FEATURED: Kane County Fair | RidgeFest | Wood Dale Prairie Fest | DuPage County Fair | RomeoFest  Warrenville Summer Daze | 17th Annual Celebration “The World of Faeries Festival” | Willow Springs Willow Fest | Alley Art Festival | Naperville Jaycees Last Fling  SEE BELOW



Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival – June 30 – July 4. FREE ADMISSION, FREE Music Entertainment, Carnival Rides, 4th of July Parade, Food, Beer, Wine, Bingo, Family Activities, Pony Rides, 3v3 Soccer, Stampede Run 5K/10K, & more! Recreation Park, Arlington Heights. www.frontierdays.org

  • Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest – Thru 7/4. Entertainment and family fun. Community Park. palatinejaycees.org
  • Northwest Fourth-Fest – Thru 7/4. Fireworks, entertainment, kids’ zone. Hoffman Estates. Northwestfourthfest.com
  • Naperville Salute – 7/1-4. Live music, food, beer and family fun. Naperville. Napervillesalute.org
  • Celebrate Fox Lake – 7/2. Parade, live music and fireworks. Foxlake.org
  • Mt. Prospect Lions Club Annual Festival – 7/1-4. Fireworks, carnival, live music and car show. Melas Park, Mt. Prospect. mplions.org
  • Independence Day Extravaganza – 7/3. Live entertainment, kids’ zone and fireworks. Centennial Park, Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.org
  • LibertyFest – 7/4. Entertainment and fireworks. Redmond Park, Bensenville. bensenville.il.us
  • Lake Forest Festival – 7/4. Community event with fireworks. Deerpath Community Park, Lake Forest. chicagoevents.com
  • Taste of Westmont – 7/7-10. Food, live music and craft show. Downtown Westmont. westmontevents.com
  • McHenry Fiesta Days – 7/7-16. Live music, art fair, family fun, parade. McHenry. mchenryfiestadays.com
  • Palos Hills Friendship Festival – 7/7-10. Petting zoo, carnival rides, games, live music, car show. Palos Hills. paloshillsweb.org
  • Rockin’ Ribfest – 7/7-10. BBQ cook-off, live music and carnival. Sunset Park, Lake in the Hills. Rockinrotaryribfest.com
  • ItascaFest – 7/7-10. Food, fun, music, carnival rides and games. Itasca.com
  • Taste of Chicago – 7/8-10. Live music, dance performances, cooking demonstrations and family activities. Grant Park, Chicago. chicago.gov
  • Windmill City Festival – 7/8-10. Craft & Vintage Market, Golf Challenge, Children’s Activities, Games, Food & more.
  • Batavia Riverwalk. windmillcityfest.org
  • Naperville Ale Fest – 7/9. Unique craft beers, live music and food. Naper Settlement, Naperville. napervillealefest.com
  • Bristol Renaissance Faire – 7/9-9/5. Weekend medieval fair with jousting, sword swallowing, dancing, crafts and music. Kenosha, WI. renfair.com/Bristol
  • West Loop Summerfest – 7/9-10. Sand, yacht-rock and tropical inspired tribute bands. 12-10PM. Peoria. Chicagoevents.com

Kane County Fair | July 13-17. Unlimited carnival rides, music, grandstand events, beer tent, food & more! Free parking.  Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles. www.kanecountyfair.com

  • Glendale Heights Fest – 7/13-17. Rides, games, entertainment, food and more. Glendale Heights. Glendaleheightsfest.com
  • Antioch’s Taste of Summer & Sidewalk Days– 7/14-17. Headline bands, Carnival, Food Vendors, Sidewalk Sales. antiochchamber.org
  • Yorkville River Fest – 7/15-16. Live country music, ribs, family activities and more. 6-10PM. Yorkville. Enjoyaurora.com
  • Plainfield Fest – 7/15-17. Live entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo and more. Plainfield. Theplainfieldfest.com
  • Elk Grove Rotary Fest – 7/20-24. Bands, carnival, car show, food vendors and more. Elk Grove Village. Elkgroverotaryfest.com
  • North Shore Taco Fest & Highwood Days – 7/21-24. Carnival rides, music and tacos from area vendors. Downtown Highwood. celebratehighwood.org

RidgeFest | July 29-31. Music, carnival, food, beer garden & more. Sunday is Family Fun Day and Spectacular Fireworks. Chicago Ridge | www.chicagoridge.org

