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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 8/9 to 8/15

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for August 9 to August 15
(Thursday through next Wednesday)

Here are loads of terrific things to do in the upcoming week…from Suburban Family’s extensive database of local events and activities.

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FEATURED EVENTS…

Western Suburbs Lupus Walk – Sat. 8/11 at 9AM. 1 or 3 mile walk routes. Benefits the Lupus Society of Illinois. Naperville Riverwalk, Naperville. 312-542-0002. www.lupuswalkil.org
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DeKalb County Barn Tour – The DeKalb County Barn Tour on Saturday, August 11 is a unique opportunity to tour eight barns on hog, cattle, 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.

Chicago Air & Water Show – Chicago Air Show and Water Show – August 18-19, 10 am to 3p,. 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. North Avenue Beach, Chicago. chicagoairandwatershow.us.

 


FAIRS & FESTIVALS…

  • Gurnee Days – 8/9-12. Rides, races, bike rodeo, ice cream eating contest, car show, music, food. Gurnee, IL.  info@gurneedays.com.
  • Illinois State Fair – 8/9-19. Big-name musical entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival, food, tractor pulls. Springfield. 217-782-6661.
  • Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/10-11. Live music each day, food, beverages. Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield, WI. waukeshabluesfest.com.

UPCOMING FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

  • Naperville Jaycees Last Fling – Aug. 31 – Sept. 3. Nationally Recognized Bands, Family Fun Land, Carnival, Parade and more! Downtown Naperville. www.LastFling.org.
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  • Fall Fest Des Plaines – Sept. 14th (6-11pm), 15th (noon-11pm) & 16th (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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  • Downers Grove Park District Harvest Fest 2018 – Sat 9/29. Food, beer garden, live music, craft fair and children’s activities! Fishel Park – Downers Grove, IL. www.dgparks.org.

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WONDERFUL WATERPARKS & POOLS

Another hot weekend forecasted! What better to cool-off with the family than taking in our area’s spectacular Waterparks and Pools? It’s worth the trip…for a wonderful dip! Click here.

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CHICAGOLAND “BEST DAY TRIPS”…

