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t’s the season your kids have been waiting for, so how will you maximize the long lazy days of summer with your family? Celebrate the carefree season to its fullest with these outdoor activities and adventures your whole family will enjoy. BACK TO NATURE
Trailblazing – Head to a local, state, or na-
tional park and make a day of nature hiking. Before you go, make a list of things for your
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family to find and identify, such as a black oak tree, woodpecker holes, a garter snake, or a raccoon paw print. Carry a backpack with binoculars, sunscreen, visors or sunglasses, and plenty of water and snacks. Don’t forget your hiking shoes and a lightweight jacket in case the shade becomes cool.
Ride ‘em, cowboy – You don’t have to be a
horse owner to enjoy the pleasure of riding one of these majestic beings.Visit your nearby horse rental stables and catch the sunset on horseback. For a stable near you, visit http:// www.horserentals.com/index.html. Make sure your child is provided a helmet for his safety before you ride.
Z is for zoo – Summer wouldn’t be summer
without a trip to the zoo. Check out animals at one of the many zoos that have created natural, spacious settings, and teach your kids the importance of these habitats. Check the schedule for animal presentations, and don’t miss the petting zoo where youngsters can walk and talk with the animals and feed them.
The strawberry patch – Perk up those
taste buds because strawberries are now in season. Round up the family and head to the strawberry patch for a day of fruit-filled fun. When you get the berries home, work together rinsing them, removing stems, and preparing them for shortcake, smoothies, and fresh strawberry pie. suburban family | subfam.com
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE Beach bummin’ – Load up the beach ball,
buckets, and blankets, and get ready for a day at the beach. For added fun, take along goggles, snorkels, and fins for underwater exploration.
Wet your whistle….and more – Spend a
smoldering summer day cooling off at one of the many water wonderlands. Your family can swoosh down waterslides, catch the man-made waves, and tube around narrow canals. Before you go, ask about age and height requirements and what activities are available for the younger set. Also, don’t forget to protect your family’s skin. Apply sunscreen throughout the day.
A trip downstream – Canoeing is a fun-
filled family adventure for all ages. Look for canoe rentals on a clear river, and take a refreshing dip when the day heats up. Carry belongings such as your wallet, keys, and snacks in a waterproof bag that floats. Tipping over isn’t uncommon (although it can easily be avoided if caution is exercised) but can be half of the fun. Be sure to give the kids plenty of opportunities to paddle and steer.
Ride the waves – If you don’t have an ocean nearby, don’t despair.You can likely find plenty of wave action at a wave pool in your own community or nearby. These pools often supply tubes and rafts for riding the waves. Call in advance to find out. If they don’t offer these amenities, ask if you can bring your own. July/August 2021
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Get aw ay with the girls, savor time with your spouse, pack up Fido and hit the road. Ottawa offers all you need to make lasting memories on a vacation that is virtually stress-free.
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9/,bMIDDLE OF CREATIVE CUISINE Dig in to diverse and ever-changing dishes found in restaurants of all kinds, from your casual small-town coffee shop to made-from scratch fine dining to cultural cuisine.
� MIDDLE OF RELAXATION Take a deep breath, this soothing natural setting surrounds you. From lush, green botanicals lining the downtown streets to hills, hiking, biking, boating and more in fresh outdoor space.
You find over 20 different unique restaurants and bars throughout the downtown.
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�MIDDLE OF HISTORY Stand in the spot where President Lincoln gave the first of seven debate speeches, wander the home of the famed and unfortunate Radium Girls, and relive Ottawa's history through murals. Awesome Ottawa Tours will take you on an adventure. Hear the untold stories from years gone by as Tom takes you into the unknown.
I . Try a locally brewed beer from Tangled Roots.
2. Grab a slice of Italian pizza from lniga Neapolitan pizzeria.
Visit the beaches at Heritage Harbor, grab a cool drink from the T iki bar and let the sun melt away the stress. Or if nature is your calling, explore 25 3 acres of Dayton Bluffs Nature Preserve. Long winding trails will lead you to Native American burial mounds and a pioneer cemetery. Its located next to the Fox River and off of Route 71 and 1-80, so its easy access to this hidden gem!
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3. Order the Chicken Giardiniera from Burger and Sushi House. Grilled chicken, avocado, lettuce, cilantro, & asparagus wrapped in soy paper topped with giardiniera & crispy crab flakes.
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Backyard water blast – Plenty of cool
fun can be had right in your own backyard. Make it a family tradition to have an annual water spree. Fill water balloons, and play a game of catch. Or hook up the sprinklers for a refreshing game of tag. Don’t forget to fill up the squirt guns and super soakers to ensure everyone stays drenched.Then take a refreshing break in a wading pool.
Putt around the lake – You don’t have
to live on a lake or own a boat. Contact your nearby marinas, lakeside stores, and resorts to find out where you can rent a pontoon or motorboat for a cruise around the lake.
YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Under the stars – Take full advantage of
the peaceful summer nights and camp out in your backyard. Kick-off the evening by watching the sunset. Then build a bonfire (if it’s permitted in your area), roast marshmallows, and gaze at the stars. Bring along your guide to the stars, and see what you can spot: the Little Dipper, Hercules, or Sagittarius.
Croquet champs – Set up this outdoor game the whole family can play.Then hold a summer’s end family croquet match. Give handicaps to each family member based on their most recent scores for a game, so it’s fair to everyone.
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Up, up and away – Is the wind hampering
your fun? It won’t be for long. Make the most of that breeze, and get your kite up in the air. Step right up – Organize a backyard carnival to raise funds for your favorite charity. The whole family will have a ball putting on this event. Hang posters in local businesses, and submit a news release to your local radio station and newspaper.Ask friends and neighbors to help staff the booths. Then set up games such as a bean bag toss or number wheel, a baked goods stand, fortune telling, face painting, and refreshments.
Green thumbs – Make summer gardening
a family affair. Ask each member to choose a favorite vegetable to plant. If you’re getting a late start, look for starter plants that have already sprouted.Work together to get the garden ready and plant it. Then give each person his or her own responsibility for keeping it up: watering, pulling weeds, picking ripe produce, cleaning it, and preparing it to eat or store.
Swiss family, who? – What’s a backyard
without a hideout or special place to kick back? Younger kids will thrill at building a treehouse or fort. Older kids will look forward to a covered hangout, such as a gazebo, for visiting with friends. Whatever you make, have the whole family pitch in. Small children can feel a part of the project by carrying small materials,
dispensing nails, and occasionally swinging the hammer with close supervision.
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Dancin’ in the street – Summer abounds with fairs and festivals along riverfronts and in the streets. Enjoy live music, new foods, boating and ski shows, magic acts, and arts and crafts. Look for upcoming festivals online or in the entertainment section of your newspaper, or pick up an event guide from your state travel bureau or chamber of commerce.
Batter up - Family fun centers offer a va-
riety of recreation for the whole family. Get ready to practice your batting swing, holler “fore,” speed around the race track, bump another boat, or have some wacky golfing fun.
Recycled treasures – Join the craze, and
spend the day rummaging for treasures. This is an excellent way for kids to get the most out of their limited earnings, teach them the importance of recycling and how to get the best value for their money.
Summer sights – Places and things to see
during the summer are abundant, from checking out the big city with its tall skyscrapers, old architecture, and murals and art displays, to viewing the wonders of nature from sand dunes and mountains to waterfalls and shorelines.
Performing arts in the park – Unwind
listening to a summer concert in the park or taking in a movie under the stars. These events aren’t always well-publicized, so contact area parks for a summer schedule.
Big wheels and small – Paved trails are
popping up everywhere: in parks, along riverbanks, and even through many towns. Pull out your bikes and roller blades, and take advantage of these smooth paths. For a better work out and to keep everyone moving at an equal pace, have small children ride bikes while older ones and parents push off on their blades.
Coasters, cars, and Ferris wheels –A
trip to a theme park can be the highlight of the season. If your kids are at different ride levels, invite another family or two with children similar in age to your own. Then divide up so everyone can get the most out of the day. Meet up for lunch and dinner to swap kids, so all adults get time with each age group.
Park play – Take your kids for a picnic and
an afternoon at the park. Scout your area for an updated park with a large, enclosed fort-style playground. Bring along a playmate for your child, and they’ll be content for some time. Don’t forget to bring your reading to catch up on. July/August 2021
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Register today for your socially distant circle at www.obparks.org $20
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pen For Summer...School’s out, the weather is hot. It’s time to get back to doing the things you love. We’ve rounded up a bunch of great places to explore before the end of the season. Plan ahead and make the most of every day!
All the Best of Naperville on Water Street Water Street is your spot to shop, dine, spa, stay and celebrate! Anchored by the beautiful Hotel Indigo and nestled along Naperville’s famed Downtown Riverwalk, Water Street invites you to discover fabulous restaurants offering everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream, Mediterranean to winepairings and cocktails with the best-ever sunset view. Escape to an award-winning experiential spa and salon, discover gift and apparel shopping for men and women or plan your dream wedding or event here! www.waterstreetnaperville.com [See our ad on Inside Front Cover.] suburban family | subfam.com
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art People of all ages enjoy this exceptional Museum dedicated to sharing the beauty of cut and polished stone, promoting lapidary artists and understanding rocks and minerals. Featuring a world-class collection of Chinese jade and hard stone carvings from around the world. Exhibits include stone mosaics, cameos, animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones, fossils, meteorites and hands-on displays. Unique Museum Shop, ADA accessible and open year-round. 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Ph. 630-833-1616, email@example.com. www.lizzadromuseum.org July/August 2021
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Ottawa, Illinois The Middle of Everywhere Ottawa, Illinois is a vibrant tourist destination located 80 miles outside of downtown Chicago. It is often considered to be “In the Middle of Everywhere,” located in the heart of the state, central to several major Illinois cities and drive markets, and within a stone’s throw of many diverse activities– from lush and natural outdoor areas to renowned cultural and historic attractions. Those who visit Ottawa, Illinois take note of its friendly and neighborly, hometown feel. Ottawa Visitors Center. pickusottawail. com. 815-434-2737 Vist Lake County Let the Ride Take You this summer to Lake County, Illinois. It’s that rush of excitement of something new. Or, that great feeling of revisiting a favorite—a best burger, thrilling coaster, outdoor concert, a sunset on a lake. It’s about having the time of your life for an afternoon or weekend. Take to the road and see where it leads. The places you can discover here will leave lasting memories and have you coming back. Let’s go! visitlakecounty.org.