  • Wicker Park Fest – 7/22-24. Live music, art installations, food, drink, and a Kids’ Fest. Wicker Park, Chicago. Wickerparkbucktown.com
  • Taste of Lincoln Avenue – 7/22-24. 100+ vendors, art, music, kids’ activities and pony rides. Lincoln Park. tasteoflincolnchicago.com
  • El Gran Festival Columbiano – 7/22-24. Columbian marketplace, artists, musicians and cuisine. Humboldt Park, Chicago. colombianfestchicago.com
  • Peotone Hot Air Balloon Festival – 7/23-24. Live music, crafts, carnival, parade. Will County Fairgrounds. Peotone.  Balloonshows.com
  • Glencoe Festival of Art – 7/23-24. Over 90 juried artists in various mediums. Glencoe. Amdurproductions.com
  • Geneva Arts Fair – 7/23-24. Fine artisans from around the country are showcased at this festival. Geneva. genevachamber.com
  • EAA AirVenture –7/25-31. Unique aviation celebration with air shows, live music and activities. Oshkosh, WI. eaa.org
  • Lake County Fair – 7/27-31. Excitement for the whole family – rides, competitions, food and more. Grayslake. Lcfair.com
  • Sugar Grove Corn Boil – 7/28-31. Carnival rides, live music, car show and fireworks. Volunteer Park. Sugar Grove. Sugargrovecornboil.com
  • Lincolnwood Fest – 7/28-31. Live music, carnival rides, classic cars, games and more. Lincolnwood. Chicagoevents.com
  • Algonquin Founders’ Days – 7/28-31. Carnival rides, live music, parade and fireworks. Spella Park, Algonquin. algonquinfoundersdays.com
  • Summer Chi.ill Music Festival – 7/28-31. Tropical rock music. Benefits Cornerstone Services. Chicago Marriott, Schaumburg. summerchi-ill.com

Wood Dale Prairie Fest | July 28 – 31. Live Music, Family Fun, Car Show,  Carnival, Fireworks & Food. Community Park, 655 N. Wood Dale Road. Full schedule & Lineup. www.wooddale.com/PrairieFest

  • Streamwood Summer Celebration – 7/29-31. Parade, mini golf, carnival rides and entertainment. Streamwood. streamwoodsummercelebration.org
  • Pierogi Fest – 7/29 -31. Dozens of food vendors, children’s activities, live music, arts & crafts and wacky activities. Whiting, IN. pierogifest.net

DuPage County Fair | July 29 – 31. Come One, Come All – Neighbors, Friends, and Family., Live music, carnival, food, petting zoo, rodeo, livestock show and contests. Wheaton. www.dupagecountyfair.org

  • Jeff Fest – 7/30-31. Aka Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival. Jefferson Memorial Park. Chicago. Chicagoevents.com
  • Glenview Summer Art Fair – 7/30-31. More than 100 artists exhibiting, children’s activities, food and music. Glenview. glenviewartleague.org
  • Chinatown Summer Fair – 7/30-31. Far East culture, artisans, great cuisine, activities for families. Chicago. chicagoevents.com
  • International Dragon Boat Festival – 7/30. Boat races, food trucks, music, health and wellness expo. Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village. gwndragonboat.com


  • McHenry County Fair – 8/2-7. Carnival, variety of grandstand entertainment, music, farm exhibits. Woodstock. mchenrycountyfair.com

RomeoFest | August 4 – 7. 4 Days Filled with Fun! Live Music, Carnival, Food & Drinks, Fireworks, Shuttle Buses, Car Show, Talent Show, Artisan Market, 1 Mile Race, Tournaments. 900-1050 W. Romeo Rd., Romeoville | www.romeoville.org/romeofest

  • Kendall County Fair – 8/4-7. Carnival rides, truck and tractor pull, live music, demolition derby and petting zoo. Yorkville. kendallcountyfair.org
  • Taste of Elmwood Park – 8/4-7. Local restaurant food, live entertainment. Central Park, Elmwood Park. tasteofelmwoodpark.com

Warrenville Summer Daze | August 5 – 6. Featuring live music, food, car show, bike show, kid’s entertainment. FREE admission and parking. Warrenville City Hall Complex, 630.393.7279 | 28W701 Stafford Place, Warrenville. www.warrenvilleparks.org

