309, Downers Grove Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Rd., 630.960.7250.

Congregation Etz Chaim

Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County, a Reform synagogue in Lombard, serves almost 500 families in the western suburbs of Chicago.We have a tradition of having an inclusive community which welcomes everyone- Jews by birth, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, singles, LGBTQIA+, and people of all ages and abilities. That means Jewish adjacent family members too! We are a caring community that draws strength on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our membership. Welcome. We’re glad you’re here. 1710 S. Highland Ave. Lombard. 630627-3912.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

Looking for fun ways to get the whole family playing outside this summer? Come out to The Forge: Lemont Quarries! Whether you choose our Climb & Zipline Adventure which hosts one of the tallest ropes towers in the world, as well as the longest and tallest ziplines in the tri-state, or an Explorer Day Pass which offers 15+ amazing outdoor activities, you’re guaranteed a fun and memorable day. Learn more and get tickets at

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Summer is jam-packed with fairs and fests all over Chicagoland. Check out our guide and celebrate food, music, culture, art,and history throughout the city and suburbs..


Celebrate Fox Lake – 7/1. Parade, live music and fireworks.

Northwest Fourth-Fest – Thru 7/2. Fireworks, entertainment, kids’ zone. Hoffman Estates.

Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – Thru

7/4. Entertainment and family fun. Community Park.

Frontier Days Festival – Thru 7/4. Live entertainment, carnival rides, parade, family activities. Arlington Heights.

Mt. Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival – 7/1-4. Fireworks, carnival, live music and car show. Melas Park, Mt. Prospect.

Independence Day Extravaganza – 7/3. Live entertainment, kids’ zone and fireworks. Centennial Park, Lemont. lemontparkdistrict. org

LibertyFest – 7/4. Entertainment and fire-

works. Redmond Park, Bensenville.

Lake Forest Festival – 7/4. Community event with fireworks. Deerpath Community Park, Lake Forest.

Rockin’ Ribfest – 7/6-9. BBQ cook-off, live music and carnival. Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills.

ItascaFest – 7/6-9. Food, fun, music, carnival rides and games.

Windmill City Festival – 7/7-9. Craft & Vintage Market, Golf Challenge, Children’s Activities, Games, Food & more.

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Batavia Riverwalk.

Naperville Ale Fest – 7/8. 1-5PM. Unique craft beers, live music and food. Naper Settlement, Naperville.

Bristol Renaissance Faire – 7/8-9/4. Weekend medieval fair with jousting, sword swallowing, dancing, crafts and music. Kenosha, WI.

Kane County Fair – 7/12 –16. Carnival rides, music, food & more! Free parking. St. Charles.

Taste of Westmont | July 13 - 16 Food, live music and carnival. Downtown Westmont

Palos Hills Friendship Festival – 7/13-16. Petting zoo, carnival rides, games, live music, car show. Palos Hills.

McHenry Fiesta Days – 7/13-23. Live music, art fair, family fun, parade. McHenry.

Glendale Heights Fest – 7/13-16. Rides, games, entertainment, food and more. Glendale Heights.

Antioch Taste of Summer | July 13 – 16

A 4 Day Family Friendly Festival with Music, Food Tents, Carnival, NEW Musical Light Shows, Exhibitors & Sidewalk Sales. Special Needs Family Day: July 14 from 1-3 PM Free Admission & Parking in Downtown Antioch.

Forge Fest – 7/14-16. Celebrate our 3rd Birthday with live music, entertainment, family-friendly activities and hands-on educational workshops. Lemont Quarries.

Yorkville River Fest – 7/14-15. Live country music, ribs, family activities and more. 6-10PM. Yorkville.

El Gran Festival Columbiano – 7/14-16. Columbian marketplace, artists, musicians and cuisine. Humboldt Park, Chicago.

Elk Grove Rotary Fest – 7/19-23. Bands, carnival, car show, food vendors and more. Elk Grove Village.

Sugar Grove Corn Boil – 7/20-23. Carnival rides, live music, car show and fireworks.Volunteer Park. Sugar Grove.

North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days – 7/20-23. Carnival rides, music and tacos from area vendors. Downtown Highwood.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue – 7/21-23. 100+ vendors, art, music, kids’ activities and pony rides. Lincoln Park.

Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/22-23. More than 100 artists exhibiting, children’s activities, food and music. Glenview.

July/August 2023 suburban family | out & about 25 ENTERTAINMENT JULY 13, 2023 ENTERTAINMENT JULY 14, 2023 ENTERTAINMENT JULY 15, 2023 ENTERTAINMENT JULY 16, 2023 July 13-16, 2023 4 Days of Family Fun! SPECIAL NEEDS CARNIVAL: FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2023 1 PM TILL 3 PM Carnival Mega Pass Savings-only $55 for all 4 DAYS Great Food from area Restaurants and Vendors! Sidewalk Sales throughout downtown. Admission is Free to the Taste. THANKS TO OUR 2023 SPONSORS! Raymond Chevrolet-Kia State Bank of the Lakes GROOT Heartland Bank and Trust Village of Antioch Great Lakes Credit Union Merit Law Group-Scott Gartner T-Mobile of Antioch, Rte 173 Lakeshore Beverages-Budweiser A-Action Pest Control Jack’s Tents MARS Cleaning Service Southern Lakes Newspapers Visionary Light Shows

Glencoe Festival of Art – 7/22-23. Over 90 juried artists in various mediums. Glencoe.

Geneva Arts Fair – 7/23-24. Fine artisans from around the country are showcased at this festival. Geneva.

EAA AirVenture –7/24-30. Unique aviation celebration with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI.

Lake County Fair – 7/26-30. Excitement for the whole family – rides, competitions, food and more. Grayslake.

Kendall County Fair – 7/26-30. Carnival rides, truck and tractor pull, live music, demolition derby and petting zoo.Yorkville.

Lincolnwood Fest – 7/27-30. Live music, carnival rides, classic cars, games and more. Lincolnwood.

Taste of River North – 7/28-29. Sample from many local premium restaurants. River North.

Wood Dale Prairie Fest | July 27 – 30 Live Music, Family Fun, Carnival, Food and Drinks,Fireworks (Saturday Night), Wrestling (Sunday 2PM) Community Park, 655 N. Wood Dale Road. And Mittel Drive

Full schedule & Lineup:

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Wicker Park Fest – 7/28-30. Live music, art installations, food, drink, and a Kids’ Fest.Wicker Park, Chicago.

Streamwood Summer Celebration –7/28-30. Parade, mini golf, carnival rides and entertainment. Streamwood.

Dragon Boat Festival – 7/29. Dragon boat races, music, food, drinks and more. Blue Island.

Pierogi Fest – 7/28-30. Dozens of food vendors, children’s activities, live music, arts & crafts and wacky activities. Whiting, IN.

DuPage County Fair – 7/28-30. Live music, carnival, food, petting zoo, rodeo, livestock show and contests. Wheaton.

Chinatown Summer Fair – 7/29-30. Far East culture, artisans, great cuisine, activities for families. Chicago.

International Dragon Boat Festival –7/29. Boat races, food trucks, music, health and wellness expo. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village.


McHenry County Fair – 8/1-6. Carnival, variety of grandstand entertainment, music, farm exhibits. Woodstock.

RomeoFest | August 3 – 6

4 Days Filled with Fun!

Live Music, Carnival, Food & Drinks, Fireworks, Laser Show, Car Show, Bingo, 1 Mile Race, Artisan Market, Family Stage, Tournaments.

900-1050 W. Romeo Rd., Romeoville

Jeff Fest – 8/4-6. Aka Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival. Jefferson Memorial Park. Chicago.

La Grange Carnival – 8/4-6. Rides, ferris wheel, games, concessions.

Bier Rock Fest – 8/4-5. BCB’s beer garden transforms with hard-rockin’ music festivals with live bands and games. Long Grove.

Tribute Island Cover Band Festival –

8/4-6. Music festival featuring 50 top tribute bands.View full stage lineup on website. Kenosha, WI.

Warrenville Summer Daze - – 8/4-5. Live music, food, car show and kid’s entertainment. Free admission and parking. Warrenville.

Taste of Roselle – 8/4-6. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and craft show. Main St., Roselle.

Taste of Orland Park – 8/4-6. Food from local eateries, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Orland Park.

La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/4-6. Carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Gordon Park, La Grange.