Big Rock Campground at Big Rock Forest Preserve 46W499 Granart Rd., Big Rock
Forest Preserve District of Kane County campgrounds are open through the final Sunday in October
Paul Wolff Campground at Burnidge Forest Preserve 38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
Call our campground hotline at 630-444-1200 or visit kaneforest.com
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Summerfield Farm & 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 and feeding the petting zoo animals. Free parking. Unique gift shop and snack shop. Just minutes from I-90 in Belvidere. www.summerfieldfarmandzoo.com Visit Kenosha Find fun in the Kenosha Area with personalized service, directions, coupons, maps, and more at our I-94/Hwy 165 Visitor Information Center. Learn more about museums, art galleries, lighthouses, parks, Lake Michigan beaches, fishing, festivals, restaurants, shops, attractions, and so much more. Our team is ready to help you plan the perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Go to www.VisitKenosha.com or 262-6547307 for more information, stop in at 10519 120th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158. Go Ape! Go Ape Chicago is an unparalleled outdoor adventure experience. Located at Bemis Woods, part of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, you’ll tackle dangling obstacles, explore the trees from a new perspective and fly around on multiple ziplines from exciting heights. Their Treetop Adventure & Treetop Journey courses are guaranteed to deliver laughter, smiles and a sense of accomplishment. Go Ape also introduced two new activities in 2021: Treetop Nets and Axe Throwing. Go Ape, Live Life Adventurously! Go Ape Chicago is located at 1100 Ogden Avenue, Western Springs, IL 60558. Visit www.goape. com to learn more or book your adventure. Summer in Naperville Welcome back to summer in Naperville! The downtown is “sailing into summer” with decorated sailboats mixing with Century Walk for art throughout the area. Dining is open with many expanded outdoor venues, along with indoor seating. With all of the fun activities in Naperville, a staycation is a perfect choice for your summertime family adventures. Book a room at one of Naperville’s fabulous hotels, enjoy indoor swimming, and venture outdoors to enjoy the Riverwalk, Centennial Beach, Naper Settlement as well as paddleboats or kayaking at the Quarry.To make Naperville your staycation destination, contact www.VisitNaperville. com. [See our ad on Inside Back Cover.] July/August 2021
YOU'll NEUER HEAR "l'ffl BORED" AROUND HERE Looking for some family fun? From boating, biking, baseball games, and ropes courses to museum exhibits, a renaissance fair, streetcars, festivals, lighthouse tours, and more, the Kenosha Area puts the "quality" in quality family time.
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Cow & Chicken Chores • 8:45-11:45am Hands-on cow milking, egg collecting, mixing feed rations, cleaning up after the livestock and more!
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Cruise the Scenic Fox River
Cruise Departures Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave, St. Charles
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SaSu & Tu-F Holidays through August
Ages 16+ $11 Ages 3-15 $9 Ages 2 & under FREE
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Tu-F: 1:30pm Sa & Su: 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4pm
September & October Sa & Su: 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4pm For holiday hours, refer to the website. Ages 10 & under must be accompanied by a person, age 16+, at the ratio of 1 adult per 2 children. The safety of passengers is of utmost importance to the St. Charles Park District. The captain reserves the right to cancel a cruise at any time, especially during inclement weather.
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Kohl Children’s Museum We spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. For Summer 2021, choose your visit: learn and play indoors in our 16 interactive exhibits, including special exhibit “Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond,” or stay 100% outdoors with our SummerBurst special event: butterfly tent, trike track, bug hunt, and more. Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For tickets and more information, call 847832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org. [See our ad on Page 5.] 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. reedscanoetrips.com Rockin’ Summer Concert Series The Oak Brook Park District Rockin’ Summer Concert Series at Central Park is back! Concert dates are July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. All concerts begin at 6:30pm. Register for your own socially distant circle for up to 6 people for a flat fee. Front rows cost $30 and back rows $20. Please bring chairs, blankets and your own food and beverage. Visit www.obparks.org for more information and registration! Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat Maxson’s Restaurant has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952. Plan your visit now and enjoy the summer season. It offer’s glass enclosed dining with stunning views of the Rock River. The Pride of Oregon Paddleboat takes guests on a scenic 15 mile round trip lunch and dinner cruises. Maxson’s can host events up to 260 people in the restaurant, 200 on the sprawling deck, and 80-100 on the Riverboat. 1469 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Perfect setting for a day trip or your next special event. For more information call 1-815732-6761 or visit www.Maxsons.net July/August 2021
Primrose Farm Experience farm life! Explore restored farm buildings, visit with farm animals and agricultural interpreters, or enjoy a stroll through 100+ acres of historic and modern rural landscapes. Exciting and educational activities await you in the farmyard! Grounds open dawn to dusk. Animal Adventure programs offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, featuring hand-milking a Jersey cow, gathering eggs from the chicken coop, grooming a draft horse or feeding the animals. A facility of the St. Charles Park District. 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60175. 630-513-4370. www.primrosefarm.org
Free Movies, Live Music in Downtown Aurora Enjoy summer fun in downtown Aurora. Visit family-friendly attractions and enjoy free events. Outdoor movies for all ages are Thursdays in July starting July 8 at Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Wednesdays at the Plaza features live music beginning July 14. On August 6, experience art, music, and more at First Fridays with more than two dozen venues open to explore plus a Food Truck Court. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org [See our ad on Page 5.]
Mid-Continent Railway Museum All aboard! Located near Wisconsin Dells, Mid-Continent Railway Museum welcomes visitors for a 55-minute ride aboard antique passenger train cars and to explore the museum’s railyard filled with dozens of beautifully restored trains from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Open Saturdays and Sundays thru Oct. 17. Info at www.MidContinent. org or call 800-930-1385. E8948 Museum Rd., North Freedom, WI. [See our ad on the Back Cover.]
Spend the Day in Downtown Lemont Lemont has the most picturesque terrain in Chicago and the best outdoor activities in the Midwest. Bike along the canal to The Forge to zipline through their world-class aerial courses. Grab a beer from Pollyanna, indulge in a pizza from Wooden Paddle, or stop by one of the taverns or shops housed in iconic limestone buildings. No matter where you find yourself in Downtown, you’ll experience Lemont Real. Learn more at www.lemontdowntown.com.
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CHICAGOLAND’S LARGEST AVIATION MUSEUM
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.
www.airclassicsmuseum.org 44W546 US Hwy 30 Sugar Gove, Illinois HOURS:
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm
YOUR NEXT ADRENALINE FIX Are the kids itching to get outside? Grab your squad, rehearse that Tarzan yell and get to unwinding in our trees. Bounce, zip, climp and jump around the canopy - all with an incredible view. Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park is perfect for the whole family.
Treetop Nets (NEW!) Treetop Journey
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Paddlewheel Riverboats It’s hard to deny the beauty of the Fox River from any point along the shore whether you’re biking the trail, fishing on Boy Scout Island or looking out from the historic tower at Pottawatomie Park. Nothing compares to experiencing the Fox River during a paddlewheel riverboat cruise on the waterway itself. Enjoy travel from the era of Mark Twain through a green corridor of scenic beauty. Both boats have open-air upper decks for unobstructed sightseeing and the lower decks have windows that can be closed in cool or rainy weather. Public tours are reasonably prices from May to October. Private charters available, too. A facility of the St. Charles Park District 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174 630-584-2334. www.stcriverboats.com Air Classics Museums of Aviation 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 mockup of a Boeing 737 cockpit.
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SELICHOTAPALOOZA Family fun for all ages Free Food, kid friendly events
WhirlyBall Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 www.whirlyball.com. [See our ad on Page 3.] Naper Nights Rock out with the family at Naper Nights Community Concert Series at Naper Settlement on July 16-17, August 13-14, and September 17-18 from 5-10PM. Naper Nights explores major historical milestones and their effect on pop culture with themed musical tribute concerts. Rock out with your community as you eat, drink, dance, and hear the area’s best tribute bands perform your favorite rock, pop, country, and soul hits! This year’s line-up includes tributes to James Brown, Dave Matthews Band, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys and more. For more information and tickets, please visit: www.NaperNights.org Congregation Etz Chaim - Judaism that inspires! Welcome young families and Prospective members. Come and see our vibrant, multigenerational community and join us as we Kick off the Jewish High Holidays Festival “Selichotapalooza” on Saturday August 28th from 5-8pm. Kid friendly games and activities, wagon rides, free food, wine and scotch tasting. Meet the Rabbis and congregation. Begin the High Holidays with us! Selichot service at 7:30pm. Shofar Blast at 8:00pm. 1710 S. Highland Ave Lombard, IL. RSVP - cec. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.congetzchaim.org
Saturday August 28th, 2021 5:00PM – 8:00PM Selichot service at 7:30PM
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A gift shop is on the premises, The museum is open Saturday & Sunday from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. For more information, please call 630 466 0888 or visit airclassicsmuseum.org. Air Classics Museum of Aviation 44W546 W. US Rt. 30 Sugar Grove, Illinois , just west of the Aurora Airport entrance,
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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 www.mpks.org for more information. “Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County! Looking for a nearby escape (and a return to outdoor, family fun)? Camp Local with us! Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer tent and RV camping with electric and water hook-ups. Take a hike. Catch a fish. Enjoy time away, under the stars. Camp sites range from $15 to $35 per day. Campgrounds are open May through late October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit kaneforest. com for details. Abbey Farms Abbey Farms’ Summer Ramble is Chicagoland’s best day trip for 2021! Enjoy live music under an umbrella on a cozy patio, along with Marmion Abbey beer or wine and our small-bites cafe menu. Plan a picnic on the lawn, explore antique tractors on a walk around the farm, or shop our seasonal farm store with vintage-style housewares, specialty food items, homegrown produce, oven-fresh bakery items and more! We’re dog friendly – bring ‘em along! It’s a great destination for a quick summer retreat that’s close by, at Abbey Farms! Located at 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora, IL. Visit www.SummerRamble.com. [See our ad on Back Cover.]
