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Summer Fun Starts Here |  Summer Camp Source | Fairs & Festivals | Golf Links & Tips | Party Places | Race / Fitness Events | Dining Guide 

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Summer Fun Starts Here…

Ottawa, Illinois
The Middle of Everywhere

Ottawa, Illinois is a vibrant tourist destination located 80 miles outside of downtown Chicago. It is often considered to be “In the Middle of Everywhere,” located in the heart of the state, central to several major Illinois cities and drive markets, and within a stone’s throw of many diverse activities–from lush and natural outdoor areas to renowned cultural and historic attractions. Those who visit Ottawa, Illinois take note of its friendly and neighborly, hometown feel. Ottawa Visitors Center. www.pickusottawail.com. 815-434-2737
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Authentic Adventure Awaits in Lemont
Only 45 minutes from Chicago, Lemont is the perfect place for your friends and family to enjoy great outdoor activities, surrounded by a historic downtown with quaint shops and dining to satisfy any palate.  Enjoy biking and walking along the I&M Canal path, or enjoy the nation’s largest outdoor adventure park – The Forge: Lemont Quarries.  End the day enjoying a meal at one of a variety of family-owned restaurants. Your authentic adventure starts at LemontDowntown.com.
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The Forge: Lemont Quarries
The Forge is a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure park located near downtown Lemont. Our motto is: Adventure comes in endless forms. From our high-adventure ropes course, mountain biking, paddlesports, to outdoor laser tag, adventure dining, concerts & movies, and more, The Forge has something for everyone of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Check out all we have to offer at www.forgeparks.com!
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Visit Naperville!
The Sun is shining; restaurants are opening their outdoor seating; hotel rooms are being booked. Practice your golf swing on one of six golf courses or walk along the Riverwalk. Then, discover various attractions, such as Topgolf, Naper Settlement or DuPage Children’s Museum. Make it the perfect staycation by booking a room at a wonderful Naperville hotel. Check out  www.VisitNaperville.com to explore the calendar of events, attractions and accommodations. We hope to see you soon!
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Arlington Heights is Open for Business!
Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of opportunities to shop, dine, and play! Discover exciting Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique and eclectic boutique stores in the Chicago area.  Savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco.  Your table awaits you now, with over 30 Downtown restaurants and eateries and 100+ throughout the community.  And stay for live theater…outdoors!  As the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents the beloved musical Little Shop of Horrors, with outdoor evening performances through June 19th.  For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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WhirlyBall
Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800. www.whirlyball.com
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All the Best of Naperville on Water Street
Water Street is your spot to shop, dine, spa, stay and celebrate! Anchored by the beautiful Hotel Indigo and nestled along Naperville’s famed Downtown Riverwalk, Water Street invites you to discover fabulous restaurants offering everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream, Mediterranean to wine-pairings and cocktails with the best-ever sunset view.  Escape to an award-winning experiential spa and salon, discover gift and apparel shopping for men and women or plan your dream wedding or event here! www.waterstreetnaperville.com 
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“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
Looking for a nearby escape (and a return to outdoor, family fun)? Camp Local with us! Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer tent and RV camping with electric and water hook-ups. Take a hike. Catch a fish. Enjoy time away, under the stars. Camp sites range from $15 to $35 per day. Campgrounds are open May through late October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit www.kaneforest.com for details.
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Oswego Country Market
Visit the Oswego Country Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm every Sunday from June 6 – September 26. Enjoy fresh air shopping with plenty of choices to buy fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods and handmade items. Oswego’s Country Market is located on Main Street in charming downtown Oswego. Street parking is available. Follow the Market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oswegocountrymarket.
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Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.
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Fairs & Festivals…

  • Blues on the Fox – 6/18-19. Popular blues artists perform at this annual event. Children welcome with parents. RiverEdge Park, Aurora. riveredgeaurora.com.
  • Chicago Pride Fest – 6/19 – 20. Legendary two-day street festival all about LGBTQ+ life, culture and community. Chicago. chicagoevents.com.

Chicagoland Events…

THURSDAY, JUNE 17

  • NATURE Walk on the Wild Side– Go on a Horticulture Staff tour that will meet at 11 AM. Visitor’s Center. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org.
  • NATURE Walk on the Wild Side– A Horticulture Staff tour meets the third Thursday of each month from through October. 11 AM. Visitor’s Center. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 18