19th Annual Celebration

The World of Faeries

“Healing Earth” Festival

Aug. 5 (10AM-6PM) & Aug. 6 (10AM-5PM)

Fairy fantasy festival and we encourage you to come in costume.

Showcases music and a vendor village along with family entertainment. Vasa Park, 35W217 Rt. 31, South Elgin. 815-236-7539 / 815-245-5982

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Destination Asia Festival – 8/4-6. Asian culture expressed through music, dance, food and more. Shopping and food trucks. Lisle.

Taste of Chicago – 8/8-10. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Marquette Park, Chicago.

Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/10-13. Local restaurant food, live entertainment. Central Park, Elmwood Park.

Willow Springs Willow Fest – 8/10-13. Carnival rides, live music, craft vendors and more. Willow Springs.

Illinois State Fair – 8/10-20. Live entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and tractor-pulls. Springfield.

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Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/11-12. Live music each day, food and art show. Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield,WI.

Farm & Barn Fest

August 12 | 9am-10pm

Kids activities, Mechanical Bull, Music, Flea Market, Petting Zoo, Beer, Food and more. Yunker Farm, Mokena. Free parking and admission.

Lamb’s Farm Summertime Craft Festival – 8/12-13. Craft show featuring over 100 booths, food trucks, music, and beer/wine garden, 10AM-4PM. Elgin.

Venetian Festival – 8/16-20. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival rides and fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI. Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/17-20. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, contests, crafts, demonstrations and food. Milwaukee.

Ribfest Chicago – 8/18-20. Live music, arts and crafts, kids’ area and ribs from local and national vendors. Northcenter, Chicago.

Evanston Art Fest – 8/18-19. Over 130 juried artists. Live art demos and one on one chats. Evanston. Amdurproductions

Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest – 8/18-20. Art fair, live entertainment, kids’ activities and live demonstrations. Rogers Park, Chicago.

Taco & Art Fest

Saturday, August 19 | 3PM-8PM. Live music, entertainment, art, children’s activities and taco trucks. Free admission & free parking. Reed-Keppler Park, West Chicago.

Sangria Festival – 8/19-20. Hand-crafted Sangria, Spanish food, arts, flamenco dancing and bands. Humboldt Park, Chicago.

Will County Fair – 8/23-27. Demolition derby, rodeo, chili cook-off, carnival rides, and entertainment. Peotone.

Taste of Greektown – 8/25-27. Music, dance performances, gyro eating contest, and kids’ activities. West Loop, Chicago.

Irish Fest – 8/25-27. Gaelic Park hosts its annual fest celebrating all things Irish. Chicago.

DeKalb Corn Fest – 8/25-27. Carnival rides, corn boil, kids’ activities, and live music. Downtown DeKalb.

Heritage Fest – 8/26. 10AM-1PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Performances, food, and more.

Street Fest – 8/25-27. Live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities. Downtown Palatine.

Lakeview Taco Fest – 8/26-27. 11AM10PM. Rosco Village, Chicago. Chigacoevents. com

Food Fest

Saturday, August 26, | 4pm-8pm. Outdoor free entry event features 20+ Food Vendors. Live Music. Fun activities for all ages! Downtown West Chicago.

Alley Art Festival – 8/26. Local artisans, family-friendly activities and live music. Downtown Aurora.

Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts – 8/26-27. Juried fine arts show and live music. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn.


Naperville Jaycees Last Fling September 1-4

Family Fun, 12 Music Acts, Carnival, Parade

Food & Business Vendors, Special Needs Day, Veterans Lunch Jackson Avenue, Downtown Naperville

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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

This Summer the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age will come to the stage at Overshadowed Theatrical productions. It’s 1927, and Don Lockwood and Lina LaMont are the toast of Tinseltown until “talkies” come on the scene. Of course, you remember Gene Kelly splashing his way through the famous MGM film, the greatest movie musical ever made. But have you seen it live? Join us as we make a big splash with this spectacular and romantic musical comedy. There will be wonderful singin’ and dancin’ and, yes, it really will rain onstage!

Our 2023-2024 season will begin in September with our Overshadowed original production of “The Devil and Daniel Webster”. This play is based on the short story of the same name by Stephen Vincent Benet. This story will have you on the edge of your seat as Daniel argues for the soul of Jabez, but ultimately, the jury will decide.What would you decide? Make plans to attend now! Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. To order tickets, please call the box office at 630-634-2100 or go to [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts

James Lumber Center’s fall season rolls out with a Celtic music invasion, a Mexican sonic explosion and the multitalented Isaac Mizrahi!

The James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County announces the first three events of its fall 2023 season, with additional events to be announced soon.

Tartan Terrors, Saturday, September 16 at 8 p.m. With a distinctive sound that makes Celtic music fun and inviting, this energetic ensemble blends the coolness of a rock show with stepdance, humor and more.

Hasta La Muerte, A Day of the Dead Show by Las Cafeteras, Friday, October 27, 10 a.m. (school show) and 8 p.m Rooted in the indigenous Mexican practice of honoring ancestors, this multidimensional performance features gorgeous music, entrancing dance and a soul-welcoming altar.

Isaac Mizrahi, Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. Renowned as an actor, writer, designer and producer, Isaac Mizrahi brings his panache and charming cabaret show in an evening of stories, anecdotes and nostalgic song.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 10 at or call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the JLC Box Office, 19351 West Washington Street in Grayslake. The JLC offers free parking and has a snack bar with soft drinks, beer, wine, chips and candy.

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Denny Diamond Entertainment

Since his “2000” debut on Dick Clark’s show, “Your Big Break,” Denny has been traveling across the country performing his one-of-a-kind tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. He has a carefree, fun-loving attitude on stage, but what really sets him apart is his full-throated, robust baritone voice.

During COVID, like many other musicians, Denny started having fun streaming his performances online. Always up for a laugh, he began to refer to himself as “The World’s Okayest Vocalist” This new moniker caught on, and with it he’s adding all new performances in ‘2023’. One show will be called, “The World’s Okayest Vocalist Variety Hour”. This performance will cover songs made famous by legendary artists like Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Elvis, and many others, including, of course, Neil Diamond. And also adding songs from beloved Broadway productions like “Carousel.” Visit for a complete show schedule or to contact him.

Des Plaines Park District

Live at the Lake

Live at the Lake is a popular concert series that takes place in Des Plaines, Illinois, during the summer months. This exciting event brings together music lovers of all ages to enjoy the sounds of some of the best local musicians in a beautiful lakeside setting.

The series provides a unique opportunity for music enthusiasts to experience a diverse range of musical genres, from rock to country, blues to jazz, and everything in between. Each week, a new band takes the stage, delivering a high-energy performance that keeps the crowds coming back year after year.

Apart from the great music, Live at the Lake also offers a fantastic social atmosphere.This exciting community-building event is a must-see for anyone who loves music, food, and fun. 3 Locations: The Greens Series, 1015 Howard Avenue, Lake Park Clubhouse; The Central Park Series, 1555 E. Thacker Street, at the Gazebo; and The Pavilion Series 2200 Lee Street, at Fargo Avenue. Des Plaines, IL. 847-391-5730.

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1015 Howard Avenue, Lake Park Clubhouse

Entertainment will include acoustic style bands. Food and beverages will be available for purchase (including alcoholic beverages for sale). Come early and enjoy rounds of golf, ½ hour paddle boat rides, kayaks, and Foot Golf rounds between 5:00–7:00p. Enjoy bags, Giant Jenga and Connect Four or relax on one of our newly added Adirondack chairs.

The Central Park Series

1555 E. Thacker Street, at the Gazebo Entertainment will include acoustic style bands. Join us in this exciting ‘Live’ series downtown location and enjoy the natural beauty this gem of a park has to offer. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The Pavilion Series

2200 Lee Street, at Fargo Avenue Entertainment will include high-energy festival style bands. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, picnic dinner and enjoy a beautiful evening by the lake.

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This summer, enjoy 10 days of free music at our various locations! For more information about Live at the Lake, check or the DPParks App!

July 13 April & Kevin Food Truck: Toasty Cheese

Acoustic/electric duo with amazing two-part harmonies to some of the biggest and most popular pop/classic rock cover tunes of all time!

August 3 Meaghan Farrell Food Truck: Bad Boy BBQ

An emerging singer-songwriter in New York City and Nashville, showcasing her powerful new music.

