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Chicago Area “Summer Planner”

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Almost everyone dreams of taking day trips or weekend getaways during the summer. The thought of heading off to some interesting locale by yourself, with a romantic partner or with your whole family seems like a fun escape from the routines of everyday life. Summer break is a perfect opportunity to make time for fun and memorable outings. So plan now…we’ve compiled some great activities in this edition to get your started.


Kohl Children’s Museum
With 17 hands-on interactive exhibits, come see for yourself why we’re the Place Where Awesome Lives! This summer, learn where chipmunks sleep, how bats communicate, and how different animals eat in our Animal Secrets exhibit, through August 26. Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. For more information, call (847) 832-6600 or visit

Go Ape
At Go Ape, it is our mission to inspire everyone to live life adventurously! Featuring multiple zip lines and treetop obstacles, our adventure courses are guaranteed to deliver laughter, smiles and a sense of accomplishment. Our activities offer adventure for all ages and are perfect for friends, families, and even parties or company outings. Located in Bemis Woods Forest Preserve: 1100 Ogden Avenue, Western Springs, IL. Visit us online at for more info.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Take a step back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. Browse the museum filled with dozens of restored railcars and steam locomotives from the late 1800s and early 1900s and museum gift shop inside an 1894 depot. For more information, call 800-930-1385 or visit . Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.

Naper Settlement
Naper Settlement, located at 523 S. Webster St., in the heart of Downtown Naperville, IL. Sprawled across 13-acres, visitors explore the beautiful grounds, historic buildings and chat with costumed interpreters. Families enjoy numerous outdoor events all summer long. Little ones cool off at the Early Learning Playscape and splash pad. For a full list of programs and events visit . For more information, call 630.420.6010.

Midwest Pond & Koi Society
Please join us at the following events. May 18th Club Meeting to discuss ‘Bee Keeping’ at the Bohemian Crystal, Westmont. The Tosai Auction, for members only, will be on May19th in Plainfield. Membership available at auction. The Spring Koi & Goldfish Auction takes place on June 2nd. Includes a silent auction for pond equipment. Buying open to public. Lyonsville Congregational Church, Indian Head Park. The Club Meeting on June 15th topic ‘Body Smart Gardening’ will be held at Alberto’s, Carol Stream.  And, on June 22nd – 24th, come out to our 26th Annual Koi Show and Trade Show. Free Admission. The MAX, 4750 Vernon Ave, McCook. For more information call 312-409-2081 or visit

Reed’s Canoe
Reed’s Canoe 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:

Cardboard Regatta
Glen Ellyn Park District
Ya Gotta Regatta! Teams will race boats made (almost) entirely of cardboard at the 25th annual Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta on June 30. Join the fun by entering either the Youth, Adult or Family categories. Awards will be presented to the fastest boats in each class, as well as a host of other awards based on creativity, enthusiasm, and more. Free for spectators. Register at ; just $50 per team of up to 8! Races begin at noon at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn.

Holes & Knolls
Glen Ellyn Park District

“Swing” into Holes & Knolls Mini Golf for a whole lot of fun this summer! The course includes 36 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds everyone from tots to grandparents will enjoy. Plan to stay for the day as Holes & Knolls is surrounded by endless opportunities for family fun including a splash park and adventure playground. There are also snacks and ice cream in the Maryknoll Café. Address: 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn. Ellyn.

Mountain View Adventure Center
Des Plaines Park District
This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Step up to the plate in one of six Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX park. Concessions and picnic shelter. A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL 847-391-5733

Kane County Cougars
Now in their 28th season in nearby Geneva, the Kane County Cougars have been at the forefront of affordable and family-friendly fun while providing Major League affiliated baseball. Now, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, over 160 former Cougars have worn a Major League jersey. Every Cougars game is packed with fun, delicious food, between inning on field events as well as great baseball. Select games feature post-game fireworks and live music. The Cougars regular season schedule runs through Labor Day. For information on Weekly Specials, game tickets and Group outings visit or call 630-232-8811.

Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Come camping in Kane County! You can get away from it all without spending it all. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer with electric and water hook-ups for RV camping, plus tent and equestrian camp sites. Both campgrounds are within beautiful Kane County forest preserves where you’ll enjoy miles of trails and other amenities. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day. Call 630-444-1200 or visit

Westmont Special Events
Join us for the 2018 Westmont Cruisin’ Nights & Street Fair every Thursday Night in June, July & August, 5-9PM in Downtown Westmont On Cass Ave. Live music and kids activities every week.

The annual TASTE OF WESTMONT will be on July 12 -15 in Downtown Westmont on Cass Ave. Enjoy Battle of the Bands, Restaurant Food Vendors, Beer & Wine Tent, Carnival Wristband Specials, Live Music, Kids Activities & More! Visit or call 630-829-9378 for all the info.

Downtown Naperville
Visit Downtown Naperville This Summer! – Come “be in the mix” in Downtown Naperville. With our 100 shops – from national favorites to one of a kind boutiques plus over 40 restaurants, pubs, wine bars and more, and spas and fitness boutiques, there’s something for everyone! We have movies in the park, summer concerts – and don’t miss the Summer Painted Book Benches on display around Downtown Naperville. For a list of events and details, visit for or up to the minute updates, sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter on the website or follow Downtown Naperville on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Take a Stand Against Childhood Cancer During Alex’s Lemonade Days
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, invites volunteers of all ages across the country to take a “stand” against childhood cancer when Alex’s Lemonade Days returns June 2-10, 2018.

This national volunteer-driven fundraiser commemorates ALSF founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott’s challenge to help her raise $1 million for childhood cancer cures, one cup of lemonade at a time. Volunteers are invited to host lemonade stands on any day (or days!) during the first full week of June.

There is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement. ALSF staff offers support to all volunteers who sign up to host lemonade stands. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Days and to sign up to host a lemonade stand visit


Carnival of the Animals with Divertissements from Paquita
Salt Creek Ballet
McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage

Carnival of the Animals brings to life Camille Saint-Saëns’ grand zoological fantasy in a witty and sophisticated musical salute to the animal kingdom. Paquita, the fiery Spanish ballet with a thrilling score by Ludwig Minkus, features an internationally recognized guest artist and stunning costumes. All happening on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20. Special onstage experience: Animal Adventure, after Saturday’s performance (Must call box office). Tickets: (630) 942-4000.

Sister Act
Schaumburg on Stage
The City of Elgin is excited to announce that it will be partnering with point2productions, a division of Schaumburg on Stage, to present the 2018 Elgin Summer Theater production of SISTER ACT. Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Show times are 8:00pm August 10, 11, 17 and 18 with 3:00pm matinees on August 12 and 19. $17 – $20 reserved seating. Tickets are available at The Hemmens Box Office, by phone at 847-931-5900 or by going to

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