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September 2017

Shedd Aquarium Illinois Resident Free Day

September 23
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until September 30, 2017

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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Free

On 52 days throughout the year, Illinois residents with a valid ID receive free admission! Experience unbelievable animals from around the world! Admission includes all permanent exhibits, Amphibians special exhibit, aquatic presentation (subject to availability) and seasonal Stingray Touch (open late May to October). 4-D Experience admission is a $4.95 upgrade for all guests. Reserve Illinois Resident Free Day tickets online Online Illinois Resident Free Day tickets must be reserved at least one day in advance. Illinois Resident Free Day tickets…

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Passport Europe Festival

September 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until September 24, 2017

Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53
Lisle, IL 60532 United States
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included in admission

Join us for a trip around Europe with our fourth annual Passport Europe Cultural Festival. No need for a passport, experience authentic music, dance, cuisine, and more in one weekend.  

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Stellwagen Farm Tours

September 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until September 24, 2017

Stellwagen Farm, 108th Avenue and Louetta Lane
Orland Park, IL 60462 United States
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Acquired by the Village of Orland Park through its Open Lands program in 2002, the Stellwagen family has operated this farm continuously since 1860. Today the farm buildings stand proud and bright after several years of renovation and preservation. Come for a visit, see our preservation project, view the inside of the buildings, ask questions of the Stellwagen family, and learn about the agricultural heritage of this community.

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Oktoberfest

September 23, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Park (Oak Brook), 1500 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523 United States
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Free

Welcome to the 7th Annual Oak Brook Park District Oktoberfest! The Park District, combined with the Village and the Ronald McDonald House will feature a softball tournament, live music, food, and beer. Also at the event are Children’s activities (1-5pm), balloon artist, crafts, bounce house and more!  

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Fiddleheads

September 23, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 29, 2017

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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Free

Each weekend we cook up projects that get kids and families wondering about the plants and the natural world. Come visit over the weekend to get a dose of the tropics and keep your kids connected to nature throughout Chicago’s colder months. Each month, we will wonder about the natural world in a different way, with activities changing weekly.

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Bolingbrook Fall Fest

September 23, 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Complex, 200 S. Lindsey Lane
Bolingbrook, IL United States
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Free

Join us for the first ever "Fall Fest - An Explosion of Color,".  There's something for everyone. Live music, games, food, and fireworks! ACTIVITIES (3:00-7:30 pm) *Some may end early due to sunlight* Tricycle Races Chainsaw Carving Demo Archery Range Human Bubble Ball Races Catapult Ninja Dash Obstacle Course Casting Contest Inflatables Bingo Craft Tent Climbing Wall Food Fireworks start at dusk - LIVE MUSIC - Wild Daisy (4:00-5:30 pm) Hifi Superstar (6:00-7:30 pm)

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Harvest in the Heights

September 23, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W 127th St
Palos Heights, IL 60463 United States
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$35

The Palos Heights Woman's Club is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, September 23. The event starts with the Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the newly renovated Meyers Park at 4 p.m. followed by a social hour, dinner and dancing at the Palos Heights Recreation Center. 4 pm-Ribbon Cutting Dedication of Meyers Park 6601 W. 127th Street 5 pm-Social Hour 6 pm-Dinner followed by music from the 95th Street Band

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Movie in the park

September 23, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Scoville Park, Lake St & N Oak Park Ave
Oak Park , IL 60302 United States
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Free

"Beauty and the Beast" at Dusk

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