July 20 Brian & Tony of Farkus

Food Truck: The Curious Crow

An eclectic mix of music, from Roy Orbison to Chris Cornell.

August 10 Sushi Roll Food Truck: Toasty Cheese

High-energy dance music and rock n’ roll swagger and then topped it off with memorable stage costumes, inspired by cosplay, anime, and superheroes.

July 6 GenFuze Food Truck: Savory Crust

Rock out to all your rock favorites such as Led Zeppelin, Heart, Styx, REO and current like Fall Out Boy and Carrie Underwood.

July 27 Classical Blast Food Truck: Savory Crust

A melding of classical and classic rock, exploring the links between today’s rock music and classical composers.

August 17 Kaleidoscope Eyes

Food Truck: The Curious Crow

Chicago’s best and most fun lovin’, captivating, crowd-engaging, acoustic Beatles tribute band!

In case of rain, Live at the Lake events are cancelled. We post information as early as possible on Facebook and the DPParks Mobile App. Or call the Clubhouse: 847-391-5730.

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The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan

Cool off with these HOT shows at The Genesee! Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller graces The Genesee stage Thursday, August 3, with hit after hit from his legendary discography. Justin Moore, performing Friday, August 11, will provide a little country for the soul with his southern swagger. Following right behind is the Grammy award-winning band America, coming to The Genesee, Saturday, August 12. Another night of nostalgia is in store on Friday, August 18 when Happy Together 2023 presents your favorites of the 60s and 70s! The 14th year of Happy Together brings The Turtles, Little Anthony and more. We welcome comedic legend Tim Allen to round out the month with two shows on Saturday, August 19! Due to popular demand, a second show at 4:00pm has been added alongside his SOLD OUT 7:30pm show. Tickets are on sale now! The Genesee Theatre: 203 N Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL. Online: Box office: (847) 263-6300.

Music by the Lake George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Music by the Lake at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin welcomes country superstar Martina McBride (July 8), Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra (July 16), legendary Canadian rockers The Guess Who (July 22) and BritBeat (July 29), a multimedia concert journey through the band of the century, The Beatles. Performances are held rain or shine in the Ferro Pavilion, an open-air venue just steps from the shores of Geneva Lake. Concertgoers have the option of reserved seats under the pavilion or general admission in the outdoor terrace. Music lovers may also pack a picnic and enjoy the concert for the expansive lawn areas. Free parking and shuttle service is available for all concerts. Ticket prices range from $15-$85 and are on sale now at Summer sounds better at Music by the Lake!

Limelight Theatre Company

The Oswegoland Park District’s Limelight Theatre Company presents The Addams Family (School Edition). Come join the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky family! America’s darkest family comes to life in this original musical comedy about love, family, honesty, and growing up. Performing July 26-29 at 7:00pm at Oswego High School, 4250 Route 71 in Oswego. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $8 for Students/ Seniors ($2 more at the door). For more information and to purchase your tickets visit

Children of Eden

Little Mountain Community Theatre will present Children of Eden on July 21-23rd at Lemont High School with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, best known for writing hit musicals Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked. The inspiring and timeless story celebrates the difficulty of choice, the importance of passion, the value of questioning, and the pain in allowing those you love to take risks and face consequences. The cast includes wellknown Biblical characters led by Father and storytellers that reveal the tale in joyous and haunting fashion. In the end, this musical offers a frank, tuneful, charming, and often humorous look at the trials and tribulations of parenting. 800 Porter Street, Lemont, www.

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Golf Links & Tips

The Preserve at Oak Meadows

Vincent Mohawk - Assistant Golf Professional

900 N. Wood Dale Rd.

Addison, IL 60101


Golf Tip: Back to Basics

The golf grip is one of the most important aspects of the game. It’s the only point of contact between you and the club, and it can have a significant impact on the quality of your shots.

The most common grip is the overlapping grip. To use this grip, place your left hand on the club first (for right-handed golfers), with your thumb pointing down the shaft. Then, place your right hand over your left thumb so it fits into the groove of your palm. Both palms should be facing each other, and your right pinky finger should overlap your left index finger.

Similar to the overlapping grip, is the interlocking grip. The difference being the left index finger and right pinkie finger interlock. This is my grip of choice and most notably is used by Tiger Woods.

Finally, the ten-finger grip.Typically used by beginners, it involves placing ten fingers directly on the club, similar to gripping a baseball bat.

Remember, gripping too tightly can negatively affect your swing. Practice your grip regularly and don’t be afraid to experiment to find the one that works best for you. For more tips follow me on Instagram: @vincemohawkgolf


Golf Course

Ron Skubisz, Manager & PGA Golf Pro 845 N. Second Avenue in Pottawatomie Park. 630-584-8356

Golf Tip: Have fun. Having fun is most important when introducing your children to the game of golf, says Ron Skubisz, Golf Course Manager & PGA Golf Pro at St. Charles Park District. Take a tip from the master of family entertainment – DisneyTM, which continually stresses the need to view the world through the eyes of a child. By playing from the same tees and using clubs that will travel the same distance as

your child’s stroke, you will get to spend quality time during the round and create a realistic goal for your child of hitting shots further than you. I highly recommend practicing on a putting green or short game practice area that provide a great opportunity to teach proper posture, grip and alignment. One of my favorite activities is to form teams among family members and create competitions. The ultimate benefit is improvement in putting and short game which account for nearly 70% of the shots taken in a normal round of golf. Remember the goal is to have fun, be creative, and let your child create games that are fun through their eyes while instructive in the fundamentals through your eyes.

White Pines Golf Club

Bill Roper, Head PGA Professional

500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville 630-766-0304

Golf Tip: Chipping and Pitching

A key aspect to improve your short game is mastering a delicate touch for chipping and

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pitching. To enhance skills in this area, focus on visualization and control.

Before executing the shot, visualize the trajectory and landing spot desired. Picture the ball rolling smoothly toward the target. Maintain a light grip on the club to enhance feel and control over the shot.

When chipping, position the ball slightly back in your stance, lean your weight slightly forward, and use a short backswing with minimal wrist hinge. Focus on making crisp contact with the ball, allowing it to roll toward the target.

For pitching, position the ball slightly forward in your stance, maintain a relaxed grip, and engage a slightly longer backswing to generate loft. Maintain a smooth tempo and accelerate through impact, allowing the ball to land softly and stop quickly.

With consistent effort and application of visualization and control techniques, you can significantly enhance your short game.

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Tee Times: 630-584-8356 • A Certified Audubon Sanctuary along the Fox River • A facility of the St. Charles Park District 845 N. Second Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174 • In Pottawatomie Park May be used for any tee time, a family outing or small group visits. The Perfect Gift! Punch Cards - $96 Most Beautiful Golf Course in the Fox Valley! Pottawatomie Golf Course Every Day 9-Holes $20 Twilight* $16 Spectator** $12 * Walking only. Times subject to change due to change in daylight hours. ** Spectators are counted as a member of the group. Maximum 4 members/group. Green Fees: Now-September Book Tee Times Online!

Raging Waves Waterpark

Slide into summer at Illinois’ Largest Waterpark! Located in Yorkville, IL, Raging Waves is the perfect spot for the whole family to cool off and have fun! The park sprawls over 58 acres with 32 waterslides, a ¼ mile long lazy river, 350,000-gallon wave pool, sand area, leisure pool, 43 private cabanas, a total of 11 dining options, and more. To purchase tickets, visit: and choose from a variety of options!

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Jump into summer as you swim in Centen nial Beach’s historic stone quarry. It’s not a swimming pool, it’s not a lake, but rather it’s a swimming experience like no other! Wade into the zero-depth entry and swim to depths of 15 feet. For generations, Centennial Beach has been the local “swimming hole” for many Naperville residents and their guests. It’s a great place to meet friends, gather with fam ily, or simply relax and enjoy! 500 W. Jackson Avenue, Naperville.

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Themed around a river otter and his friends, Otter Cove offers water fun for everyone! Featuring a zero-depth entry activity pool, a shallow pool for toddlers, a splash park with water wheels, dumping buckets and spray cannons, a sand/water play area, and rides that twist, turn, and twirl through water that shoots, sprays, and spins. Exciting activities are sure to appeal to every water enthusiast, from the most energetic cannon baller to the most laid-back floater.

