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Springtime Fun…

Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800. www.whirlyball.com

Ottawa, Illinois
The Middle of Everywhere

Ottawa, Illinois is a vibrant tourist destination located 80 miles outside of downtown Chicago. It is often considered to be “In the Middle of Everywhere,” located in the heart of the state, central to several major Illinois cities and drive markets, and within a stone’s throw of many diverse activities–from lush and natural outdoor areas to renowned cultural and historic attractions. Those who visit Ottawa, Illinois take note of its friendly and neighborly, hometown feel. Ottawa Visitors Center. www.pickusottawail.com. 815-434-2737

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
The Forge is a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure park located near downtown Lemont. Our motto is: Adventure comes in endless forms. From our high-adventure ropes course, mountain biking, paddlesports, to outdoor laser tag, adventure dining, concerts & movies, and more, The Forge has something for everyone of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Check out all we have to offer at www.forgeparks.com!

St. Charles Fine Art Show
Browse the work of 100’s of artists across a variety of mediums including clay/ceramics, digital art, sculpture, jewelry and photography. Free admission and parking. Sat., May 29 and Sun., May 30. 10 AM-6 PM. Downtown St. Charles. www.stcharlesfineartshow.com

Oswego Country Market
Visit the Oswego Country Market from 9:00am to 1:00pm every Sunday from June 6 – September 26. Enjoy fresh air shopping with plenty of choices to buy fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods and handmade items. Oswego’s Country Market is located on Main Street in charming downtown Oswego. Street parking is available. Follow the Market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oswegocountrymarket.

“Camp Local” with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County!
Looking for a nearby escape (and a return to outdoor, family fun)? Camp Local with us! Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer tent and RV camping with electric and water hook-ups. Take a hike. Catch a fish. Enjoy time away, under the stars. Camp sites range from $15 to $35 per day. Campgrounds are open May through late October. Call 630-444-1200 or visit www.kaneforest.com for details.

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.

Authentic Adventure Awaits in Lemont
Only 45 minutes from Chicago, Lemont is the perfect place for your friends and family to enjoy great outdoor activities, surrounded by a historic downtown with quaint shops and dining to satisfy any palate.  Enjoy biking and walking along the I&M Canal path, or enjoy the nation’s largest outdoor adventure park – The Forge: Lemont Quarries.  End the day enjoying a meal at one of a variety of family-owned restaurants. Your authentic adventure starts at LemontDowntown.com.

Visit Naperville!
The Sun is shining; restaurants are opening their outdoor seating; hotel rooms are being booked. Practice your golf swing on one of six golf courses or walk along the Riverwalk. Then, discover various attractions, such as Topgolf, Naper Settlement or DuPage Children’s Museum. Make it the perfect staycation by booking a room at a wonderful Naperville hotel. Check out  www.VisitNaperville.com to explore the calendar of events, attractions and accommodations. We hope to see you soon!

Arlington Heights is Open for Business!
Arlington Heights is open for business, offering an abundance of opportunities to shop, dine, and play! Discover exciting Downtown ambiance with some of the most unique and eclectic boutique stores in the Chicago area.  Savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining atmosphere with Arlington Alfresco.  Your table awaits you now, with over 30 Downtown restaurants and eateries and 100+ throughout the community.  And stay for live theater…outdoors!  As the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents the beloved musical Little Shop of Horrors, with outdoor evening performances through June 19th.  For more great experiences, visit www.DiscoverArlington.com.

