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July 4th WEEKEND+ for Wednesday 7/3 to Wednesday 7/10

THIS WEEK …  Best Day Trips | Waterparks and Pools | Fairs and Festivals | Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | Entertain in Style + Party Place | Greater Chicago Events |  Golf Links and Tips | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … see below.

The new “Summer Fun!” issue of Suburban Family is available here.

Happy 4th! | Fireworks Displays By City


Best Day Trips

FEATURING: Santa’s Village Amusement Park |Mid-Continent Railway Museum |Boundless AdventuresKohl Children’s MuseumComplete Renovations at Bloomingdale Park DistrictJohn Deere AttractionsOnesti’s Wild West TownDiscovery Center Museum | Sight Seeing Tours in Chicago, Gray Line Tours | Reed’s Canoe | Antique Flea Market, Zurko Promotions | Mountain View Adventure Center, Des Plaines Park District | Cantigny Park | Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County | DeKalb County Barn Tour | Celebrate America Craft and Art Fair+ 45th Annual La Grange Craft Fair+ Festival of the Vine Craft and Art Fair(Presented by Craft Productions, Inc) | Ride Metra | Aurora Downtown | The Midwest Pond & Koi Society | Forest Preserve District of Kane County | Wheeling Park District’s International FestivalEntertainment CruisesTransWorld’sJewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show | Naper Nights at Naper Settlement | Village of Arlington HeightsVillage of Lemont…Enjoy Our Scene!Veggie Fest Chicago 2019Limelight Theatre Company presents “Willy Wonka”Overshadowed Theatrical Productions presents “Newsies” | Little Mountain Community Theatre presents “Mamma Mia!”

This Weekend Only…

Celebrate America Craft and Art Fair (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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Village of Arlington Heights
Arlington Heights is the perfect summer family destination to shop, dine, and play!  Discover our unique Downtown ambiance with great shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.  Take in live outdoor music at the Sounds of Summer concert series Thursday and Friday evenings in Harmony Park.  Check out Frontier Days, July 3-July 7 at Recreation Park, featuring one of the largest Fourth of July parades in the area, along with great entertainment, rides, and games!  Come back Downtown on August 2-3 for the Mane Event/Taste of Arlington Heights, offering block after block of the best cuisine in Arlington Heights.  For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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Waterparks and Pools 

FEATURING: Santa’s Village Amusement Park | Caribbean Paradise Waterpark, Itasca Park District | | Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center, Des Plaines Park District || Otter Cove Aquatic Park, St. Charles Park District | Indoor & Outdoor Family Aquatic Center, Oak Brook Park District | Paradise Bay Water Park, The Lombard Park District | Ty Warner Spray Park, Westmont Park District | Aquatics Recreation Pool, Arlington Heights Park District | Family Aquatic Center, Wheeling Park District |

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Fairs and Festivals

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.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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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Fitness / Race Events …

THURSDAY, JULY 4

  • Freedom Four 4-Mile Run. Glen Ellyn Park District. gepark.org.
  • Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. Warrenville. warrenvilleparks.org
  • Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 4-Mile Run and 1K Kids’ Race. Elmhurst. 4on4th.com.
  • Great Western Freedom 4-Mile Run, 2-Mile Walk and Kids’ Dash. St. Charles. lazarushouse.net.

SUNDAY, JULY 7

  • Frontier Days Stampede 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Arlington Heights. frontierdays.org.

Upcoming Fitness / Races Events…

Fiesta Del Sol 5K – A Run for the Kids. Sat. 7/20 at 7:30 AM. 5k run/walk & special event,
certified course. Benefits the Hanover Park Park Foundation, Heritage Park, Hanover Park. 630-837-2468. www.Hpparks.org/5k.

Splash Pedal Dash & Dash Pedal Dash – Sun. 7/28 at 5:15 AM. Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon, chip-timed event. Schaumburg Park District Meineke Recreation Center. 847-490-7020. www.parkfun.com or register at www.active.com

Evanston Bicycle Club’s 3 5th Annual North Shore Century – Sunday, September 15, 2019. Scenic go-at-your-own pace routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. SAG support; Well-stocked rest stops on all routes. Helmets strongly urged! All rides leave from Dawes Park in Evanston, 6:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.  www.northshorecentury.org .
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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3

  • CONCERTS River Rhapsody Series – Wednesday nights in the summer, a cultural arts concert series. Free event. 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Batavia Riverwalk. Bataviaparks.org
  • CONCERT Music Under the Starts – Wednesdays through 8/7. Enjoy a variety of musical acts outdoors at the park. 7-8:30 PM. LaGrange Community Park District. communityparkdistrict.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Navy Pier Fireworks – Wednesdays and Saturdays through 8/31. Watch a spectacular fireworks display, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. navypier.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 4

  • FAMILY Free Concert – Enjoy patriotic music performed by The Southwest Community Concert Band. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. 3 PM. First Division Museum Plaza, Wheaton.  Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERT Series – Thursdays through 9/12. Enjoy live music every Thursday evening at the Rock Bottom Sunset Concert Series. Food and beverages from Rock Bottom available for purchase. 7-9 PM. The Promenade Bolingbrook. shoppingpromenade.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 5

