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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 7/16 to Wednesday 7/22

Best Day Trips & More | Calendar & Fitness Events  | At Home Learning through the Summer + Resources | Summer Party Safety Tips + Party Place | 6 APPS for Fit Kids + Resources | Dining Out | Golf Links & Tips | Say YES to the Mask. SEE BELOW

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Best Day Trips & More

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
As an innovative leader in outdoor recreation, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a state-of-the-art adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round activities for adventurers of all ages and abilities. Opening this Friday on July 17, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a purpose-built social enterprise that provides countless opportunities to guests to experience elevated outdoor adventure 365 days a year. Featuring a versatile and wide-ranging mix of recreational activities set amidst a stunning natural landscape, the park offers an es-cape to tranquil and interactive green space where guests can test their personal boundaries while engaging with a passionate community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Check us out at

Suburban Family ~ July + August

Village of Lemont…
Zip On In, Your Adventure Awaits!
“Biggest. Tallest. Longest. Largest.” That’s what you’ll hear about Lemont these days, now home to The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park, opening in Summer, 2020.  Nestled within nature, activities at The Forge include aerial challenge courses, 1,000 foot ziplines, mountain biking, rappelling, kids courses and more.

Follow up your adventure with a visit to Downtown Lemont and experience our hand-crafted charm. Settled in 1836, locally quarried limestone buildings, historic canal, and a skyline of steeples provide a picturesque setting. Enjoy the many restaurants, boutiques, and the very popular Pollyanna Brewery, all a trail’s stroll from The Forge. Our mix of dining, shops, outdoor fun, and events keep people coming back to Lemont.  Visit for all the latest.

Antioch’s Summer Fun

  • Street Faire – July 17-19
  • 30 Snowmen on Display – Community Public Art Program from July to Labor Day Weekend
  • Margarita Partyville – Saturdays in August. Advanced Ticket Sales
  • Breakfast & Beer Walk – Select Saturdays Sept & October. Advance Ticket Sales.


Summer at Cantigny Park
This summer is quieter than usual at Cantigny but the Wheaton park remains a worthy destination for a stroll in the gardens or a family picnic. Outdoor dining on the NEW garden patio is another good reason to visit. Additional attractions in the park are open or will open soon — check before leaving home, and text PARK to 36000 to receive updates. This summer only, parking is just $5 seven days a week, and FREE on the first Wednesday of the month!

“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
Looking for a fun staycation? Family campsites are available in two Kane County forest preserves. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer tent and RV camping with electric and water hook-ups. Plus, hike, fish and more. Sites range from $15 to $35 per day.  Campgrounds are open through the last Sunday in October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit for info.

Safe Travels in Ottawa, IL
Ottawa, Illinois is surrounded by wide open spaces, open waters, and state parks. Buffalo Rock State Park has trails, live buffalo, and beautiful overlooks of the Illinois River. Dayton Bluffs Nature Preserve has trails leading you along the Fox River, to Indian Burial mounds, and through thick forestry. The Illinois river is great for watercraft and water sports alike. Plan now, and when you’re ready we’ll be here for you. – 815.434.2737

Sculpture in the Park
St. Charles Park District
For the love of art in the park….as summer emerges in the Fox Valley, the landscape of Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles presents a striking and engaging sculpture exhibition against the backdrop of nature’s seasonal beauty. Nestled among the maples, oaks, and pines of a shady arboretum and with the tranquil Fox River as its eastern border, Sculpture in the Park features 15 sculptural masterpieces made from various mediums by artists from all over the country and an array of pieces in the permanent collection. People of all ages are welcome to enjoy this magnificent free exhibit of original and unique sculpture. Whether you’re biking, strolling or picnicking, this downtown park offers something for everyone. More info:

Staycation and Dine Naperville
Summer has arrived in Naperville, making it the perfect time to plan a staycation/vacation. With so many restaurants, shops and attractions throughout the city, Naperville makes for a great staycation destination. Dine on the patio or indoors at one of Naperville’s fabulous restaurants. Take a walk along the scenic Riverwalk, rent a paddleboat, visit Naper Settlement or experience the trifecta of fun and excitement with TopGolf, Whirlyball and iFly. Find the ideal hotel and explore different attractions in Naperville by going to Discover our unique dining scene by visiting We can’t wait to welcome you to Naperville for a relaxing and fun stay.

