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Summer Fun Begins Here…

(For this week…5/19 to 5/25)


Camp Local!

  • Forest Preserve District of Kane County campgrounds are open May 1 – October 31
  • Big Rock Campground at Big Rock Forest Preserve. 46W499 Granart Rd., Big Rock
  • Paul Wolff Campground at Burnidge Forest Preserve. 38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
  • Call our campground hotline at 630-444-1200 or visit www.kaneforest.com


Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family-owned business. 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” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300. www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com

Trails Entertainment Centers
Trails Entertainment Centers offers three amazing venues – Enchanted Castle Family Entertainment Center in Lombard, which is an all-indoor facility, and Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Centers located in Burbank and Joliet, which feature both indoor and outdoor attractions. Each location offers a unique variety of games, miniature golf, go-karts, amusement rides and other special attractions. Special discounted rates are available for birthday parties, group outings and corporate picnics & events. For more information visit www.trailsfunparks.com.

SAFARI LAND – Villa Park
Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.

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.

Cavalcade of Planes
Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport’s open house event on June 4 and 5th  will include static displays of all types of airplanes, Warbirds, new planes, helicopters, Fly–in, Vietnam re-enactors, and others. The Museum will be open.  The famous Ford Tri-motor will be selling rides, warbird T-6, and helicopter also selling rides, Food & drink throughout including the beer canteen. Folding chairs blankets allowed. No tents or pets. For more information and tickets go to www.cavalcadeofplanes.com.

Village of Lemont
Named one of the 23 Best Day Trips from Chicago by Time Out, Lemont offers local shopping, outdoor dining, and recreational amenities with a picturesque backdrop. Bike along the canal to The Forge to zipline through their world-class aerial courses. Grab a beer from Pollyanna, indulge in a pizza from Wooden Paddle, or stop by one of the locally-owned shops housed in iconic limestone buildings. No matter where you find yourself in Downtown, you’ll experience Lemont Real. Learn more at www.lemontdowntown.com.

St. Charles Fine Art Show
The 24th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show showcases the original, juried work of over 95 fine artists in mediums including ceramics, painting, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, and more. This year’s outdoor and free-to-the-public event is sponsored by St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and will run Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. For more information, visit www.stcharlesfineartshow.com.

Reed’s Canoe Trips
Reed’s Canoe and Kayak Trips are an ideal recreational activity for groups of any size, from a family adventure to large church, school, or park district outing with an adventure close to home. The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing! 907 N. Indiana Ave, Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL Call for information or reservations: (815) WE CANOE or visit: reedscanoetrips.com

Downers Grove Park District Summer Events
Join the Downers Grove Park District in celebrating the summer months ahead! The Park District has numerous FREE events for the community to enjoy. Whether it’s enjoying live music at our Summer Concert Series, or partying the day away with free activities for the whole family at our Big Bash 75th Anniversary Celebration – there is something for everyone! http://www.dgparks.org

Volo Museum
For over 60 years, kids from ages 1 to 92 love the world-famous Volo Museum’s 45 exhibits and over 15,000 historical items. From our new Jurassic Gardens dinosaur experience and giant carousel pavilion to our upcoming Train Museum and Titanic exhibit, we have something rare and amazing for everyone! Open daily 10a to 5p. Visit volofun.com for more information. Volo Museum, 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL.
Use code CHIFAM20 for 20% OFF

For the Love of Art in the Park
Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles presents a striking and engaging sculpture exhibition against the backdrop of nature’s seasonal beauty. Along the tranquil Fox River, Sculpture in the Park features sculptural masterpieces made from various mediums by artists from all over the country and an array of pieces in the permanent collection. All ages are welcome to enjoy this magnificent free exhibit of original and unique sculpture. More info: www.stcsculpture.org

Cruise the Scenic Fox River
Enjoy travel from the era of Mark Twain through a green corridor of scenic beauty aboard the St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats. Both boats have open-air upper decks for unobstructed sightseeing and the lower decks have windows that can be closed in cool or rainy weather. Public tours are reasonably prices from May to October. Enjoy recurring events, such as Kids Cruises, Sunset Cruises, and many more Private charters available, too. Purchase tickets: stcriverboats.com