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Tee Times: 630-584-8356 • A Certified Audubon Sanctuary along the Fox River • A facility of the St. Charles Park District 845 N. Second Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174 • In Pottawatomie Park May be used for any tee time, a family outing or small group visits. The Perfect Gift! Punch Cards - $96 Most Beautiful Golf Course in the Fox Valley! Pottawatomie Golf Course Every Day 9-Holes $20 Twilight* $16 Spectator** $12 * Walking only. Times subject to change due to change in daylight hours. ** Spectators are counted as a member of the group. Maximum 4 members/group. Green Fees: Now-September Book Tee Times Online!

Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad


Dive into summer at the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad! Season passes are on sale now at the Bensenville Park District, 1000 W. Wood Street, Bensenville. Swim lessons for children of all ages and skill levels are also available through the park district. The water fun begins Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, and continues through Sunday, August 13. Open noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and noon-5 p.m. on holidays.

Santa Springs

Cool off at Santa Springs on one of our 3-story, 300 footlong water slides. Splash around Lighthouse Harbor, a 2-story interactive water play structure, featuring slides and tipping buckets within a zero-depth entry to a 10,000 square-foot, 8 inch-deep wading pool. While the kids play, parents can sit back and relax in surrounding lounge chairs or cabanas available for rental. Santa Springs is located inside Santa’s Village Amusement & Water Park in East Dundee. For more information on ticket deals, Birthday Parties, and more, visit: [See our ad on Page 5.]

Family Aquatic Center


Beat the heat this summer at the Family Aquatic Center. Located at 105 Community Boulevard, Wheeling, IL, this aquatic center has a variety of fun activities for people of all ages, including water slides, a zero-depth main pool with lap lanes, diving boards, water basketball, an aquatic activity pad, a toddler slide with a play area, and a sand area with volleyball courts. The facility also contains a concession stand with a picnic area, and sun loungers surrounding the pool.

For a complete listing of membership passes, special events, and activities at the Family Aquatic Center, visit

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Birthday parties can be fun to plan for toddlers, but most parents are fresh out of ideas by the tween and teen years.

Here are a few ideas that might just bring a smile to your teen-ager’s face:

- Great music can be the perfect party theme. Crank up some tunes in the backyard, set out snacks and let the merriment ensue. Chances are, dancing will break

out spontaneously with a lot of fun and laughter mixed in.

- Looking for a truly unexpected way to start off a day full of birthday festivities? Picture a small group “kidnapping” the guest of honor in the wee hours of the morning, and then taking the teen out for a celebratory breakfast. It’s important to let parents in on the plan early.

- Most kids have had their share of traditional slumber parties by the time they’ve hit their teens. How about an overnight campout in the backyard? Fire up the grill, play some music and let the kids just hang out.

- Have a local band take over the family garage for the evening. Once you warn the neighbors, you’ll just need some great party food and a few black lights to set the mood. If a band isn’t in the budget, ask one of the teens to volunteer as DJ for the night or have everyone share some tunes from their smartphones.

- If the birthday girl is a fashionista who loves makeup and fashion, why

not combine the two. Have a makeover party that ends with a clothing or jewelry swap. All of the girls will leave with a bag of fashionable goodies and a brand new style.

- Have a few friends dress up in their favorite formal attire, and then get swept away to dinner in a limousine. It will make for a memorable evening. So, be sure to stop at a few fun spots for pictures.

- Lots of entertainment businesses cater to birthday parties for this age group. Take a group, big or small, to black light bowling, laser tag or trampoline centers for a fun evening. Many offer a private party room where kids can hang out and enjoy that all-important birthday cake.

Always be open to ideas. Some kids might want something silly, like a shaving cream fight. Others might want to play a game of touch football or hang out at the local coffee shop. So, planning the perfect birthday party might be as simple as asking them for ideas. After all, most teen-agers just want to have fun.


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Elk Grove Park District

Create your most memorable party at the Elk Grove Park District. . We provide the space, so you can add your special touches. Event spaces include tables, chairs and a party host. We offer unique spaces including Pirate Ships, Carousels, Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Casual Party Rooms, Elegant Halls, an Outdoor Patio and Gazebo. All venues have ample free parking. We are conveniently located minutes from I-90 and I-290. Visit to view our venue spaces available for 10-200 guests. Call one of our Party Consultants to start planning today at 847-437-9494.

Rock ‘n’ Kids

Summertime Fun! Rock ‘n’ Kids provides music, movement and imagination classes for 1-5 years at park districts in Chicagoland! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are interactive and educational, with each class including songs and rhymes, basic dance steps and movements, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm instruments and movement props, imaginative play, socialization and fun! We are also available for mobile music and dance parties! We have been singing, dancing, and playing for over 28 years! Get more information at

Sonny Acres Farm

Sonny Acres Farm offers endless possibilities to make your next event unforgettable, boasting 22 acres of space, making it the perfect option for just about any occasion. From breathtaking weddings set amidst one of our scenic backdrops to large scale corporate events, family reunions, kids birthday parties and more, the customization options are flexible and pair perfectly with any occasion. Treat your guests to our seasonal offerings including access to amusement rides, petting zoo, hayrides and much more. Visit [See our ad on the Back Cover.]

Astro Fun World

Astro Fun World is the most amazing time you’ll have in the galaxy! Offers indoor glow in the dark fun filled entertainment for all ages from kids to adults. Featuring Go Karts, VR Rides, Ropes Course, Zip Line, Kids Play Zone, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Climbing Walls, Mini Golf, Laser Maze and Arcade Games. Planning your next party? You can rent out of this World private party rooms! All the info is at (See our ad on page 17.)

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Schedule a Check-Up or Well Visit

If your child has not already had their yearly check-up it is important to schedule one so that they can remain healthy throughout the school year. During this visit you and your child can also discuss any mental health concerns.

Dr. Damon Korb, a developmental behavioral pediatrician in Los Gatos, CA, and author of Raising an Organized Child, says “Think of going back to school, the same way that you would have any year but with perhaps more importance. We do not want to miss a potential problem to avoid another. Children should get all of their normal well childcare visits and immunizations.”

Immunizations and Flu Shots

Dr. Korb recommends referring to the immunization schedule recommended by the CDC to make sure your child is up to date.

Sumana Reddy M.D. at Acacia Family Medical Group in Salinas, CA says that everyone

should make sure that they get a yearly flu shot. Flu shots are normally available starting in September.

“Last year 500 children died of the flu. It’s very important to get your flu shot,” says Dr. Sumana.

Dr. Korb agrees by saying, “This year, the flu shot is even more important. We want to reduce the common cold, because when noses start running, we all touch our face.”

Dr. Sumana explains that most doctors are concerned about people being infected with the combination of covid and the flu virus that will be circulating this fall. “The more families that get the flu vaccine the better it will be for everyone,” she says.

Unlike most vaccines, you need to get the flu shot yearly for it to be effective since the strain of flu often changes.

If you don’t have insurance vaccines will be provided for free by doctors due to the federally funded program Vaccines For Children. The program provides vaccines to children who might not be vaccinated because of an

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With the school year soon approaching I want to make sure my daughter is healthy and ready for school, so I turned to the medical experts to learn more about immunizations and check-ups.

inability to pay. The vaccines are available at private physicians’ offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.

And if you do have insurance there should not be a co-pay for receiving the vaccine.

“The Affordable Care Act requires private insurance companies to pay in full for vaccines recommended by the CDC,” says Dr. Sumana.

Dr. Sumana explains that there might be some insurance companies that are exempt and that you should check with your insurance company about coverage before getting your vaccine.

Eye Health

Children may be unaware of the fact their vision is not normal. This may lead to feeling frustrated about being unable to see the words in a book or in the classroom causing a child to act out.

The CDC recommends that children’s eyes should be checked regularly by an eye doctor or pediatrician. Amblyopia, or lazy eye is the most common cause of vision loss in children which can be treated if caught early between the ages of 3 to 5 years old.

The American Optometric Association estimates 80% of a child’s learning happens through observation. In the classroom, most of the teaching is done by displaying the information.

Oral Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child visit a dentist for an initial check-up by the time they turn one. According to the CDC tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic diseases for kids from age 6 to 19. Research studies found that children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who have good oral health.

Fluoride can prevent about one-third of cavities in baby teeth. If your town water does not contain fluoride, you can ask your pediatrician or dentist to prescribe fluoride which is typically taken in pill form once a day.