  • CONCERTS Cantigny Park – Friday 7/5 and 8/9. Enjoy an outdoor concert on the clubhouse patio. 6 PM. Cantigny Golf, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERT Summer Nights – Fridays and Saturdays through 8/10. Enjoy live music, roaming performers, a laser light show, enhanced dining, and beer and wine gardens. All ages welcome. 5-9 PM. East Mall at Brookfield Zoo. czs.org/summernights.
  • CONCERT Series – Thursdays through 9/12. Enjoy live music every Thursday evening at the Rock Bottom Sunset Concert Series. Food and beverages from Rock Bottom available for purchase. 7-9 PM. The Promenade Bolingbrook. shoppingpromenade.com.
  • EXHIBIT Worlds of Wonder – Through 8/18. Celebrate Chicago’s favorite destinations for fun and thrills at the Worlds of Wonder: Remembering Chicagoland’s Amusement Parks exhibit. Sunday, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 PM; Saturday 10 AM-5 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Free. elmhursthistory.org.
  • MOVIE in the Park – Fridays through 8/30. Celebrate summer with a family movie night under the stars! Seating is on the grass by the red bandshell. Blankets, chairs and snacks welcome. 8:30 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • EXHIBIT Art with LEGO Bricks – Through 9/15. Explore a series of ingenious nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. 9 AM-6 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Free with Arboretum admission. mortonarb.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 6

  • THEATER “Can You See Me?” – Students from the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center present a story for all ages about a “pretend character” who is lost and goes on an extraordinary journey finding out what it means to be important, included and real. 12 PM. Cantigny Banshell, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERT Summer Nights – Fridays and Saturdays through 8/10. Enjoy live music, roaming performers, a laser light show, enhanced dining, and beer and wine gardens. All ages welcome. 5-9 PM. East Mall at Brookfield Zoo. czs.org/summernights.
  • TOUR OF HOMES Pedal Oak Park – A guided bicycle weekend tour of 21 Wright-designed structures in Oak Park. Bicycle rental included in admission or bring your own bike. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June through September. flwright.org
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Navy Pier Fireworks – Wednesdays and Saturdays through 8/31. Watch a spectacular fireworks display, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. navypier.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 8

  • CONCERT Series in the Park – Sundays through 8/25 (no show 8/11). Enjoy a variety of outdoor concerts this summer from bluegrass to popular rock cover bands. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. 3 PM. Cantigny Bandshell, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • TOUR OF HOMES Pedal Oak Park – A guided bicycle weekend tour of 21 Wright-designed structures in Oak Park. Bicycle rental included in admission or bring your own bike. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June through September. flwright.org
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Family Build Program – Sundays in July. Design and build with your family on Sunday mornings in the studio, where themed stations will introduce you to architecture basics. Take part in design challenges and make a take home project. Ages 3 and up. Chicago Architecture Center. architecture.org.

TUESDAY, JULY 9

  • COOKING Class – Learn how to make three signature dishes from Mon Ami Gabi’s new French summer menu. Event includes French wines served throughout the class and a take home booklet of the recipes prepared. 6:30-8:30 PM. Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook. Fee. monamigabi.com.
  • FAMILY Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. FREE . Riverwalk Grand Pavilion, 912 Sindt Court, Naperville. napervilleparks.org
  • CONCERTS In the Park – Tuesdays 7/2-8/6. Pack a dinner, pull out a blanket and enjoy a great night of free entertainment lakeside. 7 PM. Main Beach, Crystal Lake. crystallakeparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

  • KIDS Space Challenge – Join the STEAM Team and use your skills to design a space craft to protect two marshmallow “astronauts” when they land. Grades 4-8. 3 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register at helenplum.org.
  • CONCERTS River Rhapsody Series – Wednesday nights in the summer, a cultural arts concert series. Free event. 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Batavia Riverwalk. Bataviaparks.org
  • CONCERT Music Under the Starts – Wednesdays through 8/7. Enjoy a variety of musical acts outdoors at the park. 7-8:30 PM. LaGrange Community Park District. communityparkdistrict.org.
  • FAMILY Wednesdays at the Plaza – Wednesdays through 8/14 (no event 7/3). This free summer series features a new community performance each week including poetry, live music, dancing and more. 6-8 PM. Millennium Plaza, Aurora. auroradowntown.org.
  • FAMILY Lemont Legends Cruise Nights – Wednesdays through 8/28 (no show 7/3). This long-running car show series features unique cars, food, entertainment, activities and vendors. 6-9 PM. Downtown Lemont. lemont.il.us.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Taste of Chicago – 7/10-14. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Navy Pier Fireworks – Wednesdays and Saturdays through 8/31. Watch a spectacular fireworks display, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. navypier.org.

Entertain in Style + Party Places

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Golf Links and Tips

FEATURING: Arlington Lakes Golf Club, Arlington Heights | Golf Center Des Plaines 

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Dining Guide

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