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Chicagoland Area Events…


  • FAMILY Arbor Day Celebration – Join the Lemont Park District Pre-school Academy for a celebration
    including butterfly avXXiary, activities and a visit from Seemore the Eagle. 12-1PM. Centennial Community Center. Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org
  • EXHIBIT Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show – Annual show returns to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. 4/28-4/30. Early buyers show on Friday. Chicagolandshow.com
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition – Longest running exhibition of African-American art in the US featuring over 100 Black artists. Runs through April 23 at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msi chicago.org

  • DAILY EXHIBIT Women and the Environment Series – Open Fridays through March 2023. Celebrate the contributions women have made to the Natural World through these programs. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Superfood Friends are Exhibit – The Art Center in Highland Park hosts this new exhibit by Prescott Ellison featuring artwork, books and toys about the Superfood Friends characters. Highland Park. Theartcenterhp.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Be-Longing Sculptures – Solo exhibition by Indira Johnson’s sculptures reflecting her efforts to maintain a sense of belonging. Runs 3/3 – 4/8. The Art Center, Highland Park. Chicagogallerynews.com
  • DAILY EXHIBIT In Pursuit of Happiness: Immigrants in our Communities – Exhibit runs through May 14, 2023 examining personal stories and experiences of immigrants and their descendants, told through photos, objects and stories. Elmhurst. Elmhurstartmuseum.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT The Negro Motorist Green Book – The Illinois Holocaust Museum runs this exhibit 1/29 through 4/23 and shares the history of The Green Book, an annual travel guide for African American travelers. Skokie. Ilholocaustmuseum.org
  • DAILY EXHIBIT Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad – 1/28-3/19. A visual story of 2,000 miles of the Underground Railroad. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. lcfpd.org.
  • KIDS Hands on Learning – Join DuPage Children’s Museum for Arts & Maker programming which provides children with the materials, tools, inspiration, and opportunities for collaboration that truly lets their imaginations soar. Naperville. dupagechildrens.org
  • KIDS Tiny Great Performances Series – Saturdays in March and April features an integration of play performances. Included with museum admission. Performance times vary. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville. Dupagechildrens.org
  • OUTDOOR The Forge: Lemont Quarries – Forgefire Adventure Dining is an unforgettable dining experience in a climate-controlled globe. Keep warm with heated table, blankets, and extraordinary food. Every Friday, Saturdays and Sundays in March. forgeparks.com/adventure-dining
  • OUTDOOR Hiking Group – Chicago area people looking to get outdoors and socialize can join an event leader for a hike at various locations and distances. Register. Meetup.com/chicagohos
  • FAMILY First Fridays – A night of art, fun, music, dance and community at local businesses and venues in downtown Aurora the first Friday evening each month. Aurora. Auroradowntown.org


  • KIDS Touch a Truck – Have fun learning about and climbing all over trucks, cars, and all types of fun vehicles. FREE. 10AM-1PM. Old Quarry School. Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org
  • FAMILY Lore and Legends: Spring Traditions – Gather with farm friends to explore different cultural customs, games, bonfire and refreshments for purchase, or bring your own. Primrose Farm. St. Charles. Stcparks.org
  • FUNDRAISER Chicago Zoological Society Gala – Black-tie event held at the Hilton Chicago, 6PM-Midnight. Proceeds benefit animal care and welfare initiatives as well as educational programs. Register. Czs.org
  • EXHIBIT Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show – Annual show returns to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. 4/28-4/30. Early buyers show on Friday. Chicagolandshow.com


  • LECTURE GPA Healy: Prodigious Painter of Cottage Hill – 2-3PM. Museum staff-led lectures shed light on a portrait of Jane Byrd Brian by renowned painter G.P.A. Healy. Reservations required. Elmhurst History Museum. Elmhurst. Elmhursthistory.org
  • EXHIBIT Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot Machine and Jukebox Show – Annual show returns to the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake. 4/28-4/30. Early buyers show on Friday. Chicagolandshow.com

Fitness Events



Chicken Run 5K/10K and Lil’ Peeps Kids Run – Sat. 4/29. USATF certified, chip timed, Cash Prizes. 5 year Custom Age & Custom Finisher Medals. Batavia, IL.


