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

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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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45th Annual La Grange Craft Fair (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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

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.

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

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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 |


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 …

Complete Renovations at Bloomingdale Park District – Grand Reopening Saturday, July 13
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 www.bloomingdaleparks.org for information on any of the above attractions.
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Antique Flea Market, Zurko Promotions
Treasures abound at the ANTIQUE FLEA Market on July 13 – 14, August 10 – 11. On hand for sale will be an eclectic treasure trove of antiques, collectibles, old & new toys, primitives, estate jewelry, coins, sports items, bargains, close-outs and lots of fun stuff to buy!Lake County Fairgrounds,  1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake, IL. It’s more treasure-hunting at its finest, as dealers gather for the ALL-NIGHT FLEA MARKET on Sat. Aug. 17 DuPage County Fairgrounds , (county Farm * Manchester), Wheaton, IL. For more info call 715-526-9769 or visit www.zurkopromotions.com.

45th Annual La Grange Craft Fair (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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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions presents “Newsies”
July 12 – August 3, 2019 Music by Alan Menken (composer for “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid”) “Newsies” is a crowd-pleasing, soul-stirring musical. Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century and inspired by the historic newsboy strike—this show packs a powerful message about defying injustice, standing together, and never backing down. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org.
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Fitness / Race Events …

SATURDAY, JULY 13

  • 5K Run! to End Homelessness 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Chicago. asafehaven.org.
  • McHenry River Run 10K and 5K Run/Walk. McHenry. runsignup.com.
  • Warrior Dash 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Obstacle Races. Joliet. warriordash.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 14

  • ET Lake Zurich Triathlon Olympic and Sprint Swim, Bike and Run. Lake Zurich. lakezurichtri.com.
  • Lustgarten Walk for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Naperville. lustgarten.org

MONDAY, JULY 15

  • Usole Burgers & Beer 5K Run. Chicago. universalsole.com.

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…

THURSDAY, JULY 11

  • FAMILY Museums after Dark – Explore the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, SciTech Hands on Museum, G.A.R. Museum, David L. Pierce Art and History Center and Santori Public Library during extended hours. 5-8 PM. Free. Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.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.
  • FAMILY Summer Series – 7/11-8/9. The Lakeside Pavilion free outdoor summer series includes Thursday evening family movies, a Friday evening pop music series, and a Thursday evening jazz concert series. Seating begins at 6 PM. McAninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org.
  • MOVIE In the Park – 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/6 and 8/13. Enjoy a variety of free family films all summer long. Fun activities are planned for each night, themed to the featured movie. Festival Park, Elgin. cityofelgin.org.
  • FAMILY Arboretum Nights – Thursdays through 8/15. Enjoy live music and kid-friendly entertainment in the Children’s garden. 5-8 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Fee. mortonarb.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Taste of Chicago – 7/10-14. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Family Fun Festival – Weekdays through 8/9. Families are invited to join the fun all summer long with free activities including music and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. 10 AM-2 PM. Millennium Park. chicago.gov.

FRIDAY, JULY 12

  • FUNDRAISER Golf Classic – Golf for a good cause at the SEASPAR Summer Golf Classic. Tickets include a box lunch, giveaways, raffle, awards ceremony, and buffet dinner. Proceeds support SEASPAR’s recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities. 11:30 AM-6 PM. Village Greens of Woodridge. seaspar.org.
  • FAMILY Fun Fair – Experience an old-school amusement park experience with carnival games, live music, a mini Ferris wheel, trackless train and a roller coaster-themed craft. 5-8 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Free. elmhursthistory.org.
  • CONCERT Mike & Joe – Enjoy an outdoor concert with this popular cover band, playing songs from the ‘90s and today. 7-9 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Free. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
  • 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.
  • FAMILY Summer Series – 7/11-8/9. The Lakeside Pavilion free outdoor summer series includes Thursday evening family movies, a Friday evening pop music series, and a Thursday evening jazz concert series. Seating begins at 6 PM. McAninch Arts Center, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org.
  • THEATER Seussical – 7/12-21. Elgin Summer Theatre, in partnership with the Up and Coming Theatre Co. 7:30 PM (3 PM on 7/14 and 7/21). The Hemmens, Elgin. Purchase tickets at hemmens.org.
  • 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.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Taste of Chicago – 7/10-14. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

