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Lilac Time

Lilacia Park 150 S. Park Avenue, Lombard

Friday, May 3 Little Lady Lilac Ball | 6:30 - 8:30 pm Dads and daughters ages 3-11 will dance, play games, enjoy a dessert table and visit the Lilac Princesses....

Free

Palatine Farmers’ Market

Palatine Train Station 137 W Wood Street, Palatine

The Palatine Farmers’ Market, operated by the Sister Cities Association of Palatine, opens on May 4.   The Farmers’ Market details are as follows: Every Saturday at the Palatine Train Station Parking Lot (directly east of the Palatine Train Station) May through October 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.   For information on more events like...

Free

Mutt Strutt 5K and 1-Mile

Lilacia Park 150 S. Park Avenue, Lombard

The Lombard Park District presents its 18th Annual 5K and 1-Mile in conjunction with Lilac Time. Participate with or without your dog in either of these exciting events! Registration includes...

$28

Arlington Heights Farmers Market

Downtown Arlington Heights N Vail Ave and W Fremont St, Arlington Heights

We are excited for our upcoming season! Our 2024 season is May 11- October 12 from 8:00am- 12:00pm. Shop locally grown products, cheese, handmade pastries, and much more!   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

Free
Event Series Lisle French Market

Lisle French Market

Downtown Lisle IL

This community treasure features fresh produce, plants, flowers, bakery items and more.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

Free

Western Springs Touch-a-Truck

Western Springs Tower Green 914 Hillgrove Avenue, Western Springs

Roll up to the Tower Green and experience the thrill of sitting in big trucks! Children will be allowed to touch their favorite vehicles, get behind the wheel and meet...

Free

Trees for Glen Ellyn

Lake Ellyn Park 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn

Join the Park District’s forestry team to learn about an exciting new volunteer opportunity. Participate in planting and caring for trees in our parks. Learn the correct way to plant...

Free

Public Works Open House

Mount Prospect Public Works 1700 W Central Road, Mount Prospect

This annual event features games, a facility tour, and displays that demonstrate how our water and sewer system, parkway trees, buildings, streets, can meet PW Paws, the Public Works Department...

Free

Public Works Open House

Bolingbrook Public Works 299 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook

Join us on Saturday, May 18th for the Village of Bolingbrook's Public Works Open House! Fun for ALL ages, come out to get a behind the scenes look at our...

Free

Fishing Derby

Swan Pond Barrypoint Road and Fairbank Road, Riverside

There are two age groups for the derby: 5 - 8 & 9 -12 All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All age groups...

Free

Community Bike Ride

North School Park (Arlington Heights) N Evergreen Ave and E Eastman St, Arlington Heights

Join the Village of Arlington Heights Commissioners for a bike ride in Arlington Heights. Celebrate spring with crafts, games, rides live music and entertainment. This dual event is free fun...

Free

Disability Pride Storytime

Fountaindale Public Library 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook

Celebrate Disability Pride with us in this special storytime, followed by a sensory playtime!

Free

Kindness Day

Fountaindale Public Library 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook

All events are drop-in and do not require registration. Letters of Kindness May 5–18 Spread the word: we’re writing kind letters! Drop by to write letters to people in our...

Free

Bike Rodeo

Main Street Recreation Center (Glen Ellyn) 501 Hill Avenue, Glen Ellyn

Kids will learn about bicycle safety and rules of the road through fun drills and activities at multiple stations. Participants must bring their own bike and wear a fitted bike...

Free

Touch-A-Truck

Heritage Park (Oakbrook Terrace) 1S325 Ardmore Avenue, Oakbrook Terrace

Come explore all the different kinds of trucks that are around your community at this free event! Kids are welcome to climb, honk and get up close.    For information...

Free
Event Series Play Day

Play Day

Sensory Garden Playground 2751 Navistar Dr, Lisle

Join us for all-inclusive play at the Sensory Garden Playground Play Days. Enjoy FREE special activities! Themes vary each month.

Free

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington

Bring a kite over to Barrington Road Pond to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

Free

Plant Craft in the Garden

Clarendon Hills Public Library 7 N. Prospect, Clarendon Hills

Join us for a drop-in family craft activity in the library's garden. Decorate your own flowerpot while The Friends of the Library will be holding their Annual Plant Sale at...

