Guide to What is Open Summer 2020: Planned Openings, Closings, and Reschedulings

As Illinois transitions into Phase 3 of the “Restore Illinois” plan, we’re keeping you up-to-date on what’s open, what’s cancelled, and more. We’ll continually update this article as more information becomes available. We’ve only included events and venues that have recently provided updated information. If you know of a closure or opening, please email Annie (annie@mykidlist.com). Thanks!

Restore Illinois: What phase are we in?

What is open this summer?

Please note that parks are open (check out our article about parks with paved paths!), but playgrounds will remain closed until Phase 4.

Cantigny Park will open to park members, Honor Club members, and limited others on June 1. Restrictions include no access to the playground and tanks. They plan to open to the general public later this summer; click here for updates on their phased reopening.

Geneva Park District has opened disc golf, mini golf, and tennis courts with limited hours and additional guidelines. Reservations are required for mini golf; click here to sign up.

Oak Brook Park District is allowing private rentals of Splash Island for up to 8 people, with a cost of $150 for 90 minutes to have the facility to yourself. Register here.

Santa’s Village Amusement Park announced on April 29 that they are now set to open on June 12, 2020. Click here for updates.

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Gathering on the Green, which normally takes place in the beginning of June in Western Springs, has been rescheduled for September 12, 2020. More details will be available soon.

Centennial Beach in Naperville is tentatively planning to open on Father’s Day weekend, rather than its usual Memorial Day weekend. Check their website for updates.

The following events have (or are planning to) reschedule:

What has been canceled this summer or closed for the season?

Pools Closed for 2020

The following pools have decided to not open for the 2020 summer season:

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Events Cancelled for 2020

The Exchange Club of Naperville has cancelled Ribfest 2020. This was supposed to have been the event’s first year at its new location in Romeoville.

In a May 1 update, Ravinia decided to cancel their 2020 season. This is the first time they canceled the season since the Great Depression. Anyone who purchased tickets can receive refunds or vouchers for future performances, or they can convert those funds into tax-deductible donations. Click here for more information.

SJC Fest at St. John of the Cross in Western Springs is canceled for 2020. Anyone who has purchased mega passes for the carnival should contact Mary Beth Drafz (mbdrafz@stjohnofthecross.org) to learn how to receive a refund. SJC Fest 2021 will be June 24 – 27. Click here for more info.

Eyes to the Skies in Lisle chose to cancel their popular festival when Coronavirus was determined to be a pandemic, but they will be back next year, July 2-4, 2021. Click here for their statement.

Wheaton Park District has announced that all events through July 2020 have been cancelled, including Taste of Wheaton (June 4-7), Municipal Band Concerts (June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30), Fish-O-Rama (June 20), and the Independence Day Fireworks and Parade (July 3-4).

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The following events have also been cancelled this year:

For ideas, resources, and encouragement, check out our lifeline for navigating the COVID-19 stay-at-home order with kids.

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

2 Comments on "Guide to What is Open Summer 2020: Planned Openings, Closings, and Reschedulings"

  1. Carol Skwarek | May 20, 2020 at 9:33 pm | Reply

    Cypress Cove Aquatic Park in Woodridge posted on their web site that their facility will not open for the 2020 summer season. Bummer!

  2. Carol Skwarek | May 20, 2020 at 9:35 pm | Reply

    Sunset Pool, Glen Ellyn – closed for the summer season. Posted on their web site today.

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