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THIS WEEK … Waterparks and Pools | Fairs and Festivals | Fitness/Race Events | Best Day Trips |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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Waterparks and Pools 

It’s the perfect time to plan a visit to our area’s wonderful Waterparks and Pools!

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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


Fairs and Festivals

  • EAA AirVenture – 7/22-28. Unique aviation celebration with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI. Tickets: eaa.org.

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.

  • DuPage County Fair – 7/24-28. Live music, tractor pull, rodeo, racing pigs, petting zoo and talent show. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. dupagecountyfair.org.
  • Lake County Fair – 7/24-28. Truck and tractor pulls, flower show, talent contests, rodeo, demolition derby and music. Grayslake. lcfair.com.

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

  • Algonquin Founders’ Days – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, live music, kids’ corner, parade and fireworks. Spella Park, Algonquin. algonquinfoundersdays.com.
  • Proud American Days – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, music, car show, baby contest and craft show. New Lenox. proudamericandays.org.
  • Sugar Grove Corn Boil – 7/25-28. Carnival rides, music, parade, car show and fireworks. Volunteer Park, Sugar Grove. sugargrovecornboil.org.
  • Little Italy Fest West – 7/25-28. Italian food specialties and Italian American performers. Addison. arcadalive.com.
  • Streamwood Summer Celebration – 7/26-28. Parade, golf outing, carnival rides and entertainment. Streamwood. streamwoodsummercelebration.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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  • Wicker Park Fest – 7/26-28. Live music, art exhibits, 100+ vendors and Kids’ Fest. Chicago. wickerparkbucktown.com.
  • Taste of Wisconsin – 7/26-28. Live music, chef demonstrations, and family friendly exhibits and activities. Kenosha, WI. tasteofwi.com.
  • Downtown Block Party – 7/26-27. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and food from local restaurants. Mt. Prospect. mpblockparty.com.
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue – 7/27-28. 100+ vendors, art, music, kids’ activities and pony rides. Lincoln Park. tasteoflincolnchicago.com.
  • Geneva Arts Fair – 7/27-28. More than 140 artisans in all media are showcased at this festival. Geneva. genevachamber.com.
  • Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival – 7/27. Boat races, food trucks, music, health and wellness expo. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. gwndragonboat.com.
  • Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/27-28. More than 100 artists exhibiting, children’s activities, food and music. Glenview. glenviewartleague.org.
  • Puerto Rican Heritage Parade and Festival – 7/28. Vendors, live music and kids’ activities. Downtown Aurora. aurora-il.org.
  • McHenry County Fair – 7/30-8/4. Carnival rides, music, motocross racing, tractor pulls and farm exhibits. Woodstock. mchenrycountyfair.com.
  • Northbrook Days – 7/31-8/4. Bocce ball tournament, carnival rides, games, raffle and live music. Village Green Park, Northbrook. northbrookdays.com.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…
Mane Event / Taste of Arlington Heights – Friday, Aug. 2nd (5-11pm) &  Saturday, Aug. 3rd (noon-11pm). An annual tradition of food, music, and family entertainment! FREE Admission and FREE Garage Parking Downtown Arlington Heights. (Vail Ave. & Campbell St.). www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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The World of Faeries Festival, 15th Annual Celebration – Aug. 3rd (10AM-7PM) & Aug. 4th (10AM-5PM). This is a fairy/fantasy festival and we encourage you to come in costume. Showcases music and a vendor village along with family entertainment. Vasa Park, 35W217 Rt. 31, South Elgin. 815-788-1630. Discount Shopping Cart Online At: www.theworldoffaeries.com.

13th Annual Veggie Fest Chicago – August 10-11, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. One of the Largest vegetarian food and wellness festivals in North America. FREE Admission – New improved FREE Parking. International Food Court, Live Music, Children’s Activities, Food Demos, Speakers, over 100 Vendors and More! New Location! Danada South Park, Navistar Circle, Lisle, IL. 60532, 630-955-1200. www.veggiefestchicago.com.
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Naperville Jaycees Last Fling – Aug. 30 – Sept. 3. Nationally Recognized Bands, Family Fun Land, Carnival, Parade and more! Downtown Naperville. www.LastFling.org.
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Fitness / Race Events …

THURSDAY, JULY 25

  • Run for Gus 5K Run, 1-Mile Walk and Kids’ Race. Chicago. foundation.luriechildrens.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 28

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.

  • Glenview Park Center Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Race. Glenview. glenviewparks.org.

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 www.dgparks.org.

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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Best Day Trips

Upcoming …

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. Special events on Fridays June 15 – August 8. Visit DiscoveryCenterMuseum.org. Location: 711 N. Main Street, Rockford.
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Cantigny Park
Add Cantigny in Wheaton to your summer agenda! Family Fun Nights are set for July 19 and August 16, and don’t miss the annual McCormick Day party on July 25. Catch a Sunday bandshell concert—Wendy & DB perform on August 18—or enjoy Movies in the Park every Friday night. Most events are free with paid parking ($5 weekdays; $10 weekends). Visit Cantigny.org for details, and text PARK to 36000 to receive event updates.