Kane County Cougars
There’s something special for everyone at a Cougars game!
Bring the entire family and join the best fans in baseball as the Kane County Cougars play their fifty game home schedule at beautiful Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva. Since 1991, the Cougars have been at the forefront of affordable family-fun, great food and fireworks. Every Cougars game is packed with exciting baseball action and between inning on-field events and contests. Select games feature post-game fireworks and free pre-game concerts in the music garden. And, the youngsters will love the Cougar’s Kid Zone. Visit KCCOUGARS.COM for more information or call 630-232-8811.

Barrington Hosts 2nd Classic Collectors Car Show on June 25th
The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 2nd Classic Collectors Car Show on Saturday, June 25 from noon until 4:00 p.m. in downtown Barrington in the BMO Harris lot at Cook and E. Lake Streets.

This free family-family event will feature a lot full of display cars, DJ music, food, and refreshments.  No day-of registration is allowed, show cars must be preapproved by the committee.  For information visit www.BarringtonChamber.com.  Top awards will be presented

Fun in Downtown Aurora
Come have fun this summer downtown Aurora. Explore a handful of museums during Aurora Museum Week the week of June 5. Free outdoor movies for all ages on second Thursdays starting June 9 at Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Wednesdays at the Plaza features live music beginning July 13. On August 5, it’s a block party at First Fridays. Alley Art Festival returns on August 27. Follow us on Facebook at Aurora Downtown. www.auroradowntown.org

Sonny Acres Farm
Summer is right around the corner at Sonny Acres! Visit the West Chicago Farm in May for an unmatched selection of flowers and herbs, plants, soil and more just in time for planting season. Dates and hours of operation for Spring and Summer are listed at sonnyacres.com. A staple in the community for countless decades, Sonny Acres Farm offers endless opportunities for family fun, local shopping and event space for one-of-a-kind gatherings of any size. Boasting 22 acres of space, Sonny Acres Farm is the ideal, customizable destination for weddings, corporate events, family gatherings and other special occasions. For an extra “wow factor” at your next event, treat your guests to some of the farm’s unique seasonal offerings, including access to amusement rides, petting zoo, hayrides around the property and much more. 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185. (630) 231-3859. https://sonnyacres.com/

Joliet Slammers
The Joliet Slammers are a professional minor league baseball team that plays in downtown Joliet at Duly Health and Care Field. The Slammers are part of the Frontier League which is a partner league of Major League Baseball. With 51-themed home games between May and September, the team is ready for a summer of fun for the entire family! Learn more at www.JolietSlammers.com or by calling 815-722-2287.

Farm & Barn Fest
Mokena Park District
Join us at Farm & Barn Fest, Saturday, August 13, 9am–10pm at Historic Yunker Farm, 10824 La Porte Rd., Mokena. Free Parking and Admission! Event features: Petting Zoo, Kid’s games and activities, Contests, Free Stage Entertainment, and Food and Beer Concessions. Look for unique items at the Flea Market from 9am-12pm. The Splash Pad will be open from 10am–5:30pm. The Country Concert features MacKenzie O’Brien at 6pm and Rockstar Rodeo at 8pm.  www.mokenapark.com.


Visit Kenosha
Head north of the border for adventure and relaxation in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Explore our Lake Michigan shoreline as you ride an authentic Electric Streetcar. Climb to the top of the Southport Lighthouse for amazing views of the lake. Book a charter fishing outing with the Kenosha Charter Boat Association. Get on the water aboard a standup paddle board, kayak, or duck-themed pedal boat at the Kenosha Community Sailing Center. Use www.VisitKenosha.com to find your #KenoshaFun.

