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Summer Sendoff Fishing Derby

Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook) 419 Trout Farm Road, Bolingbrook

Calling all anglers! Come on out to Hidden Lakes Trout Farm and try your hand at fishing. We invite you to find the best spot along the shore and try...

$5

Fishing Derby

Lakeview Park 240 Broker Road, Bloomingdale

Sharpen skills and discover hidden fishing talents at the Bloomingdale Park District’s annual Fishing Derby! Stocked each spring at the Bloomingdale-Roselle Rotary Club Fish Release, Lakeview Park is filled to...

Free

Catfish Derby

Knolls Park (Lombard) 1502 South Meyers Road, Lombard

Register by Wednesday, September 20. So you think you can fish? Then this event is for you! All participants will have two hours to catch as many fish as they...

$11 – $13

Community Fishing Derby

Stevenson Pond 3101 Washington Blvd., Bellwood

Catch a live fish for dinner. PRIZES! For The Largest & Smallest Fish Caught On The Hour. BRING YOUR ROD, REEL AND BAIT!   For information on more events like...

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Brookfield Farmers Market

Brookfield Village Hall 8820 Brookfield Avenue, Brookfield

The Health and Safety of our community is at the heart of every decision we make. We are excited to once again offer you the opportunity to buy locally grown...

Free

Hephzibah Kids Resale Event

St. John Lutheran Church (Forest Park) 305 Circle Avenue, Forest Park

Welcome to the Hephzibah Kids Resale Event! Our Fall 2023 sale dates are September 21-23. Volunteer opportunities begin September 18th and run throughout the sale, including post-sale clean up Saturday...

Free
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Kid’s Closet Connection

Roma Sports Club 9115 Roma Court, Frankfort

Clean Out Your Kid's Closet & Come Raid Ours!   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Fall Resales.

Wear Your Color Run to Support Cancer Awareness

Fabbrini Park 1704 Glen Lake Road, Hoffman Estates

3k fun run/walk or stroll and roll.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of 5K Races and Kids’ Fun Runs.

Bike and Walk Des Plaines Family Bike Ride

Campground Woods Forest Preserve E Algonquin Rd & Joseph Schwab Rd, Des Plaines

The River Trail Ride is Saturday, September 23, 2023; registration is at 9am, the ride starts at 10am. Ride will start and end at the Forest Preserve Shelter off Algonquin...

Free

Park Ridge Newcomers Club Kids Sale

St Andrews Lutheran Church 260 N Northwest Highway, Park Ridge

Held twice a year, in the Fall and Spring, The Park Ridge Newcomers Club Kids Sale has an established reputation for offering quality, gently used children’s items at reasonable prices....

$2
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Saturday Stay and Play

Geneva Public Library 227 S 7th Street, Geneva

Bring your family-building skills to Kids Landing during our Saturday Stay and Play! Your family will enjoy an endless variety of play patterns like construction, pretend play, role-playing, and inventing...

Free

Chalk Art Festival

Winston Plaza (Melrose Park) 1254 Winston Plaza, Melrose Park

Join us for the FREE Winston Plaza Chalk Art Festival 2023! 🖍️✨🎨 Let your creativity shine and reserve your spot today to showcase your chalk art skills!

Free
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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Bartlett Public Library 800 S Bartlett Road, Bartlett

Calling all bargain hunters, book lovers, movie buffs and puzzle fans! The Friends of the Bartlett Library invite you to a Book, Jigsaw Puzzle & More Sale. Lots of wondeerful...

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Spring Valley’s 40th Birthday Weekend

Spring Valley Nature Center 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg

Help us celebrate 40 years of conservation, historic preservation, recreation and community at Spring Valley during two days of environmental stewardship, nature education and family fun. Saturday September 23 Celebration...

Free
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Online Children’s Sale

Virtual

The online store will be available starting at 9am Friday, September 22nd. Shop and browse all weekend long! Many items will be half-priced on Sunday, September 24th. Shopper pickup Saturday,...

Cossitt School Clothing Sale

Cossitt Elementary School 115 W. Cossitt Avenue, La Grange

SELL your gently used children’s clothing, equipment, and books! VOLUNTEER to shop the coveted PRE-SALE. SHOP top-quality clothing items from infant to teen and find out why people look forward...

Messy Mornings: Baby Sensory Play

Eola Road Branch 555 S Eola Road, Aurora

Let your baby explore using their developing senses with our messy sensory stations. These activities are aimed at children 0-24 months. Tickets are available 30 minutes before the program at...

Free
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Spanish-English Bilingual Nature Storytime

The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle

Discover the joy of bilingual storytelling as nature comes alive through enchanting tales and interactive activities during an engaging Spanish-English nature storytime program in The Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden. This...

Super Saturday: Tierra Colombiana

Mount Prospect Public Library 10 S. Emerson, Mount Prospect

Travel to the shores of South America with this high-energy performance from the Tierra Colombiana Dance Ensemble showcasing music and dance from Colombia. Celebrating Columbian culture and tradition with its...