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As a parent, you can help shape your child’s attitudes and behaviors regarding physical activity. Knowing the recommendations is a great place to start. Encourage your child to be physically active for 60 minutes or more each day, with activities ranging from informal, active play to organized sports. Here are some ways you can do this:

Start early. Young children love to play and be active. Encouraging lots of safe and unstructured movement and play can help build a strong foundation for an active lifestyle.

Set a positive example by leading an active lifestyle yourself.

Make physical activity part of your family’s daily routine by taking family walks or playing active games together.

Give your children equipment that encourages physical activity.

Take young people to places where they can be active, such as public parks, community baseball fields, or basketball courts.

Be positive about the physical activities in which your child participates and encourage them to be interested in new activities.

Make physical activity fun. Fun activities can be anything your child enjoys, either structured or non-structured. Activities can range from team or individual sports to recreational activities such as walking, running, skating, bicycling, swimming, playground activities, or free-time play.

Instead of watching television after dinner, encourage your child to find fun activities to do on their own or with friends and family, such as walking, playing chase, or riding bikes.

Be safe! Always provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads, or knee pads for activities such as riding bicycles, or scooters, skateboarding, roller skating, rockwall climbing, and other activities where there may be a high risk of injuries. Ensure also that activities are appropriate for the age of your child. To learn more visit

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Fitness Tips Every Teen (& Parent) Should Read

There’s a lot of good reasons for teens to engage in exercising regularly and stay fit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that students who are physically active tend to have better grades, that higher physical fitness levels are associated with improved cognitive performance, and that those who participate in physical activities have fewer disciplinary problems.Yet many teens and their parents have questions about fitness that may be holding them back. “The benefits of being a fit teen are plentiful, but it’s important to also know how to help reduce injury risks and stay motivated over the long haul,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. “Being fit and healthy is more than just exercising, so it’s a good idea to learn more about what you need to do to be healthy all around.”

Here are 5 fitness tips every teen should read:

1. Eat brain food. This is the good stuff, which is the unprocessed, whole foods, which include things like salads, poultry, lean meats, eggs, healthy fats, etc. Unprocessed foods are packed with vita-

2. Train to be more useful. Going to the gym to work on your “abs” and “beach muscles” is usually done with endless sit-ups and biceps curls, but you can get the same effect by training to be more athletic, faster, and generally more useful in life, which means working to get your entire body stronger specifically for you.

3. Go into Do Not Disturb mode. A big part of mental fitness is the ability to step away from the phone calls, texts, and Instagram feeds. Your mind will keep you feeling better when you walk away from those things more often.

Appreciate that nothing happens overnight. When embarking on a fitness routine, it helps to celebrate the small victories that come with the little daily improvements.Yes, you may want to get a big bench press or increase your vertical jump by several inches - both are worthy pursuits, but both also take time and dedication. Learn to love the small changes and watch how they lead to meeting big goals.

5. Beware of the changes. Fitness has changed a lot in 20 years, so be careful whose advice you take. There are plenty of well-intended coaches and parents who dole out advice that is at best antiquated and at worst downright dangerous. Listen to your body, ask questions, and seek out expert advice when you need it! “The teen years are a great time to work on fitness and for laying the foundation for a healthy body and future,” added Coach Walls. “The more you know about what it takes, the less you are looking for an overnight fix. Getting fit, whether you are a teen or a senior citizen, takes time, patience, and dedication. But it’s worth it!”

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Stars and Stripes 5K. Tinley Park.


Run For Freedom 5k. Antioch.

4 on the 4th 4-Mile Run. Elmhurst.

Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. Warrenville.


Savage Race. Chicago.

Heroes Funtastic 5K. Geneva.


Mutt Strut VIRTUAL 3 Day 5k for Homeless Animals. Night Trail Run. Lemont.


Quadruple Dog Dare. Sugar Grove. Big Ten 10K. Chicago.


WALK for Pancreatic Cancer. Naperville.


Sundowner 5K Run, Splash Dash, and Kids’ Races. Joliet.


North Shore Taco 5K Fun Run, Walk and Stroll.


Margarita Mayhem 5K. Elk Grove Village.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries Off Road Triathlon Lemont.

Road Warrior Race. Carol Stream.

Kids’ Triathlon. Wauconda.


Adult Triathlon. Wauconda.


CowaLUNGa 3 Day Bike Ride. Gurnee Mills.

Kids Team Dri Tri. Oak Brook.


Park Center Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Race. Glenview.

KIDS Strong Kids Triathlon. Wheeling.

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Bubble Fun Run. Park Ridge.


Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, Bike, and Kids’ Triathlon. Naperville.


Girl Scouts National S’mores Day

Saturday, August 12 from 10AM - Noon

1.5-mile run/walk Kids fun run at Camp Greene Wood. S’mores after party to follow. Families can participate in either event.

Lupus Walk. Naperville.

Whipper Snapper Youth Triathlon. Arlington Heights. Ahpd.prg

Tour de Cure Ride. Pottawatomie Park. tour.


Run the Crossroads Grande Park 5K. Plainfield.


Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race. Grayslake, WI.

Run The Rails Race. Elburn. Stan’s Donut Run. Chicago.


Alpine Races. Lake Zurich.


Chicago Triathlon Sprint and Kids’ Triathlon. Chicago.

Tough Mudder Obstacle Race. Rockford.


Fort2Base Race 10 Nautical Mile or 3 Nautical Mile. North Chicago. Chicago Triathlon Sprint and Kids’ Triathlon. Chicago.

Bike for the Kids. Elgin.

Bartlett Lions Day Dash 5k/10k – Bartlett.


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Teaching your child how to do double-digit addition or about World War II is important. But those are limited skills and facts. Teaching your child to love learning offers them a lifetime of discovery, far outside the classroom.

Here are 18 easy ways to foster a love of learning in the middle of everyday life.

Reading not only has physical and emotional benefits but there is also concrete evidence that it helps brain development and academic growth. With so much possibility, reading is the perfect way to help kids fall in love with learning.


reading to your children has many benefits, letting them see you read shows kids that reading is forever. It’s not just for babies. It’s not just for school. Read in front of them (and Facebook doesn’t count).

Time outside provides opportunities for fine and gross motor development, risk-taking, and exploring, all of which prove beneficial to learning. There is also a direct correlation between time outside and stress reduction, confidence building, and exposure to different stimulation.

The brain benefits of music are numerous. Plus, music can bring joy and relaxation, and help them express ideas.

True learning goes far beyond grades in a classroom. Show them you believe that.

Give kids the opportunity to explore the things they love. If your child is into trains right now find books about trains, build a train, draw a train, and watch trains at the train station. Allow your child to guide their learning through their passions. Let them know when you discover something new. “Wow, I never knew that popcorn could burn so quickly. I wonder why.” Kids need to see that we are always learning, even in the ordinary.

I know, as a parent, it feels like all we do is answer questions. So start asking. “How did that bird know I just put birdseed out?” or “Why are there police officers guarding the construction workers?” Questions are the foundation of learning.

I know it can be painfully slow, but letting them pay at the

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store and count change is real-life learning. And if you use plastic for all your payments, talk about how that works too.

Encourage them to think freely about things, without boundaries. Some of the best ideas started with wild wondering!

School keeps kids busy learning good things. But there is less room for play on a regular day. Giving kids the opportunity to play with no agenda allows them to be better thinkers.

Math facts are foundational for good mental math, but kids don’t always want more schoolwork. Make math facts fun by asking them when you’re doing something else like driving, hiking, making dinner. Make it easy, fun, and short!

Even as kids get older, picture books can provide unique learning opportunities. Increased connection with the text, vocabulary, and a more sensory approach to reading helps the experience be enjoyable and beneficial.

Visit the sea or a mountain. Spend time at the free art museum or check out the historical house in town. Experiences make learning part of life and create a schema, a personal framework for learning.

Giving kids the chance to create through art, music, science, or any imaginative play helps them develop better thinking skills that translate far outside the classroom.

Helping with adult tasks gives kids new skills and shows them the need to learn throughout life. Cooking, taking pictures, changing the oil, doing laundry all show kids that there is always something new they can do.

Often. Let them see that failure is part of learning. Recognizing failure as part of the learning process rather than an end to learning shows kids to keep going. Demonstrate that it’s ok, even good, to fail because it’s all part of the learning.