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JULY Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – 7/23. Entertainment and family fun. Community Park. palatinejaycees.org Carnival Jamboree – 7/3-5. Fun carnival rides and great food. Arlington Heights. vah.com Mt. Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival – 7/1-4. Fireworks, carnival, live music and car show. Melas Park, Mt. Prospect. mplions.org Independence Day Extravaganza – 7/3. Live entertainment, kids’ zone and fireworks. Centen-
nial Park, Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.org LibertyFest – 7/4. Entertainment and fireworks. Redmond Park, Bensenville. bensenville.il.us Lake Forest Festival – 7/4. Community event with fireworks. Deerpath Community Park, Lake Forest. chicagoevents.com Windy City Ribfest – 7/2-4. Live music, arts and crafts, kids’ area and ribs from local and national vendors. Uptown, Chicago. chicagoevents.com Taste of Chicago – 7/7-11. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations
July 23–25 LIV MUSIE C Spectacular Fireworks Show Sunday July 25th
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and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov McHenry Fiesta Days – 7/8-17. Live music, art fair, parade. McHenry. mchenryfiestadays. com Palos Hills Friendship Festival – 7/8-11. Petting zoo, carnival rides, games, live music, car show. Palos Hills. paloshillsweb.org Rockin’ Ribfest – 7/8-11. BBQ cook-off, live music and carnival. Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills. lithribfest.com Bristol Renaissance Faire – 7/10-9/6. Weekend medieval fair with jousting, sword swallowing, dancing, crafts and music. Kenosha, WI. renfair.com/bristol Taste of Westmont – 7/11-14. Food, live music and craft show. Downtown Westmont. westmontevents.com Libertyville Days Festival – 8/12-15. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, music and parade. Downtown Libertyville. libciviccenter.org/ libertyville-days Kane County Fair – 7/14-18. 4H Fair, livestock judging, live bands, bull riders and carnival rides. Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. kanecountyfair.com North Shore Tagie Fest & Highwood Days – 7/15-18. Carnival rides, music and tacos from area vendors. Downtown Highwood. celebratehighwood.org Antioch’s Taste of Summer & Sidewalk Days– 7/15-18. Headline bands, Carnival, Food Vendors, Sidewalk Sales. antiochchamber.org Chinatown Summer Fair – 7/17-18. Far East culture, artisans, great cuisine, activities for families. Chicago. chicagoevents.com Belmont – Sheffield Festival– 7/17-18. Live music and kids’ activities. Chicago. chicagoevents.com RidgeFest Thurs. - Sun. July 23-25 Music, carnival, food, beer garden & more Chicago Ridge www.chicagoridge.org July/August 2021
Pierogi Fest Friday – Sunday 7/23 -25 Dozens of food vendors, children’s activities, live music, arts & crafts and wacky activities. Whiting, Indiana www.pierogifest.net Streamwood Summer Celebration – 7/23-25. Parade, mini golf, carnival rides and entertainment. Streamwood. streamwoodsummercelebration.org Algonquin Founders’ Days – 7/23-25. Carnival rides, live music, parade and fireworks. Spella Park, Algonquin. algonquinfoundersdays.com El Gran Festival Columbiano – 7/24-25. Columbian marketplace, artists, musicians and cuisine. Humboldt Park, Chicago. colombianfestchicago.com Taste of Lincoln Avenue – 7/24-25. 100+ vendors, art, music, kids’ activities and pony rides. Lincoln Park. tasteoflincolnchicago.com Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/24-25. More than 100 artists exhibiting, children’s activities, food and music. Glenview. glenviewartleague.org Geneva Arts Fair – 7/24-25. Fine artisans from around the country are showcased at this festival. Geneva. genevachamber.com EAA AirVenture –7/26-8/1. Unique aviation celebration with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI. eaa.org
Kendall County Fair – 7-29- 8/1. Carnival rides, truck and tractor pull, live music, demolition derby and petting zoo.Yorkville. kendallcountyfair.org Taste of Roselle – 7/30-8/1. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and craft show. Main St., Roselle. roselle.il.us Taste of Orland Park – 7/30-8/2. Food from local eateries, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Orland Park. orlandpark.org International Dragon Boat Festival – 7/31. Boat races, food trucks, music, health and wellness expo. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. gwndragonboat.com
AUGUST McHenry County Fair – 8/3-8. Carnival, variety of grandstand entertainment, music, farm exhibits. Woodstock. mchenrycountyfair.com Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/5-8. Local restaurant food, live entertainment. Central Park, Elmwood Park. tasteofelmwoodpark.com Summer Chi.ill Music Festival – 8/5-8. Tropical rock music. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Chicago Marriott, Schaumburg. summerchi-ill.com La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/6-8. Carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Gordon Park, La Grange. lagrangeendlesssummerfest.com
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The Fest for Beatle Fans – 8/6-8. Celebration with music, art, lectures, contests. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont. thefest.com 17th Annual Celebration The World of Faeries Festival Aug. 7 (10AM-7PM), Aug. 8 (10AM-6PM) This is a 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 815-788-1630 Discount Shopping Cart Online at: www.theworldoffaeries.com Illinois State Fair – 8/12-22. Live entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and tractor-pulls. Springfield. illinois.gov Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/13-14. Live music each day, food and art show. NagaWaukee Park, Delafield, WI. waukeshabluesfest.com Venetian Festival – 8/18-22. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival rides and fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI. venetianfest.com Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/20-22. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, contests, crafts, demonstrations and food. Milwaukee. irishfest.com Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest – 8/20-22. Art fair, live entertainment, kids’ activities and
live demonstrations. Rogers Park, Chicago. glenwoodave.org Will County Fair – 8/25-29. Demolition derby, rodeo, chili cook-off, carnival rides, and entertainment. Peotone. willcountyfair.org Windmill City Festival August 27-29 18 Live Bands on TWO Stages! Family Fun & Traditions Galore: Craft & Vintage Market, Golf Challenge, Firehose Challenge, Pet Competition, Children’s Activities, Games, Food & More! Batavia Riverwalk WWW.WINDMILLCITYFEST.ORG DeKalb Corn Fest – 8/27-29. Carnival rides, corn boil, kids’ activities, and live music. Downtown DeKalb. cornfest.com Taste of Greektown – 8/27-29. Music, dance performances, gyro eating contest, and kids’ activities. West Loop, Chicago. chicagoevents.com Street Fest – 8/27-29. Live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities. Downtown Palatine. palatinestreetfest.com ALLEY ART FESTIVAL August 28 Enjoy local art from over 40 artists! Family-friendly activities and live music all afternoon. Outdoors onWater Street Mall and the Fox River Walk. Art, music, and spectacle for all ages. Downtown Aurora Auroradowntown.org [See our ad on Page 5.] Naperville Ale Fest – 8/28. Unique craft beers, live music and food. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napervillealefest.com Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts – 8/28-29. Juried fine arts show and live music. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn. glenellynlions.org
SAVE THE DATE PrairieFest September 3 – 6 Children’s activities, concerts, carnival rides, pony rides, business expo, and food vendors. Free admission & free parking. As seen on Food Network! Oswego 630.554.1010 www.prairiefest.com [See our ad on Inside Front Cover.]
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Golf Links & Tips DuPage Golf
PGA Professional Jamie Nieto The Preserve at Oak Meadows 900 N. Wood Dale Rd. Addison, IL 60101 630-595-0071 www.DuPageGolf.com Rolling Along Together Because putting represents 40 to 50% of the shots add up to a golfer’s score in a round of golf, there is no limit to how good your putting stroke should be. A square putter face at impact is the key mechanical
ingredient in making a putt from any distance. A good practice drill to check your face position at impact is to place two balls, side by side, barely touching.The balls should be placed so they are both perpendicular to the intended line of putt. Then hit them both with a single putting stroke. If the putter is square at impact, the balls will roll side by side. If not, one ball will roll ahead of the other, indicating that ball was hit before the other one. This will help you determine if the putter face was open or closed at contact. Adjust your stroke and try it again. Learn the feel and mechanical position of the square face and practice this drill until you can hit 90% of your practice putts square.
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The Palace Theater in the Wisconsin Dells Bello Nock – Now Playing “You’ve seen BELLO NOCK headlining Ringling Brothers with Bellobration and the Bo & Bello tour, performing to SOLD OUT crowds at the AllState Arena and United Center! He’s also performed on the Red Carpet at the Thanksgiving Day Parade! Now see his BRAND NEW show this summer, as he performs with his daughter ANNALIESE NOCK, and others, at the Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells! Spacious venue offering a variety of musicals & classic shows with dinner service & drinks. For tickets, call 608 253 - 4000, or visit www.dellspalace.com today!”
Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College The Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills is excited to announce it will be back for in-person performances. New protocols such as limited seating, health screenings and cleaning procedures will ensure the safety of all audience members, staff and performers. Additionally, the center is offering audience members to live stream Sum-
mer Series performances from home. The Summer Series includes Broadway Women on Aug. 1, Laughing Matters: The Life and Loves of Carol Burnett on Aug. 4, Broadway Baritones on Aug. 8, Rags to Rhinestones: The Music of Dolly Parton on Aug. 11, and Good Humor Men with Pat Hazell, Tony Deyo, and Moody McCarthy on Aug. 14. For details about this series, as well as Shakespeare under the Stars outdoor theater and academic music virtual performances this summer, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac. [See our ad on the Inside Back Cover.]
