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It’s summertime and Chicagoland’s fairs and festivals are under way! Enjoy local community celebrations with a variety of entertainment, food, live music and craft fairs this summer and fall. The area’s premiere events can be found in this issue. Be sure to look for the Sept/Oct issue of Suburban Family.

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JULY

Naperville Ribfest – July 3 – 6 Top food vendors, rib contest, entertainment, carnival rides, games and fireworks. Knoch Park, Naperville. www.ribfest.net.

Frontier Days Festival July 3 – 7. Carnival rides, parade, arts and crafts, live music and pony rides. Recreation Park, Arlington Heights. frontierdays.org.
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Celebrate America Craft and Art Fair – July 4th (Presented by Craft Productions, Inc)
100 booths of crafts handmade in the Midwest! Celebrate 4th of July in beautiful Burlington Park, just 1 block North of downtown Hinsdale. Shop, meet the artists, then enjoy the rest of this fun Summer festival featuring a parade, live music, food vendors, turtle races, and free kids activities. Thursday, July 4th, 10am-4pm. Burlington Park, 30 E Chicago Ave, Hinsdale, IL. Just steps from the Hinsdale Metra stop. Free admission. www.craftproductionsinc.com.
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  • Morton Grove Days – 7/3-6. Parade, carnival, entertainment and fireworks on the 4th. American Legion Memorial Civic Center. mortongrovedays.org.
  • Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – 7/3-7. Parade, entertainment, family day activities and carnival. Community Park. palatinejaycees.org.
  • Mt. Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival – 7/3-7. Fireworks, carnival, live music and car show. Melas Park, Mt. Prospect. mplions.org.
  • Eyes to the Skies Festival – 7/3-7. Carnival rides, live music, craft fair, children’s area, hot air balloons and fireworks. Lisle Community Park, Lisle. eyestotheskies.org.
  • Oak Fest – 7/3-7. Carnival rides, music, bingo, car show and fireworks. Oak Forest. oakfest.com.
  • Independence Day Extravaganza – 7/3. Live entertainment, kids’ zone and fireworks. Centennial Park, Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.org.
  • Taste of Oak Brook – 7/3. Cuisine from local restaurants, music, kids’ activities and fireworks. Oak Brook Sports Core. oak-brook.org.
  • Bensenville LibertyFest – 7/4. Parade, entertainment and fireworks. Redmond Park, Bensenville. bensenville.il.us.
  • Windy City Ribfest – 7/4-6. Live music, arts and crafts, kids’ area and ribs from local and national vendors. Uptown, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.
  • Lakeside Festival – 7/4-7. Music, carnival and games. Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, Crystal Lake. lakesideartspark.org.
  • Bristol Renaissance Faire – 7/6-9/2. Weekend medieval fair with jousting, sword swallowing, dancing, crafts and music. Kenosha, WI. renfair.com/bristol.
  • Greek Festival – 7/6-7. Carnival rides, music, dance performances and raffles. Palos Heights. saint-spyridon.org.
  • Glendale Heights Fest – 7/10-14. Live music, carnival rides, and kids’ activities. Camera Park, Glendale Heights. glendaleheightsfest.com.
  • Taste of Chicago – 7/10-14. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov.

Itasca Fest – July 11 – 14. Live music, Carnival rides, Food vendors, Flea market, Car show, Health fair. FREE admission and parking. Washington Park, Itasca. Sponsored by the Itasca Lions Club. 630-773-0835. www.itascalions.org/Stories/itasca-fest.

  • Bastille Days – 7/11-14. French-themed festival with live music, international marketplace, chef and wine demos. Milwaukee. easttown.com.
  • McHenry Fiesta Days – 7/11-20. Music festival with car show, carnival rides, craft fair and parade. Petersen Park and Veterans Park, McHenry. mchenryfiestadays.com.
  • Palos Hills Friendship Festival – 7/11-14. Petting zoo, carnival rides, games, live music. Palos Hills. paloshillsweb.org.
  • Rockin’ Ribfest – 7/11-14. BBQ cook-off, live music and car show. Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills. lithribfest.com
  • Taste of Westmont – 7/11-14. Restaurant food vendors, carnival rides, live music and craft show. Downtown Westmont. westmontevents.com.
  • Taste of Park Ridge – 7/11-13. Live music, food vendors, movies, face painting and family fun zone. Uptown Park Ridge. tasteofparkridge.com.

