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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 9/5 to Wednesday 9/11

THIS WEEK FROM SUBURBAN FAMILY  … Festival of the Vine Craft and Art Fair | Scandinavian Day Festival | Downers Grove Park District’s BBQ Bolt |This Weekend’s Best Day Trips Fairs and Festivals |   Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | Active Kids Zone \  Party Place | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … see below.

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This Weekend’s “Best Day Trips…”

Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Now through January 26, come explore the great outdoors with our interactive exhibit Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, based on the hit PBS Kids TV show, and developed in partnership with Spiffy Pictures and WTTW! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For more information, call 847-832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org.
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Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Take a ride back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. After the ride, explore the museum filled with restored trains from the late 1800s and early 1900s and browse the museum gift shop.  Open weekends through October 20 + special events. For train schedules, special event info, and ticket prices call 800-930-1385 or visit www.midcontinent.org. E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.
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Boundless Adventures
Boundless Adventures is more than just a zipline park! It’s an exciting new family-friendly aerial adventure park experience for thrill-seekers, adventurers, tree-climbers, zip-liners and outdoor enthusiasts that is now open in Wisconsin! With 120 obstacles, 20 ziplines and 9 courses with 4 different difficulty levels, there is something for everyone! 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, Wisconsin. For more information or to reserve your spot today, please visit https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park or call 262-924-8626.
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Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat
Maxson’s Restaurant has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952.  Plan your visit now and enjoy the fall color season. It offer’s glass enclosed dining with stunning views of the Rock River. The Pride of Oregon Paddleboat takes guests on a scenic 15 mile round trip lunch and dinner cruises. Maxson’s can host events up to 260 people in the restaurant, 200 on the sprawling deck, and 149 on the Riverboat. Located at 1469 IL Rt. 2, Oregon, Illinois 61061. Perfect setting for a day trip or your next special event. For more information call 1-815-732-6761 or visit www.Maxsons.net.
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The Growing Place
Step Into the Gardens at The Growing Place to Find Yours. Fall is a great time to visit The Growing Place. Wander through over an acre of gardens for inspiration as you shop for trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. The expert staff is happy to answer your questions and there are many family-friendly events this fall. Learn more at www.thegrowingplace.com. Two Locations – Naperville: 25w471 Plank Rd. Naperville, 60563, ph: 630.355.4000; Aurora: 2000 Montgomery Rd. Aurora, IL 60504, ph: 630.820.8088.
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“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
You can get away from it all — without spending it all. Family camp sites are available in two Kane County forest preserves. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer RV sites with electric and water hook-ups, as well as tent-only sites. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day.  Campgrounds are open May through October.  For more information, call 630-444-1200 or visit kaneforest.com.

Main Event Entertainment
Main Event Entertainment Is the most FUN you can have under one roof! Enjoy multi-level laser tag, fun-filled bowling and an arcade gallery with 100+ arcade games!  We are your event destination with packages for team building, corporate events and stress-free birthday parties. MAIN EVENT HOFFMAN ESTATES: 2575 Pratum Ave., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192. (847) 645-1111. MAIN EVENT WARRENVILLE: 28248 Diehl Road, Warrenville, IL 60555. (630) 393-9400. For more information, visit www.mainevent.com.
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WhirlyBall Naperville
WhirlyBall Naperville is a two-story “eatertainment” complex. In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food will be powered by its restaurant, The Pivot Room. The Pivot Room’s relaxed dining experience featuring a fresh take on classic American fare, and an expansive rotating craft beer selection. Perfect for any corporate or social event, make your reservation today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800
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Safari Land – Villa Park, IL
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR amusement park, 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 www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.

Growing Cents of Style
Growing Cents of Style is a seasonal children’s consignment event offering boutique and designer clothing (newborn -size 16), shoes, accessories, baby gear and toys. We help shoppers find the children’s clothing they desire most at a fraction of the cost. Clean out those closets and become a seller! Consignor registration is now open!! Earn up to 80% of your sales.  Visit www.growingcentsofstyle.com to learn more.