Little Mountain Community Theatre Godspell Jr. July 15, 18, 22, and 25 Since 2013, Little Mountain Community Theatre has been bringing staff, cast and crew of all ages and abilities together around one idea: to create engaging performances the entire community can enjoy. LMCT will stage its 2021 summer main stage musical July 15, 18, 22, and 25 at The Mount Outdoor Theatre at The Forge: Lemont Quarries. Godspell Jr. is a shorter version of the full show, with a pared down cast and crew to allow for health safety. Our show will include players of all ages. To purchase tickets go to: www.littlemountaintheatre.org SUBFAM FILL small 12.17:Layout 1
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Up and Coming Theatre Company & Elgin Summer Theatre present....
A Musical Comedy Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Performed outside at Wing Park Bandshell 1010 Wing Street, Elgin IL Tickets are $15 purchased at www.hemmens.org 847-931-5900
Performances July 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30pm July 11, 18 at 3:00pm Find out more about us at www.uactheatre.org NUNSENSE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals www.concordtheatricals.com
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions The Marvelous Wonderettes July 9 – 31, 2021 This smash Off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom, where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy: four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In Act II, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane! Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org.
Up and Coming Theatre and Elgin Summer Theatre Nunsense – Little Sisters of Hoboken July 9 – 11 and July 16 – 8, 2021 Nunsense is a hilarious, audience interactive show that Up and Coming Theatre and Elgin Summer Theatre are excited to bring to an outdoor setting! The fresh air and ample space of Wing Park will be home to Little Sisters of Hoboken this summer. Join our fully vaccinated cast in a “Ravinia-esque” setting for an afternoon or evening of entertainment. Bring food, chairs, and be ready to laugh. Variety of seating available: benches, picnic tables, and lawn pods - all tickets $15. Performances at the Wing Park Bandshell, 1010 Wing Street, Elgin. Tickets can be purchased at www.hemmens.org or 847-931-5900.
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Otter Cove Aquatic Park A facility of the St. Charles Park District 3615 Campton Hills Road St. Charles, IL 60175 630-513-4377 ottercove.org
Themed around a river otter and his friends, Otter Cove offers water fun for everyone! Featuring a 25yard pool, zero-depth entry activity pool, a shallow pool just 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. Excit-
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ing activities are sure to appeal to every water enthusiast, from the most energetic cannon baller to the most laid-back floater.These exciting water attractions and green open space offer thrills and relaxation for all ages. July/August 2021
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though a BBQ party is all about the food, it doesn’t stop you from hanging up some simple garden decorations & putting on some music to give your BBQ a party vibe. If you don’t have enough chairs for your summer party, you can get creative with the seating arrangements by using blankets, pillows, pallets and even hay bales! Fill a trough or pretty metal bucket with ice to chill drinks. Add home grown flower arrangements using backyard clippings and place in vintage containers.
Create a Bug-Free Zone
t last, the warm weather has started to arrive and that calls for one thing… a summer party! You’ve been looking forward to your annual 4th of July bash, your famous summer movie night and that alfresco dinner party. This year, make your soiree as on point as possible with the help of these party planning tips.
Keep bugs from bothering you by setting up fans to blow a gentle breeze across the party. This also doubles as a fantastic way to keep things cool on a hot day.
Create the Space
Decorating for a party is one of the best parts of party planning! You can get as creative & as colorful as you like with party decorations… after all, you can never have too many! DIY decorations will help ensure you keep to your budget party & they don’t have to be difficult to make either. Invest in a great table and seating that suits your style and fits your needs; bench seats are great for big groups.
Keep It Casual
Who doesn’t love a simple gathering in the garden with friends around the BBQ? Al-
Use Foolproof Recipes
Testing a new recipe on a large group of people is not recommended. Prepare dishes you know will be a crowd-pleaser.
Set the Mood
Make a special playlist to turn on for nice background noise while people are chatting to help to create a fun atmosphere.
And No Matter What…
Have a backup plan just in case it rains.
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Funway Entertainment Funway Entertainment is where you want to be this summer! Join us in the Backyard Park for a fun filled day of go karting, bumper boats, batting cages, mini golf, water wars and jump shot basketball. The Junior Go Kart Pack is for the beginner drivers, ages 7-9, while the Eagle Pack is for drivers 10 and up. Both of these races are located on the Family Go Kart Track. Are you interested in racing on the Fast Track? Then the Falcon Pack is for you! The Go Kart Summer Fun Packs make it easy to plan your trip and make summer memories you won’t forget! Come out and play! 1335 S. River St. Batavia. 630-879-8717 Visit: funway.com Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family-owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) private parties and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages. For “health sake, roller skate.” Come visit us and join in our fun. Skating lessons July/August 2021
SAFARI LAND - Villa Park Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties! For more information visit www.safarilandfun. com or call 630-530-4649. WhirlyBall From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink,WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eatertainment” complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and Bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 [See our ad on Page 3.]
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PARENTS COACHING THE COACH
officially became a “soccer mom” last year when my eight-year-old daughter enrolled in the town soccer team. She loves playing the sport and interacting with the other girls on her team. Being part of the team has entailed traveling to other towns. Sometimes we have witnessed other games in progress while waiting for her game to begin. I’ve been shocked to see parents yelling in an aggressive manner at either at kids or the coach. In Braintree, Massachusetts a girl’s basketball high school coach quit due to parent complaints. The coach helped bring the team two back to back Division 1 state championships and had a 63 game winning streak, yet the parents were still dissatisfied. Research at the University of Maryland found 53% of parents reported feeling angry during their child’s soccer game. This is an issue in many towns across America caused by various factors. 28 active kids
Social Media: In Braintree, the parents created an email exchange complaining about their child’s playing time. The coach became tired of dealing with the parent complaints resulting in her resignation. Studies found people tend to bully online since they are not held accountable. Social media and email messages lack a person’s tone or body language causing miscommunication. Also if a person sends an angry message, the person receiving the message can read it over and over again resulting in hurt feelings. High College Costs: According to College Data, a public college tuition can cost an average of $24,610 per year and a private college averaged $49,320. With the high costs of colleges, parents want or need their child to receive scholarships. The pressure of winning a scholarship from playing a sport has created parents who either have unrealistic expectations or become angry when their child isn’t participating. High Cost of Sports: Participation in sports can be expensive. Players are required to purchase sports gear and usually pay a fee for being on a team, even in public schools. According to research at University of Michigan Health System on average a player had to pay a $125 participation fee and $275 for sports equipment and travel. suburban family | subfam.com
Thirty years ago when a child played baseball often the team shared a helmet and bat. Now most players have two bats, their own helmet, batting gloves and a baseball bag. When a parent pays these high costs, they feel they should be getting their money’s worth and when their child doesn’t play, they get angry at the coach. Parent Personality: Research by Goldstein, found control-oriented parents are more angry and aggressive during their child’s sporting events than autonomy-oriented parents. A control-oriented parent is a person who is concerned about other people’s opinions and motivated by external forces whereas an autonomy- oriented parent is driven by their own goals. During games the control-oriented parent tends to take things personally. For example if a coach pulls their child from the game, this type of parent may feel it is a personal attack against their child rather than an impartial decision by the coach. Parents Vicariously Living through their Child: Often parents relive their childhood experiences through their children. If a parent was unsuccessful at a sport and their child excels in this sport, they might experience the feeling of success they never could as a child. Research by Brummelman found parents who see themselves in their child want their child to fulfill their unfulfilled ambitions. July/August 2021
Great Lakes Volleyball Center Looking for a volleyball program for your son or daughter this fall, well look no further? The Great Lakes Volleyball Center located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL 60502 will be back in action with our Great Lakes Center Youth Academy (GLCYA) program starting in September for grades Pre-K to 6th grade! We have our Tikes/Tots, Level One, and Level Two programs to choose from. For more information please call 630-898-6400 or visit www. greatlakescenter.com/youth-academy/.
This may cause parents to pressure their child to succeed and parents to become angry when their child makes mistakes during the game. If the parent feels their child isn’t getting enough play time, they may become angry at the coach as was the case with the Braintree coach. Unrealistic Parent Expectations: Parents can hold unrealistic expectations about their child’s abilities while playing sports. A parent may consider their child to be the best on the team or think their child will be a professional athlete one day. This viewpoint can cause conflicts between the parent and coach. Parent Reminders • Most coaches volunteer or are paid a small stipend. The coach is usually interested in helping your child and their team have a positive experience. • When you are on the sidelines refrain from criticizing the coach or players.Your role should be to support the team. • If you have an issue with another parent or coach speak to the person directly about it and refrain from using social media to air your grievances. • Before speaking to the coach allow yourself time to calm down by waiting 24 hours after the incident. Also schedule a time to meet with the coach instead of trying to speak with the coach after the game. • Playing on a sports team should be a fun experience for your child and the coach. • Try to put things in perspective and remind yourself this game is for your child not you. • When you get angry at the coach you are ultimately hurting your child by causing embarrassment and resentment. Research by Omli & Wiese-Bjornstal found kids prefer supportive parents rather than angry ones at sporting events. • There is no “I” in the team. A coach tries to make decisions based on what is best for the team not only your child. • When you tell your child what to do from the sideline, you are implying they don’t know how to play the game. • If you tend to get angry easily, practice anger management techniques such as deep breathing, or counting to 10. What Can You do to Prevent Your Coach from Quitting? • If a parent complains to you about the coach encourage the parent to discuss it directly with the coach. • Be respectful of the coach. • Offer to assist or help out with practices or communication with parents. • Praise the coach when he/she is doing a good job. • Show gratitude for the coach. A simple thank you can mean a lot. July/August 2021
Rock 'n' Kids! In-person and virtual music, movement and imagination classes available for 1-6 years in the Chicagoland area! Tot Rock, Kid Rock and Rockin' at Home programs 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! Sing, dance, and play the Rock 'n' Kids way! We have been having fun with music for 26 years! Get more information at www.rockitkids.com.