  • DeKalb County Barn Tour
    The DeKalb County Barn Tour on Saturday, August 11 is a unique opportunity to tour eight barns on hog, cattle, 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.
  • Summer Fun, 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 every Thursday and Friday night in Harmony Park.   For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.
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  • Funtopia Naperville
    Have fun and be active this summer at Funtopia Naperville, Adventure park! Tons of amazing attractions and awesome challenges for all skills and levels: more than 50 fun climbing walls, ropes course, ninja course, toddler area, giant slide and many more. We guarantee you will have a blast! Funtopia Naperville also hosts birthday parties and all kinds of group outings. Located at 2639 Aurora Ave., Unit 103, Naperville. For more information and reservations, please visit www.funtopiaworld.com/naperville or call 630-718-4327.
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  • Kohl Children’s Museum
    With 17 hands-on interactive exhibits, come see for yourself why we’re the Place Where Awesome Lives! This summer, learn where chipmunks sleep, how bats communicate, and how different animals eat in our Animal Secrets exhibit, through August 26. Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. For more information, call (847) 832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org.
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  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    Lincoln Park Zoo is a world of wildlife in the shadow of skyscrapers. Located within a verdant park just minutes north of Chicago, the zoo has been a natural, free oasis for generations of animal lovers. In honor of the zoo’s 150th anniversary, visit the special exhibition, “From Swans to Science: 150 Years of Lincoln Park Zoo” and enter to win a prize package from sponsor Wendella Tours & Cruises. To learn more, visit lpzoo.org/150.
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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. 17-18 at Naper Settlement located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.NaperNights.org.
  • Cantigny Park
    Affordable family fun awaits your visit to Cantigny in Wheaton! Come experience the new Red Oaks Farm playground in our shady Picnic Grove, and enjoy an outdoor movie every Friday night this summer! Family Fun Night is set for  August 17—live music, activities and food trucks! Most events are free with paid parking ($5 weekdays; $10 Sat-Sun) and admission to the museums and gardens is always complimentary. Visit Cantigny.org for event details, plus movie and concert listings.
  • Easterseals, DuPage & Fox Valley
    Starting services as early as possible is key to a child’s development. Serving more than 3,200 infants, children and adults, Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley offers a wide range of services from locations in Villa Park, Naperville and Elgin to help children and their families build skills and access resources they need to live, learn, work and play. More information at eastersealsdfvr.org or call 630.620.4433 to schedule an evaluation.
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  • Go Ape!
    At Go Ape, it is our mission to inspire everyone to live life adventurously! Our courses feature multiple zip lines and treetop obstacles and are guaranteed to deliver laughter, smiles and a sense of accomplishment. We have an adventure for all ages and are perfect for families, parties, and even company outings. Located in Bemis Woods Forest Preserve: 1100 Ogden Avenue, Western Springs, IL. Visit us online at goape.com for more info.
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  • Zurko Promotions
    It’s more treasure-hunting at its finest, as dealers gather for the ALL-NIGHT FLEA MARKET on Sat. Aug. 18 •(3PM-3AM)/$7. DuPage County Fairgrounds , (county Farm * Manchester), Wheaton, IL. For more info call 715-526-9769 or visit www.zurkopromotions.com.
  • Congregation Etz Chaim, Open House
    Are you searching for a warm and welcoming Jewish community? Look no further for Congregation Etz Chaim has had a long tradition of being an inclusive community welcoming everyone: Jews by birth, Jews by choice, non-Jewish family members, singles, LGBTQ, and people of all ages and abilities. Join us at our Open House + Brunch on Sunday, August 19th from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Tour our synagogue. Meet the Rabbis. Meet our new school Principal. Meet our Inclusion Specialist. Meet congregants and you will discover why we are a caring community that draws strength on our commitment to honor and respect the diversity of our membership. 1710 S. Highland Avenue, Lombard (630) 627-3912 OR cec.info@congetzchaim.org  visit, www.congetzchaim.org.
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  • Maxson’s Restaurant & Riverboat
    Maxson’s Restaurant, “Venue with Views” has been in business in Oregon, Illinois since 1952. 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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  • Holes & Knolls, Glen Ellyn Park District
    “Swing” into Holes & Knolls Mini Golf for a whole lot of fun this summer! The course includes 36 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds everyone from tots to grandparents will enjoy. Plan to stay for the day as Holes & Knolls is surrounded by endless opportunities for family fun including a splash park and adventure playground. There are also snacks and ice cream in the Maryknoll Café. Address: 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn. www.HolesAndKnolls.com.
  • Reed’s Canoe
    Reed’s Canoe Trips  are an ideal recreational activity for groups of any size, from a family adventure to large church, school, or park district outing with an adventure close to home. The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing! 907 N. Indiana Ave, Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL  Call for information or reservations: (815)WE CANOE or visit: reedscanoetrips.com.
  • Mountain View Adventure Center, Des Plaines Park District
    This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Step up to the plate in one of six Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX park. Concessions and picnic shelter. A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL  847-391-5733. www.DPParks.org.
  • Forest Preserve District of Kane County
    Come camping in Kane County! You can get away from it all without spending it all. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer with electric and water hook-ups for RV camping, plus tent and equestrian camp sites. Both campgrounds are within beautiful Kane County forest preserves where you’ll enjoy miles of trails and other amenities. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day.  Call 630-444-1200 or visit www.kaneforest.com.
  • Mid-Continent Railway Museum
    Take a step back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. Browse the museum filled with dozens of restored railcars and steam locomotives from the late 1800s and early 1900s and museum gift shop inside an 1894 depot. For more information, call 800-930-1385 or visit www.midcontinent.org. Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.
  • Historic Wagner Farm, Glenview Park District
    After a visit to Historic Wagner Farm, stop by Sweets & Treats, an old fashioned soda fountain and ice cream parlor located inside the Heritage Center. Cool off with hand-dipped cones, sundaes, floats and shakes! Open daily, 11 am-5 pm, through August 17. 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview. For more information, visit glenviewparks.org/historicwagnerfarm or call 847-657-1506.
  • Entertainment Cruises
    Bring the whole family on deck for a cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago! Enjoy delicious food, refreshing summer drinks, outdoor games and onboard entertainment, plus unbeatable skyline views you won’t find on land. Docked at Navy Pier, Spirit cruises daily with lunch, brunch and dinner options available. Now through August 31, take 20% off all Signature dining cruises aboard Spirit of Chicago. Use code SUBFAM20 when you book online or by phone. Some restrictions apply.
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  • Gray Line
    Since 1926, Gray Line has operated professional sightseeing tours in Chicago — sharing the city’s warm culture and attractions.  Join us this summer as we introduce new tour offerings, state-of-the-art “Stadium Trolleys” and an expanded team of knowledgeable professional guides.  Whether you live in the Windy City or you plan to visit, Gray Line makes Chicago sightseeing better with enjoyable, clean, and cool experiences. Book your tour today: www.grayline.com/chicago.