This Summer Come Shop, Dine and Play in Arlington Heights!
Arlington Heights welcomes you to come shop, dine, and play! Discover our one-of-a-kind Downtown with some of the most unique boutique shopping in the Chicago suburbs. Live music, theater, and comedy are showcased at the intimate Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy free, family-friendly live music at Sounds of Summer, Thursday & Friday evenings from June 16th – July 29th. And savor Chicagoland’s best outdoor dining experience with Arlington Alfresco, beginning Friday, April 29th and concluding with live music, great eats, and family fun at Harmony Fest/Taste of Arlington Heights on Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st! For more great experiences, visit DiscoverArlington.com !

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
People of all ages enjoy this exceptional Museum dedicated to cut and polished stone. See a world class collection of Chinese jade, hard stone carvings, animal dioramas, gemstones, fossils, meteorites, rocks and minerals from around the world. Hands on displays and unique Museum Shop enhance the experience. Group tours and children’s programs are available throughout the year see the Museum’s website for more information. 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. 630-833-1616, info@lizzadromuseum.org. www.lizzadromuseum.org

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.

See the complete “Summer Fun Begins Here” section in SF’s E-Mag

Summer Camp Source…

(For this week…5/19 to 5/25)

FACETS Film Camp

IC Catholic Prep

University of Illinois

Good Times Summer Day Camp

Great Lakes Volleyball Center
www.greatlakescenter.com/camps/  FB: Sports Performance Volleyball

Carthage College Soccer Camp.

go.niu.edu/STEAMCamps22,  mailto:niusteam@niu.edu

Camp Naper at Naper Settlement

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

Rock ‘n’ Kids

Under the Sun Camps

Little Mountain Community Theatre

Saint Ignatius College Prep

Soccer Made in America

See the complete “Summer Camps” section  in SF’s E-Mag

Fairs & Festivals…

(For this week…5/19 to 5/25)

  • Blooming Fest – 5/21. View plants, artwork, live music and family activities in West Chicago 9AM-3PM. Bloomingfest.com
  • Chocolate Festival – 5/20-22. Chocolate vendors, live music, children’s activities and roaming performers. Downtown Long Grove. longgrove.org.
  • What’s Blooming on Harrison – 5/21. Art fair, children’s carnival, music, food, beer garden and more. Oak Park. Oakparkdistrict.com
  • Skokie Festival of Cultures – 5/21-22.  Cultural booths, folk music, dance, arts and crafts. Oakton Park, Skokie.  skokieculturefest.org.
  • Northbrook Art in the Park – 5/21-22. 85 artists in many mediums, music, food, youth art activities. Northbrook. Amdurproductions.com
  • Renegade Craft Spring Fair – 5/21-22. Andersonville. Details TBD. Renegadecraft.com
  • Geek Fest – 5/21. Arcade Units, bouncy castle, obstacle course, vendors, board games. 1-4PM. Carol Stream. Carolstream.org

See all Fairs & Festivals  for May and June in SF’s E-Mag :

On Stage…

(For this week…5/12 to 5/18)

In The Heights
The Hemmens, Elgin
July 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30 PM; July 17 & 24 @ 3:00 PM

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
Presents Beauty and the Beast, July 8–30

See the “On Stage” section in SF’s E-Mag

Fitness/ Race Events…

(For this week…5/19 to 5/25)


  • The Universal Sole Four Mile Classic Palos. universalsole.com


Walk to Cure Arthritis – 5k Walk. Sat., 5/21 at 9 AM. Benefits the Arthritis Foundation, Old School Forest Preserve, Libertyville. www.walktocurearthritis.org/lakecountyil

  • Take Steps. Rosemont. Crohnscolitisfoundation.org
  • Spring Trail Chase 10k. Lemont. Forgeparks.com/races
  • G.L.O.W. 5K Run. Naperville. naperglow5k.com
  • CARA Spring Trail Race 10K at The Forge. Lemont. cararuns.org/springtrailchase
  • Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run. Northbrook.lewblondrun.org
  • VIRTUAL World Vision USA 6K Run. Teamworldvision.org