Rock ‘n’ Kids! In-person and virtual music, movement and imagination classes for 1-6 year olds! Enroll now through your park district or our website!
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ater. We all need it—and know we need it—for optimum health and wellness, but a shocking few live daily life in a properly hydrated state and certainly not with appropriate consistency. One doctor-driven report revealed that fully 75 percent, a staggering threefourths majority, of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration. “During a normal day, we lose about two liters of water just through breathing, sweat and other bodily functions,” notes board certified internist Dr. Blanca Lizaola-Mayo. “Even while asleep, we can lose over one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of water-weight not just through sweating, but respiration as well. The health implications of dehydration are vast and can range from mild to severe, including problems with the heart, blood pressure and breathing, headaches and cognitive issues like concentration ... just to name a few. Those who’ve felt that ‘afternoon slump’ should know that dehydration is the number one cause of daytime fatigue. And, it’s important to understand that when we first start to sense thirst, we are already close to two percent dehydrated.” For all of its importance, proper hydration is a delicate balance to uphold. Over the course of a few hours, body water deficits can occur due to reduced intake or increased water losses from physical activity and environmental (e.g., heat) exposure. So, a perfectly hydrated body can 30 family wellness
tip the scales into a dehydrated state in a fairly short amount of time, whether actively (as with exercising), or passively (as with breathing).
ing from a hangover; and a litany of other relatively commonplace daily activities.
Understanding there are commonplace facets of our collective lifestyles that put us at a higher risk of developing mild to severe dehydration, here are some insights and tips from preeminent health experts help you stay happily hydrated:
No. The Cleveland Clinic is very clear with its advisory that “Some beverages are better than others at preventing dehydration,” and that “alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, teas and colas, are not recommended for optimal hydration. These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration. Fruit juice and fruit drinks may have too many carbohydrates, too little sodium, and may upset the stomach. Adequate hydration will keep your summer activities safer and much more enjoyable.”
How Much Water Do You Need?
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Many factors impact how much water you need, including your age, gender, activity level and overall health ... For women, the amount of total water is about 11.5 cups per day and for men about 15.5 cups. These estimates, however, include fluids consumed from both foods and beverages, including water. You typically get about 20 percent of the water you need from the food you eat. Taking that into account, women need about nine cups of fluid per day and men about 12.5 cups in order to help replenish the amount of water that is lost.”
What Are Common Causes of Dehydration?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Sometimes dehydration occurs for simple reasons: You don’t drink enough because you’re sick or busy, or because you lack access to safe drinking water when you’re traveling, hiking or camping.” While certainly not all-inclusive, known causes for dehydration can encompass sweating from exercise and playing a sport; air travel; traversing in overly hot, humid, cold or windy weather conditions; drinking too much coffee and other diuretic beverages; recoversuburban family | subfam.com
Do All Fluids Hydrate the Body?
What Are Some Benefits of Proper Hydration?
The CDC points to a few top-line health advantages, including keeping your temperature normal; lubricating and cushioning joints, protecting your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues; and getting rid of wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements. Healthline also offers a number of evidence-based health benefits of drinking plenty of water, which include maximizing physical performance; optimized energy levels and mood; and aiding digestion and elimination. Be mindful of water intake, however, drinking too much water or fluid can lead to hyponatremia, which causes sodium in the cells to become diluted and too low and can be dangerous—and even life threatening—if untreated.”
What Are Signs of Early or Mild Dehydration?
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ficult to detect, but include dryness of mouth and thirst. As dehydration increases, signs and symptoms develop. Symptoms of early or mild dehydration include the following: flushed face; extreme thirst; consuming more than normal or the inability to drink; dry, warm skin; the inability to pass urine or reduced amounts (dark, yellow); dizziness made worse when standing; weakness; cramping in the arms and legs; crying with few or no tears; sleepiness or irritableness; sickness; headaches; dry mouth or dry tongue with thick saliva.
What Are Signs of Moderate to Severe Dehydration?
Severe dehydration include low blood pressure; fainting; severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back; convulsions; a bloated stomach; heart failure; sunken fontanelle—soft spot on a infants head; sunken dry eyes with few or no tears; skin loses its firmness and looks wrinkled; lack of elasticity of the skin (when a bit of skin lifted up stays folded and takes a long time to go back to its normal position); rapid and deep breathing (faster than normal); and a fast, weak pulse. In severe dehydration, these effects become more pronounced and the patient may develop evidence of hypovolemic shock, including diminished consciousness; lack of urine output; cool moist extremities; a rapid and feeble pulse; low or undetectable blood pressure;
and peripheral cyanosis. Death follows soon if rehydration is not started quickly.
Who is At Greatest Risk of Dehydration?
No one is immune to a dehydrated condition, but certain populations are at greater risk. The Mayo Clinic indicates that these vulnerable groups include infants and children, older adults, those with chronic illnesses and people who work or exercise outside. It’s time to call your doctor if you or a loved one has had diarrhea for 24 hours or more; is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual; can’t keep down fluids; and/or has bloody or black stool.
Can Foods Help You Stay Hydrated?
Yes, the body intakes hydration not only from water and other liquids, but foodstuffs as well—some boasting as much 90 percent water content. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, those in the 90100 percent water content range include fruits like cantaloupe, strawberries and watermelon; as well as vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach and cooked squash. The organization further states that options with a 70 to 89 percent water content include fruits like bananas, grapes, oranges, pears and pineapples; vegetables such as carrots, cooked broccoli and avocados; and dairy products like yogurt, cottage cheese
and ricotta cheese. For drinks, the good folks at EatRight.org advise we focus on unsweetened beverages, like water, in order to limit calories from added sugars, and to use strategies to increase water intake—like adding a flavor enhancer. For this, a fruit-flavored rehydration accelerant like the SOS Hydration drink mix can do tasty double duty.
Can Sports Drinks Actually Undermine Hydration?
Yes. Why pay extra money for excess sugar when what you really need are electrolytes? Dr. Lizaola-Mayo says that, “in truth, only a very small amount of sugar is required to help transport electrolytes and water into the cells as part of the sodium glucose cotransport system. In fact, this system is most effective when it utilizes one molecule of sugar and one molecule of sodium in combination, which helps create the fastest and most effective way to transport water into the cells for hydration. So whether indoors or out, active or at rest, suffering illness or perfectly healthy, one thing is clear: Keeping your water sources well at hand and ingesting with regularity (and consistency) can have a profoundly beneficial effect on your health and well-being. It’s one easy and highly accessible assist for a multitude of maladies.
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o take care of your heart, it’s important to know and track your blood pressure. Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, but many don’t realize it or aren’t keeping it at a healthy level.
For most adults, healthy blood pressure is 120/80 millimeters of mercury or less. Blood pressure consistently above 130/80 millimeters of mercury increases your risk for heart disease, kidney disease, eye damage, dementia and stroke. Your doctor might recommend lowering your blood pressure if it’s between 120/80 and 130/80 and you have other risk factors for heart or blood vessel disease. High blood pressure is often “silent,” meaning it doesn’t usually cause symptoms but can damage your body, especially your heart over time. Having poor heart health also increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. While you can’t control everything that increases your risk for high blood pressure - it runs in families, often increases with age and varies by race and ethnicity - there are things you can do. Consider these tips from experts with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) The Heart Truth program:
1. Know Your Numbers. Everyone ages 3 and
older should get their blood pressure checked by a health care provider at least once a year. Expert advice: 30 minutes before your test, don’t exercise, drink caffeine or smoke cigarettes. Right before, go to the bathroom. During the test, rest your arm on a table at the level of your heart and put your feet flat on the floor. Relax and don’t talk. 2. Eat Healthy. Follow a heart-healthy eating plan, such as NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). For example, use herbs for flavor instead of salt and add one fruit or vegetable to every meal. 3. Move More. Get at least 2 1/2 hours of physical activity each week to help lower and control blood pressure. To ensure you’re reducing your sitting throughout the day and 32 family wellness
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getting active, try breaking your activity up. Do 10 minutes of exercise, three times a day or one 30-minute session on five separate days each week. Any amount of physical activity is better than none and all activity counts. 4. Aim for a Healthy Weight. If you’re overweight, losing just 3-5% of your weight can improve blood pressure. If you weigh 200 pounds, that’s a loss of 6-10 pounds. To lose weight, ask a friend or family member for help or to join a weight loss program with you. Social support can help keep you motivated. 5. Manage Stress. Stress can increase your blood pressure and make your body store more fat. Reduce stress with meditation, relaxing activities or support from a counselor or online group. 6. Have a Healthy Pregnancy. High blood pressure during pregnancy can harm the mother and baby. It also increases a woman’s risk of having high blood pressure later in life. Talk to your health care provider about high blood pressure. Ask if your blood pressure is normal and track it during and after pregnancy. If you’re planning to become pregnant, start monitoring it now. 7. Stop Smoking. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can harm your heart and blood vessels. Seek out resources, such as smoke free hotlines and text message programs, that offer free support and information. 8. Work with Your Doctor. Get help setting your target blood pressure. Write down your numbers every time you get your blood pressure checked. Ask if you should monitor your blood pressure from home. Take all prescribed medications as directed and keep up your healthy lifestyle. If seeing a doctor worries you, ask to have your blood pressure taken more than once during a visit to get an accurate reading. (Family Features) July/August 2021
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Make Summer Time Learning
FUN By Christa Melnyk Hines
ondering how to help your child retain reading, writing and math skills she gained over the school year this summer without making it feel like work? Weave learning into daily errands and interactive activities found in your own backyard. “Summer is a great opportunity for parents to participate and come up with projects on their own and learn what their kids are interested in,” says Dr. Ashley Norris, assistant dean, University of Phoenix College of Education. According to the National Summer Learning Association, students who don’t participate in any summer enrichment or educational activities lose about 22 percent of knowledge and skills gained during the school year.Teachers generally spend the first two months of school reviewing past material. By helping your children make the connection between what they learn in school and how the material relates to the real world, they’ll 34 education central
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Calculate tips. Next time you and your family eat dinner out, help your child determine the tip when the bill arrives.
