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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 8/15 to Wednesday 8/21

THIS WEEK  … International Festival | Congregation Etz Chaim Open HouseCantigny BandshellNaper NightsBest Day Trips Waterparks and Pools Fairs and Festivals |  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.

The “Summer Fun!” issue of Suburban Family is available here.  SF’s “Fall Go Guide” will be available the day after Labor Day on 9.3.19.


Best Day Trips

This weekend …

Wheeling Park District’s International Festival
Celebrate the diversity of our communities at this annual festival. Bring the whole family and explore our cultural richness through authentic live performances, fun activities and ethnic food. Learn about the local organizations that support unique and diverse populations. FREE. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, 201 Community Boulevard, Wheeling. Sunday, August 18, 2019. www.wheelinginternationalfest.com.
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Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County
Are you searching for a warm and welcoming Jewish community? Congregation Etz Chaim has a long tradition of being an inclusive community, welcoming Jews by birth or by choice, interfaith families, singles, LGBTQ, and people of all ages and abilities. Join us for Brunch & Open House on Sunday, August 18th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Tour our synagogue and meet our rabbis, school principal, and inclusion specialist. Discover why we are a caring community that draws strength from the diversity of our membership. 1710 S. Highland Avenue, Lombard. (630) 627-3912 OR cec.info@congetzchaim.org. www.congetzchaim.org.
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Cantigny Park
Add Cantigny in Wheaton to your summer agenda! Family Fun Nights is set for August 16. 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.

Naper Nights at Naper Settlement
Naper Nights Community Concert Series will kick off this summer with an exciting line-up covering the best in rock n’ roll history. Visitors will relax under the stars while enjoying cold drinks, delicious food and amazing music. Naper Nights will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights on Aug. 16-18 at Naper Settlement located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.NaperNights.org.

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 |  Mountain View Adventure Center, Des Plaines Park District | Cantigny Park | Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County | 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 Cruises |  Naper Nights at Naper Settlement | Village of Arlington HeightsVillage of Lemont…Enjoy Our Scene!

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Fairs and Festivals

  • Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/15-18. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, contests, crafts, demonstrations and food. Milwaukee. irishfest.com.
  • Chicagoland Country and Swing Dance Festival – 8/16-18. Workshops, competitions and dance parties. Crown Plaza, Rosemont. chicagolanddancefestival.com.
  • RiverFest Express – 8/16-18. Entertainment, craft show, trolley rides, car show, carnival rides and fireworks. South Elgin. southelgin.com.
  • Sangria Festival – 8/17-18. Hand-crafted Sangria, Spanish food and arts, flamenco dancing and ethnic bands. Humboldt Park, Chicago. sangriafestivalchicago.com.
  • Vintage Days – 8/17-18. Vintage market, live music and family activities. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org.
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest – 8/17-18. Art fair, live entertainment, kids’ activities and live demonstrations. Rogers Park, Chicago. glenwoodave.org.
  • Will County Fair – 8/21-25. Demolition derby, rodeo, chili cook-off, carnival rides, livestock exhibits and entertainment. Peotone. willcountyfair.org.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

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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Festival of the Vine Craft and Art Fair – September 6 & 7th (Presented by Craft Productions, Inc)
90 booths of fine art and crafts, just South of beautiful Downtown Geneva. Shop, meet the artists, and stay for wine tastings, live music, and the Flavor Fare featuring local restaurants. Saturday, September 7, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, September 8, 10am-5pm. 100 S 3rd St, Geneva, IL. Free admission. www.craftproductionsinc.com.

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Fall Fest Des Plaines – Sept. 13th (6-11pm), 14th (noon-11pm) & 15th (noon-7pm). A Three-Day Family-Friendly Festival! Great bands, carnival rides, food,  fun family activities. FREE Admission. Lake Park, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines. www.FallFestDesPlaines.com.
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Waterparks and Pools 

It’s the perfect time to plan a visit to our area’s wonderful Waterparks and Pools! (Some pools are closing, so call or check websites beforehand.)