Abbey Farms
Abbey Farms’ Summer Ramble is an opportunity to take in an excursion away from home in a friendly, safe environment. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, our new small-bites menu on the patio, antique tractors to explore, self-guided tours across the farm, plus our seasonal farm store with vintage-style housewares, specialty food items, farmer’s market produce, our bakery – and more! We’re dog friendly — bring ‘em along! Come to Abbey Farms for your summer getaway! Located at 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora, IL. Visit

Plainfield Park District
Get a copy of Scout’s Summer Fun Hunt, a map of fun places in the Plainfield Park District. Maps are available Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Prairie Activity & Recreation Center, 24550 W. Renwick Rd. in Plainfield and online at

Odyssey Fun World  – Tinley Park
The place for out of this world family fun for all ages!  OUTDOOR PARK NOW OPEN! All summer long we will offer 4 hours of Unlimited Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bumper Boats and Batting Cages for just $24.99! Tickets may be purchased in advance at Indoor facility and birthday parties will be available as soon as we can safely do so, visit website or call 708-429-3800 for more info. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue, Tinley Park.

SAFARI LAND – Villa Park
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit or call 630-530-4649.

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Calendar & Fitness Events…


  • VIRTUAL RACE Sundowner 5K Run, Splash Dash, and Kids’ Races.
  • FAMILY Virtual Zoo Crew – 7/6-17, 7/20-31. Learn about other organizations working to conserve wildlife via Zoom. See zoo animals and complete a conservation project. Grades 5–8. 10AM–Noon and 2-3PM. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.


  • TOUR Frank Lloyd Wright – Fridays – Sundays. Led by an expert guide, this outdoor walking tour explores the neighborhood around Wright’s Home and Studio. Oak Park.
  • VIRTUAL Friday Family Flicks – 7/10, 7/17 and 7/24. Enjoy a musical at home performed by Putting on Production cast members. 6:30-7:30 PM. Shows announced at
  • TEENS Open Skate – Come cool off from the summer heat at the Darien Sportsplex for a 2-hour teen open skate. 6-8 PM. Includes your skate rental. 451 Plainfield Rd, Darien.


  • VIRTUAL RACE PCOS Challenge 5k Run / Walk.
  • FAMILY Kohl Children’s Museum FREE Pop-Up Museum in Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center now through July 24, every Tuesday-Saturday (except July 4). 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. Free registration for each session is required at
  • FAMILY Touch-A-Truck – Touch, honk, and climb aboard a variety of semi-trucks, fire engines, police cars, and construction equipment. 10AM-Noon. Turner Park, Roselle. .


  • VIRTUAL RACE 5K Run! to End Homelessness 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run.


  • FAMILY Lincoln Park Zoo – 7/6-10, 7/13-17, 7/20-24, 7/ 27-31. A variety of virtual activities, games and crafts exploring the world of animals via Zoom. See animals, meet zoo scientists and interact with their peers. 10AM–Noon and 2-3PM. Pre-K–4. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.
  • FAMILY Virtual Zoo Crew – 7/6-17, 7/20-31. Learn about other organizations working to conserve wildlife via Zoom. See zoo animals and complete a conservation project. Grades 5–8. 10AM–Noon and 2-3PM. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago.


  • FAMILY Kohl Children’s Museum FREE Pop-Up Museum in Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center now through July 24, every Tuesday-Saturday (except July 4). 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. Free registration for each session is required at


  • ADULTS Wine Down Wednesday – 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5 and 8/12. The ultimate polo BYOB tailgating experience. Family friendly. Gates open at 5:30 PM. Games at 6 PM. Outside food and drinks are permitted. Tickets. Arranmore, Oswego.
  • FAMILY Lemont Legends Cruise Nights – Come spend your Wednesday nights in from 6 – 9PM in Historic downtown Lemont. Themed nights and food vendors. 300 Main Street, Lemont.
  • VIRTUAL Twinkle Stars Ballet – Wednesdays, 7/8-29. Every week ballet and tap techniques will be taught, sharpened and practiced.  Virtual class link emailed. 4:40 to 5:30 PM. Ages 6-9. Elgin.


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