  • WINE Tasting Class – Sample wines from the vineyards of Southern Burgundy paired with seasonal bites that complement the unique flavor profile. 11 AM-12:30 PM. Mon Ami Gabi, Oak Brook. Fee. monamigabi.com.
  • FAMILY FanCon – Celebrate all things comic and pop culture with activities, crafts, character appearances and hands-on workshops. All ages welcome. 11 AM-4 PM. Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Free. Register at ahml.info.
  • FAMILY Open House – The all-new Johnston Recreation Center features an indoor playground, workout center and multi-purpose space for teens and active adults. 10AM – Noon. 172 S Circle Ave, Bloomingdale. bloomingdaleparks.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.
  • THEATER Seussical – 7/12-21. Elgin Summer Theatre, in partnership with the Up and Coming Theatre Co. 7:30 PM (3 PM on 7/14 and 7/21). The Hemmens, Elgin. Purchase tickets at hemmens.org.
  • MUSEUM Family Program – 7/13 and 8/10. Families are invited to the McCormick House’s Second Saturday monthly drop-in program with interactive themes. July theme is aviation; August theme is paper making. 12-3 PM. McCormick House, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • KIDS Day Out with Thomas – 7/13-14 and 7/20-21. Climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy, and participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. Rides depart every 30 minutes from 10 AM-3 PM. Illinois Railway Museum, Union. Purchase tickets at ticketwebdowt.com.
  • 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  Taste of Chicago – 7/10-14. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  OUTSIDE EXPERIENCE – 7/13-14. Event for outside enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages with activities including outdoor rappel, paddle boarding on Lake Michigan, slacklining, an Ultimate Air Dogs competition and axe-throwing. McCormick Place Lakeside Center. outsideexperienceshow.com
  • 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 14

  • FAMILY Superhero Breakfast – Meet your favorite superheroes and enjoy a buffet breakfast. Ages 3-11. 9 AM. Brookfield Zoo. Fee includes zoo admission. Reservations required: czs.org/summersundayssuperhero.
  • SPORTS Vintage Baseball – Enjoy a few hours of America’s pastime as it was played more than 100 years ago! The rules of 1858 apply as the DuPage Plowboys, and eight other vintage baseball clubs from throughout the Midwest compete in the Cantigny Red Oaks Festival. 11 AM-4 PM. Cantigny Parade Field, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERTS Sounds of Summer – Sundays 7/14-8/4. Enjoy a wide range of musical performances. 5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Free. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
  • 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.
  • NATURE Healing Gardens – 2nd Sunday of the month through October. The Healing Gardens, a two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens, is now open for the season. 11 AM-4 PM. Stone Hill Farm, St. Charles. Fee. healinggardensatstonehillfarm.com.
  • KIDS Day Out with Thomas – 7/13-14 and 7/20-21. Climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy, and participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. Rides depart every 30 minutes from 10 AM-3 PM. Illinois Railway Museum, Union. Purchase tickets at ticketwebdowt.com.
  • 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.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Taste of Chicago – 7/10-14. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  OUTSIDE EXPERIENCE – 7/13-14. Event for outside enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages with activities including outdoor rappel, paddle boarding on Lake Michigan, slacklining, an Ultimate Air Dogs competition and axe-throwing. McCormick Place Lakeside Center. outsideexperienceshow.com

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

  • KIDS Wild about Wheat – Learn about the crop that gives us cookies, bread, pasta and other treats from an educator at the DuPage County Farm Bureau. Grades 1-4. 3 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register at helenplum.org.
  • GARDEN Bike Tour – Cyclists from Cantigny Horticulture will escort visitors on a leisurely ride with stops at different areas of the gardens and other park attractions. Adults and children ages 10 and up welcome. 6:30 PM. Cantigny Visitors Center, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. Register at cantigny.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  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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