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August 2018

National S’Mores Day Celebration

August 10, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States + Google Map
Free

Did you know that the earliest known recipe for S'mores can be found in a Girl Scout camping guide from 1927? Let's celebrate this awesome tradition! Join us to celebrate the season of S'mores, and to see what Girl Scouts is all about!    Choose the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and NW Indiana location that's closest to you! Camp Butternut Springs, Valparaiso, Indiana Forsythe Park, Hammond Indiana Camp Greene Wood, Woodridge, Illinois Girl Scout Gathering Place, Joliet, Illinois Girl…

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January 2020

Volunteer Restoration Day

January 4, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 19, 2020

One event on January 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Help improve a prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing nonnative plants. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more). Saturday, January 4, 9am – 12pm - Springbrook Prairie Saturday, January 4, 9am – 12pm - Maple Grove Sunday, January 5, 9am – 12pm - Maple Grove Saturday, January 11, 9am – 12pm - Maple Grove Sunday, January…

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February 2020

Volunteer Restoration Day

February 1, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until February 29, 2020

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Help improve a prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing nonnative plants. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more). Saturday, February 1, 9am – 12pm at Maple Grove Saturday, February 1, 9am – 12pm at Springbrook Prairie Sunday, February 2, 9am – 12pm at Maple Grove Saturday, February 8, 9am – 12pm at Springbrook Prairie Saturday, February…

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FREE Sports Saturdays – CANCELED

February 15, 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 21, 2020

Various Locations IL United States
Free

The Fox Valley Park District has partnered with six schools throughout Aurora and North Aurora to offer its traditionally popular Sports Saturdays program. Free to resident families with children in grades 1 through 5, Sports Saturdays provide a supervised environment for children to interact and participate in activities that include sports, crafts and general fitness. Grades 1-2: 9 a.m. to noon Grades 3-5: Noon to 3 p.m. Dates: Jan. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21 School…

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March 2020

Earth Week Forest Preserve Pick-Me-Up

March 5, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States
Free

Pick up your mood as you help pick up litter around our preserves. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more). Monday, April 20, 4 – 6pm at Springbrook Prairie Tuesday, April 21, 4 – 6pm at Burlington Park Wednesday, April 22, 4 – 6pm at Greene Valley Thursday, April 23, 4 – 6pm at Springbrook Prairie Friday, April…

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Volunteer Restoration Day – CANCELED

March 7, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until March 28, 2020

One event on March 11, 2020 at 10:00 am

One event on March 25, 2020 at 10:00 am

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Help improve a prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing nonnative plants. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more). Saturday, March 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Maple Grove Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Danada Sunday, March 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Maple Grove Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 am –…

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June 2020

Dinosaur Expedition

June 27, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States
Free

Welcome...to Glen Ellyn Park! We’re seeking local “paleontologists” to create dinosaur-themed exhibits in their front yards or windows to entertain kids (and adults) while they’re out for a neighborhood trek on June 27th! Keep it simple and put out stuffed animals, toys, or inflatable creatures, or get creative and design an elaborate display! Please remember to follow social distancing rules and stay at least six feet away from non-family members while participating. A map of participating homes will be posted…

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July 2020

Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment

July 7, 2020, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Various Locations IL United States
Free

Join the fun on Tuesday afternoons with the Naperville Park District at Children’s Lunch-Hour Entertainment. This free event, which is hosted in several different locations in Naperville, features a variety of engaging performances that will delight kids and adults alike! Prior to attending, please review the COVID-19 Participation Guidelines for Outdoor events All shows begin at 11:30 am and last for approximately 45 minutes. July 7 - Frontier Park (3415 Book R0ad) - Miss Jamie from the Farm July 14 -…

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Restoration Workdays

July 11, 2020, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on August 8, 2020 at 9:00 am

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Help care for natural areas in your community parks. Activities may include removal of non-native plants, picking up trash, trail maintenance, collecting seeds, and planting trees and flowers. Please bring your own work gloves and a water bottle. We will follow health guidelines, maintain distances, and limit participation to a maximum of 8 volunteers as allowed under Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Contact Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org if you have questions. 7/11 - Maryknoll 8/8 - Lake Ellyn

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Hiking for Health

July 18, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on August 30, 2020 at 10:00 am

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Head outdoors and take the first step toward a healthy lifestyle! Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, help alleviate attention deficits, and stimulate general good health. We'll hike to explore nature, while doing some invigorating exercises and fun nature activities along the way. Saturday, July 18; 10 - 11 a.m. Aurora West Forest Preserve 40W032 Hankes Rd., Aurora FREE Sunday, Aug. 30; 10 - 11 a.m. Burnidge Forest Preserve 38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin…

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August 2020

Wood Dale Police Night Out

August 4, 2020, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States
Free

Free family fun for all ages!