  • Take Steps. Chicago. Crohnscolitisfoundation.org
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides 5K Walk. Chicagoland. fightcf.cff.org
  • Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 10k and Junior Dash. Chicago. chicagospringhalf.com


  • Western Springs 45th Annual Tower Trot – 10K, 5K, & Fun Run, plus Double Run (10K & 5K). Sat. 5/28 at 8:30 AM. Benefits Healing Hearts for Ashley Grand Avenue Community Center, 4211 Grand Avenue, Western Springs. 708-246-9070. www.wsprings.com/towertrot

See all Fitness / Race events for May and June in SF’s E-Mag :

Chicagoland Events…

(For this week…5/19 to 5/25)


  • PLANTS Spring Bulb Sales – Located in the visitors parking lot of Cantigny Park. 7-9AM. Cantigny.org
  • CONCERT Live and Uncorked (21+) – Bring a chair and snacks Thursdays for live music at Blackberry Farm. 7-9PM. Aurora. Blackberryfarm.info
  •  CONCERT Lemont Sunset Soiree – Concerts begin at 7PM. Thursdays, 6/16 and 6/23. FREE. Downtown Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org
  • NATURE Walk on the Wild Side– A Horticulture Staff tour meets the third Thursday of each month through October. 11 AM. Visitor’s Center. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org.
  • CONCERT Lemont Sunset Soiree – Concerts begin at 7PM. Thursdays, 6/16 and 6/23. FREE. Downtown Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org
  • SENIORS Card Players – Bring cards to the CORE Kensington Room.12-3PM. Tuesdays Pinochle. Thursdays Bridge, Fridays Open Card Play. Lemont. Lemontparkdistrict.org


  • ADULT Bonfire and Brews – Beer tasting around the bonfire at the Springbrook Nature Center. 7-9:30PM. Itasca. Itascaparkdistrict.com
  • ART Art on the Mart – The 30-minute program of projections will be shown nightly at 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. thru June 29. artonthemart.com.
  • EXHIBIT Bill Sienkiewicz: Pop Culture Revolution – Best known for revolutionizing the style of comic and graphic novel illustration. Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County. Through 9/5. Lcfpd.org
  • EXHIBIT People of the Prairie – thru 6/5. Learn about the Native peoples of Illinois and view artifacts from sites in Northern IL. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky: Experiences of Chinese Immigrants to the US– 5/5-6/25. Featuring maps, manuscripts, and rare books. Newberry Library, Chicago. newberry.org.
  • 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
  • SENIORS Weekly Movies – Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons. Free. Check website for movies and showtimes. Naperville. Napervilleparks.org
  • EXHIBIT Biomimicry in Art and Design – Interactive learning stations about nature emulations in art. Elmhurst Art Museum. Through 8/14. Tickets required. Elmhurstartmuseum.org
  • FAMILY US Bowling Congress Women’s Championships – Spectators welcome. Free. Through July 3 at Stardust Bowl. Addison. Discoverdupage.com
  • FAMILY Ice Age Giants – Over 20 life-sized animatronics through October 30. Brookfield Zoo. Free with general admission. CZS.org.
  • NATURE Healing Gardens – A two-acre expanse of woodland and perennial gardens. 11 AM-4 PM. 2nd Sunday of the month May thru October. Stone Hill Farm, St. Charles. Fee. healinggardensatstonehillfarm.com
  • EXHIBIT Human Nature – Ongoing. Explore large-scale sculptures created by South African artist. Advance reservations required. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org/events/humannature.