I Remember Pop
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
September 13 – October 5, 2019 TICKETS AVAILABLE
An original Overshadowed Production based on a real life story. I Remember Pop is the true story of a man who was willing to lose everything to follow Jesus. Born into a wealthy household and destined to be the heir of his family business, he set privilege and prestige aside to answer the call to the ministry. Throughout the play, Pop’s life story unfolds with unexpected twists as discovered through the eyes of his granddaughter. It’s a remarkable story with heart-felt moments and an enriching, spiritual message—if we submit to God, He will direct our steps. Join us for this story that will make you cherish the moments of your family both young and old. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets visit www.overshadowed.org or call 630.634.2100.
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Fairs and Festivals

Festival of the Vine Craft and Art FairSeptember 7th & 8th (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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Scandinavian Day Festival – Sun., September 8, 10 AM to 5 PM. Traditional Food, Crafts, Games, Gifts and Entertainment. Celebrating 5 Nordic Cultures. Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin. FREE parking. Adults/$10 Children 12 and under FREE. 847-695-6720. www.scandinaviandayil.com.

  • Sandwich Fair – 9/4-9/8. Carnival rides, food, exhibitors, entertainment, rides, demolition derby, harness racing, live bands, tractor pull. Sandwich Fairgrounds. sandwichfair.com
  • Winfield Good Old Days Festival – 9/5-9/8. Steak cookoff, bike race, entertainment, carnival, kid’s zone and more. Winfield. winfieldgoodolddays.com
  • Rock the Block Party – 9/6-7. Family-friendly street fest featuring Midwest bands, local food, beer and wine tents. Elmhurst City Centre. elmhurstcitycentre.com.
  • Oktoberfest – 9/6-8. Traditional oom-pah and polka musicians, carnival, beers. Tinley Park. tinleyparkoktoberfest.com
  • Festival of the Vine – 9/6-8. Wine tastings, flower market, arts and crafts show, live music, food, family activities. Geneva. genevachamber.com/festival_of_vine.php
  • Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival – 9/6-8. Sheep and fleece shows, demonstrations, classes. Jefferson, WI. wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com
  • Platzkonzert Germanfest – 9/6-8. Authentic German recipes from vendors, traditional music, contests, Kinderplatz Children’s Area, Brew Garden, drone-flying event. Hoffman Estates. hoffmanestates.org
  • TW Craft Beer Fest – 9/7. Sponsored by Hinsdale Bank & Trust Co. Enjoy 20 Craft Breweries, 40 different beers
  • 2 Food Trucks and music. Ty Warner Park, Westmont. eventbrite.com
  • TheosoFest Mind, Body Spirit Festival – 9/7. Mind-body-spirit festival featuring vegetarian food, holistic vendors, Kid’s Korner. Theosophical Society, Wheaton. theosophical.org
  • Taste of Lemont – 9/7. Fun, family friendly event will feature some of the best food and beverages the Lemont community can offer, a substantial split the pot raffle, and an 8 p.m. concert from Hi Infidelity. Metra station Lemont. implerum.com/lhsef/
  • Rock the Block – 9/7. Traditional street bands, food and children’s activities. Downtown Lake Zurich.
  • Northern Illinois Airshow – 9/7. Aerobatic flight performances, helicopter rides, historic and military aircraft displays. 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Waukegan. northernillinoisairshow.com
  • Septemberfest – 9/7. Parade, live music, car show, food and craft vendors. Bloomingdale. villageofbloomingdale.org
  • Deer Park Art Show – 9/7-8. Exceptional artwork, food, live music, art activities for kids. Deer Park. amdurproductions.com/event/deer-park-art-show-2019/
  • Fine Arts Festival – 9/7-8. Artists line Main Street with a variety of mediums and price points. Live music, children’s art area. 10 AM-5 PM. Downers Grove. downtowndg.org.
  • West End Arts Festival – 9/7-8. Juried art show, live performance art, and art auction. LaGrange.
  • World War II Days – 9/7-8. More than 1,200 re-enactors engage in elaborate battles, along with skirmishes in the woods, demos, displays and encampments. Lockport.
  • Shades of Autumn Festival – Weekends 9/7-10/27. Pumpkins, farmer’s market, hayride, petting zoo. McHenry. stadesfarmandmarket.com/fall-festival/shades-autumn/
  • Harvest Fest – 9/8. Come and enjoy the day with us and pony rides, petting zoo, music, Taylor’s Battery, jump and games, sheep shearer and spinner, Wings and Talons from Itasca, good food and lots of fun. Wood Dale. wooddalemuseum.org
  • Misericordia Family Fest – 9/8. Live entertainment, children’s games, raffles, food. Benefits Misericordia. Chicago.