It’s one of the simplest things you can do with endless possibilities. Read to learn, for fun, and life.


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Libraries Help Prevent “Summer Slide

especially younger ones and those from low-income households. A quarter-century later, a study of children in 3rd to 5th grades continued to back the notion that students lost, on average, about 20 percent of their school-year gains in reading and 27 percent in math during summer break.

You might wonder how public libraries stay busy during the summer months. After all, summer is vacation time and a chance for kids and their families to enjoy the outdoors. However, as many parents and even more K-12 teachers know, summer is also the time of the “slide.”

Ever since a 1996 study came out showing that school-age kids lose significant knowledge in reading and math over summer break. Public libraries and their staff have faced a fun and challenging assignment: how to stop the annual learning “slide.”

Each year before 1996, kids’ skill loss tended to snowball following summer breaks,

So, how do summer library programs help kids avert the summer slide? It may surprise you, but it’s not about requiring children to read book after book throughout the summer. Instead, as research suggests, it is more important to:

• Get kids into the library.

• Let them choose what they read.

• Involve their families.

As more and more families now realize, getting kids to love summer in the library is a win-win for all! Weekly summer reading programs at their core encourages reading. These free programs are educational, engag-

ing, and remind kids that reading can be fun! Prevent your children from losing reading, math, and other school-related skills over the summer break. Make reading part of your summer routine and keep your child off the “Summer Slide”.

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The library can help children develop a love of reading while enjoying a break from school.

Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice; therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine!

If you have an event of regional interest that you would like included in the calendar section, please send an e-mail to Deadline for inclusion in the September/October issue is Friday, August 11.



DOGS Bullycon Chicagoland – BRC Global Canine Pedigrees at the DuPage Event Center. Begins at Noon. Wheaton.

FAMILY Food Truck Festival – Come taste food from the region’s best food trucks, a beer garden and a vendor village. Starts at 11AM. Lemont Quarries.

FAMILY Fourth of Ju-Luau Party – Tamales and food truck. Free from 5 to 8PM. at Wyckwood House, 80 S. River St., Aurora.


FOOD Taste of Oak Brook – Bring the family for an evening of food from selected area restaurants and a fireworks display. 3-10PM. Oak Brook.

FIREWORKS Independence Day Extravaganza –DJ, food vendors, beer booth, kids’ activities and fireworks. 4-10PM. Centennial Park. Lemont.

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FAMILY “American Salute” – Lake County Symphony Orchestra presents free concert. 7PM. Outside at Buffalo Creek Brewing, Long Grove.

MUSIC West Suburban Symphony – Outdoor concert under the stars. Lawn seating, picnics welcome. 7PM.

Cantigny Park. Wheaton.


CONCERT Summer Concerts for the Family – Concerts begin at 7PM at North School Park. Arlington Heights.


MUSIC Music on Chicago – Live music, local food vendors, and beverages. 5:30PM-11PM. Freeport’s Art Plaza.


OUTDOORS Ottawa Canal Day – Step Back in Time – A full day of Coopering, art and craft vendors, RC Boat racing, Kayak racing and more. Toll House. Ottawa.

GAMERS Video Game Summit – 10AM-5PM at the McCook Athletic and Exposition. 80+ booths of classic and modern video games. McCook.


FAMILY Bike Bonanza – Celebrate the bike with aa BMX bike performance by Matt Wilhelm with live music, kids’ games and activities. Elmhurst History Museum 1-5PM. Elmhurst.


CONCERT Summer in the Parks – Celebrating the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by Brightside Theatre. 7-8PM. FREE. Downers Grove Swim and Racquet Club. Downers Grove.


FAMILY Movies in the Park – Lyle, Lyle Crocodile at Northview Park. Seating begins 7PM. Concessions available. Lemont.


CONCERT Late Night at the Galleries – Cambo-

dian Music: The Living Tradition. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music at The Art Center. 6-8PM. Highland Park Theartcenterhp,org


CONCERT Music on the Hill – Bring a blanket and chairs for a live band and two food trucks. 7-8:30PM. Hanover Park.

CONCERT Concerts on Main – Fun, food and live music in downtown Roselle, Main Street. All ages, 6:30-8PM.

CONCERT Tri-State District Free Concerts in the Park – 7-9PM. Buckle Band plays at Sunshine Park, Willowbrook.

FAMILY Unplug Illinois – Relax and unplug for a device-free day at Shady Oaks Park. 5:30-7PM. Streamwood.

FAMILY Movies in the Park – Spider-Man: No Way Home. Begins at dusk. Bring blanket or chair. Hinsbrook Park, Darien.

MUSIC Music in the Park – Thunderstruck perform at Sinnissippi. 7-8:30PM. Rockford.


CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks, great food and fabulous music. 5-10PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. For tickets visit:

MOVIE Movie in the Park – Encanto begins at 8:30PM at Recreation Park. Arlington Heights.

SALE Sidewalk Sales – Enjoy the shops of downtown Libertyville. Check website for participating stores. 10AM5PM. Libertyville.


CRAFTS LaGrange Craft Fair - Unique, high-quality, hand-crafted items available for purchase. 10AM-5PM. Hinsdale.

CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks, great food and fabulous music. 5-10PM. Naper Settlement, Naper-

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ville. For tickets visit:

FAMILY Unplug Illinois Day – Ditch the electronics for outdoor games, water slide, music and bounce house. 10AM–12PM. Scout Lodge, Roselle.

FAMILY Citizen Science Scrambler – See how nature apps like eBird can make a difference. 12-2PM. Atwood Park. Rockford.

FAMILY Classic Car Show – 12-4PM. Classic cars, music, food and refreshments. Downtown Barrington.

FAMILY Movies in the Park – “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” at Deer Grove Leisure Center. Movie starts at 8:15PM. Refreshments for purchase. Bensenville.

FUNDRAISER Downers Grove Garden Walk –9:30AM-3PM. Money raised will support previously homeless families. Ticket required. Downers Grove.

OUTDOORS Chalk Art Contest – 10AM-1PM. Downtown Lemont at the Metra Parking lot. Register.

PLANTS Houseplant Swap – Free plant swap event from 1-3PM at Nicholas Conservatory. Houseplants only. Rockford.



CRAFTS LaGrange Craft Fair - Unique, high-quality, hand-crafted items available for purchase. 10AM-5PM. Hinsdale.

DOGS Dog Admission Day at The Morton Arboretum - Explore the Arboretum with your best, furry friend. 7AM-Sunset. Lisle.

FAMILY Ice Cream Social – Help celebrate Sam Vial’s birthday 1-3PM. La Grange Area Historical Society. La Grange.

OUTDOORS Voyage En France – Celebrating Cantigny’s unique connection with France with French sights, sounds and flavors. 10AM-4PM. Wheaton.


FAMILY Museum Maker Monday – Drop-in for families only. Theme changes each month. 11AM-3PM. Elmhurst.


KIDS Cruise to Village Green – Snack time at The Pavilion at Village Green from 5-7PM during Cruise Night. All ages. Plainfield.


CONCERT Summer in the Parks – Celebrating the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by Brightside Theatre. 7-8PM. FREE. Wagner Family Pavilion. Naperville.

FAMILY Car Show - The classic car show features vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown Libertyville. 6-9 PM.


FAMILY Movie in the Park – See The Rise of Gru at Heritage Park. Wheeling. Free. 8PM.

FAMILY Movie Night with the Cops – Bring your lawn chairs to Seven Gables Park. Movie begins at dusk. Free. Wheaton.

MUSIC Music in the Park – Blooze Brothers perform at Sinnissippi. 7-8:30PM. Rockford.

SHOP Girls Night Out – Shopping, dining and fun in downtown Libertyville. 6-9PM. Libertyville.


CONCERT Evening in the Park – Enjoy music by Muilaert in Turner Park. 6:30-8PM. Food vendors. Roselle.

FAMILY Movie in the Park – Family-friendly “Soul” shows outdoors at Park Place Rec Center parking lot. 8:30PM. Streamwood.


FAMILY Car Show – Enjoy live music while checking out the classic cars. Food vendors. 1-4PM. Heritage Park. Wheeling.


ADULTS A Walk in the Park Wine Tour – Enjoy a summer guided wine tour of Central Park. 5PM. Summer concert at 7PM. Pre-registration required. Central Park, Oak Brook.

