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“Labor Day” Weekend+ for 8/29 to 9/4

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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 8/29 to Wednesday 9/4

THIS WEEK FROM SUBURBAN FAMILY  …  Best Day Trips Fairs and Festivals | Waterparks and Pools  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.


SF’s “Fall Go Guide” will be available 9.3.19.

Best “Labor Day Weekend” Day Trips…

Santa’s Village Amusement Park
Come for the NOSTALGIA and stay for the FUN!! With RIDES, ANIMALS and SHOWS the whole family will have FUN at Santa’s Village! Summer of 2019 will also see the biggest addition to date with Santa Springs!! Make a big splash at the all NEW water attraction! With multiple kiddie slides and a wading pool too, this monstrous play structure will allow for hours of fun in the sun with the whole family!! Visit or call 847-426-6751 for further details. Located at 601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee, IL.

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

Boundless Adventures
Boundless Adventures is more than just a zipline park! It’s an exciting new family-friendly aerial adventure park experience for thrill-seekers, adventurers, tree-climbers, zip-liners and outdoor enthusiasts that is now open in Wisconsin! With 120 obstacles, 20 ziplines and 9 courses with 4 different difficulty levels, there is something for everyone! 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, Wisconsin. For more information or to reserve your spot today, please visit or call 262-924-8626.

Kohl Children’s Museum
With 17 hands-on exhibits, come see for yourself why we’re the Place Where Awesome Lives! Starting July 30, take a journey through the great outdoors in the world-debut interactive exhibit, Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, with Nature Cat, Hal, Daisy, and Squeeks! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL. For more information, call (847) 832-6600 or visit

Complete Renovations at Bloomingdale Park District
The Bloomingdale Park District has undergone a complete renovation is an ideal spot to visit before summer’s end. The all-new Johnston Recreation Center features an indoor playground, workout center and multi-purpose space for teens and active adults. The adjacent Oasis Water Park offers an eight-lane competitive pool with drop slide and diving boards, a zero-depth entry pool and an all-new children’s sprayground. Both facilities border Circle Park, complete with a brand new playground, basketball court, roller hockey rink, skate spot, fitness stations, .35-mile loop and picnic shelter with indoor restrooms. Visit for information on any of the above attractions.

John Deere Attractions
Discover free, family-friendly fun at our John Deere Attractions sites. Climb into the cab of legendary machines at the John Deere Pavilion. Witness the evolution from horse-drawn to horsepower at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum. And discover an archeological site and live blacksmith demonstrations at the John Deere Historic Site. Open Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm and Sunday, noon–4pm. For holiday hours and location information, go to

Onesti’s Wild West Town
Bring your family, group or party for a day of wild west fun at Onesti’s Wild West Town, a family amusement park, conveniently located just off of Interstate 90 and open 7 days a week.  Cowboys, ponies, train and roller coaster rides, escape room, live musical performances daily, museum exhibits, rockabilly café serving Americana fare, old towne shoppes, tomahawk throwing and more!  Discounted party packages available.  8512 S. Union Road, Union, IL. (815) 923-9000.

Discovery Center Museum
Discovery Center Museum – a hands-on children’s museum with more than 300 interactive exhibits relating math, science and art for children ages birth-12. Exhibits related to the human body, electricity, sports, math, simple machines and agriculture. There is also a Tot Spot Gallery designed for ages 6 and younger, a live science theater and an award-winning outdoor park. Visit Location: 711 N. Main Street, Rockford.

Sight Seeing Tours in Chicago, Gray Line Tours
Since 1926, Gray Line has operated professional sightseeing tours in Chicago — sharing the city’s warm culture and attractions.  Join us this summer as we introduce new tour offerings, state-of-the-art “Stadium Trolleys” and an expanded team of knowledgeable professional guides.  Whether you live in the Windy City or you plan to visit, Gray Line makes Chicago sightseeing better with enjoyable, clean, and cool experiences. Book your tour today:

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:

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. Six brand new machines in the Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX parks. Concessions and picnic shelter. A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL. 847-391-5733.

Ride Metra
Ride Metra to Summer Fun With traffic-free trips to fun Chicago-area destinations like the beach, ballpark, festivals, concerts and more, Metra is made for summer! Enjoy unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday for just $10, and free rides for up to three kids 11 and under with each fare-paying adult through Labor Day. For more fun trip ideas, schedules and to find the station nearest you, visit today!