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February 2021

Cabin Fever Frenzy

February 5, 2021, 8:00 am - February 6, 2021, 6:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States
$30

Ready to shake things up this winter? Face the Cabin Fever Frenzy! Part scavenger hunt, part game night, part creative outlet, the Cabin Fever Frenzy is a 48-hour team based challenge. Teams of 2-6 will be presented with over 100 mini-challenges (like singing a TV theme song, recreating a famous piece of art, or tapping into your pop culture knowledge). This app-based adventure will be held February 4-6. The team with the highest points will receive the $100 grand prize.…

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November 2021

Drive or Walk Through Holiday Lights

November 23, 2021
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 9, 2022

Various Locations IL United States

You can find all of the best Christmas lights in the suburbs with addresses, photos and a map on our Where to Find the Best Christmas Lights and Our 2021 Map guide. Take a drive or walk through the beautiful light displays!

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Stroll Through Holiday Walks

November 26, 2021
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until December 31, 2021

Various Locations IL United States

‘Tis the season to get outside and celebrate the holidays. Store-front windows filled with snowmen, reindeer lining the streets, elves hidden in downtown shops, and rows of beautifully-decorated trees fill your neighborhood parks. Find all the details at in our Stroll Through These 2021 Winter and Holiday Walks list.

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February 2022

Cupid’s Surprise Delivery

February 11, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States
$15

In this special Valentine’s Day delivery program you can stay anonymous or reveal yourself as the sender! Choose from TWO Valentine's Day surprises or send both! Send a Cupid’s Special Delivery Valentine Carnation bouquet to a friend, sweetheart, family member, neighbor, grandchild or anyone! $15 per Carnation Bouquet AND/OR Send a Sweetheart Surprise Gift Bag filled with fun Valentine's Day-themed sweet treats! $15 per Surprise Treat Bag. Each delivery will include a personal greeting from you.   For information on…

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20th Annual Children’s Breakfast

February 26, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States
$65

Join us for a morning of Children's Literature while listening to our featured Keynote Speakers and enjoying breakfast with a local author at every table! A full buffet breakfast while an author or illustrator joins you for table discussions between the keynote speakers Raffles, goodie bags, book talks on the newest in Children's Literature A pop-up bookstore Continuing education hours Our annual illustrated chair raffle Registration opens at 7:15 am; come early as we will begin promptly at 8:00 am.…

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April 2022

Bunnygrams

April 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States
$50

10-minute home visit from the Easter Bunny. Gift basket, photo op.    For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Easter Bunny Breakfasts and Other Easter Events.

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Easter Egg Dash

April 6, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Various Locations IL United States + Google Map
$20

Enjoy an Easter surprise from the safety of your home! Chuck the Duck will hide eggs, filled with small treats and candy, in your front yard. Will you spot Chuck the Duck in action? Please register only one family member per household. The Easter treats will be delivered on Wednesday, April 6, between 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The fee is $20 per house; only available to Batavia Park District residents.   For information on more events like this, check…

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Explore Immersive Experiences and Special Exhibits

April 22
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until June 23, 2022

Various Locations IL United States

There are a lot of fun and interesting new exhibits open to enjoy! We rounded up each new temporary exhibit and immersive experience at several museums, zoos, and more so you can see what they have to offer… all in our New Exhibits and Immersive Experiences at Local Attractions list

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Enjoy a Live Theater Performance

April 22
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until June 23, 2022

Various Locations IL United States

We’re thrilled to share all of the upcoming kid-friendly productions happening in Chicagoland this spring and summer season in our Kid-Friendly Theater Guide.

