Glow in the Park at Lake Ellyn

Glen Ellyn Park District’s Glow in the Park lantern walk on Sunday, September 17 will offer food, activities, live kids’ music, and a magical sight! As the sun sets over Lake Ellyn, lighted lanterns will bob and sway in procession, casting their glow on the crowd below. Best of all, it couldn’t be easier for your family to be part of the fun.

This post is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District.

Event Details

  • Event: Glow in the Park Lantern Walk
  • Location: Lake Ellyn Park (645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn)
  • Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • Time: 5–8 pm
    • Activities and food: 5–7:30 pm
    • Live music from Dave Rudolf: 6–7pm
    • Lantern walk: 7:30–8pm
  • Cost: Free (donations to Lurie Children’s appreciated)

The evening will kick off at 5 pm with food and activities, including bounce houses and an inflatable climbing wall, which run until 7:30 pm. At 6 pm, there will be live music from Dave Rudolf. The lantern walk itself—where everyone parades around the lake, holding the LED lanterns aloft on sticks—goes from 7:30–8 pm.

The event is free, put on in partnership with Charlie’s Corner Foundation. Donations are appreciated and proceeds benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

How to Participate in the Lantern Walk

You can bring your own paper lantern (held on a stick and lit with an LED light; no flames!) and decorate it in advance for a shot at the prize for most creative lantern.

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You can also buy lanterns and lights in advance at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center (185 Spring Avenue in Glen Ellyn), partake in lantern decorating before the walk itself ($10 fee for the lantern), or come to one of the park district’s paper lantern decorating workshops on September 12 or 14 (registration required; $10 for residents, $15 for non-residents). Click here to register for a workshop.

About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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