Grocery shop. Dictate your grocery list to your child and have him keep track of the list. As you shop, talk about prices, sales and healthy choices. Visit the farmer’s market. Peruse seasonal produce native to the area. Ask about fruits and veggies you and your kids have never heard of before. Practice math skills by giving your child a list, a budget and some money to shop at the market.
Grow a garden. Your child can learn more about her environment by cultivating her own fruits and vegetables. No room in your yard? Grow a container garden together.Your child can take pictures or make notes in a daily gardening notebook detailing the life cycle of the plant, any problems encountered and how she worked to solve those issues. suburban family | subfam.com
Cook together. Involve your child in meal planning and preparation. Depending on your child’s age, Jessica Velazquez, a healthy living director for the YMCA, suggests putting him in charge of a meal once a week. “I remember being in third grade and having one night a week where I was in charge of dinner,” she says. “And yes, we often had cereal or mac ‘n’ cheese.” Following a recipe also helps your child practice fractions and reading.
Head to the mall. How much is 20 percent off? When bargain shopping with your child, teach her how to calculate the prices of marked down items. Play travel agent. Thanks to the Internet, your child can easily research your family’s vacation or a hometown field trip. Give her a list of questions to answer about the location, cost and hours of a specific site she wants to visit. Continue the learning when you arrive at your destination. Catherine Elder says she and her 8-year-old daughter like to observe and talk about the tides, climate and sea life on their annual beach vacation. July/August 2021
SS. Cyril & Methodius A 2019 National Blue Ribbon School SS. Cyril and Methodius School provides an excellent Catholic education from preschool through eighth grade in a compassionate environment that strives to develop each student spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. The BLUE RIBBON FLAG is recognized as a trademark of excellence with NATIONALLY normed TEST SCORES in the TOP 15%... only 50 private schools throughout the country are eligible for nominations to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Our school asserts an advanced academic curriculum enhanced by computer and science labs, one to one chrome books in the junior high, Smart Boards in all classrooms and yearly upgrades to curriculum through new materials. Our teachers are State Certified and certified as Religious Educators; many have advanced degrees and all keep up with professional development. Comprehensive after-school, extra-curricular activities are offered to increase positive student growth. On-site morning and after school care is available to help to ease the worry of working parents. Financial aid is also available. Please inquire at school.
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Tune in. If your child is passionate about music, attend local concert series in parks, which are often free. Encourage her to learn about the history of the music she’s interested in and read biographies of favorite musicians.
Explore nature. Apply what your child has learned in life science to your backyard. “We always talk about different birds, bugs, and how flowers and trees grow. My daughter actually teaches me some things that she’s learned in school. It makes her feel good to know she is helping me learn, too,” Elder says. Science museums and nature outreach centers also offer inexpensive classes and camps.
Go digital. Got a bug enthusiast? Have him grab the camera and go on a scavenger hunt for different species. When he’s done he can make a digital presentation of his discoveries. “Many elementary kids know how to use multimedia even more than parents. They find it fascinating and think it’s fun,” Norris says.
Nurture creativity. With increased emphasis on raising test scores, many schools no longer devote much class time for artistic development. But art education enhances creative thinking, motor skills and
social and emotional development. Have a splatter paint party on canvas in your backyard. Water color on textured paper. Make collages out of old magazines. Further explore the visual arts at pottery cafes and art museums.
Journal. Purchase an inexpensive journal or notebook that your child can personalize. Write a prompt or a question at the top of the page. Take turns writing messages and stories back and forth.
Read together. “Children often say they don’t like to read because they’ve only read things chosen for them by others,” says Helma Hawkins, a children’s librarian. Summer is the perfect time to help your child find books and magazines that match his interests. Read together or start an informal book club with your child and a few friends. Schedule an afternoon to discuss the selection over milk and cookies.
Practice time management. Assign a weekly project for your children with a deadline to help them practice time management skills.“Base it on their interest so it doesn’t feel like work,” Norris says. They can select and research a specific topic, create a digital slide show about what they learned and present it to you or extended family.
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SEASPAR SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including 2 multi-sensory room – for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs. Visit SEASPAR.org or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our year-round programming for all ages and all abilities! Eye Level Learning Center Eye Level is based on an educational philosophy in which students learn at their own pace. Each student receives an individualized program based on their ability, independent of age and grade. Eye Level English develops students’ essential writing and literacy skills through a comprehensive English Language Arts program. Eye Level Math develops students’ critical and analytical thinking skills through a comprehensive program and smallstep approach. We offer virtual and in-center classes. Contact your local Eye Level Learning Center to find out about our summer promotions! To learn more, visit www.myeyelevel.com. SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic School SS. Cyril and Methodius School provides an excellent Catholic education from Pre-K through 8th grade in a compassionate environment that strives to develop each student spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. In 2019, SSCM was awarded a National Blue Ribbon, which is a trademark of excellence in education. This prestigious recognition is only awarded to 50 non-public schools throughout the nation. Our Philosophy is to guide each child to realize their unique talents and fulfill his/her potential. Our goal is to enrich and develop each student through Catholic Faith by promoting self-esteem, discipline, common sense, and courtesy in a positive, healthy, respectful and safe environment. Address: 607 Sobieski St, Lemont, IL 60439. (630) 257-6488. school.stcyril.org
he heat can be a major drawback for people looking to work out in the summer. If you’re not careful, you can end up suffering from a heatrelated health condition such as a heat stroke, heat exhaustion or extreme dehydration, all of which can greatly derail you from your fitness goals. Fortunately, we have some tips to help you to safely work out on even the hottest of summer days. As with everything, moderation is key.
staying hydrated; however, if you’re planning to exercise for more than 60 minutes, you may also want to consider sipping on a sports drinks that contain potassium and electrolytes to help rehydrate and replenish your body. Wear light clothing Bright colors reflect the sun and also help to make you more visible.. Cotton is a lightweight and affordable material that can help you to stay dry. If you’re willing to splurge, opt for sweat-wicking shirts and shorts to keep the sweat at bay.
Take a cold shower Before your workout even begins you may want to take a cold shower. Once you finish your shower, opt for a wet head to help you to stay cool during your workout.
Don’t forget the sunscreen Stop the burn before it occurs by slathering on the sunscreen. Opt for sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 and one that is water-proof so that it doesn’t come off once you start sweating.
Stay hydrated with the RIGHT fluids Water is your best friend on a hot day for
Timing is everything 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is known for being the hottest
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Sign up for an endurance race. Take on a new challenge, support a good cause or run/walk for the health of it. Be sure to check the official race website for the most up-to-date information as circumstances may have changed since time of print. The 2021 ANNUAL RACE GUIDE from the March/April issue can be found on our website. Check back in every issue for updates.
JULY VIRTUAL Sundowner 5K Run, Splash Dash, and Kids’ Races. (July 1-15) Joliet. jpdrun3.com VIRTUAL Run/Walk to End Homelessness 5K and Kid’s Fun Run. Chicago. asafehaven.org (7/17-25) VIRTUAL (July 31-Aug. 2) CowaLUNGa Bike Ride. resphealth.org
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Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 3rd 4-Mile Run. Elmhurst. 4on4th.com
SUNDAY, JULY 4
Stars and Stripes 5K. Tinley Park. tinleyparkdistrict.org Firecracker 5K. Warrenville. warrenvilleparks.org
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Chicken Run 5K. Batavia. crm.enmotive.com/ chicken-run-5k July/August 2021
Lake Zurich Triathlon Olympic and Sprint Swim, Bike and Run. Lake Zurich. lakezurichtri.com
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THE FORGE: LEMONT QUARRIES Triathlon. Lemont. bit. ly/TheForgeTriJuly2021 Wauconda Park District Kids’ Triathlon. Wauconda. waucondaparks.org Toagie 5K Run, Walk & Stroll. Highwood. celebratehighwood.org/toagie-fest-5-k-run
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Adult Olympic and Sprint Triathlon. Wauconda. waucondaparks.org Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. Naperville. lustgarten.org/napervillewalk Walk & 5K Run to Remember. Elk Grove. willowhouse.org
time of the day in the summer. If you’re planning an outdoor workout, try to do it either before or after this time slot. Take it indoors There’s nothing wrong with working out indoors at your local gym or even in your home if you have equipment. On days when there is an excessive heat warning, this can be your best decision to stay cool and avoid a heat-related injury while still getting in your workout. Know your limits Listen to your body and if you begin to feel dizzy, nauseous, or tired, give yourself a break. Taking some time off for rest is better than overdoing your workout and getting sick or injured and having to stop working out altogether. Have fun and stay cool - and safe - this summer!
and Kids’ Triathlon. Naperville. napervilletri.events
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Woodridge Rotary Mini Triathlon and Kids’ Triathlon. Woodridge. woodridgerotary.org
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Tough Mudder Obstacle Mud Race. 2-Day Event. Rockford. toughmudder.com Western Suburban Lupus Walk. Naperville. lupusil.org
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Tough Mudder Obstacle Mud Race. 2-Day Event. Rockford. toughmudder.com
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Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race. Wilmot, WI. ruggedmaniac.com
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Christmas in July 5K Run/Walk Relays, Kids’ Run. Lisle. runners4wellness.com
Fort2Base 11.5- and 3.45-mile Run. North Chicago. fort2base.com
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Glenview Park Center Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Race. Glenview. glenviewparks.org
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BBQ Bolt- 5K/1M. Downers Grove. bbqbolt.org Chicago Triathlon Sprint and Kids’ Triathlon. 2-Day Event. Chicago. chicagotriathllon.com
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Harmon Hundred 25, 50, 75 100-Mile Bike Rides. Wilmot, WI. wheelmen.com Bike for the Kids. Elgin. easterseals.com fitness first 37
July & August
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for inclusion in the September/ October issue is Friday, August 13.
