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Fairs & Festivals

It’s that wonderful time of year 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 and be sure to look for the July/August and September/October issues of Suburban Family .Magazine.

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May

  • Art in the Park – 5/6 & 7. Juried Fine Art Show and food vendors. 10 AM-5 PM Wilder Park, Elmhurst. 630 -712-6541.
  • Lilac Time Fair – 5/6-5/21 Arts, crafts and entertainment. Fri 10 AM-4PM; Sat-Sun 9 AM-6 PM. Lilacia Park, Lombard. 630-620-7322.
  • Wine on the Fox – 5/6 & 7. Entertainment, food & wine tasting. Sat 11-8PM; Sun 12-6 PM. Oswego. 630-554-3618.
  • Chicago Critics Film Festival – 5/12 -18. Created & curated by film critics, with appearances by directors & stars. Music Box Theatre, Chicago. 847-439-5750.
  • Taste of Glen Ellyn – 5/18-21. Live entertainment, food and expo. Glen Ellyn. glenellynchamber.com.
  • Blooming Fest – 5/20. Garden festival and plant sale. 9 AM – 3 PM West Chicago. 630-293-2200.
  • Chicago Drum Show – 5/20-21. World’s largest, longest running show. Villa Park. 989-463-4757.
  • Chocolate Festival – 5/20-22. All things chocolate plus live music, children’s activities & more. 11 AM-11 Fri, 10 AM-11 PM Sat and 10 AM-6 PM Sun. Long Grove. 847-634-0888.
  • Civil War Days – 5/20 & 21. Naper Settlement becomes a Civil War encampment & battle. 10 AM-4 PM Naperville. 630-420-6010.
  • Riverside Arts Weekend – 5/20 & 21. Juried artists and live entertainment.. Sat. 10 AM-5 PM Sun. 10 AM-4 PM Riverside. dwevents@comcast.net.
  • Skokie Festival of Cultures – 5/20 & 21. Cultural booths, ethnic folk music and dance, and food, bazaar,. 11 AM-7 PM Skokie. 847-674-1500 x2715.
  • Vets Week – 5/20-29. Wreath laying ceremony, car show, concert, parade and more. Aurora. 630-899-9021.
  • Red, White & BBQ Fest – 5/26-28. BBQ competition, carnival and free music. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. lionchrissvitak@gmail.com.
  • Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest – 5/26-29. Carnival and live entertainment. 6119 W. 147th St, Oak Forest. chicagogaelicparkirishfest.org.
  • Barrington Art Festival – 5/27 & 28. More than 130 artists, kid-friendly activities, live music & food. 10 AM-5 PM Barrington. 847-926-4300.
  • Prairie Arts Festival – 5/27 & 28. Fine art show and sale with 120  artists. Food, entertainment and children’s activities. 10 AM-5 PM Schaumburg. 847-895-3600.
  • St. James Farm Family Field Day – 5/28. Horse performances, dog obedience demos, music and hay rides. 11 AM-5 PM Warrenville. 630-933-7248.

June

  • Maifest – 6/1- 4. German celebration of food, live music and maypole dance. Lincoln Square, Chicago. mayfestchicago.com.
  • Uncork Illinois – 6/3. Artisan food and wine sampling from 15 local wineries. 1-8 PM. Oak Park. 708-383-4145.
  • Festival of the Fox – 6/8 – 11. Music, food and carnival. St. Charles. 630-402-1919.
  • Art in Bloom Fine Art Festival – 6/17 -18. Juried art show and exhibition of nearly100 artists, demonstrations, kids crafts, live music, food. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • Taste of Wheaton – 6/1-4 Carnival, crafts and food booths. Wheaton. 630-510-4880.
  • Cavalcade of Planes – 6/3 & 4. See formation flying and helicopter demos. 10 AM-4 PM Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook. cavalcadeofplanescom.
  • Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts – 6/4 & 5. Artists, live music, and kids’ hands-on art. 10 AM-5 PM Deerfield. dwevents@comcast.net.
  • Franklin Park Fest – 6/8-11. Railroad Day, music and food. Franklin Park. 847-671-8236.
  • Chicago Blues Festival – 6/9-11. Largest free blues festival in the world. 11 AM -9:30 PM Grant Park, Chicago. 312-744-5000.

Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest
June 9 – 11
Enjoy wine from nearly 20 Illinois wineries PLUS Craft Beer from Tangled Roots Brewing Company!
Fresh Lobster, Live Jazz, Outdoor Vendor Market and more!
In the Heart of Starved Rock Country!
Downtown Ottawa
815-434-2737
www.Ottawa2RiversWinefest.com
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  • Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – 6/10 & 11. Juried artists, food and activities. 10 AM-5 PM Hinsdale. 630-323-3952.
  • Old Town Art Fair – 6/10 & 11. 250 nationally acclaimed artists, urban garden walk, food and music. 10 AM-6 PM Chicago. 312-337-1938.
  • Redhead Days – 6/10 & 11. Redhead gathering with carrot cake competition and entertainment. Highwood. facebook.com/RHDchicago.
  • Wells Street Art Festival – 6/10 & 11.  Six-block art fair with music and local food. 10 AM-10 PM Chicago. 312-951-6106.