CONCERT Concerts on Main – Enjoy The Mackenzie O’Brien Band in Downtown Roselle. 6:30-8PM. Food vendors. Roselle.

FAMILY Movies in the Park – Finding Nemo. Begins at dusk. Bring a blanket or chair. Lindenwood Park, Darien.

FAMILY Movies at Mundy Park – The Venue at Water Street Mall hosts the brew and view series. Movie starts at dusk. Aurora.

MUSIC Music in the Park – Steely Dane perform at Sinnissippi. 7-8:30PM. Rockford.

OUTDOOR Garden Tours – Nicholas Conservatory invites the public for free guided garden tours. 10:30AM-Noon. Rockford.


ADULTS Summer Wine Fest – Annual wine fest at Lincoln Park Zoo with 50 varieties of wine from 20 wineries. 6:30-10PM. Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago.

MOVIES Movies Under the Stars – Toy Story 2. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Wheaton’s Public Library. 8PM. Wheaton.

MUSEUM Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center – Free admission during regular museum hours today and Aug. 25. Reserve Tickets online. Skokie.


ANTIQUES Long Grove Vintage Days – Antique and upcycled items for sale, free. 10AM-6PM.

ART Geneva Arts Fair - Artisans from around the country in a host of mediums. 10AM-5PM. Geneva.


ANTIQUES Long Grove Vintage Days – Antique and upcycled items for sale, free. 10AM-5PM.

FAMILY Hokulea Academy of Polynesian Arts –5-6:30PM. Take a voyage through tropical islands through this performance. Heritage Park. Wheeling.



CONCERT Summer Concerts for the Family – Concerts begin at 7PM at North School Park. Arlington Heights.


CONCERT Summer in the Parks – Celebrating the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by Brightside Theatre. 7-8PM. FREE. Millennium Carillon Amphitheater. Naperville.

CONCERT Tri-State District Free Concerts in the Park – 7-9PM. ARRA plays at Sunshine Park, Willowbrook.

FAMILY Play in the Park – Sports of All Sorts themed activities at Commissioners’ Park. 5:30-7PM. Streamwood.


CONCERT Summer in the Parks – Celebrating the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by Brightside Theatre. 7-8PM. FREE. Naperville Band Shell, Central Park. Naperville.

FAMILY Stolp Block Party – The block party returns to Stolp Ave. 6-10PM. Music, food and fun. Aurora.

MUSIC Music on Chicago – Live music, local food vendors, and beverages. 5:30PM-10PM. Freeport’s Art Plaza.

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ADULT Wheaton Brew and Seltzer Fest – Unique brews, live entertainment food and fun. 21+. 12-4PM. Wheaton.

ART Annual Cornfest – Arts and crafts fair at the Community Church of Rolling Meadows. 11AM-6PM. Rolling Meadows. Ccrm.curch

FAMILY LaSalle County Cruisers Car Show – Annual Car Show begins at 2-7PM. Ottawa.

TOUR MainSweet Dessert Walk – Sample portions of desserts at participating Main Street businesses. 12-3PM. Libertyville.

FAMILY Touch-a-Truck - See all of your favorite trucks up close in the parking lot of Park Place Family Rec Center. Free. 10AM-12PM. Streamwood.

FAMILY Touch-a-Truck - See all of your favorite trucks up close at the Centennial Rec Center. Addison. Free. 10AM12PM. Streamwood.


FAMILY Touch-A-Truck – Free event for kids of all ages to explore their favorite vehicles. 11AM-3PM. Ottawa.


FAMILY Museum Maker Monday – Drop-in for families only. Theme changes each month. 11AM-3PM. Elmhurst.


CONCERT Summer in the Parks – Celebrating the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by Brightside Theatre. 7-8PM. FREE. Ranchview Park. Naperville.

SPORT Links Technology Cup - A day of 18 holes of golf with cart, competition, cash, prizes and great food. 10AM. Schaumburg Golf Course, Schaumburg.


ADULTS Wine Walk – Swirl. Smell. Sip. Repeat. 5–8:30PM. Downtown Wheaton.

FAMILY Benefit Car Show – Kick of Willow Fest with classic cars and trucks and entertainment. All Day. Willow Springs.

FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Begins at dusk. Bring blanket or chair. Pinewood Park, Darien.


CRAFTS Lamb’s Farm Summertime Craft Festival - Unique, high-quality, hand-crafted items available for purchase. 10AM-4PM. Elgin.

FAMILY National S’mores Day – Enjoy a variety of s’more-themed activities and, of course, eat delicious s’mores. 10AM – Noon at Camp Greene Wood. Learn more and register your family today:

FAMILY Cruise Night Car Show – Diverse collection of cars from 5 states, Car cruising parade, food court and contests. 4PM. Freeport.

OUTDOOR Glow in the Park – Nostalgic adult fun with live music, fluorescent cocktails and glow-in-the-dark games and more. 7PM-12AM. Wheaton.

OUTDOOR Rusty Rodeo – Help us round up Crayfish

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in order to reduce their numbers. Free. 10AM-Noon. Glenwood Park Forest Preserve and Batavia and Historic Piano Factory. St. Charles.

TOUR DeKalb County Barn Tour – 9AM-4PM. Driving and walking tour of DeKalb County barns.


CONCERT Summer in the Parks – Celebrating the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Presented by Brightside Theatre. 7-8PM. FREE. Community Park Bandshell. Lisle.

CRAFTS Lamb’s Farm Summertime Craft Festival - Unique, high-quality, hand-crafted items available for purchase. 10AM-4PM. Elgin.

FAMILY International Festival – Celebrate the diversity of the area through dance performances and ethnic food. 1-7PM. Heritage Park. Wheeling.


KIDS Cruise to Village Green – Games at The Pavilion at Village Green from 5-7PM during Cruise Night. All ages. Plainfield.


CONCERT Late Night at the Galleries – Looking Back and Forward: African-American Composers. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music at The Art Center. 6-8PM. Highland Park Theartcenterhp,org


CONCERT Music on the Hill – Bring a blanket and chairs for a live band and two food trucks. 7-8:30PM. Hanover Park.


CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks, great food and fabulous music. 5-10PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. For tickets visit:

FAMILY Movie in the Park – Family-friendly “Raya and the Last Dragon” shows outdoors at Park Place Rec Center parking lot. 8:30PM. Streamwood.

MOVIE Movie in the Park – Minions: The Rise of Gru begins at 8:30PM at Recreation Park. Arlington Heights.


CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks, great food and fabulous music. 5-10PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. For tickets visit:

FAMILY Family Expo – Live Entertainment, mini therapy horses and dogs, refreshments for purchase. 12-4PM. Free. Citizens Park, Barrington.

FAMILY Sunset Stroll and Campfire Glow – Enjoy Atwood Park for an evening hike and campfire. 5:30-7:30PM. Rockford.


FAMILY Craft Beer at Pollyanna Brewery – Parent can enjoy some great beer while the kids learn how to build a wood working project. Supplies provided. Register. 121:30PM.

OUTDOOR History on Wheels Bike Tour - Bicyclists

are invited to join a 2-wheeled tour of Elmhurst led by the Elmhurst Bicycle Club. Reservations required. 11AM-12:30PM. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst.


MOVIE Movies at Mundy Park – The Venue at Water Street Mall hosts the brew and view series. Movie starts at dusk. Aurora.


MUSIC Irish Fest – Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy Irish music and lights snacks for purchase. 5-10PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Arlington Heights.


ART Alley Art Festival – Regional artists and local musicians are part of the activities. 12–5PM. Water Street Mall, Aurora.

ART The Forge Art Walk – Immerse yourself into art and nature, in our outdoor festival of art. $5. Lemont Quarries.

CULTURE Heritage Fest – Family-friendly event with performances, food and cultural organizations. Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 10AM-1PM. Arlington Heights.

FOOD Food Festival –A festival of food and drink with live music and activities for all ages. 4-8PM. West Chicago.


ART A Walk in the Park Art Fair – Local and Midwest area artists display art in various mediums, Free, 10AM-5PM. North School Park. Arlington Heights.

ART The Forge Art Walk – Immerse yourself into art and nature, in our outdoor festival of art. $5. Lemont Quarries.

FAMILY Concours d’Elegance – Classic car enthusiasts will view a collection of antique, classic and modern automobiles from 10 AM-4 PM. Third Street, Geneva.