All the Best of Naperville on Water Street
Water Street is your spot to shop, dine, spa, stay and celebrate! Anchored by the beautiful Hotel Indigo and nestled along Naperville’s famed Downtown Riverwalk, Water Street invites you to discover fabulous restaurants offering everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream, Mediterranean to wine-pairings and cocktails with the best-ever sunset view.  Escape to an award-winning experiential spa and salon, discover gift and apparel shopping for men and women or plan your dream wedding or event here! www.waterstreetnaperville.com 

Fairs & Festivals…

  • Lilac Time Fair – 5/1 – 16. Art and craft vendors, food, entertainment and free Kids Zone. Downtown Lombard. lombardlilactime.com.
  • Chocolate Festival – 5/14-16. Chocolate vendors, live music, children’s activities and roaming performers. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org

Kites in Flight – May 23. Chicago Kite will fill the skies above Heritage Harbor with colorful, awe inspiring kites of all sizes and designs. Watch the graceful beauty of the kites and wander through the craft and food vendors. Ottawa, IL 815-434-2737. www.Pickusottawail.com

Fitness Races…


  • G.L.O.W. 5K Run. Naperville. naperglow5k.com
  • Lilac Mutt Strut 5K. Lombard. lombardlilactime.com
  • Walk to Cure Arthritis. Chicago + Libertyville. walktocurearthritis.org
  • USole Four Mile Classic Run/Walk. Chicago. universalsole.com
  • VIRTUAL Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5K Walk. Chicagoland. fightcf.cff.org


  • Walk to Cure Arthritis. Chicago. walktocurearthritis.org
  • Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run. Northbrook.lewblondrun.org

VIRTUAL, TBD (to be determined) and Multiple Date Races …

  • VIRTUAL Walk MS 1- and 3-Mile Walk. Multiple suburbs and Chicago. nationalmssociety.org
  • VIRTUAL Chicago Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. promisewalk.org
  • VIRTUAL WBEZ 91.5K. Chicagoland. wbez5k.org/register (5/1-31)
  • VIRTUAL A Safe Place EmpoweRun 5K Run/Walk. Libertyville. asafeplaceforhelp.org (5/1-31)
  • VIRTUAL The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s 5K/10K/Half Marathon. foxtrot.michaeljfox.org (5/7-9)
  • VIRTUAL Run for 102 5K & 1 Mile Run Run. LaGrange Park. timetoruntiming.com (5/9-15)
  • VIRTUAL BT5K Your Way. Livestream. abta.org/get-involved/bt5k/ (5/8-22)


Cori’s Triathlon – Sat. 6/5 at 8AM. One of the largest youth triathlons in the area! This fun event designed for kids 6-14 welcomes all skill levels! Oak Brook. 630-990-4233 www.obparks.org/special-events/coris-kids-triathlon

Chicagoland Events…


  • CONCERT Virtual Spring Concert – The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will present “The Season of Hope.” 4 PM. GEWC YouTube channel. More info at gewchorale.org.
  • HISTORY White Glove Tour – Behind the scenes look at some of the 50,000 artifacts in museum’s collections. 6- 7:30 PM. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Register. ahmuseum.org.
  • NATURE Wildflower Walk – Join a naturalist to view many wildflowers. Ages 16 and up. 10 – 11:30 AM. napervilleparks.org.
  • SALE Spring Flower and Plant Sale – Annuals in pots and flats , premium hanging baskets , specialty annuals, grasses and more. 9 AM-5 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield. bloomingdalegardenclub.org
  • ART Black Creativity – Juried gallery features more than 100 art works from professional and aspiring African-American artists. Thru June. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org
  • ART Art on the Mart – The 30-minute program of projections will be shown nightly at 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. from May 1 – August 31. artonthemart.com.
  • ART Ephemera: The Power of Impermanence – The talents of artists will fill walls (and floors) with the art that span the range of impermanence. Thru June 12. The Art Center Highland Park. theartcenterhp.org.
  • DONATION Red Cross Blood Drive – Healthy individuals are encouraged to make a blood donation appointment now at RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  • EXHIBIT Viva la Libertad! Latin America and the Age of Revolutions– 5/2- 7/24. Featuring maps, manuscripts, and rare books. Newberry Library, Chicago. newberry.org.
  • EXHIBIT To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA – 5/14-8/29. Displays feature a 1969 series of NASA-themed comic strips, photographs, video footage, and Peanuts collectibles. Reservations required. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Human Nature – Explore large-scale sculptures created by South African artist Daniel Popper. Advance reservations required. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org/events/humannature.
  • EXHIBIT Women in the Military – Exploring women’s roles. Thru June 13.  Dunn Museum, Libertyville. LCFPD.org/MuseumTickets
  • EXHIBIT Art with LEGO Bricks – Thru 9/15. Explore a series of ingenious nature-themed sculptures crafted from more than a half-million LEGO bricks. 9 AM-6 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Free with Arboretum admission. mortonarb.org.
  • FAMILY Dinos Everywhere! – Exhibit returns for a limited time through September 6. Brookfield Zoo. Tickets must be reserved at CZS.org/OnlineTicketing.
  • LECTURES Online – Various topics including: Tasting History, Birth of Organized Sports, Great Depression. Presented by the Elmhurst History Museum This pre-recorded program will be available online. For info visitelmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457.
  • NATURE Virtual Programs – A bevy of popular programs on wildflowers, Lake County history, World Turtle Day and more. During the month of May. Register. lcfpd.org
  • FAMILY First Fridays –Several venues will be open downtown with art, music and more. 5 PM-Midnight.  FREE. Thru Dec. Visit auroradowntown.org.
  • FOOD Lake County Restaurant Week – 5/14-23. Ten Days to Savor prix fixe menus and special offers. lakecounty.org