PrairieFest
June 15 – 18
Children’s activities, concerts, carnival rides, pony rides, circus, business expo, and food vendors.
Free admission & free parking.
As seen on Food Network!
Oswego
630.554.1010
www.prairiefest.com

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American Fest
Town of Cicero
June 15 – 18
Live music, food, carnival rides, children’s stage, fireworks.
Community Park
34th and Laramie, Cicero
708-656-3600 x288
www.thetownofcicero.com
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  • Woodridge Jubilee – 6/14-18. Family fest with carnival, food and fireworks. Woodridge. 630-353-3300.
  • Chicago Women’s Funny Festival – 6/15-18. Female comedians perform sketches, improv. Chicago. 773-327-5252.
  • Libertyville Days Festival – 6/15-18. Carnival, music, beer garden and food. Downtown Libertyville. 847-918-8880.
  • Old Canal Days – 6/15-18. Parade, carnival, entertainment, food and hay wagon. Lockport. 815-838-0549.
  • Blues on the Fox – 6/16 & 17. Blues artists perform at this annual event. Aurora. 630-896-7676.
  • Daisy Days – 6/16 & 17.  Carnival rides, music and craft fair. Fri. 6-10 PM, Sat. 9 AM-10 PM Clarendon Hills. 630-202-1678.
  • Scottish Festival & Highland Games – 6/16 & 17. Traditional Scottish games, exhibits, music and fare. Itasca. info@chicagoscots.org.
  • Custer Fair – 6/17 & 18. Eclectic arts festival with music, food and kid’s activities. 10 AM-9 PM Evanston. 224-714-7085.
  • Gold Coast Art Fair – 6/17 & 18. 325 artists, interactive art, music and food. 10 AM-6 PM Grant Park, Chicago. 847-926-4300.
  • Solstice Hop & Vine Fest – 6/17. Entertainment, food, wine and beer. 6-9 PM Schaumburg. Tickets: 847-985-2115.
  • Swedish Days Festival – 6/20-25. Entertainment, parade and food. Geneva. 630-232-6060.
  • Homer Community Festival – 6/22-25. Carnival, live music and fireworks. Homer Glen. 708-301-0632.

Rotary GroveFest
Downtown Downers Grove
June 22 -25
4 Day Festival with Carnival and Midway with UNLIMITED RIDE TIMES each day
Huge Beer Garden with Great Variety of Live Music
Food and Business Expo Area
www.RotaryGroveFest.com
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  • Wauconda Fest – 6/22-25. Carnival rides, food, car show, and talent show. Wauconda. 847-526-3610.
  • Taste of Joliet – 6/23-25. Food, carnival, kids’ zone and entertainment. Joliet. 815-741-7275.
  • Starwberry Fest – 6/23 – 25. Food, fun live music and KidZone. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org
  • Festival of Fine Arts – 6/24 & 25. Fine arts, crafts, food, music and children’s activities. The Art Center. 10 AM-5 PM Highland Park. 847-926-4300.
  • Bartlett Global Arts Festival – 6/24-25. Multicultural music, dance, arts/crafts, food and interactive events. 11 AM-6 PM. Bartlett Park, 630 372 4152.

Music by the Lake
June 25 – August 13
Entertaining events, family programming, open-air lakeside setting.
Williams Bay, Wisconsin
(seven miles from Lake Geneva)
262-245-8501
www.musicbythelake.com

  • Inferno Fest – 6/28. Hot & spicy foods to try, plus competition for spiciest inferno food. 4:30-9:30 PM. Everts Park, Highwood, IL. 847-432-6000.
  • Lakeside Festival – 6/29-7/2. Food, music, rides and games. Crystal Lake. 815-455-8000.

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival
June 30th – July 2nd  – Noon-11PM
Daily  morning and evening hot air balloons launches,
carnival, children’s area, craft fair,
live music, over 50 food vendors,
nightly balloon glows and
fireworks, plus much more!
630-541-6095
www.eyestotheskies.org
LEARN MORE

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Arlington Heights
Frontier Days Festival
June 30 – July 4
FREE ADMISSION
FREE Music 
Entertainment, Carnival Rides, 4th of July Parade, Family Activities, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, 3v3 Soccer, Stampede Run 5K/10K, Arts & Crafts Marketplace, Food, and so much more!
www.FrontierDays.org
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Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest
Celebrating 30 Years!
June 30 – July 3
Rib contest, entertainment, carnival rides, games, fireworks on the 3rd.
12 Noon-10 pm Daily
Knoch Park, Naperville.
630-259-1129
www.ribfest.net
LEARN MORE

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