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Event Series Elmhurst Farmers Market

Elmhurst Farmers Market

York and Vallette York and Vallette, Elmhurst

The Elmhurst Farmers Market is one of Elmhurst’s great local markets and a family friendly must do event, popular with locals and visitors alike. Enjoy boutique style shopping every Wednesday...

Free

Discovery Play Date and My Museum Summer Opening

My Museum 500 N. Benton Street, Palatine

You’re invited to Quest Academy’s FREE Discovery Play Date on Wednesday, June 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Quest Academy is hosting a special Discovery Play Date for kids...

Free
Event Series Free Parking Wednesday

Free Parking Wednesday

Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

New for 2024, enjoy free parking at Cantigny every Wednesday, March through October. Advance online registration is required. The normal $5 parking fee applies for guests not registered.   For...

Free

Pop-in Play: Puzzles

Helen Plum Library 411 South Main Street, Lombard

Drop-in activities recommended for ages 3-5, with a participating adult. Pop by the Library for a playful morning of popular activities!

Free
Event Series Storytime in the Park

Storytime in the Park

Various Locations IL

Listen to stories and learn new songs in English and Spanish, with playful activities interwoven throughout our time in the great outdoors. For families. No registration necessary. In case of...

Free
Event Series Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center 15891 S Paxton Ave, South Holland

Learn about nature through music, stories, and artmaking. Ages 2-5 w/adult. Jun 9: Cicadas! Jun 12: Cicadas! Jul 10: Snakes! Jul 14: Snakes! Aug 11: Turtles! Aug 14: Turtles!

Free
Event Series Picnic on the Riverwalk

Picnic on the Riverwalk

Amphitheater on the Riverwalk SE Corner of Jackson & Eagle St, Naperville

Enjoy an all-ages, Family Storytime and puppet show on the Riverwalk. This program will be held outdoors at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre across Jackson Ave. from Nichols Library. In the event...

Free
Event Series Bingo at Big Woods

Bingo at Big Woods

Big Woods Park 1063 S. Raddant Road, Batavia

Join us at Big Woods Park for outdoor Bingo. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and we'll provide the Bingo cards and fun. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver....

Free
Event Series PlayLab PlayDate

PlayLab PlayDate

Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Drop in to the Crown Family PlayLab for free weekly activites for 2-6 year olds! PlayLab PlayDates are free to museum guests, don’t require pre-registration, and take place on IL...

Included in general admission
Event Series Casting on the Pier

Casting on the Pier

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago

Casting On The Pier is back! Join us starting June 5 from 11am until 1pm, weather permitting. The team of skilled and friendly volunteers will be outside on the pier...

Included in general admission
Event Series Picture Book Picnic

Picture Book Picnic

Iowa Community Center (Villa Park) 338 N Iowa Avenue, Villa Park

Enjoy stories, music and movement! All ages with adult. Blanket and picnic lunch are optional. This drop-in program will be held outdoors. When the weather is inclement it will be...

Free
Event Series Rainbow Pride Storytime

Rainbow Pride Storytime

Various Locations IL

Join us for an exuberant storytime to honor Pride month! This storytime will feature books, songs, and activities that promote self-expression, identity, and families in the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will...

Free
Event Series Kids Klub

Kids Klub

York Center Park District 1609 South Luther Avenue, Lombard

Join us this summer for some lunchtime entertainment. These interactive children's shows are a great free way to spend a summer afternoon. A variety of well-known acts will perform. Bring...

Free
Event Series Lunch on the Lawn

Lunch on the Lawn

Burlington Park (Hinsdale) 30 E Chicago Avenue, Hinsdale

Bring on summer! Grab your kids, friends, and neighbors to enjoy FREE, fun, and socially distant family entertainment. Bring your picnic blanket, pack a lunch, and see a performance you...

Free
Event Series Art at the Park

Art at the Park

Various Locations IL

Meet us at various local parks in Elk Grove Village for fun outdoor inspired art projects. June 12: Bubble Art @ Fountain Square June 19: Rock Painting @ Appleseed June...

Free
Event Series Summer Drop-In Days

Summer Drop-In Days

Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Summer Drop-In Days, every Wednesday and Saturday, offer activities that explore history and culture in creative ways! Sessions may have a military theme or French spin — for example, apply...

Included in general admission

In My Dancing Era

Berwyn Public Library 2701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn

Calling all Swifties! You won't have a cruel summer if you shake it off with us at this Taylor Swift -inspired dance sampler class led by Berwyn dance studio, Baila...

Free

Fun Pioneer Photos

Naper Settlement 523 S. Weber Street, Naperville

Have your photo taken pioneer style! Clothing, props, and accessories are provided. Pre-registration is required. Photos will be emailed. 15-minute time slots are available from 2-4PM on June 12. Pioneer...