  • Running With Friends 5K. New Lenox. Newlenoxparks.org
  • Illinois Marathon. Champaign. illinoismarathon.com
  • Purple Stride 5K Run/Walk. Chicago. pancan.org 


  • Good Life Race. Oak Park. goodliferace.com
  • Walk MS. Chicago. nationalmssociety.org
  • Run for 102 5K & 1 Mile Run Run. Brookfield. dist102.k12.il.us


The 2023 ANNUAL RACE GUIDE … the  full year of the best races!

“Swing Into Spring” with these Great Activities and Venues

Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
Secret Life of Butterflies – NOW until June 4
Join us to explore the wild, wonderful, and often strange world of butterflies and moths! See the whole lepidoptera lifecycle in action as caterpillars munch on leaves, butterflies emerge from their chrysalis, and moths from their cocoons. Get an up-close look at these amazing insects in the butterfly house as you’re surrounded by native and exotic butterflies! Located at Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St. Rockford, IL.  www.nicholasconservatory.com/butterflies 

Come Together! Women’s Weekend Lake Geneva … April. 28-30, 2023.
This fun-filled weekend has a 60s-70s vibe, and offers wellness classes, wine and food experiences, workshops and social events including 60-70s-themed party at the historic Riviera Ballroom, and a boat cruise on beautiful Geneva Lake. See the schedule of sessions, hotel discounts and local sponsors, and register at LakeGenevaWomensWeekend.com. Women’s Weekend is hosted by the Geneva Lake Women’s Association (GLWA). Proceeds benefit charitable organizations throughout Walworth County, Wis.

College of DuPage STEMCON
Get Your Geek On! Saturday, April 29, 10 AM to 4 PM. Free. Hands-On Exhibits, In-Person Workshops, On-Demand Virtual Activities. Special guest Kate Biberdorf–Kate the Chemist live interactive demonstration. COD staff and industry experts will be on hand to provide an inside view into some of the most in-demand and cutting-edge careers of today and the future. To learn more visit: www.cod.edu/stemcon Come for the knowledge. Stay for the fun!

Volo Museum
The world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits guarantees to have something rare and amazing for everyone including hundreds of rotating classic and modern collector cars, movie/TV vehicles, an indoor dinosaur experience, a carousel hall, ice cream parlor, military museum, Disney Gallery and one of the largest antique malls in the Midwest. This spring check out our new Titanic Experience, Hollywood Train Museum, train tours of the property, a mini golf course, animatronic ice age exhibit and an all new party/event space for up to 100 people! Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit www.volofun.com. 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL. 

Spring into summer with the Bensenville Park District!
Enjoy spring golf at White Pines Golf Club. Don’t miss Summer program registration  (in-district) Visit BvilleParks.org for more information!



LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago
Stepping into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO bricks ever! With over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof and 2 stories of EPIC LEGO play, what will you discover? To see what else we have to offer, check out www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/! Be sure to buy tickets online to guarantee your entry. Located at 601 N. Martingale Road, STE 130 Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Think Spring Break in Kenosha, WI!
You’ll find world-class museums to explore, and at least a half dozen places to create your own art as a family. History buffs will love The Civil War Museum and Kenosha History Center. Plus, enjoy miles of hiking trails, bike paths, and more nature areas as the weather warms! Enjoy adventure beyond the expected north of the border. For more info and to plan your trip, go to www.visitkenosha.com

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate.” Complete Birthday Packages include Admission, Skate Rentals, Pizza & Soft Drink, Birthday Centerpiece, Gift for Birthday Person, Birthday Host and Mic Announcement. Check website for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300. www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com