Free
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Playdates at the Park with OPALGA+

Rehm Park 515 Garfield St, Oak Park

Interested in meeting LGBTQ+ families in the area? Want to build a welcoming community for your little one(s) and your family? Join us for some fun at the park!

Free

Monarch Festival

Ty Warner Park Plaza Drive and Blackhawk Drive, Westmont

Join us at Ty Warner Park to celebrate the monarch butterfly migration. Visit with naturalists from local environmental organizations while participating in fun activities and crafts for all ages!

Naperville Public Safety Open House

Naperville Safety Town 1320 Aurora Ave, Naperville

Each year, the Naperville Police and Fire Departments "Partner for Prevention" in recognition of Public Safety Month. This must-see, all-ages event is held annually in September or October on Naperville's...

Free

The Great Sand Ridge (Tiny) Pumpkin Hunt

Sand Ridge Nature Center 15891 S Paxton Ave, South Holland

Celebrate fall as you discover pumpkins on a fun scavenger hunt. After the hunt, take home your own pumpkin (while supplies last).

Free

Fall Family Fun Fest

Marquette Manor Baptist Church 333 75th Street, Downers Grove

You're invited to join us as we welcome the fall season at our Fall Family Fun Fest! Come enjoy bounce houses, carnival games, horse rides, hayrides, and facepainting for free!...

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Museum Campus Exploration Day

Isle a la Cache Museum 501 E. Romeo Rd, Romeoville

Have you ever wondered what’s going on in our 18th-century Traders Cabin or wanted to peek inside the Native American Longhouse? This is your chance to explore the buildings at...

Free

Fall Fest

Carol Stream Town Center 960 N Gary Ave, Carol Stream

The 2023 Fall Fest will take place on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Car show 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m....

Free
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Roving Naturalists

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Avenue, Chicago

Watch out as you explore the Conservatory – you may run into a Roving Naturalist! On Fridays from 11:30 to 1:30, and on Saturdays from 10:30am to 2pm, Nature Educators...

Free

Show de Magia con El Mago: El Mago Magic Show

Santori Library (Aurora) 101 S. River Street, Aurora

¡El Mago viene a la biblioteca! Ven y disfruta de un espectáculo familiar con un show de magia bilingüe / El Mago is coming to the library! Come and enjoy...

Free
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Nature Center Open House

Lake View Nature Center 63 Hodges Road, Oakbrook Terrace

Would you like to learn more about the programs and events at the Nature Center? Do you want to come in and visit some really cool critters? Come to our...

Free

Fiesta del día de la Independencia

Santori Library (Aurora) 101 S. River Street, Aurora

Una celebración del día de la independencia para toda la familia. An Independence Day celebration for the whole family! Celebremos los países hispanos y latinoamericanos que observan el día de...

Free

Fire Department Open House

Station 63 (Des Plaines) 130 E. Thacker Avenue, Des Plaines

Join us at Station 63 (130 E. Thacker) on September 23, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! More information to come.   For information on more events like this,...

Free

Salsa Dance: Party for the Preserve

Thatcher Woods Pavilion 8030 W. Chicago Avenue, River Forest

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a Salsa Dance Party. Enjoy bilingual hikes and family activities. Programa ofrecido en Espanol.

Free

Pepper Park Fest

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District 22222 N Pepper Road, Lake Barrington

Come out for Pepper Park Fest on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm on North Pepper Road! Enjoy live music, kids activities, food & refreshments for purchase, local shopping...

Free

Rail Safety Week – Free Train Ride

Fox River Trolley Museum 365 S La Fox Street, South Elgin

On September 23, 2023 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Fox River Trolley Museum and Illinois Operation Lifesaver are teaming up to offer hourly FREE trolley rides! Come down to learn about...

Free

Oktoberfest

Brookfield Zoo 8400 West 31st Street, Brookfield

Celebrate Oktoberfest on the East Mall on Saturday, September 23! ​ - Zoogoers can toss on their lederhosen and enjoy live polka music from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. -...

Included in general admission
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Chinese Storytime

Various Locations IL

A special Family Storytime presented in Mandarin with stories, songs, and activities for all ages.

Free

Back to School on A POSITIVE NOTE

Bellwood Public Library 600 Bohland Ave, Bellwood

Let’s bring in the new school year on a positive note! Join us and meet Linda Odom, children's book author of A Positive Note. You don’t want to miss the...

Free

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Open House

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District 22222 N Pepper Road, Lake Barrington

Station tours, demonstrations, giveaways, activities.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Fire Prevention Week.

Free

Party for the Preserves

Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington

Spend some time outdoors to celebrate your preserve system. We will have a variety of programming.

Free

Fall Nature Fest: Party for the Preserves

LaBagh Woods Cicero Avenu and Foster Avenue, Chicago

Celebrate National Public Lands Day. Enjoy food, drinks, games, Jesse White Tumblers, animal ambassadors and much more. For more information, visit commissionerdegnen.com/fallnaturefest/.

Free

Harvest Fest

Thorndale Park 22W130 Thorndale Avenue, Medinah

Celebrate our 2nd Annual Harvest Fest! Enjoy live entertainment, games, demonstrations, food, community vendors and more.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Fall...