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

Entertainment Cruises
Bring the whole family on deck for a cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago! Enjoy delicious food, refreshing summer drinks, outdoor games and onboard entertainment, plus unbeatable skyline views you won’t find on land. Docked at Navy Pier, Spirit cruises daily with lunch, brunch and dinner options available. Now through September 30, take 20% off all Signature dining cruises aboard Spirit of Chicago. Use code SUBFAM20 when you book online or by phone. Some restrictions apply.

Village of Lemont…Enjoy Our Scene!
No matter the season, breathtaking hills, valleys, quarries and canals frame Lemont, a quaint village just 25 miles southwest of Chicago.  This unexpected sanctuary is an ideal place to live, visit and experience.  As we approach summer there’s no shortage of things to do in Lemont. This summer, Lemont Farmers Market runs every Tuesday morning, Lemont Legends Cruise Nights every Wednesday evening, and there’s even a series of Thursday evening concerts to add to the mix.  Lemont is an oasis of dining, shopping, events and activities, all year long. Whatever you do this summer, come and experience Lemont, and Enjoy Our Scene!

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Fairs and Festivals

  • Buffalo Grove Days – 8/28-9/2. Carnival rides, car show, arts and crafts fair and parade. Mike Rylko Community Park, Buffalo Grove.
  • Naperville Jaycees Last Fling – Aug. 30 – Sept. 3. Nationally Recognized Bands, Family Fun Land, Carnival, Parade and more! Downtown Naperville.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

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.


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.

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Waterparks and Pools 

With summer winding down, it’s the perfect time to plan a visit to our area’s wonderful Waterparks and Pools! (IMPORTANT: Some pools have closed, so please call or check websites beforehand.)

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Featured Waterparks and Pools: 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

Fitness / Race Events …

Upcoming Fitness / Races Events…
Downers Grove Park District’s BBQ Bolt – Saturday 9/7. 5-mile run, 5k run/walk, 1-mile walk  and a post-race picnic in the park. McCollum Park, Downers Grove, IL

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. .

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • 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.
  • MUSIC Nashwood – 8/30-9/1. The city of Highwood will transform its downtown business district into Honkey Tonk Row with 100 musical performances including country, blues, and classic and southern rock. Downtown Highwood.
  • 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.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Chicago Jazz Festival – 8/23-9/1. The Chicago Jazz Festival showcases the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world. Events take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and other venues in Chicago.


  • ART Festival – The Alley Art Festival will feature artwork from more than 60 local artists, food, live music, a creative children’s booth and free yoga. 12-5 PM. Water Street Mall, Aurora. Free.
  • MUSIC Nashwood – 8/30-9/1. The city of Highwood will transform its downtown business district into Honkey Tonk Row with 100 musical performances including country, blues, and classic and southern rock. Downtown Highwood.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Chicago Jazz Festival – 8/23-9/1. The Chicago Jazz Festival showcases the greatest jazz artists from Chicago and around the world. Events take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park and other venues in Chicago.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Navy Pier Fireworks – Wednesdays and Saturdays through 8/31. Watch a spectacular fireworks display, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan.


  • FAMILY Free Mini Tour – Take a 45 minute stroll around the Garfield Park Conservatory grounds with a knowledgeable guide. Chicago.
  • FAMILY Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival – Eight stages, Old-Time Community Barn Dance, and “Ghost Stories” In The Main Music Stage Tent.
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville.


  • FAMILY Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival – Eight stages, Old-Time Community Barn Dance, and “Ghost Stories” In The Main Music Stage Tent.
  • CONCERT American English – American English captures the very essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo! All concerts are outdoors and feature lawn seating. Concessions available. Wheaton.


  • CHICAGO / CITY  Garfield Conservatory – Wild Wednesdays.  Explore nature, get hands dirty and discover new things about plants, animals and nature. Drop ins welcome!

Entertain in Style + Party Places

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Golf Links and Tips

Golf Links and Tip Featuring: Arlington Lakes Golf Club, Arlington Heights | Golf Center Des Plaines 

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Dining Guide

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