  • CONCERT Blues On The Fox 2021– Evening of food and music featuring Southern Avenue & Kenny Wayne Shepherd. 7 PM. Riveredge Park, Aurora. Tickets: events.riveredgeaurora.com
  • FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Croods: New Age. 7:30 PM. Wilder Park, Elmhurst. Register. Epd.org.
  • ART Black Creativity – Juried gallery features more than 100 art works from professional and aspiring African-American artists. Thru June. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org
  • ART Art on the Mart – The 30-minute program of projections will be shown nightly at 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. from May 1 – August 31. artonthemart.com.
  • ART Ephemera: The Power of Impermanence – The talents of artists will fill walls (and floors) with the art that span the range of impermanence. Thru June 12. The Art Center Highland Park. theartcenterhp.org.
  • DONATION Red Cross Blood Drive – Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment now at RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  •  EXHIBIT Viva la Libertad! Latin America and the Age of Revolutions– 5/2- 7/24. Featuring maps, manuscripts, and rare books. Newberry Library, Chicago. newberry.org.
  • EXHIBIT To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA – 5/14-8/29. Displays feature a 1969 series of NASA-themed comic strips, photographs, video footage, and Peanuts collectibles. Reservations required. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Human Nature – Explore large-scale sculptures created by South African artist Daniel Popper. Advance reservations required. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org/events/humannature.
  • EXHIBIT Art with LEGO Bricks – Thru 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.
  • FAMILY SummerBurst – An EXPLORsion of Outdoor Fun at Kohl Children’s Museum. A smorgasbord of STEAM-related activities for kids from birth to 8. June 2 – Aug. 29. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview.  Reservations kohlchildrensmuseum.org/summerburst.
  • FAMILY Dinos Everywhere! – Exhibit returns for a limited time through September 6. Brookfield Zoo. Tickets must be reserved at CZS.org/OnlineTicketing.
  • LECTURES Online – Various topics including: Tasting History, Birth of Organized Sports, Great Depression. Presented by the Elmhurst History Museum This pre-recorded program will be available online. For info visitelmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457.

SATURDAY, JUNE 19

  • ART Artisan Fair – Items from art to food, lotions, furniture, and candles for sale 10 AM-5 PM. Burr Ridge Village Center, Burr Ridge. Reserve your time slot at: eventbrite.com/…/2021-burr-ridge-art-fair.
  • ART Mexican Art – Authentic and hand-crafted work of local Mexican artists showcased throughout the gardens and grounds available to purchase. 10 AM – 4 PM. $5. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERT Concert in the Park– The Four C Notes. FREE. 5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. theboybandnight.com
  •  FAMILY Father’s Day Fishing Derby – Take Dad to Bierman Park in Carol Stream anytime between 6 am June 20 to 11:30 am June 21. Register for the appropriate age division. Dads are free. Carol Stream Park District. csparks.org.
  • VIRTUAL KIDS Rockin’ Jewelry – Children can make their own gemstone jewelry. Purchase $15.00 kit. Ages 8 yrs. & up. 1:30 PM. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook. lizzadromuseum.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 20

  • ART Artisan Fair – Items from art to food, clothing to lotions, stationary to furniture, and candles to home décor. for sale 10 AM-5 PM. Burr Ridge Village Center, Burr Ridge. Reserve your time slot at: eventbrite.com/…/2021-burr-ridge-art-fair.
  • ART Mexican Art – Authentic and hand-crafted work of local Mexican artists showcased throughout the gardens and grounds available to purchase. 10 AM – 4 PM. $5. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERT Concert in the Park– The stage comes alive with The Four C Notes.. FREE. 7 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. thefourcnotes.com
  • CONCERT Concerts in Your Park SeriesSunday evening summer music series held at a different neighborhood parks. FREE. 7:00-8:30 pm. napervilleparks.org.
  • SHOP Oswego Country Market – Every Sunday 6/6 – 9/26. 9 AM – 1 PM. Buy fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods and handmade items. Main Street in charming downtown Oswego.  facebook.com/oswegocountrymarket

MONDAY, JUNE 21

  • NATURE Garden Tour – Complimentary garden tour given by horticulture staff members during the longest day of the year: Summer Solstice. 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Free with paid parking. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22

  • FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Croods: A New Age. FREE. 8 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • CONCERT Summer Concert Series – Concerts begin at 7 pm on Tuesday evenings May 25 thru Aug. 17. Register. Fishel Park, Downers Grove. dgparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23

  • FAMILY Movies in the Park – The Glen Ellyn Park District will present Dolittle at Dusk. Reservations required. Glen Ellyn. gepark.org.
  • FAMILY Stroll After Sunset – Extended hours, every Wednesday. FREE parking. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org

Summer Camp Source…

Chicago Red Stars
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Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development
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Soccer Made In America
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Downers Grove Park District – Summer Camps
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Schaumburg On Stage
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Speed and Hurdle Camp – Benet Academy
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Camp Galileo
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FACETS Summer 2021 Film Camps
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Camp Naper! at Naper Settlement
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Addison Park District – Summer Day Camps
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Harper College InZone Summer Camps
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CAMPVENTURES by Kiddie Academy of Lemont
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Creativity from the Heart Children’s Studio Art Camps
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Rock ‘n’ Kids
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Good Times Summer Day Camp
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BIG Gymnastics
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Lombard Park District – Camps
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NIU STEAM Summer Camps
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Great Lakes Volleyball Center
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