Arlington Heights Historical Museum’s Irish Fest – July 12th (4-11PM) & 13th (4-11PM). Live music & food trucks. Arlington Heights Historical Museum grounds, corner of Euclid & Vail. 847-255-1225. www.ahmuseum.org/irishfest.
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Uncork Barrington – 7/12. Fine wine tasting, food from local restaurants and music. Barrington Metra Station parking lot. uncorkbarrington.com.
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45th Annual La Grange Craft Fair – July 12-14th (Presented by Craft Productions, Inc)
200 booths of crafts in lovely Downtown La Grange. This long-running show is a crowd favorite and our largest show of the summer! Shop, meet the artists, and get inspired by their latest work, all handmade in the Midwest. Friday, July 12th – Sunday, July 14th, 10am-5pm. Downtown La Grange, 38 S La Grange Rd, La Grange, IL. Just steps from the La Grange Road Metra stop. Free admission. www.craftproductionsinc.com.
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  • Windmill City Festival – 7/12-14. Pet parade, bags tournament, diaper derby, craft and vintage market. Batavia. windmillcityfest.org.

Lemont’s 29th Annual Heritage Fest – Saturday, July 13, 2019, 4 pm to 11 pm. Great Music, Wonderful Food, and Amazing Family Fun! Historic Downtown Lemont. 630-243-2700. www.lemont.il.us/HeritageFest.
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Barrington Brew Fest – 7/13. Craft and premium beer tastings, local food vendors and live music. Barrington Metra Station parking lot. barringtonbrewfest.com.
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  • Naperville Ale Fest – 7/13. 200+ unique craft beers, live music and food. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napervillealefest.com.
  • Frankfort Bluegrass Festival – 7/13-14. Concerts, bluegrass bands, workshops and kids’ activities. Downtown Frankfort. frankfortbluegrassfest.com.
  • Chinatown Summer Fair – 7/14. Celebration of Far East culture with dragon and lion dance procession, art and food. Chicago. chicagochinatown.org.
  • Kane County Fair – 7/17-21. 4H Fair, livestock judging, live bands, championship bull riders and carnival rides. Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. kanecountyfair.com.
  • North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days – 7/18-21. Carnival rides, music and tacos from area vendors. Downtown Highwood. celebratehighwood.org.
  • Antioch Taste of Summer – 7/18-21. Carnival rides, music, food tents and business expo. Downtown Antioch. antiochchamber.org.
  • Sacred Heart Germanfest – 7/18-21. German food, carnival rides, bingo, live music, kids’ activities. Downtown Lombard. sacredheartgermanfest.com.
  • Summer Celebration – 7/18-21. Carnival rides, live music and children’s activities. Century Park, Vernon Hills. summercel.com.
  • Antioch’s Taste of Summer/Special Needs Family Day – 7/19. Families with special needs children are welcome to enjoy free carnival rides 1-3 PM. antiochchamber.org.
  • The Big Greek Food Fest – 7/19-21. Cooking classes, live music and kids’ activities. Niles. biggreekfoodfestofniles.org.
  • El Gran Festival Columbiano – 7/19-21. Columbian marketplace, artists, musicians and cuisine. Kelvyn Park, Chicago. colombianfestchicago.com.
  • Pitchfork Festival – 7/19-21. Bands, craft fair and kids’s zone. Union Park, Chicago. pitchforkmusicfestival.com.
  • Taste of River North – 7/19-21. Food from local chefs, live music, pop-up shops and events, kids’ activities. Ward Park, Chicago. tasteofrivernorth.com.
  • Plainfield Fest – 7/19-21. Carnival rides, music, bags competition and pizza contest. Downtown Plainfield. plainfieldfest.org.
  • Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk – 7/19-21. Guided tours, live music and kids’ activities. Sheffield and Webster, Chicago. sheffieldgardenwalk.com.
  • EAA AirVenture – 7/22-28. Unique aviation celebration with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI. Tickets: eaa.org.

Wood Dale Prairie Fest – July 25-28. Live Music, Family Fun, Car Show, Carnival, Fireworks & Food. Full Schedule & Lineup. Community Park, 655 N. Wood Dale Road. www.wooddale.com/PrairieFest.