ART Absurdity, In Dada We Trust –Art and storytelling on exhibit at the Art Center Highland Park. Thru 8/5. The Art Center Highland Park.

BOOKS Newberry Book Fair - 7/28-7/30. Chicago’s most popular used book sale returns. 10AM-6PM. Chicago.


Sunset Soiree Concert Series – Thursdays in July and 8/3. 7–10PM. Downtown Lemont.

Concerts on the Village Green – Thursdays, 6/1-7/27, at the Burr Ridge Village Center. 7-8:30PM. Burr Ridge.

Concert In the Park – Sundays, 8PM Free. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling.

Summer Concerts at The Forge: Lemont Quarries –

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 6PM. Lemont. Buy tickets:

LaSalle County 4-H Show and Jr. Fair – 7/13-16. Hosted at the LaSalle County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1548 4H Rd. Ottawa.

Christmas in July – 7/21-25. Visit downtown Wheaton shops for sidewalk sales and special offers. Wheaton.

World Wiffle Ball Championship – 7/15-16. Registration is open for players of all ages. Midlothian.

Concerts in the Park – Wednesdays in July at 7PM. Geneva.

STC Live – Wednesdays and Fridays at 6PM. St. Charles.

Summer Concert Series –Thursdays in July. 6:30PM. Oak Brook.

Summer Nights Concert Series – Sundays, 3–5PM. Cantigny bandshell, Wheaton.

Summer Concert Series – Saturdays, 6-8PM in Washington Park. Ottawa.

Summer Concert Series – Tuesdays, 7PM thru Aug. 1. Fishel Park, Downers Grove.

Concerts in the Plaza – Tuesdays, 7:30PM through 8/15. Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville. things-to-do/concerts

Wacky Wednesdays – Children’s entertainment. Wednesdays at Memorial Park Amphitheater. La Grange.

MYAC Summer Music Festival Series – Thursday evening orchestras at the picturesque MYAC Center, Ft. Sheridan. Highwood.

Concerts in Your Park – Sunday evenings through 7/31. 7-8:30PM. Various parks in Naperville.

Summer Concert Series – Tuesdays; 7PM. Thru 8/22. Circle Park, Bloomingdale.

Summer Entertainment Series – Fridays and Saturdays; 6–9:30PM. Memorial Park Bandshell, Wheaton.

Music and Market on Stolp Ave. – Wednesdays; 6:30PM. 7/13 thru 8/10. Millennium Plaza, Aurora.

Summer Concert Series – Thursdays, 7-8:30PM. Hoosier Grover Park, Streamwood.


The Bicycle: Two Wheels to Adventure – 6/9-9/17. Elmhurst History Museum.

Bless You – 7/7-8, and 7/15. The Art Center, Highland Park.

Zoom Room exhibit – Open Memorial day through 8/31. Chicago Children’s Museum. Chicago.

Stone Carvers of Earth and Imagination – July 1 to Sept. 30. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook.

“65 Years” Special Exhibit – Cantigny Park celebrates it’s anniversary with this special exhibit that runs through 11/11. Wheaton.

Once Upon a Childhood – Through 9/24. Items tell the story of how technology has impacted our lives. LaGrange Area Historical Society.

Cultivating Culture – Celebrating cultures in the Rockford area. 10AM-4PM. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Rockford.

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross – View Alex Ross’s art inspired by 30 years of Marvel. Elmhurst Art Museum. Through 8/14. Timed Tickets required.

Entre Horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puero Rico - Opens 8/19 at Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago.

EXPO Fan Expo Chicago – 8/10-13. Celebrities, comic creators, voice actors and cosplayers at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Rosemont.

FAMILY First Fridays – Featuring Food Trucks from 5–9PM in August. FREE. Water Street Square, Aurora.

FAMILY National Gathering of American Indian Veterans. 7/21-23. Cantigny Park, Wheaton.

MOVIES Movies in the Park Series – Saturdays; 8:30PM. Cantigny bandshell, Wheaton.

FAMILY Multiple Library Geocache – Through 8/5. Visit participating libraries using clues and coordinates for a chance at a prize.

FAMILY Starved Rock Nationals Car Show – 8/18-20. Classic cars, DJ’s. vendors, and a kids’ zone. Held at Skydive Chicago. Ottawa.

FAMILY Unplug at the Park – Wednesdays. 5–7PM. Outdoor games and crafts, and a show featuring music and songs. Various parks, Wheeling.

FAMILY Butterfield Neighborhood Gatherings –Wednesdays thru 8/31. 4:30–7:30PM. Featuring food trucks, music and more. Christ Church Butterfield, Lombard.

KIDS Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment – Tuesdays this summer, hosted at several locations in Naperville 11:30AM. Naperville.

SHOW Westmont Cruisin’ Nights – Thursdays. 5–9PM through 9/1. Downtown Westmont.

SHOW Bluesmobile Cruise Nights – Saturdays 3-9PM. Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy., Mt. Prospect.

SHOW Lemont Legends Cruise Nights – Wednesdays through 8/30. 6–9PM. Downtown Lemont.

SPORT NWSA World Series – National Wheelchair Softball Association Tournament 8/3-6. Ozinga Field. Crestwood.

SPORT Kane County Cougars – Family-friendly fun at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva. For more information visit

SPORT Chicago Dogs – Family-friendly games at Impact Field in Rosemont. For more information TheChicagoDogs. com

SPORT Schaumburg Boomers – Family friendly fun at Wintrust Field in Schaumburg. For more information visit

SPORT Joliet Slammers – Family friendly fun in Joliet. For more information visit

SPORT Race to Mackinac – The oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. Starts July 22. Chicago’s Navy Pier on Lake Michigan and finishes July, 23 at Mackinac Island, Mich. on Lake Huron.

TOUR Frank Lloyd Wright – Combine a guided tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio with an outdoor self-guided walking tour. Oak Park. For dates and times.

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Oak Brook

Antico Posto is a cozy Italian cafe and wine bar serving Italian classics. Located in Oakbrook Center, signature dishes include Chicken Meatballs with arrabbiata sauce, Hand-Stretched Brick Oven Pizzas, House-Made Gnocchi and Baked Eggplant Parme-san. Dine in the main dining room, order catering for an at-home celebration, or enjoy the intimacy of Antico Posto’s private dining room. 630-586-9200. 118 Oakbrook Center.


Oak Brook

Located in Oakbrook Center, Beatrix is an all-day restaurant, coffeehouse and meeting place open for weekday breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch! The menu features healthy meets delicious options, and is known for its iconic coffee and bakery counter, including signature cookies and in-house pastry favorites. Plus, cele-brate your next event in the private dining room accommodating groups up to 65 guests, or enjoy Beatrix catering. 630-491-1415 272 Oakbrook Center.

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Catch 35 Naperville

Let’s get together at Catch 35 Chicago/Naperville! Fresh seafood specials and from the farm dishes offered daily. Charred Spanish Octopus, Seafood Cobb, Bone-in French Cut Ribeye, Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass, and so much more. Try the NEW Lunch specials at $13.95 such as Pork Belly Sliders, Fried Nashville Chicken, Crispy Calamari, or the Maine Lobster Roll at $15.95. All are available Monday thru Friday 11:30am to 3pm.

Catch 35 Naperville offers a casual neighborhood wine & cocktail bar and newly crafted bar menu featuring Tuna Poke Nachos, Bacon Wrapped Scallop Sliders, Charcuterie Board, Cocktails, and Specialty Wines. Cheers to Catch 35’s NEW Happy Hour special – Half priced Oysters and $4 off Bar Menu Items - every Monday thru Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm (available in the Bar & Outdoor Patio only). Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for special offers. Contact us at 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-717-3500. Dine in, delivery, & curbside pickup available. Visit

Biaggi’s Algonquin, Deer Park and Naperville.

Biaggi’s is a casual Italian restaurant with 3 locations in the Chicagoland area offering large portions of affordably priced, authentic Italian dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients available. Relax in a comfortable, inviting dining room while enjoying your meal from an extensive selection of pastas, soups & salads, pizza, fresh seafood, steaks and desserts. Signature dishes include Fettuccine with Lobster, Ziti al Forno and White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Biaggi’s Chicagoland locations include Algonquin, Deer Park or Naperville. For a complete menu or additional information visit

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