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GOLF “LINKS and TIPS”


FITNESS / RACE EVENTS…

THIS WEEKEND:

Western Suburbs Lupus Walk – Sat. 8/11 at 9AM. 1 or 3 mile walk routes. Benefits the Lupus Society of Illinois. Naperville Riverwalk, Naperville. 312-542-0002. www.lupuswalkil.org
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  • Amazing Race – Saturday, 8/11 at 9 AM. Teams of 4 race through fun, mental and physical challenges for prizes, pizza and bragging rights.T-shirt for all participants. Prisco Community Center, Aurora. 630-859-8606. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org
  • ECFA’s 5K4Kids Run/Walk and Kids 1/2 MI Fun Run – Sat 8/11 at 8:45 AM. Danada Forest Preserve, Wheaton. dupageforest.com.
  • Stan’s Donut 5K – Sat 8/11 at 8 AM. 5K Run, 5K Walk and Kids’ Dash. Enjoy donuts through race. donut5k.com.
  • Barrington Honor Ride and Run – Sun 8/12 at 7 AM.. Bike Rides and 10K/5K Runs, 1MI Fun Run and 1MI Kids’ Ride. Barrington. honorridebarrington.com.
  • BTN Big 10K – Sun 8/12 at 7 AM. 10K, 5K and tailgate party. Soldier Field, Chicago. btnbig10k.com.
  • Chicago 10K – Sun 8/12 at 8 AM. 10K Run/Walk. Benefits Special Olympics Chicago. Grant Park, Chicago. Runmfg.com.
  • Rotary Club of Woodridge Mini Triathlon – Sun 8/12 at 7 AM. Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park. woodridgerotary.org.

UPCOMING FITNESS / RACE EVENTS:

  • Sunrise Shuffle 5K – Sat. 9/8. Pre-race registration begins at 7 AM. Kids Fun Run starts at 8:15 AM. Race starts at 8:30 AM. Post-race refreshments by Wolfden Brewing Company. Proceeds benefit Bloomingdale Parks Foundation, Johnston Recreation Center, 172 S. Circle Ave., Bloomingdale, IL. www.signmeup.com/125069.
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  • Celebrate the IMPORTANT MEN in your life!
    SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Sun. 9/9 in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Family Fun Zone, Free lunch, Entertainment, prostate cancer education. Proceeds benefit Us TOO International. Enter code: SFAMILY18 to receive $5 OFF per entry fee. www.SEABlueProstateWalk.org.
  • Pedal the Parks – Sun. 9/9 at 9AM. Fitness fun for the whole family!  10 miles of pedaling through our most beautiful parks. Harvester Park, 15 W 400 Harvester Drive, Burr Ridge. 630-920-1969. www.BurrRidgeParkFoundation.org.
  • Downers Grove Park District DG 5 & 8 Miler – Sat. 9/29, Challenging, scenic race is conveniently paired with Harvest Fest! Lincoln Center & Fishel Park, Downers Grove, IL. www.dgparks.org.

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GREATER CHICAGO EVENTS…

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

  • FAMILY Barn Tour – A unique opportunity to take a self-guided tour of eight barns on hog, cattle and grain farms in southern DeKalb County. Information on each barn, demonstrations, displays and family activities are included with souvenir Guide Book and map. Advance tickets 815-756-8737 or dekalbcountybarntour.com.
  • FAMILY Preschool Open Houses – Attend an Open House to learn about the preschool programs. 10 AM – PM. kiddieacademychicago.com.
  • FAMILY Paper Making – Robert McCormick’s benefactor made his fortune in the newspaper business. Try your hand at making the raw material he depended on. May be messy, dress appropriately. 12-3 PM. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161 or cantigny.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY Chicago Air & Water Show – Chicago Air Show and Water Show – August 18-19, 10 am to 3p,. 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. North Avenue Beach, Chicago. chicagoairandwatershow.us.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

  • FAMILY PAW Patrol – Chase and Marshall from the popular children’s animated TV series will invade with 40-minute appearances on the hour. First-come, first served for photo ops. 10 AM-4 PM. Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield. czs.org.
  • FAMILY French Connection Day – Music, food, art help celebrate the history of the park’s benefactor, Robert R. McCormick, who fought in the Battle of Cantigny, France in 1918. Enjoy music by Traveler’s Dream and take a photo with the park’s Eiffel Tower. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. 630-668-5161 or cantigny.org.
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 13
  • FAMILY Movie in the Park – “The Little Rascals.” Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions available for purchase. Movies will begin at dusk the day of the event. Movie shown in gym if weather becomes poor. Community Park, Addison Park District. 630-233-7275.
  • CHICAGO/CITY Chicago Air & Water Show – Chicago Air Show and Water Show – August 18-19, 10 am to 3p,. 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. North Avenue Beach, Chicago. chicagoairandwatershow.us.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

  • FAMILY Jazz in the Park – Pack your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic dinner to enjoy a relaxing night out with wonderful music from The Glen Ellyn Jazz Ensemble. 7PM-9PM. Lake Ellyn Park. Glen Ellyn Park District. Free. www.gepark.org.

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