Free

Parks and Public Services Day

Mike Rylko Community Park 1000 N Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove

Join us as we combine Kids to Parks Day with the Village of Buffalo Grove's Public Works Open House! Bring the whole family to this free event to watch live...

Free

Kids to Parks Day Celebration

Fabbrini Park 1704 Glen Lake Road, Hoffman Estates

Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day with a FREE day of outdoor fun at Fabbrini Park! This nationwide day encourages kids and families to explore their local parks and enjoy...

Free

Engineering and Public Works Open House

Schaumburg Public Works Department 714 S Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg

Residents and children are invited to a behind-the-scenes look at what skills, tools and equipment are required to maintain the village's infrastructure. The event will include touch-a-truck, equipment displays, informational...

Free

LTCC Spring Auto Show

Lyons Township HS North Campus 100 South Brainard Avenue, La Grange

Type of Show: This is an All Vehicles Show Open To The General Public. EVERY PENNY WE RECEIVE will be going to support Lyons Township Car Care so we can...

Free

Huge Spring Neighborhood Yard Sale

Stevenson Park (Oak Park) 49 Lake Street, Oak Park

Come out and find your treasurers or make some cash. The Park District will advertise the sale through electronic signage, flyers, and day of signage.

Cantigny Spring Fest

Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Celebrate the season with Spring Fest at Cantigny! Enjoy the park with a visit to our beautiful gardens. Stop by McCormick House as we host our first-ever marketplace inside the...

$12

Greek Storytime with The Language Labs

Helen Plum Library 411 South Main Street, Lombard

Drop-in storytime for families with children of all ages. Learn about different cultures through books, music, and crafts with our friends from The Language Labs. No prior knowledge of the...

Free
Event Series Budding Botanists

Budding Botanists

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Avenue, Chicago

Watch out as you explore the Conservatory – you may run into a Budding Botanists! on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Nature Educators will provide activities for kids...

Free

Día de los Niños

95th Street Library 3015 Cedar Glade Dr, Naperville

¿Estás listo para divertirte? This all-ages program will feature a variety of fun activities for children centered around literacy, play, and celebration of the Latino culture and traditions. This program is brought to you through a partnership with Alliance of Latinos Motivating Action in the Suburbs (ALMAS).

Free
Event Series Cicada Program

Cicada Program

Wonder Works Children's Museum 6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park

Wonder Works is gearing up to be both a quiet place to escape the cicadas and a place to learn about our noisy visitors. On Thursdays and Saturdays in June our cicada story times will help children better understand all of the cicadas coming to Chicago in the next few weeks. We are sensitive to...

Included in general admission

Flying 4 Kids Statewide Kite Fly

Soehrman Park Willow Springs Rd and 71st Street, LaGrange

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by May 10th. Pleasant Dale Park District is coordinating with the Illinois Association of Park Districts in the annual Flying 4 Kids Statewide Kite Fly. This is a FREE event; however, registration is required and you will have an option to purchase a kite kit to decorate and fly. The children will get...

Free

Super Saturday: Super Stolie presents Repeat After Me

Indian Trails Public Library - Main Branch 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling

All ages. Enjoy a bilingual musical adventure filled with songs, fun and games. Echo, mime and dance your way to joy. This unforgettable and educational experience will leave you smiling....

Free

Sidewalk Art Contest

Gregg House Museum 117 South Linden Avenue, Westmont

Express Your Self!  Let’s color splash the sidewalk in front of the Gregg House Museum into a dazzling mosaic of design.  We’ll provide the chalk; you bring your ideas and...

Free

Pollinator Day

Franklin Park Public Library 10311 Grand Avenue, Franklin Park

Via the Village Website- The Village of Franklin Park will host its first annual Pollinator Day on Saturday, May 18, from 11 AM until 1:30 PM at the Gazebo on...

Free

City of Northlake Open House

Northlake City Hall 55 E North Avenue, Northlake

Come join the city of Northlake Police Department, Public Works Department, & Northlake Fire Protection District for a Day of Family Fun! In the event of inclement weather, the backup...