Aurora Downtown
Aurora Downtown welcomes you this summer with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us at our free summer concert series Wednesdays at the Plaza that runs until August 14 and Alley Art Festival on August 31. Enjoy family-friendly events like Aurora Museums After Dark and First Fridays through August 8th. www.auroradowntown.org.
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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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Limelight Theatre Company presents “Willy Wonka” (Tickets on Sale Now!)
Roald Dahl’s classic book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, comes to life in this musical performance by Oswegoland Park District’s Limelight Theatre Company. This scrumdidilyumptious show is sure to delight as we embark on a joyride through the world of pure imagination. Grab your Wonka bar and see if you have a golden ticket to join Charlie and friends on a tour of the magical chocolate factory. Performing Wednesday, July 24-Saturday, July 27 at Oswego High School, 4250 Route 71 in Oswego. Advance tickets are available online at limelighttheatrecompany.org for $12/Adult, $8/Student or Senior. Tickets are $2 more at the door.
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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!”

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY JULY 25

  • FAMILY McCormick Day – An afternoon of family fun is planned as the park celebrates the birthday of Colonel McCormick with Army-themed crafts, programs, activities and cake. 12-4 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Free. cantigny.org.
  • KIDS Book Love – Celebrate books with snacks and book-themed crafts. Grades 4-8. 3 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register at helenplum.org.
  • ADULTS Cosley Zoo Uncorked – Enjoy an evening at Cosley Zoo while sampling from a selection of more than 50 wines, listening to live entertainment, mingling with some of the zoo’s animal residents, and entering for a chance to win fantastic raffle prizes. 5:30-8 pm. Cosley Zoo, Wheaton. Fee, register at wheatonparks.org.
  • PETS Canine Carnival – Enjoy a carnival designed for your best friend of the canine variety! Participate in games and activities, visit pet friendly vendors, enter a raffle, take a photo with your dog, and more!  6:30-8 PM. Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, Palatine. Fee, register at palatineparks.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  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 26

  • Chili Cook-Off – Show off your cooking skills at the 27th Annual State Championship Chili Cook-Off! There are four divisions to enter Free admission. 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Batavia Riverwalk. Bataviaparks.org
  • 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.
  • 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 27

  • FAMILY Summer Fest – Bring the family to Randall Oaks Zoo for a day of summer activities. 9 AM-8 PM. Randall Oaks Zoo, West Dundee. dtpd.org..
  • EXHIBIT Military History – Witness a timeline reenactment featuring a wide span of military encampments throughout history. Visitors will learn first-hand how soldiers lived and fought during different eras and see the progression of weapons, clothing and technology over time. 10 AM-4 PM. Cantigny Polo Field, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • FAMILY Car Show and Touch-a-Truck – See a wide selection of classic vehicles and get up close to firetrucks, bulldozers, dump trucks, police cars and ambulances. 1-4 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Free. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
  • ADULTS Game Night – Join the Elmhurst Park District for a night of bags, brews and barbecue. Ages 21+. 6-9 PM. Wilder Mansion, Elmhurst. epd.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 28

  • ADULTS Bloody Mary Fest – Dozens of vendors from near and far will vie for the titles of “Best Bloody Mary” and “People’s Choice.” Sample a variety of bloody mary cocktail creations and food inspirations. 10 AM-5 PM. Everts Park, Highwood. celebratehighwood.org.
  • EXHIBIT Military History – Witness a timeline reenactment featuring a wide span of military encampments throughout history. Visitors will learn first-hand how soldiers lived and fought during different eras and see the progression of weapons, clothing and technology over time. 10 AM-4 PM. Cantigny Polo 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.
  • 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 30

  • FAMILY Downtown Taste – Sample Aurora’s diverse culinary offerings at the 17th annual Downtown Taste benefiting the Exchange Club of Aurora. 5-9 PM. Downtown Aurora. Fee. auroradowntown.org.
  • MUSICAL “Hedda!” – Jillann Gabrielle presents an original one-woman musical based on the life and times of Hedda Hopper, the iconic Hollywood gossip columnist, actress and political pundit. 6:30 PM. McCormick House, Wheaton. Fee, register at cantigny.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 31

  • KIDS Oreo Taste Test – Lemon, Kettle Corn, Strawberry Shortcake! Did you know there were so many flavors of Oreos? Sample a few and vote on your favorites. Grades 1-5. 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  Navy Pier Fireworks – Wednesdays and Saturdays through 8/31. Watch a spectacular fireworks display, perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. navypier.org.

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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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