  • SALE Spring Flower and Plant Sale – Annuals in pots and flats, premium hanging baskets, grasses and more. 9 AM-5 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield. bloomingdalegardenclub.org.
  • NATURE Free Wood Chips – pick up free wood chips while supplies last. 8 am – 1 pm. Blackwell Forest Preserve, 29W220 Mack Road in West Chicago.
  • VETERANS Armed Forces Day – Picnic celebration featuring brats and beer. Free for active and retired Military. Noon – 2 PM. Register.. Legion Park, 111 Main St., Lemont. lemontparkdistrict.org.
  • FOOD Lake County Restaurant Week – 5/14-23. Ten Days to Savor prix fixe menus and special offers. lakecounty.org


  • FAMILY Spring Fest – Food, jewelry, pottery, art, health products, books and more.9 AM.  Lithuanian World Center Picnic Grounds, Lemont. lcenter.org/events/spring-fest
  • CONCERT Concerts in Your Park SeriesSunday evening summer music series held at a different neighborhood parks. FREE. 7:00-8:30 pm. napervilleparks.org.
  • FOOD Lake County Restaurant Week – 5/14-23. Ten Days to Savor prix fixe menus and special offers. lakecounty.org


  • NATURE Spring Bird Walk – Get to know nearby nature with Barrington area naturalist. Bring binoculars. 7:30 AM. Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills. Register 312-450-8206.
  • CRAFTS Take & Make Mondays – Craft from the comfort of your own home. Kits will be available for pick-up the 3rd Monday of the month. Pre-registration required. Roselle Park District. 555 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Roselle. rparks.org


  • VIRTUAL Believe and Achieve Awards – A celebration of greatness. SEASPAR (the South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation) will host its 11th annual Believe and Achieve awards night virtually. Viewing party available for participants. 7PM. Free on Youtube, Facebook, and on SEASPAR.org.
  • FAMILY Stroll After Sunset – Extended hours, every Wednesday. FREE parking. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org

Summer Camp Source…

Chicago Red Stars

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development

Soccer Made In America

Downers Grove Park District – Summer Camps

Schaumburg On Stage

Speed and Hurdle Camp – Benet Academy

Camp Galileo

FACETS Summer 2021 Film Camps

Camp Naper! at Naper Settlement

Addison Park District – Summer Day Camps

Harper College InZone Summer Camps

CAMPVENTURES by Kiddie Academy of Lemont

Creativity from the Heart Children’s Studio Art Camps

Rock ‘n’ Kids

Good Times Summer Day Camp

BIG Gymnastics

Lombard Park District – Camps

NIU STEAM Summer Camps

Great Lakes Volleyball Center



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