Upcoming Fairs and Festivals…

  • 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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  • Kuipers Pumpkin Farm Festival – 9/15-10/31. Hay rides, autumn treats, corn maze, pig races, Big Rig Pumpkin. Maple Park. www.kuipersfamilyfarm.com.
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  • Taste of Egypt Festival – 9/21-22. Egyptian food, camel rides, petting zoo, jewelry, games, kids’ corner. St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church of Chicago, Burr Ridge. TasteOfEgyptFestival.com.
  • Warrens Cranberry Festival – Sept. 27 – 29. Arts and crafts booths and 100 food vendors; tour of cranberry marsh. Warrens, WI. www.cranfest.com.
  • Harvest Fest – Sept. 28 from 12 PM to 7 PM. Beer, food, kids’ area, pie throwing booth and live music. Fishel Park • 1036 Grove Street, Downers Grove. 630.960.7500. www.dgparks.org/harvestfest.
  • Ottawa’s Scarecrow Fest – Saturday, Sept. 28. Recognized as Illinois biggest “Toddler Friendly” festival! This Annual Fest has something to offer every member of the family! From face painting to giant bouncy houses, and vendors! Downtown Ottawa. 815-434-2737. www.pickusottawail.com.
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Fitness / Race Events …

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

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.

  • Itasca Oktoberfast 5K Run. Itasca. itascaoktoberfast5k.org.
  • Run Mag Mile 10K and 5K Run. Chicago. runmagmile.com.
  • GLASA Twilight Run, Rock, Roll 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Race. Lake Forest. glasatwilight.org.
  • Downers Grove Park District BBQ Bolt 5K Downers Grove. Dgparks.org.
  • Sunrise Shuffle 5K. Bloomingdale. Bloomingdaleparks.org

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

  • Bike for the Kids. Elgin. eastersealsdfvr.org/bikeforthekids
  • Naperville Trails Half Marathon. Wheaton. runsignup.com.
  • Brookfield ZooRunRun 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Kids’ Dash. Brookfield. czs.org.
  • Hero Hustle 10K, 5K Races and 1-Mile Obstacle Run. Glenview. herohustle.com.
  • Midway Fly Away 5K Family Run and Walk Midway International Airport. sochicago.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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  • SEA Blue Prostate Cancer 5K Run and Walk9/5. Lincoln Park. seablueprostatewalk.org .
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  • Moraine Valley Community College Health, Fitness, & Recreation Center – Halloween 5K Run/Walk Children’s 1K Race.  USATF-IL certified. Family activities included.. Sat. 10/26 at 9 AM. www.morainevalley.edu/fitrec.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

  • FAMILY Fun Night – Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a variety of structured and supervised sports, games and activities. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. The Sport Center.  Schaumburg.
  •  FAMILY Community Campfire – Gather for a campfire under the stars. Nature Center will be open for the first hour, so you can meet our live animals. Oakbrook Terrace. obtpd.org
  • HEALTH Senior Expo – Products and services designed for seniors looking for a healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Giveaways, raffles & live entertainment. 1 – 4 PM.Register: 630-852-0345 or email info@villastben.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Midnight Circus – Now through 10/18. Bringing the circus to the people. This live performance is held at different Chicago parks each weekend. Check schedule and buy tickets at midnightcircus.net.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