Free

Swing Into Spring

North School Park (Arlington Heights) N Evergreen Ave and E Eastman St, Arlington Heights

The Village's Special Events Commission invites residents and neighbors to attend the Swing into Spring event, on Saturday, May 18th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at North School Park. Swing...

Free

Nature Block Party

Eggers Grove Forest Preserve E 112th St & S Ave E, Chicago

Join us for a day of celebration and exploration as we honor the incredible diversity of life at Eggers Grove.

Free

What’s Blooming on Harrison

Downtown Oak Park 1010 Lake Street, Oak Park

What’s Blooming on Harrison will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 in the Oak Park Arts District RAIN OR SHINE. This year’s street festival will include an artisan fair...

Free

Swing Into Summer

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

Summer is just around the corner, with a handful of popular outdoor sports perfect for families to enjoy together! From Pickleball to Wiffle Ball, Baseball, Softball, and Golf, there’s something...

Free

Spring Road Pet Parade

Wild Meadows Trace Park Intersection of York Street and South Street, Elmhurst

Pet Adoption Organizations Onsite. Monetary Donation Drive for Local Animal Shelters. Concessions Available. Awards for Pet Contests, Vendors, Food, Crafts.

Free

Health and Wellness Fair

Stratford Crossing 142 S Gary Avenue, Bloomingdale

The Bloomingdale Park District is joining this year's Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Fair: A Celebration of Mind & Body. THe fair will be a fun and engaging...

Free

Spring Clean Flea Market

Maryknoll Park (Glen Ellyn) 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn

Shop the sale at our new Spring Clean Flea Market! Discover quality items from community members who are selling, bartering, or trading their gently used goods. Admission is free for...

Free

Teaching Garden Planting Day

Barrington Area Library 505 N Northwest Highway, Barrington

Work side by side with Master Gardeners to learn basic gardening skills, and help us plant our garden! Gloves and tools provided. Registration suggested.

Free

Paws at the Library

Poplar Creek Public Library 1405 S. Park Avenue, Streamwood

Who doesn’t love dogs! Come meet and play with therapy dogs and pet the stress of final exams and the school year away. Drinks and treats are to be served....

Free
Event Series Train Saturdays

Train Saturdays

DuPage County Historical Museum 102 E Wesley St, Wheaton

The HO Gauge Model Train is operated by the DuPage Society of Model Engineers on the third and fifth Saturday of each month. The model features a detailed layout that covers 2,000 feet of track and highlights some of DuPage County’s railroads and landmarks in a landscape that blends fact and fantasy.

Free

Spring Tea Party

Berwyn Public Library 2701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn

Recommended for ages 3+. Registration is required. Don your best outfit and bring your grownup to enjoy a special afternoon tea party at your library! Mayores de 3 años. Es...

Free

Bluesmobile Cruise Nights

Downtown Mount Prospect Northwest Highway and Main Street, Mount Prospect

Come view the coolest classic cars around. The Mount Prospect Lions Club is sponsoring Bluesmobile Cruse Nights every Saturday. Each week, there will be a new theme. Admission is free....

Free
Event Series Spring Ice Show

Spring Ice Show

Franklin Park Ice Arena 9711 Waveland Avenue, Franklin Park

A community event for all ages!  If you haven't seen one of our annual shows, you've been missing out! Each year, the Ice Arena presents a "near professional" production for your enjoyment. The costumes are colorful, the music is energetic and the lighting effects are vibrant. Best of all is watching our Skating School students...

$10
Event Series Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert Series

Downtown Wheaton South Main Street & West Liberty Drive, Wheaton

Live music is the best part of summer – enjoy 40+ live music events coming summer 2024! The Downtown Wheaton Summer Music Series brings the sounds of summer to the...

Free
Event Series Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Various Locations IL

Bring your blanket, lawn chair, friends and family for these special outdoor movies! Refreshments will be available to purchase. Movies will begin after dusk. May 18 - Space Jam at...

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Event Series Spring Series: Of Joy

Spring Series: Of Joy

Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E Randolph Street, Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) announced program selections for Spring Series: Of Joy, the final installment of Season 46, Abundance. The engagement will include four unique works, once again showcasing...

$15 – $110

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