Local Spots to Buy and Fly Kites + 2022 Kite Flying Events in Chicagoland

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Spring weather is here, which brings the perfect wind for kite flying. Over the past two years, our family has found that some of our favorite memories have been created when we’re doing the simplest of activities. While flying our kite, we are working together to get the kite to stay up in the air, taking turns, and laughing when it doesn’t work according to our plan. Below we’ve given you details on where to buy kites, as well as how to make your own. If you’re just starting out, there’s details on how to get the kite to stay up, as well as festivals for you to see the experts in action.

Kite-Flying Fun + 2022 Kite Festivals

How to Fly a Kite and Make One at Home

PBS Kids has a great set of instructions on how to make your own kite and fly it with your child. All you need is newspaper (or the grocery circular), string or ribbon, glue, two sticks from outside, and and a knife.

Where to Buy a Kite

If you’d prefer to buy a kite, look to a local toy shop!

  • Pinwheel Toys in Wheaton has kites in stock at their online shop.
  • Give Anderson’s Toyshop in Naperville a call at (630) 355-2665; they can let you know what’s in stock.

How to Fly a Kite

Already have a kite? This tutorial from a kite shop owner is a helpful demonstration of how to get it aloft. Younger kids might like this Daniel Tiger segment on flying a kite, too.

Even if you’re just running around in the yard or a field trying your best, kite flying is still a lot of fun. Bring snacks and a Frisbee to keep everyone cheery even if you’re having trouble getting it aloft!

2022 Chicagoland Kite Flying Festivals/Events

Earth Day Kite Fly (Oswego)
April 23, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bring your own, or just watch the professionals at this family-friendly event.

Go Fly a Kite (Wheaton)
May 7, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Join in the grand launch, whether you bring your own kite or purchase one at the event.

Flying 4 Kids Kite Fly (LaGrange)
May 7, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Register in advance for Pleasant Dale Park District’s Kite Fly. Families can fly their own, or select to purchase one at the time of registration.

Frontier Kite Fly Festival (Naperville)
June 5, 2022 | 11:00am – 4:00pm
There will be fun for all ages at this annual event. Watch professional demonstrations, but don’t forget to bring your own kite, too!

Where to Fly Kites in the Western Suburbs

Find an open space and get those kites in the air! Here are a few favorite spots for kite flying. We would love to hear your go-to spots too!

RiverEdge Park
360 N Broadway Street
Aurora, IL 60505

Circle Park
163 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Springfield Park
269 Springfield Drive
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Arie Crown Forest
6600 South La Grange Road
Countryside, IL 60525

Eldridge Park
363 W Commonwealth Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Waiola Park
545 S. Stone Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525

Frontier Park Sports Complex
3380 Cedar Glade Drive
Naperville, IL 60564

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Ty Warner Park
700 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559

Graf Park
1855 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Northside Park
1300 N West Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Walker Park
7425 S Wolf Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Be sure to check out our outdoor events page for even more opportunities to soak up the sun with your loved ones!

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