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THIS WEEK  … Veggie Fest Chicago | DeKalb County Barn TourAntique Flea MarketAurora DowntownWoodridge Rotary Mini TriathlonFairs 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

  • Gurnee Days – 8/8-11. Carnival rides, races, bike rodeo, car show, parade and fireworks. Viking Park, Gurnee.  gurneedays.com.
  • Illinois State Fair – 8/8-18. Big-name musical entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and tractor pulls. Springfield. illinois.gov.
  • Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/8-11. Local restaurant food, live entertainment and crafts. Central Park, Elmwood Park. tasteofelmwoodpark.com.
  • The Fest for Beatle Fans – 8/9-11. Beatles celebration with music, art, lectures, contests and marketplace. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont. thefest.com.
  • Ginza Holiday Festival – 8/9-11. Japanese food, culture and entertainment. Old Town, Chicago. ginzaholiday.com.
  • Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/9-10. Live music each day, food and art show. Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield, WI. waukeshabluesfest.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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  • Food Truck Festival – 8/10. 25+ food trucks, live DJ, beer and wine garden and vendor village. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napersettlement.org.
  • French Connection Day – 8/11. Day-long festival of music, food, art and family fun. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • Farm to Fork Fest – 8/14. Adults-only celebration of fresh regional foods prepared by top chefs. Heritage Farm, Schaumburg. parkfun.com.
  • Venetian Festival – 8/14-18. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival rides and fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI. venetianfest.com.

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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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 …

DeKalb County Barn Tour
The DeKalb County Barn Tour on Saturday, August 10 is a unique opportunity to tour select barns on livestock and grain farms in southern DeKalb County. The self-driving tour includes a guided tour of each barn, demonstrations, displays, family activities, and more! Tickets are $25 per carload and include a souvenir Guide Book with map. Advance tickets at dekalbcountybarntour.com, or at the door. Details at dekalbcountybarntour.com; email info@gliddenhomestead.org; or call 815-756-8737.

Antique Flea Market, Zurko Promotions
Treasures abound at the ANTIQUE FLEA Market on 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 and Manchester), Wheaton, IL. For more info call 715-526-9769 or visit www.zurkopromotions.com.

Veggie Fest Chicago 2019 
Good Food and Healthy Living. One of the largest and celebrated vegetarian food & wellness festivals in North America takes place on August 10 & 11 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Delight its famous vegetarian and vegan international food court. Bring your lawn chair & blankets & enjoy live music from some of Chicago’s best bands. Plenty of fun for kids with face painting, clowns & crafts & over 100 vendor booths. Engaging food demos by restaurant owners, chefs, and authors. Admission & parking are both free. Danada South Park at Navistar Circle, Lisle. For more information: visit www.veggiefestchicago.com.
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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. www.auroradowntown.org.

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.

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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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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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 | 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 10

  • Illinois Lupus 1- and 3-Mile Fundraising Walk. Naperville. lupusil.org.
  • Stan’s Donut 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Dash. Chicago. donut5k.com.
  • Amazing Race. Fox Valley. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
  • Raceway Woods 5K Run/3K Walk. Carpentersville. raceway5k.com.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

Woodridge Rotary Mini Triathlon – Sun. 8/11/19. Main Event (7 AM) . 250 yd. Swim, 6.2 mi. Bike, 2 mi. Run. Kids’ Event (10:30 AM)  – 100 yd. Swim, 3.1 mi. Bike, 1 mi. Run. Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park, Woodridge. 630-353-3300. www.woodridgeminitri.org.

  • BTN Big 10K Grant Park btnbig10k.com

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…

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.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

  • 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.
  • TEENS Guardians of the Galaxy – Enjoy themed bingo while watching the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Snacks will be provided. Grades 6-12. 6:15-8:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register at helenplum.org.
  • MOVIE Under the Stars – Bring the family to watch the lively, award-wining film “COCO.” Arrive by 8 PM and experience live mariachi music before the movie starts. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. Free. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
  • 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 9

  • ADULTS Outdoor Concert – Listen to the acclaimed cover group, Hi Infidelity as they perform ‘80s rock classics from Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi and more. 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.
  • 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 10

  • FAMILY Royal Tea – Enjoy an enchanted morning with tea, traditional brunch favorites and a princess to entertain little ones with a performance, story time and photos. 8:30 AM. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Fee, register at cantigny.org.
  • KIDS Nature Photography – Learn how to capture nature through hands-on learning about cameras and photography. Any digital camera can be used. All photography levels. Ages 8-15. 9:30 AM-12 PM. River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook. Free, call to register 847-824-8360.
  • CONCERT Saturday June Band – Saturday June, led by veteran Chicago rocker Steve Kessler, plays with an infectious enthusiasm that draws in the listener. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome. 3 PM. Cantigny Bandshell, Wheaton. Free with paid parking. cantigny.org.
  • PICNIC Under the Stars – Enjoy a French-themed picnic (available for pre-purchase) or bring your own. The evening includes a 23-foot illuminated Eiffel Tower, music by the four-piece Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble and stargazing. 6-11 PM. Cantigny Parade Field, Wheaton. Fee for parking. Order picnic dinners at 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, AUGUST 11

  • ADULTS Gallery Talk – Learn about the museum’s “Worlds of Wonder” exhibit including early Chicago amusement parks, their iconic rides and their place in the lives of Chicagoland residents. Drop-in program 2-3 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.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.
  • 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 12

  • MUSEUM Woodstock Event – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with music, games, activities and crafts. Drop-in program for elementary age children accompanied by an adult. 1-4 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.org.
  • AUDITIONS Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale – Calling all singers! The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will be holding auditions for all voice parts. College Church, Wheaton. Register at gewchorale.org.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13

  • AUDITIONS Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale – Calling all singers! The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will be holding auditions for all voice parts. College Church, Wheaton. Register at gewchorale.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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14

  • FAMILY Garlic Fest – This food-filled event showcases the ever-popular taste of garlic. Sample a variety of sweet and savory garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads and butters. 4:30-9:30 PM. Everts Park, Highwood. celebratehighwood.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 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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