  • THEATRE The Little Mermaid – Classic film translated to the stage. Nazareth Academy. Western Springs. yesproductionsco.com
  • FAMILY A River Thru History – The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous – Enjoy an unforgettable combination of history, entertainment, learning, shopping, food and fun. Columbia Wood Forest Preserve,  Willow Springs. ariverthruhistory.com
  • FAMILY All Animal Expo – Come to the DuPage County Fairground to see reptiles, small exotic mammals, creepy crawlies and small live stock. Wheaton. dupagecountyfair.org
  • FAMILY – Revolutionary War Reenactment & Grand Encampment – Witness mock battles and artillery demonstrations. Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Midnight Circus – Now through 10/18. Bringing the circus to the people. This live performance is held at different Chicago parks each weekend. Check schedule and buy tickets at midnightcircus.net.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

  • FESTIVAL Kite Flying – DeKalb Kite Festival is a full day of family fun. You can bring your own kite or make one here. Food and beverages. 11 AM – 4 PM. dekalbcountycvb.com
  •  THEATRE The Little Mermaid – Classic film translated to the stage, complete with all your favorite Little Mermaid songs. Nazareth Academy. Western Springs. yesproductionsco.com
  • FAMILY A River Thru History – The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous – Enjoy an unforgettable combination of history, entertainment, learning, shopping, food and fun. Columbia Wood Forest Preserve, Willow Springs. ariverthruhistory.com
  • FAMILY Grandparents Day – Enjoy fun agriculture-themed activities, make a card for your grandparents, and learn how to preserve your family’s artifacts and traditions. Naper Settlement. Naperville. napersettlement.org
  • FUNDRAISER A Day of Polo – JOIN US for an Exciting “Sport of Kings” Event To Help the Homeless at A Safe Haven Foundation! Oak Brook Polo Club.asafehaven.org
  • FAMILY – Revolutionary War Reenactment & Grand Encampment – Witness mock battles and artillery demonstrations. Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • FAMILY Pooch Parade –  Hosted at the historic Phillips Park Sunken Garden area,, Aurora. Fun for the entire family with music, puppy pools, pet supply vendors and food trucks. aurora-il.org
  • TOURS Millennium Carillon – Saturdays (10 AM to 4 PM) and Sundays (Noon to 6 PM) through October 27th. Tours are available for $3 for ages 5 and older.  Millennium Carillon, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

  • CHILDREN  Open House –   American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA Troops IL-0412 leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. 6PM.  Immanuel, 200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine. 847-942-2988.
  • FAMILY First Fridays – 9/6 and 10/4. First Fridays is a free monthly night of arts and culture in downtown Aurora. Enjoy art openings, live music, family-friendly activities, trolley rides and more. 5 PM-Midnight. Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

  •  ART Glazed Clay Demo & Workshop by Sue Dix.  7 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum, 08 S. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale IL 60108
  • ADULTS –Book Signing and Discussion – A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation by Joshilyn Jackson’s, Never Have I.  LaGrange. Anderson’s Book Shop.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Garfield Conservatory – Wild Wednesdays.  Explore nature, get hands dirty and discover new things about plants, animals and nature. Drop ins welcome! garfieldconservatory.org

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Benefits Extracurricular Activities + Active Kids Zone

Active Kids Zone Featuring: Rock n’ Kids, Christ Church, Great Lakes Volleyball Center, Model Act Studios, Bel Canto Music Academy

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10 Halloween Games + Party Places

Party Places featuring: Main Event EntertainmentWhirlyBall NapervilleGhoulish Mortals, Safari Land – Villa Park

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Golf Links and Tips

Golf Links and Tip Featuring: Golf Center Des Plaines 

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Dining Guide

Dining Guide featuring:Rosebuds, Catch 35, Mon Ami Gabi, VinoTHAI, Chuck’s Southern Comfort Cage

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