  • DuPage County Fair – 7/24-28. Live music, tractor pull, rodeo, racing pigs, petting zoo and talent show. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. dupagecountyfair.org.
  • Lake County Fair – 7/24-28. Truck and tractor pulls, flower show, talent contests, rodeo, demolition derby and music. Grayslake. lcfair.com.

RidgeFest – Thurs. – Sun. July 25 – 28. Music, carnival, food, beer garden & more. Chicago Ridge. 708-425-7700. www.chicagoridge.org.

  • Algonquin Founders’ Days – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, live music, kids’ corner, parade and fireworks. Spella Park, Algonquin. algonquinfoundersdays.com.
  • Proud American Days – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, music, car show, baby contest and craft show. New Lenox. proudamericandays.org.
  • Sugar Grove Corn Boil – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, music, parade, car show and fireworks. Volunteer Park, Sugar Grove. sugargrovecornboil.org.
  • Little Italy Fest West – 7/25-28. Italian food specialties and Italian American performers. Addison. arcadalive.com.
  • Streamwood Summer Celebration – 7/26-28. Parade, golf outing, carnival rides and entertainment. Streamwood. streamwoodsummercelebration.org.

Kishwaukee Fest – Fri.-Sat.Sun.: July 26-28. Parade, Car Show, Crafts. Baconpalooza – Swine & Wine Fest. DeKalb, IL . 815-756-1263. www.KishwaukeeFest.com.
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  • Wicker Park Fest – 7/26-28. Live music, art exhibits, 100+ vendors and Kids’ Fest. Chicago. wickerparkbucktown.com.
  • Taste of Wisconsin – 7/26-28. Live music, chef demonstrations, and family friendly exhibits and activities. Kenosha, WI. tasteofwi.com.
  • Downtown Block Party – 7/26-27. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food from local restaurants. Mt. Prospect. mpblockparty.com.
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue – 7/27-28. 100+ vendors, art, music, kids’ activities and pony rides. Lincoln Park. tasteoflincolnchicago.com.
  • Geneva Arts Fair – 7/27-28. More than 140 artisans in all media are showcased at this festival. Geneva. genevachamber.com.
  • Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival – 7/27. Boat races, food trucks, music, health and wellness expo. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. gwndragonboat.com.
  • Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/27-28. More than 100 artists exhibiting, children’s activities, food and music. Glenview. glenviewartleague.org.
  • Puerto Rican Heritage Parade and Festival – 7/28. Vendors, live music and kids’ activities. Downtown Aurora. aurora-il.org.
  • McHenry County Fair – 7/30-8/4. Carnival rides, music, motocross racing, tractor pulls and farm exhibits. Woodstock. mchenrycountyfair.com.
  • Northbrook Days – 7/31-8/4. Bocce ball tournament, carnival rides, games, raffle and live music. Village Green Park, Northbrook. northbrookdays.com.

AUGUST

  • Kendall County Fair – 8/1-4. Carnival rides, truck and tractor pull, live music, demolition derby and petting zoo. Yorkville. kendallcountyfair.org.
  • RomeoFest – 8/1-4. Carnival rides, music, family entertainment, car show and bingo. Romeoville. romeoville.org.
  • Summer Chi.ill Music Festival – 8/1-4. Tropical rock music. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. summerchi-ill.com.
  • St. Cyril and Methodius School Summer Fest – 8/1-4. Live music, carnival rides and games. Lemont. stcyril.org.

Mane Event / Taste of Arlington Heights – Friday, Aug. 2nd (5-11pm) & Saturday, Aug. 3rd (noon-11pm). An annual tradition of food, music, and family entertainment! FREE Admission and FREE Garage Parking Downtown Arlington Heights. (Vail Ave. & Campbell St.). www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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  • Destination Asia Cultural Festival – 8/2-4. Asian music, dance, food and sumo wrestling. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/2-4. Carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Gordon Park, La Grange. lagrangeendlesssummerfest.com.
  • Summer Daze – 8/2-3. Live music, food and car show. Downtown Warrenville. warrenvillesummerdaze.com.
  • Taste of Roselle – 8/2-4. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and craft show. Main St., Roselle. roselle.il.us.
  • Taste of Orland Park – 8/2-4. Food from local eateries, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Orland Park. orlandpark.org.

The World of Faeries Festival, 15th Annual Celebration  – Aug. 3rd (10AM-7PM) & Aug. 4th (10AM-5PM). 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.