JULY THURSDAY, JULY 1 ADULTS A Walk in the Park Wine Tour – Enjoy a
summer guided wine tour of Central Park. 5PM. Summer concert at 7 PM. Local restaurants onsite. Central Park, Oak Brook. Pre-registration required. Obparks.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 3 FAMILIES Independence Day Extravaganza –
Live music, children’s activities, food and music. 5 – 10 PM. Centennial Park, Lemont. Lemont.il.us. FAMILIES “American Salute” – Lake County Symphony Orchestra presents free concert. 3-6 PM. Outside at Buffalo Creek Brewing, Long Grove. buffalocreekbrewing.com
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Happy Independence Day!
THURSDAY, JULY 8 CONCERT Music in the Park – Free concert by
ARRA playing 80’s and 90’s rock. 7pm - 9pm Sunshine Park, 220 Sunrise Ave, Willowbrook.tri-stateparkdistrict.kk5.org
FRIDAY, JULY 9 CONCERT In the Park – Grab a blanket and lawn
chair for a concert under the stars. 7 P.M. Free. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 10 CHARITY Garden Walk – First United Method-
ist Church of Downers Grove in Partnership with Bridge Communities present a lovely day of viewing beautiful village gardens. 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Downers Grove. Tickets: DGFUMC.ORG/Gardenwalk. FAMILIES Eco Day – Nature-based, educational way to learn more about Mother Nature with activities. 9 AM – 12 PM. Breiter Palm, Bensenville. bvilleparks.org/ecodays FAMILIES Garden Walk – Tour several beautiful backyard gardens located in the Village of Roselle. 9 AM – 2 38 great events
PM. Roselle rparks.org/event/garden-walk. SENIORS Picnic in the Park – Sandwiches, snacks, giveaways and yard games. – 11 AM – Noon. Roselle. rparks.org.
SUNDAY, JULY 11 CONCERT In the Park – Bring a blanket or lawn chair for an ABBA evening. 5 P.M. Free. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
FRIDAY, JULY 23 ADULTS Taste of Uncorked – Enjoy an evening of
music and drinks outdoors at the Oak Park Conservatory. $15. Admission includes two drink tickets. Advanced registration is required. 6 – 8 PM. Oak Park. pdop.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 24 ART Geneva Arts Fair – View and shop for juried
Kids come in PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal. 6:30 – 7:15 PM. Darien Community Park, Darien. darienparks.com.
artwork on exhibit. Free. Third Street, Geneva. genevachamber.com. FAMILY Blooms and Blues – Featuring local musical talent, BTB Wines and Matt’s BBQ. 2 – 8:30 PM. Lemont Township Community Center, Lemont. Tickets: lemontjuniorwomansclub.org.
THURSDAY, JULY 15 FAMILY Movies in the Park – Karate Kid. 8 P.M.
SUNDAY, JULY 25 ART Geneva Arts Fair –View and shop for juried artwork
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14 FAMILY Children’s Concert – Interactive music.
Free. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
FRIDAY JULY 16 CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks, great food and fabulous music. 5- 10 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. For tickets visit: napersettlement.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 17 CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks,
great food and fabulous music. 5- 10 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. For tickets visit: napersettlement.org. FAMILY Lunar Cartooners Workshop – Learn to draw space creatures, aliens and more. 1:30 – 2:30 PM or 3 – 4PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhursthistory.org OUTDOOR Nature Programs – Hands-on observation about creatures that live in the Kishwaukee River. Atwood Park, Rockford. 9- 11 AM. Register atwoodpark.org/programs.
SUNDAY, JULY 18 CONCERT In the Park – Bring a blanket or lawn
chair for a rockin’ good time. 5 P.M. Free. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 CONCERT Summer in the Parks – The Music of
Rodgers & Hammerstein. Presented by Brightside Theatre. July 21 at 7:00 PM. FREE. Wagner Family Pavilion, Naperville. brightsidetheatre.com. FAMILY Car Show - The classic car show features vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown Libertyville. Food and entertainment, too. 6-9 PM. mainstreetlibertyville.org. suburban family | subfam.com
on exhibit. Free. Third Street, Geneva. genevachamber.com. CONCERT In the Park – Bring a blanket or lawn chair for a fun evening with the ‘50s and ‘60s dance hits .5 P.M. Free. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
WEDSDAY, JULY 28 CONCERTS Summer Series– Final Say cover band.
7 – 8:30 PM. Bring your chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes for a rockin’ night out. Hoosier Grove Park, Streamwood. streamwoodparks.org.
THURSDAY, JULY 29 FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Sandlot. Begins
at dusk. Bring blanket or chair. Hinsbrook Park, Darien. darienparks.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 30 FAMILY Bat Walk and Talk – Walk through the sanctuary to look and learn about winged nighttime creatures. 7:30 PM. Heritage Woodlalnd Santurary, Lemont. Lemontlibrary.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 31 FAMILY Drive-In Movie Night – Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Orland Park Health and Fitness Center Parking Lot. Begins at dusk. Register. orlandpark.org/events/drive_in_ movie_nights.
AUGUST SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 FAMILY Concert in the Park – Cadillac Groove. July/August 2021
Southern rock and blues. Bring blanket or chair. 6:30 – 8 PM. Darien Community Park, Darien. darienparks.com. FAMILY Concert in the Park – Rich sounds influenced by the spirit of Santana. 5 PM Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com
Park Health and Fitness Center Parking Lot. Begins at dusk. Register. orlandpark.org/events/drive_in_movie_nights. FAMILY-Health Expo– Noon - 4 PM. Free. Citizens Park, Barrington. barringtonchamber.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 FAMILY Movies in the Park – Coco. 8 – 9:30 PM.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 FAMILY Concours d’Elegance – Classic car enthu-
Register for your own socially distant circle for up to 6 people for a flat fee. Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, Oak Brook. obparks.org FAMILY Unplug at the Park – Outdoor games and crafts, and a show featuring music and songs. 5 – 7 PM Childerley Park, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 ADULTS The BASH at the BIG HOUSE – Live mu-
sic, food trucks, art demos, tours and Kids Corner. Noon – 11 PM. Old Joliet Prison, Joliet. For tickets visit jolietprison.org ADULTS Brew Fest – Outdoor craft beer fest featuring unique brews from local and national breweries. 1 – 4:30 PM. Memorial Park, Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com. FAMILY Concert on the Lawn – On the museum lawn with professional jazz musicians.1 – 1:45 PM or 2:15 – 3 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhursthistory.org
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11 CONCERT Summer in the Parks – The Music of
Rodgers & Hammerstein. Presented by Brightside Theatre. July 21 at 7:00 PM. FREE. Wagner Family Pavilion, Naperville. brightsidetheatre.com. FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Croods 2. 8 – 9:30 PM. Register for socially distant circle for up to 6 people for a flat fee. Central Park Performing Arts Pavilion, Oak Brook. obparks.org SPORT Links Technology Cup - A day of 18 holes of golf with cart, competition, cash, prizes and great food. 10 AM. Schaumburg Golf Course, Schaumburg. schaumburgparkfoundation.org.
siasts will view a collection of antique, classic and modern automobiles from 10 AM - 4 PM. Third Street, Geneva. genevaconcours.net.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 CONCERTS Summer Series– Hillbilly Rockstarz,
Country cover band. 7 – 8:30 PM. Bring your chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes for a rockin’ night out with your family! Hoosier Grove Park, Streamwood. streamwoodparks.org.
WI. alpinevalleyresort.com. ART Alley Art Festival – Regional artists and local musicians are part of the activities. Pending. Noon – 5 PM. Water Street Mall, Aurora. auroradowntown.org. FAMILY First Fridays – Featuring Food Trucks from 5 – 9 PM in August. FREE. Water Street Square, Aurora. auroradowntown.org. STAGE Shakespeare in the Park – Theater event presented by the Wheaton College’s Arena Theater. Free. Memorial Park, Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com. OUTDOOR Camping 101 – Learn basic skills to enjoy life outside. Atwood Park, Rockford. 9- 11 AM. Register atwoodpark.org/programs.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 STAGE Shakespeare in the Park – Theater event
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 ADULTS Taste of Uncorked – Enjoy an evening of
CONCERTS Rockin’ Concert Series Thursdays in July; 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Thursdays in July. Bring your own food, beverage and chair. Oak Brook. obparks.org
presented by the Wheaton Park District and Wheaton College’s Arena Theater. Free. Memorial Park, Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
CONCERTS Sunset Soiree Concert Series – Thursdays; 7 – 10 PM. Downtown Lemont. 7/15,22,29 and 8/5. lemont.il.us.
music and drinks outdoors at the Oak Park Conservatory. $15. Advanced registration is required. 6 – 8 PM. Oak Park. pdop.org.
CONCERTS Summer Concert Series – Sundays; 3 – 5 PM. Cantigny bandshell, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 ADULTS Vendor Fair – Sip and Shop. 9 AM – 3 PM.
CONCERTS Summer Concert Series – Tuesdays thru Aug. 17. Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park. Downers Grove. dgparks.org.