  • FUNDRAISER Home of the Sparrow’s 35th Anniversary Gala – Sanfilippo Estate hosts this year’s event that includes dinner, open bar and silent auction. 5-10PM. Barrington Hills. Barringtonchamber.com.
  • KIDS Park-n-Play – Participate in different activity stations through the park, like tie-dyeing and nature activities. Build and take home your own kite. Free. 11AM. DiOrio Park. Bensenville. Bvilleparks.org
  • KIDS Candyland Trail – Walk the Candyland Trail around Coyote Crossings collecting treats and meeting characters. 11AM-2PM. Carol Stream. csparks.org
  • KIDS Glen Ellyn Bike Rodeo – Kids learn about bike safety and free bike safety checks. 10AM-12PM. Duane-Lorraine Commuter Lot. Glen Ellyn. Geparks.org
  • NATURE Lake View Nature Center – Home to engaging and educational nature programs! Open House. 12-3PM. 17W063 Hodges Rd. Oakbrook Terrace. obtpd.org/lake-view-nature-center
  • OUTDOOR Paddle Craft Safety – Information about paddle craft safety and free vessel safety checks. Free. 9AM-3PM. Lisle Community Park Boat Launch. Lisle. Lisleparkdistrict.org
  • OUTDOORS Blooming Fest – Explore downtown West Chicago while viewing plants, artwork and other vendors. Food, live music and family activities. 9AM-3PM. Bloomingfest.com
  • PLANTS Native Plant and Vegetable Sale – Saturday and Sunday at the Spring Valley Nature Center. 10AM-4PM. Schaumburg. Parkfun.com
  • CONCERT The Forge’s Summer Concert Series – Lemont. Saturdays. For times and dates visit forgeparks.com
  • EXHIBIT The Artful Soul of Faust – Extended through June 19. The life of Faust as told through 14 large cameos carved in Germany. Exhibits US premier. Lizzadro Museum. Oak Brook. Lizzadromuseum.org
  • VOLUNTEER Volunteer at the Farm – Consider becoming a volunteer at Fischer Farm every third Saturday, June-Sept. Activities include chores, animal care and gardening. Volunteer orientation day, 6/4. 9-10:30AM. Bensenville. Bvilleparks.org


  • BOATING Canoe and Kayak Marathon – The 64th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon includes an 18.5-mile marathon along the scenic Des Plaines River. Libertyville. Register: canoemarathon.com.
  • CONCERT Blooze Brothers – Outdoor concert with lawn seating, bring chairs or blankets. Concessions available. 3-5PM. Cantigny Park. Cantigny.org
  • CONCERT ATribute to Old Blue Eyes – Outdoor concert with lawn seating, bring chairs or blankets. Concessions available. 3-5PM. Cantigny Park. Cantigny.org
  • FAMILY Geocaching Adventure – Use a GPS receiver provided to find and hide caches on the trails at Spring Valley. Ages 5+. Register. 10AM-12PM. Schaumburg. Parkfun.com
  • FAMILY Stories n’ Stones – Native American stories told by Marilyn Kinsella. Elmhurst Public Library. Elmhurst. 2PM. Elmhurstpubliclibrary.org
  • FAMILY Jim Gill Performs – Banjo music, sing-alongs, and musical games. Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church. 4PM. Huntley. Sotp.org
  • MUSIC Rockin’ for the Museum – 7 bands play at the Sundance Saloon to celebrate the opening of the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum. 2-9PM. Mundelein. Roadtorock.org
  • PLANTS Native Plant and Vegetable Sale – Saturday and Sunday at the Spring Valley Nature Center. Online presale also available for pick-up. 10AM-4PM. Schaumburg. Parkfun.com
  • CONCERT Summer Concert Series – Concerts begin at 5PM on Sunday evenings June 5 thru Aug. 14. Wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • CONCERT Concerts in Your Park Series – Sunday evening at various neighborhood parks. FREE. 7:00-8:30 pm. napervilleparks.org.


  • SENIORS Movie Monday in the Oak Room – Every Monday we’ll play a movie and provide the popcorn and soda. No movie July 4. Bensenville. Bvilleparks.org


  • CONCERT Summer Concert Series – Concerts begin at 7PM on Tuesday evenings May 24 thru Aug. 16. Register. Fishel Park, Downers Grove. dgparks.org


  • CONCERT Music in the Park Series – Downtown Bensenville, Wednesdays 7:30-9:30PM. Live music, vendors, and family fun. Bensenville.il.us

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