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June 2022

Aurora Museum Week

June 5, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 11, 2022

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map
Free

Aurora Museum Week will be celebrated from June 5 through June 11. Enjoy museum tours, specials, and activities. Sunday, June 5 Blackberry Farm open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tanner House Museum will be back open on Sunday afternoons for tours starting on May 29. Monday, June 6 Blackberry Farm open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 Aurora Regional Fire Museum will host a fun day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Blackberry Farm open 9:30 a.m. to…

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Neighborhood Movie

June 9, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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One event on June 23, 2022 at 8:30 pm

One event on July 7, 2022 at 8:30 pm

One event on August 4, 2022 at 8:30 pm

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map
Free

Share this outdoor movie experience with your kids, friends and neighbors. June 9 - Cruella June 23 - Luca July 7- Encanto August 4 - The Mitchells vs. the Machines For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Outdoor Movies.

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Kidlist Park Playdate Series

June 26, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on July 14, 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on August 9, 2022 at 3:00 pm

One event on August 27, 2022 at 10:00 am

Various Locations IL United States
Free

We are overjoyed to announce that the Park Playdate Series is back! It was such a great time last year that we can’t wait to do it again. Join us at some of our favorite parks over the summer to enjoy free entertainment, snacks, crafts, and connecting with other families in the community. June 26, 2022: 3:00-4:30 pm at Memorial Park in La Grange Park July 14, 2022: 10:00-11:30 am at Spring Rock Park in Western Springs August 9, 2022:…

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September 2022

Camping 101

September 14, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on November 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map
Free

REGISTER IN ADVANCE Free workshop covering basic camping skills. All ages. October 12 at Camp Sullivan in Oak Forest November 16 at Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs

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¡VIVA! Mexican and Polish Music In Celebration of Mexican Independence

September 14, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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One event on September 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm

One event on September 25, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map
Free

A joyful FREE concert of music by Cuerdas Clasicas String Ensemble and the Lira Singers in colorful, authentic folk garb, will celebrate Mexican independence, Poland’s history of fighting for its freedom, and will compare them with Ukraine’s current struggle against Russian aggression – at three FREE performances – all with FREE parking:  Wednesday, September 14th at 7pm Morton College, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center - Building A 3801 South Central Street in Cicero (Just north of the Central Avenue exit…

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October 2022

Fire Department Silent Parade

October 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
IL United States
Free

The Westmont Fire Department will be participating in the annual Silent Parade on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m.  The parade is dedicated to firefighters and fire victims who have lost their lives due to fires. The parade officially closes National Fire Prevention Week, which begins on October 9.  The Silent Parade will start in Hinsdale and then travel west on Chicago Avenue through Westmont.  The route then continues on Naperville Road and eventually ends in Lisle. The public is…

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Stars Stories and Smores

October 28, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on November 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on November 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on November 12, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Join a family-friendly evening with a cozy fire, s ’mores, a “spooky” story trail, star gazing, pumpkin painting and more. Costumes encouraged! October 28: Thatcher Woods Pavilion November 4: Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion November 5: LaBagh Woods November 12: Camp Shabbona Woods

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November 2022

Stars Stories and Smores

November 4, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on November 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on November 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on November 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Join a family-friendly evening with a cozy fire, s ’mores, a “spooky” story trail, star gazing, pumpkin painting and more. Costumes encouraged! October 28: Thatcher Woods Pavilion November 4: Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion November 5: LaBagh Woods November 12: Camp Shabbona Woods

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Stars Stories and Smores

November 5, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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One event on November 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on November 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on November 12, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Join a family-friendly evening with a cozy fire, s ’mores, a “spooky” story trail, star gazing, pumpkin painting and more. Costumes encouraged! October 28: Thatcher Woods Pavilion November 4: Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion November 5: LaBagh Woods November 12: Camp Shabbona Woods

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Stars Stories and Smores

November 12, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on November 4, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on November 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on November 12, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Various Locations IL United States
Free

Join a family-friendly evening with a cozy fire, s ’mores, a “spooky” story trail, star gazing, pumpkin painting and more. Costumes encouraged! October 28: Thatcher Woods Pavilion November 4: Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion November 5: LaBagh Woods November 12: Camp Shabbona Woods

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Camping 101

November 16, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on October 12, 2022 at 5:30 pm

One event on November 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map
Free

REGISTER IN ADVANCE Free workshop covering basic camping skills. All ages. October 12 at Camp Sullivan in Oak Forest November 16 at Camp Bullfrog Lake in Willow Springs

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 22
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 23
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 24
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 25
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 26
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 27
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 28
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 29
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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Admire Holiday Lights

November 30
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until January 8, 2023

Various Locations IL United States + Google Map

Visit our guide of the 2022 Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows in Chicago’s Suburbs to find all the best spots for viewing holiday lights this season.

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