FREE entrance and parking. Alpine Valley Resort. Elkhorn,
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 BENEFIT Car Show – Evening of live music, grilled food, and the best collection of classic automobiles in the Midwest. 4 – 8 PM. FREE. Village Center at Archer and Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs. willowsprings-il.gov. CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks, great food and fabulous music. 5- 10 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. For tickets visit: napersettlement.org
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 ADULTS Wine Walk – Swirl. Smell. Sip. Repeat. 2 –
8 PM. Downtown Wheaton. downtownwheaton.com. CONCERT Naper Nights – Features cold drinks, great food and fabulous music. 5- 10 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. For tickets visit: napersettlement.org. EXPO Body Mind Spirit – Features performers, psychics, and mediums, alternative health, wellness tools, products, and entertainment. 10 AM – 6 PM. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie. bmse.net.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 FAMILY Car Show - The classic car show features vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown Libertyville. Food and entertainment, too. 6-9 PM. mainstreetlibertyville.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 FAMILY Drive-In Movie Night – Shrek. Orland July/August 2021
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CONCERTS Concerts in the Plaza –Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. Independence Grove Forest Preserve, Libertyville. lcfpd.org/things-to-do/concerts. CONCERTS Naper Nights – July 16-17, August 13-14; 5- 10 PM. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org. CONCERTS Summer Concert Series – Thursdays; 7 PM.. Thru Aug. 10. Circle Park, Bloomingdale. bloomingdaleparks.org. CONCERTS Summer Concert Series – Mult. dates. 6 – 8 PM. Roselle. For the full schedule visit rparks.org. CONCERTS Summer Entertainment Series – Fridays and Saturdays; 6 – 9:30 PM. Memorial Park Bandshell, Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com. CONCERTS Summer Concert Series – Wednesdays; 7 - 9 PM. 7/14 thru 8/11. Millennium Plaza, Aurora. auroradowntown.org. CRAFTS Arts & Crafts Show – Juried crafts. Presented by Step by Step Promotions. July 9, 10, 11. $5.00 Admission. Free Parking. Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake. lcfairgrounds.com. CRAFTS Summer Craft Bash – Featuring over 40 vendors, crafters and artisans of handcrafted goods. Aug. 27- 29. Promenade Bolingbrook. shoppingpromenade.com/events. EXHIBIT Savage Gardens – Explore the captivating world of carnivorous plants! 6/26 - 11/7. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford. nicholasconservatory.com/ savagegardens.
EXHIBIT To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA – Learn about the role the Peanuts characters played
in NASA’s Manned Flight Awareness safety program. Thru Aug. 29. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. Reservations: elmhursthistory.org. EXHIBIT Par Excellence Redux – New fully playable artistic mini-golf course designed by artists and architects from the Midwest. Opens July 7. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. Reservations: elmhursthistory.org.
EXHIBIT Hello Helios – New outdoor art exhibit: The warming Suns of Chicago’s Greektown. Open thru Spring 2022. Halsted Street from Monroe to Van Buren Streets, Chicago. greektownchicago.org
EXHIBIT “Our Voice is Black History: Past, Present, Future,” – Opens 7/ 3 thru Oct.24. Dunn Museum.
EXHIBIT World of Carnivorous Plants – Large versions of various meat-eating plants, two of which are interactive, and fun for all ages. Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Rockford. nicholasconservatory.com. EXHIBIT Judy Istock Butterfly Haven – Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Re-opening date: July 8th. Chicago. naturemuseum.org. FAMILY History Workshops – A one-hour time slot for families to learn about various objectives. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. For schedule and to register: elmhursthistory.org. FAMILY Naper Settlement –Explore the exteriors of historic buildings while enjoying a variety of interactive tours. Tues. – Sat.: 10 AM - 4 PM. Sun.: 1 - 4 PM. Naperville. napersettlement.org. FAMILY Movies at the Museum – Outdoor film series featuring classic and throwback films. Free. Doors open at 7 PM. Thursdays. 7-8/15/22/29. Aurora Regional Fire Museum. auroradowntown.org. FAMILY Butterfield Neighborhood Gatherings – Gathering out on our lawn to get know our neighbors. Wednesdays. Featuring food trucks, music and more thru Sept. 29. 4:30–7:30 PM. Christ Church Butterfield Campus2S361 Glen Park Road, Lombard. christchurch.us/neighbor. KIDS Outdoor Art for Kids – Explore and create art outside. July 5, 19, Aug. 2. 9 – 11 AM. The Center. Palos Park. thecenterpalos.org. SHOP Summer Street Market – Featuring over 60 vendors of fresh fruits, vegetables, decorative objects and more! Family-friendly activities, food and live music. Thursdays thru 8/26. 4:00 – 9:00 PM. Promenade Bolingbrook. shoppingpromenade.com/events.
SHOP Market in the Park – Featuring a variety of vendors including specialty food, food trucks, flowers, handmade crafts and vintage décor. 4 – 8 PM. Thursday thru Aug. 19. Crescent Park Train Station, Orland Park. orlandpark.org/events/market. SHOP Evening Gourmet Market – Wednesdays July 7 thru Sept. 22nd. 4:30 – 9:30 PM. Highwood. celebratehighwood.org. SHOP Elgin Farmers Market – Fridays thru Oct. 3 – 7 PM. Spring Street, Elgin. Downtownelgin.com. SHOW Cruise Nights – Tuesdays. 5 – 8 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Full details at Cantigny.org SHOW Cruisin on Cass –Mondays. 5 – 9 PM. QBAR parking lot, Darien. Darienchamber.com SHOW Westmont Cruisin’ Nights –Thursdays. 5 – 9 PM. Downtown Westmont. westmontevents.com SHOW Bluesmobile Cruise Nights –Saturdays 3-9 PM. Emerson St. and Northwest Hwy., Mt. Prospect. mplions.org. SHOW Lemont Legends Cruise Nights – Wednesdays 6 – 9PM. Historic downtown Lemont. Lemont. lemontchamber.com SPORT Rosemont’s Chicago Dogs – Season-long daily specials for home baseball games at Impact Field in Rosemont. For more information TheChicagoDogs.com. SPORT Kane County Cougars – Family-friendly fun at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva with theme nights, post-game fireworks at select games and more! For more information visit kccougars.com. SPORT Schaumburg Boomers – Be part of the family friendly fun at Wintrust Field in Schaumburg with activities before, during and after homestand games! For more information visit boomersbaseball.com. SPORT Race to Mackinac – The oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. Starts Fri., July 16. Chicago’s Navy Pier on Lake Michigan and finishes Sat. July, 17 at Mackinac Island, Mich. on Lake Huron. cycracetomackinac.com. 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. flwright.org. STAGE Nunsense – The Hemmen’s Cultural Center presents outdoor show at Wing Park Band Shell in Elgin, 7:30 PM July 9, 10, 16, 17 with 3:00 PM matinees on July 11 and 18. Ticket info: hemmens.org. STAGE First Folio Bedtime Tales – Through July 15, First Folio Theatre presents bedtime tales chosen specifically with your little ones in mind, For ages 2+. Online. firstfolio.org/?production=first-folio-b
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Attract our readers to your restaurant with an ad program in the September/October issue. FREE listing included. Call 630-863-7183. Please support local restaurants!
Mon Ami Gabi - Oak Brook Located on the east side of the Oakbrook Center Mall near Neiman Marcus, Mon Ami Gabi offers diners the perfect place to gain some much-needed respite after a long day of shopping. Featuring an outdoor patio to relish the sunshine and warm summer breezes, experience exquisite French bistro fare at Mon Ami Gabi – al fresco! Open for lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. Please note, patio seating is first-come, first-serve. Book a reservation on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant. To learn more about private party dining and catered events, please visit monamigabi. com or call our team at 630-472-1900.
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Please support local restaurants! Healthy Fresh Thai Cuisine
Vino Thai - St. Charles Vino Thai serves up healthy and fresh Thai Cuisine. Ever since 1990, Vino Thai has provided customers with the finest and freshest tasting Thai food in a pleasurable dining atmosphere. Signature dishes include Golden Chicken, Crazy Noodles and Chicken Curry Fried Rice. Dine in Carry Out. Vino Thai is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Open every day for lunch and dinner. For reserva-
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Catch 35 - Naperville There is more than fresh seafood at Catch 35! Whether you are dining in, ordering curbside pickup, or delivery, devour Catch 35 Signatures like Alaskan halibut, Atlantic salmon, pan roasted Chilean sea bass, crispy calamari, and Szechwan scallops. With new additions like Nashville hot chicken, braised beef short rib, and grilled skirt steak, Catch 35 is your new comfort food destination in downtown Naperville. In addition, Catch 35 Naperville welcomes Niños Fresh Mexican Kitchen - our NEW ghost kitchen concept. Fresh Mexican dishes available for curbside pickup/delivery thru UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. Niños quesabirrias, wings al pastor, green chili cheeseburger, and crab & guacamole quesadillas are few fresh Mexican dishes on the menu. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for specials. Contact us at 35 S. Washington St. Naperville, Illinois 60540 – 630-717-3500. Van Buren Street Outdoor Café now open. View the menus and ordering links at www.catch35.com.
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WE’RE BACK! Shakespeare under the Stars
The Bomb-itty of Errors is an award-winning Ad-Rap-Tation, hip-hop theater retelling of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. July 22-24, outside at the Gateway. Free admission.
Summer Salon Series
Performances are in the Dorothy Menker Theater with a small live audience, plus live streaming. See pricing details online.
Aug. 1 ...... Broadway Women, Joan Curto
Aug. 8 ...... Broadway Baritones, David Edelfelt
Aug. 4 ...... Laughing Matters: The Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett
Aug. 11 .... Rags to Rhinestones: The Life and Music of Dolly Parton
Aug. 14 .... The Good Humor Men
Hilary Ann Feldman
Marianne Murphy Orland
Tony Deyo, Pat Hazell, and Moody McCarthy
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465
Napervllle Salute July 2-4 Rotary Hill & Frontier Park NapervilleSalute.org
Summer Sidewalk Sales July 8-10 Downtown Naperville DowntownNaperville.com
Naper Nights July 16-17, 5pm-10pm Naper Settlement NaperSettlement.com Festa Italiano July 30 - August 1 Naper Settlement NaperSettlement.com
Old Napervllle Days August 15 8 W. Chicago Ave. Old NapervilleDays.com Last Fling September 3-6 Downtown Naperville LastFling.org
For even more fun In Naperville be sure to check out our calendar of events onllne! Don't forget to also get your free copy of the 2021 Naperville Dining Gulde and start plannlng your next tasty dish. 866.996.2737
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enjoy live music, a cafe menu, unique farm store gifts and exploring in a beautiful outdoor setting – only at Abbey Farms. Visit SummerRamble.org to book your trip!
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