WhirlyBall Naperville
Eat. Drink. Game ON! Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, an anniversary, a team-building event, or raising funds for your not-for-profit, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! In addition to WhirlyBall, there’s a multi-level LaserTag arena, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane VIP private bowling suite, and HyperBowling. Offering a relaxed yet elevated dining experience featuring fresh takes on classic American fare, an expansive collection of 24 rotating craft beer selections, and refreshing signature cocktails. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800, www.WhirlyBall.com/Naperville 

Downtown Aurora Events
Enjoy springtime in downtown Aurora. See public art, visit family-friendly museums, stop by local coffee shops, and enjoy free events. Experience art, music, and more at monthly First Fridays events with more than two dozen venues open with activities for all ages. May 5 is the annual Food Truck Festival. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org 

Village of Hinsdale Community Pool
Summer is Calling – This summer, beat the heat and have a blast at the Village of Hinsdale Community Pool. Featuring a 50-meter pool with 25-meter L shape, zero-depth walk in wading pool with play features, a diving well with drop slide, two 1M diving boards and a 3M diving board. Passes are affordable and offer great value for families and individuals. Also available are 10 visit passes and Neighborly Rates! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make memories and stay cool this summer. For more information, visit www.villageofhinsdale.org/pr and follow @HinsdaleParks for updates and events. Get your pass today!

Spring in Naperville
Naperville in the springtime is an epicenter of fun adventures. Springtime beauty is scattered across the city in the parks, the Riverwalk, and eclectic Downtown. Go to www.VisitNaperville.com to find more information on upcoming spring events in the city like concerts, art fairs, and more. You can also find a full list of all our amazing parks, making it easy to enjoy nature this spring. Naperville is your next springtime destination for fun in the sun!

Peppa Pig World of Play Chicago
Jump into the world of Peppa Pig to explore and discover, interact and engage in 14 themed areas that are sure to be an unforgettable adventure with Peppa and her friends. Spark the imagination of your little piggies at Peppa Pig World of Play, an indoor family attraction designed for pre-school children and their families! Jump, laugh, play, imagine and giggle with the whole family! Visit our website to reserve your tickets today at www.peppapigworldofplay.com/chicago.

Downtown Naperville Has Spring Savings Around Every Corner!
Whether you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe, your look, or just wanting to get out and enjoy some great food and libations… take advantage of the Spring Savings in Downtown Naperville! Also, don’t forget your gift cards! Downtown Naperville Gift Cards are accepted at 150+ downtown merchants! Come Shop, Dine, and Explore in Downtown Naperville! For more information, visit downtownnaperville.com!

Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, road trips, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.

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It’s no exaggeration to say that the one event kids really look forward to all year is a Summer Camp.  Simply click Summer Camp Source to  find  many wonderful camps to pique your child’s interest and expand their abilities.


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On Stage

Denny Diamond

Since his “2000” debut on Dick Clark’s show, “Your Big Break,” Denny has been traveling across the country performing his one-of-a-kind tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. He has a carefree, fun-loving attitude on stage, but what really sets him apart is his full-throated, robust baritone voice.

During COVID, like many other musicians, Denny started having fun streaming his performances online. Always up for a laugh, he began to refer to himself as “the world’s okayest vocalist.” This new moniker caught on, and with it he’s adding all new performances in “2023,” covering songs made famous by legendary artists like Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Elvis, and many others, including, of course, Neil Diamond. And also adding songs from beloved Broadway productions like “Carousel.”

For more information on Denny and his performances, visit DennyDiamond.com.


STARLIGHT TOURS  provides Motorcoach transportation to many musical events and tours, such as…


  • Washington, DC Tour – June 5 to 11
  • Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, MI – March 8, Aril 5, May 5, July 2 and July 6. Special all inclusive prices

We also provide Pick-Ups in Crystal Lake, Elk Grove Village, Johnsburg, Rockford, Stream and Woodridge                                           …Come make a memory with us

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