  • Art and Soul on the Fox – 8/3-4. Juried artist show and entertainment. Downtown Elgin. elginartandsoul.com.
  • Gurnee Days – 8/8-11. Carnival rides, races, bike rodeo, car show, parade and fireworks. Viking Park, Gurnee.  gurneedays.com.
  • Illinois State Fair – 8/8-18. Big-name musical entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and tractor pulls. Springfield. illinois.gov.
  • Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/8-11. Local restaurant food, live entertainment and crafts. Central Park, Elmwood Park. tasteofelmwoodpark.com.
  • The Fest for Beatle Fans – 8/9-11. Beatles celebration with music, art, lectures, contests and marketplace. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont. thefest.com.
  • Ginza Holiday Festival – 8/9-11. Japanese food, culture and entertainment. Old Town, Chicago. ginzaholiday.com.
  • Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/9-10. Live music each day, food and art show. Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield, WI. waukeshabluesfest.com.

13th Annual Veggie Fest Chicago – August 10-11, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. One of the Largest vegetarian food and wellness festivals in North America. FREE Admission – New improved FREE Parking. International Food Court, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Food Demos, Speakers, over 100 Vendors and More! New Location! Danada South Park, Navistar Circle, Lisle, IL. 60532, 630-955-1200. www.veggiefestchicago.com.
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  • Food Truck Festival – 8/10. 25+ food trucks, live DJ, beer and wine garden and vendor village. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org.
  • French Connection Day – 8/11. Day-long festival of music, food, art and family fun. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • Farm to Fork Fest – 8/14. Adults-only celebration of fresh regional foods prepared by top chefs. Heritage Farm, Schaumburg. parkfun.com.
  • Venetian Festival – 8/14-18. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival rides and fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI. venetianfest.com.
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/15-18. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, contests, crafts, demonstrations and food. Milwaukee. irishfest.com.
  • Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival – 8/16-18. Workshops, competitions and dance parties. Crown Plaza, Rosemont. chicagolanddancefestival.com.
  • RiverFest Express – 8/16-18. Entertainment, craft show, trolley rides, car show, carnival rides and fireworks. South Elgin. southelgin.com.
  • Sangria Festival – 8/17-18. Hand-crafted Sangria, Spanish food and arts, flamenco dancing and ethnic bands. Humboldt Park, Chicago. sangriafestivalchicago.com.
  • Vintage Days – 8/17-18. Vintage market, live music and family activities. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest – 8/17-18. Art fair, live entertainment, kids’ activities and live demonstrations. Rogers Park, Chicago. glenwoodave.org.
  • Will County Fair – 8/21-25. Demolition derby, rodeo, chili cook-off, carnival rides, livestock exhibits and entertainment. Peotone. willcountyfair.org.
  • DeKalb Corn Fest – 8/23-25. Carnival rides, corn boil, kids’ activities, and live music. Downtown DeKalb. cornfest.com.
  • Taste of Greektown – 8/23-25. Music, dance performances, gyro eating contest, art and kids’ activities. West Loop, Chicago. tasteofgreektown.com.
  • Street Fest – 8/23-25. Live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities. Downtown Palatine. palatinestreetfest.com.
  • Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts – 8/24-25. Juried fine arts show and live music. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn. glenellynlions.org.
  • Buffalo Grove Days – 8/28-9/2. Carnival rides, car show, arts and crafts fair and parade. Mike Rylko Community Park, Buffalo Grove. bgdays.com.

Naperville Jaycees Last Fling – Aug. 30 – Sept. 3. Nationally Recognized Bands, Family Fun Land, Carnival, Parade and more! Downtown Naperville. www.LastFling.org.
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SAVE THE DATE 

Festival of the Vine Craft and Art Fair – September 6 & 7th(Presented by Craft Productions, Inc)
90 booths of fine art and crafts, just South of beautiful Downtown Geneva. Shop, meet the artists, and stay for wine tastings, live music, and the Flavor Fare featuring local restaurants. Saturday, September 7, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, September 8, 10am-5pm. 100 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL. Free admission. www.craftproductionsinc.com.
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Fall Fest Des Plaines – Sept. 13th (6-11pm), 14th (noon-11pm) & 15th (noon-7pm). A Three-Day Family-Friendly Festival! Great bands, carnival rides, food, fun family activities. FREE Admission. Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines. www.FallFestDesPlaines.com.
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