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THIS WEEK … Fairs and Festivals | Waterparks and Pools |  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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Fairs and Festivals

  • Kendall County Fair – 8/1-4. Carnival rides, truck and tractor pull, live music, demolition derby and petting zoo. Yorkville. kendallcountyfair.org.
  • RomeoFest – 8/1-4. Carnival rides, music, family entertainment, car show and bingo. Romeoville. romeoville.org.
  • Summer Chi.ill Music Festival – 8/1-4. Tropical rock music. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. summerchi-ill.com.
  • St. Cyril and Methodius School Summer Fest – 8/1-4. Live music, carnival rides and games. Lemont. stcyril.org.

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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  • Destination Asia Cultural Festival – 8/2-4. Asian music, dance, food and sumo wrestling. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/2-4. Carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Gordon Park, La Grange. lagrangeendlesssummerfest.com.
  • Summer Daze – 8/2-3. Live music, food and car show. Downtown Warrenville. warrenvillesummerdaze.com.
  • Taste of Roselle – 8/2-4. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and craft show. Main St., Roselle. roselle.il.us.
  • Taste of Orland Park – 8/2-4. Food from local eateries, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Orland Park. orlandpark.org.

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.

  • Art and Soul on the Fox – 8/3-4. Juried artist show and entertainment. Downtown Elgin. elginartandsoul.com.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

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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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


Best Day Trips

Upcoming …

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 www.kcmgc.org.
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Village of Arlington Heights
Arlington Heights is the perfect summer family destination to shop, dine, and play!  Discover our unique Downtown ambiance with great shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.  Take in live outdoor music at the Sounds of Summer concert series Thursday and Friday evenings in Harmony Park.  Come Downtown on August 2-3 for the Mane Event/Taste of Arlington Heights, offering block after block of the best cuisine in Arlington Heights.  For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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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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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions presents “Newsies”
Last Weekend – thru 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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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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Fitness / Race Events …

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

  • CowaLUNGa Bike Ride. Gurnee. resphealth.org.
  • Food Fest 1 Mile Race. Romeoville,. romeoville.org

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

  • Naperville Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, and Kids’ Triathlon. Naperville. napervilletri.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 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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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

  • 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.
  • 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, AUGUST 2

  • TWEENS Military Rockets – Learn about military rockets, experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of model rockets. Participants take home an Estes rocket. Ages 11-14. 1-3 PM. First Division Museum, Wheaton. Fee, register at cantigny.org.
  • FAMILY Stolp Island Block Party – Bring the family to celebrate summer with live music, food vendors, activities and live art. 5-10 PM. Stolp Ave. and Millennium Plaza, Aurora. Free. auroradowntown.org.
  • KIDS Twilight Skate Park Bash – Bring your boards or skates over to Bartlett Skate Park and enjoy some free food and music. This kick off to Bartlett’s National Night Out Celebration is sponsored by the Bartlett Park District and the Bartlett Police Department. 6-10 PM. Bartlett Skate Park. bartlettparks.org.
  • FAMILY Late Night Swim – Enjoy a late-night dip and hunt for treasures on land and in the water (bring a flashlight). Ages 3 and up. 8-10 PM. Meadows Pool, Mt. Prospect. Fee. mppd.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, AUGUST 3

  • THEATER Shakespeare in the Park – Enjoy the only suburban stop for the summer tour of The Comedy of Errors. Gates open at 5:30 PM, show starts at 6:30 PM. RiverEdge Park, Aurora. riveredgeaurora.com.
  • CONCERT Symphony Orchestra – Join the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra on a dance-inspired musical tour: Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta. 7:30 PM. First Division Museum Plaza, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. 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.
  • 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  ComEd Icebox Derby – 8/3. Female students will race to the finish line in solar-powered race cars made out of recycled refrigerators to test their speed and craftsmanship, and also their analytical skills and ability to work together. 12-3 PM. Daley Plaza. iceboxderby.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, AUGUST 4

  • FAMILY Adventure Play Day – Bring the family for some creative building with cardboard boxes, tape and paper. Then enjoy a cool treat from Dairy Queen. 1-4 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. helenplum.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

MONDAY, AUGUST 5

  • FUNDRAISER Dinner – Cantigny Post 556 of the American Legion invites the community to a delicious fundraiser! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner with all the trimmings prepared by Cantigny’s award-winning culinary team. 4:30-8 PM. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee. cantigny.org.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

  • FAMILY National Night Out – Support local crime prevention efforts with family activities, food trucks, giveaways and live entertainment. 5:30-8:30 PM. North School Park, Arlington Heights. Free. ahpd.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, AUGUST 7

  • 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.
  • 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 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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