Included in general admission

Dan Gogh’s Magical Camp Adventure

Franklin Park Public Library 10311 Grand Avenue, Franklin Park

Looking for a magical escape? It’s time to make a lifetime of discoveries by experiencing the great outdoors in this one-of-a-kind variety show! Artist Dan Gogh will be your guide...

Free

Touch-a-Truck and Summer Concert

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

School's out Touch-A-Truck. A family event from 5-7pm, followed by a concert in the park featuring "Soda" from 7-8:30pm.    For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Touch-A-Truck Events.

Free
Event Series Safety City Open Road

Safety City Open Road

Toohey Park Building 1900 Orchard Rd, Wheaton

Safety City is open to the public and supervised by qualified staff. No drop-off permitted. Children with tricycles and helmets ca ride safely free of charge with a parent or...

Free
Event Series Unplug at the Park

Unplug at the Park

Various Locations IL

It’s time to free yourself and your family from all electronic devices! This summer, unplug with the Wheeling Park District at your neighborhood parks. These community events are all about...

Free
Event Series STC Live

STC Live

Downtown St. Charles IL

​Join us this summer for FREE live music at various St. Charles establishments and on the newly renovated 1st Street Plaza every Wednesday and Friday evening, from June 5th to...

Free
Event Series Pier Dance

Pier Dance

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

Prepare to dance the night away this summer as Pier Dance returns! Let loose and learn new moves with this exciting series of free dance lessons. Each week, you’ll dive into a different dance style taught by top-notch instructors from the city. After the lessons, it’s time to hit the dance floor and show off...

Free
Event Series Sensory Swim Nights

Sensory Swim Nights

Sunset Pool (Glen Ellyn) 483 Fairview Avenue, Glen Ellyn

The Glen Ellyn Park District is excited to announce the return of Sensory Swim Nights! These evenings provide a relaxing and inclusive aquatic environment for individuals with sensory sensitivities. Sensory...

$3 – $4
Event Series Arbor Evenings

Arbor Evenings

The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle

This summer, make your Wednesday nights special with friends and family at the Arboretum. Dance to live music, enjoy food and drinks, play lawn games, and watch amazing sunsets on...

Free – $15
Event Series Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth Celebration

Longfellow Park 610 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park

The entire community is invited to join in Oak Park’s celebration of Juneteenth! This year's theme is Remembering OUR History and Claiming OUR Future. Juneteenth flag-raising ceremony 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 12 Village Hall courtyard Oak Park's Juneteenth festivities begin with a flag-raising ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12...

Free
Event Series Music on the Deck

Music on the Deck

Salt Creek Golf Club 1051 N Prospect Avenue, Wood Dale

New this summer - Three Wednesday night concerts! Make it a great evening event-place your order with RoccoVino’s inside the Clubhouse and take it outside to enjoy some relaxing music...

Free
Event Series Family Concert Series

Family Concert Series

Ruggard Gazebo (Villa Park) South Ardmore Avenue & East Central Boulevard, Villa Park

Join us at the Ruggard Gazebo on Wednesdays in June! Bring along a blanket or chairs and enjoy the summer weather with fun and lively musical entertainment. This is a...

Free
Event Series Concert in the Park

Concert in the Park

Thorndale Park 22W130 Thorndale Avenue, Medinah

June 12 – The Mackenzie O’Brien Band July 10 – The Wayouts August 7 – The GOOROOS   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of...

Free

Summer Concert in the Park

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

Come join us for an unforgettable summer experience! Our series showcases talented artists and musicians from various genres, providing a perfect opportunity for you to relax, unwind and enjoy the...

Free

Movie Screening: BFG

Hanover Park Branch 1266 Irving Park Road, Hanover Park

A lonely orphan befriends a "big friendly giant," and together the pair explore a magical world and collect dreams. Later, they try to warn the Queen of England about the...

Free
Event Series Movies on the Lawn

Movies on the Lawn

Oakbrook Center 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

Join us for a summer of outdoor cinema with the Movies on The Lawn series at Oakbrook Center. From timeless classics to family favorites to modern blockbusters, there’s something for...

Free
Event Series Free Movies in the Park

Free Movies in the Park

Veterans Park District 112 N Wolf Road, Northlake

Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks. Please remember that alcohol and dogs are not allowed on park properties. Movies...

Free
Event Series Movies on the Green

Movies on the Green

Centennial Green 31 S Emerson Street, Mount Prospect

Announcing the 2024 Movies on the Green schedule! Join us for the following FREE events: June 12 – Super Mario Brothers July 17 – Barbie August 7 – Teenage Mutant...

Free
Event Series Summer Fireworks

Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

Enjoy Chicago’s beloved sky spectacle show every Wednesday night at 9pm and Saturday night at 10pm, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Gather your loved ones and head...

Free

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