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Hinsdale in Lights – Celebrating 150 Years

Immanuel Hall 302 S. Grant Street, Hinsdale

Hinsdale in Lights will tell the story of Hinsdale and its residents via an immersive light show featuring outstanding Hinsdaleans, organizations, architecture, and events.

Free
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Chicago Live

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

Save the date for the third annual Chicago Live! festival on Saturday, September 23, + Sunday, September 24, 2023. Showcasing Chicago’s vibrant arts and cultural organizations, more than 80 participating...

Free

Trucktoberfest

Hodges Park (Park Ridge) 101 Courtland Ave, Park Ridge

Trucktoberfest is everything you love about our annual Oktobefest, just with a new name! The 2023 event is presented by the Park Ridge Park District, The Harp and Fiddle, Beer...

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Oaktoberfest

Downtown Oak Park 1010 Lake Street, Oak Park

Celebrate the changing seasons at Oaktoberfest in Downtown Oak Park. Enjoy a premier music line up, delicious fall foods from local restaurants, specialty craft beers, and a Kids Root Beer...

Free
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Irish Fest

Central Park (Naperville) 104 E. Benton, Naperville

Join us at Naperville's Central Park for a family-friendly festival featuring live music, frosty libations, Irish cultural activities, Hurling and so much more!   For information on more events like...

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Oktoberfest

Camera Park (Glendale Heights) 101 E Fullerton Avenue, Glendale Heights

Join us September 14 - 24, 2023 for the Eleventh Annual Glendale Heights Oktoberfest which will be held at Camera Park in Glendale Heights, Illinois. Experience live entertainment daily including...

Pioneer Day

Elk Grove Historical Museum 399 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village

Experience Living History! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of historical crafts, a scavenger hunt, games, reenactment and historical demonstration. Activities will take place at the Museum grounds. 

Free
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Tractor-Drawn Wagon Rides

Danada Equestrian Center 3S507 Naperville Rd, Wheaton

Enjoy a 30-minute ride while learning about the forest preserve’s heritage and natural areas. Rides begin at 1, 1:45, and 2:30 p.m. All ages; under 13 with an adult. $5...

$5

Oktoberfest

Arlington Heights Historical Museum 110 W Fremont Street, Arlington Heights

Join us at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum on September 23 for a lively Oktoberfest celebration, featuring Four Star Brass band, children's activities, History A La Cart and free Arlington...

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Fall Fest and Oktoberfest

Downtown Mount Prospect Northwest Highway and Main Street, Mount Prospect

Join the Mount Prospect Downtown Merchants Association for their annual Fall Fest and Oktoberfest on Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23, at the intersection of Emerson Street and Busse...

Tarde de Lotería

Geneva Public Library 227 S 7th Street, Geneva

Let's play the popular card Latino game Lotería, a traditional game of chance!

Free

Irish Heritage Festival Storytime

Nichols Library 200 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville

Listen to traditional Irish folk tales and songs and make a shamrock craft. All ages with an adult caregiver

Autumn Fest

Oak Brook Park District 1450 Forest Gate Road, Oak Brook

The Oak Brook Park District invites you to this year’s Autumn Fest on September 23rd from 2-5pm! This free, family-friendly event will start with kid entertainment from the Hinsdale School...

Free

Scarecrow Fest

Lemont Township Community Center 16300 Alba Street, Lemont

Create a Scarecrow to display on the trail and win a Cash Prize for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place! Join us at Scarecrow Fest: September 23 2-5 pm: DJ, Food...

Free

Fall Family Oktoberfest

Walker Park (Burr Ridge) 425 S. Wolf Road, Burr Ridge

SEPTEMBER 23 SAVE THE DATE! Join us for our annual celebration of autumn. There will be food, beer, hayride, games, inflatables, DJ and more ... Bring the whole family out...

Free

Pollyanna Oktoberfest

The Forge: Lemont Quarries 1001 Main Street, Lemont

Our Lemont Oktoberfest celebration is back at The Forge Adventure Park and better than ever! Featuring more bus transportation, more food, a full day of live music, and plenty of...

$15

Oktoberfest

Carriage Greens Country Club 8700 Carriage Green Drive, Darien

Food, Beer, Live Music, Family Fun!   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests.

One Book BBQ Party

Arlington Heights Memorial Library 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights

Join us for a day of family fun, food and music to celebrate the 10th anniversary of One Book, One Village and Catherine Adel West’s The Two Lives of Sara...

Free
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Bluesmobile Cruise Nights

Downtown Mount Prospect Northwest Highway and Main Street, Mount Prospect

Come view the coolest classic cars around at the west commuter parking lot (Northwest Hwy. and Main St.) on Saturdays from May 13 to September 30, 3 - 9 PM....

Free
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La Hora de Cuentos

Various Locations IL

¡Sumerja a sus hijos en un nuevo idioma o aumente la fluidez durante este divertido programa lleno de historias y rimas en español! Immerse your kids in a new language...

Free

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