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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
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
Event Series Nature Walk

Nature Walk

Wheaton Public Library 225 N Cross Street, Wheaton

Enjoy some nature with us this summer. Join us on the library's West Plaza for a walk around Adams Park paired with an activity for all ages. While our outdoor...

Free
Event Series Storytime in the Park

Storytime in the Park

Sycamore Trails Park 1500 E Kensington Road, Mount Prospect

We’re celebrating summer, enjoy Storytime at Sycamore Trails Park! Listen to stories and learn new songs in English and Spanish, with playful activities interwoven throughout our time in the great...

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

Teddy Bear Picnic

Clarendon Hills Public Library 7 N. Prospect, Clarendon Hills

Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic, and you're invited! Bring your favorite teddy bear and a blanket. We'll sing songs, listen to stories, and other activities on...

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

Family Concert: ScribbleMonster

Barrington Area Library 505 N Northwest Highway, Barrington

Bring your dancing shoes and wild imagination to enjoy the award-winning music and play of Jim from ScribbleMonster. Using a mix of kindness, music and humor, ScribbleMonster’s presentation encourages children...

Free
Event Series Story Trail

Story Trail

Bemis Woods Wolf Rd & 31st St, Westchester

Walk a short, looped trail and experience a story unfolding with every step. Onsite activities will be provided. Grove 7. “I am Strong” by Erin Stevenson: Wednesday, July 10 “I...

Free
Event Series Open Nature Play Day

Open Nature Play Day

Dan Ryan Woods 83rd and Western Ave, Chicago

Bring your little one for open nature play time. Enjoy the Dan Ryan Woods Nature Play space while helping your children connect with nature. Enjoy stories, art, and exploration each...

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

Yoga for Littles

La Grange Park Public Library 555 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park

You and your child are invited to a super fun yoga class! Learn some silly moves to make a fun story come alive with yoga. Older siblings are welcome to...

Free
Event Series Wacky Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday

Memorial Park (La Grange Park) 132 West Oak Avenue, La Grange Park

Spend some quality time with your little ones and enjoy free children’s entertainment, sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces. The series takes place from 11am to noon on...

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 Stay and Play

Stay and Play

St. Charles Public Library 1 S. 6th Street, St. Charles

Stay and play at the library! Come for books, stay for the fun! July 10 - Jumbo Games July 11 - Board Games July 12 - Coloring Bookmarks

Free
Event Series LEGO Zone

LEGO Zone

Chicago Children's Museum 700 E Grand Avenue, Chicago

From dinosaurs to cities and towns, there's nothing you can't create with LEGO bricks! Join visiting LEGO Brick Specialists for a playful building challenge, and let your imagination soar! Running...

Included in general admission
Event Series LEGO Zone Days

LEGO Zone Days

Chicago Children's Museum 700 E Grand Avenue, Chicago

From dinosaurs to cities and towns, there’s nothing you can’t create with LEGO bricks! Join visiting LEGO Brick Specialists for a playful building challenge and let your imagination soar!

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 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 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

Discovery Isle: River Critters

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

There are creatures above, there are critters below and many plants grow in and around our rivers. Come out to Isle a la Cache and explore which species call this...

Free
Event Series Wacky Wednesday

Wacky Wednesday

East End Pool 463 Schiller Avenue, Elmhurst

June 26 - Enjoy a crafty day at Smalley Pool with Wacky Wednesday Holidays Crafts, 1-4 pm! Explore your creativity while you create crafts from all different holidays. Regular daily...

Included in general admission
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

Family Bingo

La Grange Public Library 10 W. Cossitt Avenue, La Grange

The whole family is invited to join us for a rousing BINGO competition. Which family members will claim victory? There will be a variety of prize options for the winners.

Free
Event Series Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies

Palatine Public Library 700 N North Court, Palatine

This program supports struggling readers by letting them practice reading a short book to a dog. While kids wait their turn, they can play some fun reading games. Grades 1...

Free
Event Series Jammin’ in July

Jammin’ in July

Western Springs Tower Green 914 Hillgrove Avenue, Western Springs

Over 4 consecutive Wednesdays in July, FREE concerts will be held at the Tower Green and will feature rock, country, tribute bands and more. Be sure to bring a blanket,...

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

Rubber Ducky Night

Lions Park Pool 100 Byrd Court, Clarendon Hills

Enjoy a fun night of games and events centered on everyone's favorite water toy: the rubber ducky! Events include duck races down our waterslide, cannonball contest, and more! Every winner...

Included in general admission
Event Series Stay and Play

Stay and Play

Mount Prospect Public Library 10 S. Emerson, Mount Prospect

This drop-in playtime features a special, immersive theme to explore and pretend play. The Youth Department program room will transform into a unique, child-size world that's the perfect space to...

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 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

Family Art Night

Wheaton Public Library 225 N Cross Street, Wheaton

Make some art as a family. Visit our stations throughout the Youth Services Department and try out a variety of art mediums for yourself. Your creations are yours to take...

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 Wednesday Concerts

Wednesday Concerts

Roos Recreation Center 7329 W. Harrison St, Forest Park

June 26 - Classical Blast July 10 - Valius August 14 - Strung Out   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Outdoor Summer Music...

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
Event Series Kiwanis Summer Concerts

Kiwanis Summer Concerts

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

Celebrating 44 years of music! The concession stand opens at 6 pm selling hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, soft drinks and more. Alcohol is prohibited on the Prairie Path.  ...

Free

Movie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Hanover Park Branch 1266 Irving Park Road, Hanover Park

Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his...

Free
Event Series Music Under the Stars

Music Under the Stars

Memorial Park (La Grange Park) 132 West Oak Avenue, La Grange Park

June 26 – West Suburban Concert Band July 10 – Strung Out July 17 – Mr. Myers July 24 – Sting Rays July 31 – Telltale Hearts August 7 –...

Free
Event Series Concerts In The Park

Concerts In The Park

River Park (Geneva) 151 N. River Lane, Geneva

The Geneva Park District is offering its annual Concerts in the Park series this summer at River Park along the scenic Fox River, weather permitting. The free event will be...

Free
Event Series Midweek Movies

Midweek Movies

Burr Ridge Village Center 701 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge

Join us for a ✨FREE✨ movie on The Village Green. 🌙 Movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Takeout Meals Available From: Cooper's Hawk 🍝 The Hampton Social 🦞 Olive Tree Mediterranean...

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 Sounds of Summer

Sounds of Summer

Various Locations IL

The complete summer includes Main Stage Concerts on Friday nights, Family Picnic Series on Tuesdays at noon, Battle of the Bands, Palatine Concert Band Shows, and Outdoor Movie Nights –...

Free
Event Series Movie in the Park

Movie in the Park

Various Locations IL

Enjoy family friendly films in our beautiful parks under the stars. Bring your own chairs or blankets and sit back and enjoy the show. Movies begin at dusk. Come at...

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 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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