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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


Fitness / Race Events …

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

  • Muckfest Chicago 5K Obstacle Mud Race. Grayslake. muckfest.com.
  • Back to School Bubble Fun Run. Park Ridge. BubbleFunRun.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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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

  • HOME TOUR Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio Open House. 5-6:30 pm. This family-friendly event includes stationed tours of the Home and Studio, refreshments and art activities for children in the courtyard. Oak Park. flwright.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 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.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

  • FAMILY Fun Night – Listen to classic rock-n-roll music by the Gina Glocksen Band and fly kites on the park’s massive Parade Field. 5-10 PM. Cantigny Bandshell, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERT The Verve Pipe – Enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring the rock group, The Verve Pipe. Event includes kids’ activities and a food truck. 6 PM. Chicago Premium Outlets, Aurora. premiumoutlets.com/chicago.
  • 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 17

  • LEGO Display Day – The Chicago Area LEGO Users Group will share their amazing LEGO creations. Chat with LEGO enthusiasts, ask questions about techniques and even build something of your own! All ages welcome. 10 AM-4 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. helenplum.org.
  • ART and Wine Walk – Sip wine, browse art and enjoy live music as you stroll around Meadow Lake. 11 AM-5 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Free with Arboretum admission. mortonarb.org.
  • CONCERT Youth Conservatory – The Midwest Young Artists Conservatory will perform favorite melodies from Broadway, the silver screen and animated family gems. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. 6:30 PM. First Division Museum Plaza, 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  Chicago Air and Water Show – 8/17-18 Featuring military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues and parachute teams, the Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest-running free admission events of its kind. 10 AM-3 PM. North Avenue Beach. chicago.gov.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Bit Bash – 8/17-18. Be part of an annual festival of interactive art with experimental, unique and collaborative games from global independent artists. Celebrate into the night with drinks, live events and tournaments. Saturday 9:30 AM-12 AM; Sunday 9:30 AM-4 PM. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.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, AUGUST 18

  • ART and Wine Walk – Sip wine, browse art and enjoy live music as you stroll around Meadow Lake. 11 AM-5 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Free with Arboretum admission. mortonarb.org.
  • FAMILY Concert – Wendy & DB’s interactive children’s music show features fun songs with positive lyrics.  Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. 11 AM. Cantigny Bandshell, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • FAMILY International Festival – Celebrate and explore our cultural richness through authentic live performances, fun activities and ethnic food. Learn about local organizations that support unique and diverse populations. 1-7 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  Chicago Air and Water Show – 8/17-18 Featuring military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues and parachute teams, the Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest-running free admission events of its kind. 10 AM-3 PM. North Avenue Beach. chicago.gov.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Bit Bash – 8/17-18. Be part of an annual festival of interactive art with experimental, unique and collaborative games from global independent artists. Celebrate into the night with drinks, live events and tournaments. Saturday 9:30 AM-12 AM; Sunday 9:30 AM-4 PM. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

  • SENIORS Expo – The 24th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo will feature more than 100 booths, entertainment, interactive activities, educational seminars, and a Tech Connect area. 9 AM-2 PM. Drury Lane Theater, Oakbrook Terrace. Fee. seniorlifestyleexpo.org.
  • ADULTS Adoption Presentation – “The Adoption Process from A to Z” offers an in-depth look at the adoption process including adoption agencies, community support and the legal steps involved. 7-8:30 PM. Glenside Public Library, Glendale Heights. Call to register 630-260-1550.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

  • SENIORS Expo – The 24th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo will feature more than 100 booths, entertainment, interactive activities, educational seminars, and a Tech Connect area. 9 AM-2 PM. Drury Lane Theater, Oakbrook Terrace. Fee. seniorlifestyleexpo.org.
  • FAMILY Military Vehicle Show – The First Division Museum will display its historic fleet alongside vehicles from other organizations at this event sponsored by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. 10 AM-5 PM. Cantigny South Parking Lot, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. 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
  • 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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Dining Guide

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