  • Tribute Island Cover Band Festival – 8/5-7. Music festival featuring 50 top tribute bands. View full stage lineup on website. Kenosha, WI. Hap2it.com.
  • Taste of Roselle – 8/5-7. Food, entertainment, bingo, carnival rides and craft show. Main St., Roselle. roselle.il.us
  • Taste of Orland Park – 8/5-7. Food from local eateries, live entertainment and kids’ activities. Orland Park. orlandpark.org
  • La Grange Endless Summer Fest – 8/5-7. Carnival rides, live music, and fireworks. Gordon Park, La Grange. lagrangeendlesssummerfest.com

17th Annual Celebration “The World of Faeries Festival” | Aug. 6 (10AM-7PM) & Aug. 7 (10AM-6PM). Fairy fantasy festival and we encourage you to come in costume. Showcases music and a vendor village along with family entertainment. Vasa Park, 35W217 Rt. 31, South Elgin.  815-236-7539 / 815-245-5982. Discount Shopping Cart Online at: www.theworldoffaeries.com

  • Destination Asia Festival – 8/6-7. Asian culture expressed through music, dance, food and more. Shopping and food trucks. Lisle. Mortonarb.org
  • Art and Soul on the Fox – 8/6-7. Outdoor fine art and craft exhibition, live entertainers, food vendors and kids’ activities. 10AM-4PM. Hemmens Plaza, Elgin. Artforallelgin.com

Willow Springs Willow Fest | Aug. 11 – 14. Carnival rides, live music, craft vendors & more. One Village Circle, Willow Springs | www.willowsprings-il.gov

  • The Fest for Beatle Fans – 8/12-14. Celebration with music, art, lectures, contests. Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont. thefest.com
  • Illinois State Fair – 8/11-21. Live entertainment, livestock, 4H exhibits, carnival rides and tractor-pulls. Springfield. illinois.gov
  • Waukesha Rotary BluesFest – 8/12-13. Live music each day, food and art show. Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield, WI. waukeshabluesfest.com
  • Lamb’s Farm Summertime Craft Festival – 8/13-14. Craft show featuring over 100 booths, food trucks, music, and beer/wine garden, 10AM-4PM. Elgin. Craftproductionsinc.com
  • Venetian Festival – 8/17-21. Water ski show, lighted boat parade, carnival rides and fireworks. Lake Geneva, WI. venetianfest.com
  • Windy City Ribfest – 8/19-21. Live music, arts and crafts, kids’ area and ribs from local and national vendors. Uptown, Chicago. chicagoevents.com
  • Evanston Art Fest – 8/19-21. Over 130 juried artists. Live art demos and one on one chats. Evanston. Amdurproductions
  • Palos Hills Greek Fest – 8/20-21. 11AM-11PM. Greek music and dancing, food, drinks, pastries. Palos Hills. Paloshillsgreekfest.com
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest – 8/18-21. 100+ acts celebrating Celtic culture, contests, crafts, demonstrations and food. Milwaukee. irishfest.com
  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest – 8/19-21. Art fair, live entertainment, kids’ activities and live demonstrations. Rogers Park, Chicago. glenwoodave.org
  • Sangria Festival – 8/20-21. Hand-crafted Sangria, Spanish food, arts, flamenco dancing and bands. Humboldt Park, Chicago. sangriafestivalchicago.com
  • Will County Fair – 8/24-28. Demolition derby, rodeo, chili cook-off, carnival rides, and entertainment. Peotone. willcountyfair.org
  • Taste of Greektown – 8/26-2. Music, dance performances, gyro eating contest, and kids’ activities. West Loop, Chicago. chicagoevents.com
  • DeKalb Corn Fest – 8/26-28. Carnival rides, corn boil, kids’ activities, and live music. Downtown DeKalb. cornfest.com
  • Street Fest – 8/26-28. Live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities. Downtown Palatine. palatinestreetfest.com
  • Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts – 8/27-28. Juried fine arts show and live music. Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn. glenellynlions.org

ALLEY ART FESTIVAL | August 27. 12-5PM. Enjoy local art from over 60 artists! Family-friendly activities, live music, art, music, and spectacle for all ages. Outdoors on Water Street Mall and Downer Place. Downtown Aurora | www.alleyartaurora.com


Naperville Jaycees Last Fling | Sept. 2-5 . Family Fun, 12 Music Acts, Carnival, Parade, Food and Business Vendors, Special Needs Day, Veterans Lunch.  www.LastFling.org

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