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Summer Fun Starts Here |  Summer Camp Source | Fairs & Festivals | Golf Links & Tips | Party Places | Race / Fitness Events | Dining Guide 

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Springtime Fun…

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!
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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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 
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“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.
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WhirlyBall
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
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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
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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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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.
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Fairs & Festivals…

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
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Fitness Races…

THURSDAY, MAY 20

  • She Runs the Fox. Batavia. foxrivertrailrunners.org

SATURDAY, MAY 22

  • CARA Spring Trail Race 10K at The Forge. Lemont. cararuns.org/springtrailchase
  • Walk and 5K Run to Help Children with Dyslexia. Bloomingdale. runfordyslexiachicago.org
  • Got2Run for Education 8K and 2.62-Mile Run/Walk. Arlington Heights. got2run.org
  • VIRTUAL World Vision USA 6K Run. bit.ly/signup6ktoday (5/22)

SUNDAY, MAY 23

  • CARA Spring Trail Race 10K at The Forge. Lemont. cararuns.org/springtrailchase
  • Byline Bank Chicago Spring Half Marathon, 10k and Junior Dash. Chicago. chicagospringhalf.com
  • Chicagoland Spring Marathon and Half Marathon. Schaumburg. allcommunityevents.com

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)

UPCOMING…

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
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Chicagoland Events…

THURSDAY, MAY 20

  • KIDS Lilo and Stitch’s Luau – Dress up in Hawaiian attire, play games and create sea treasures. 6PM to 7:15PM. Ages 3 and up.  Community Recreation Center, 505 N Springinsguth Rd., Schaumburg. Parkfun.com
  • NATURE Walk on the Wild Side– A Horticulture Staff tour meets the third Thursday of each month from through October. 11 AM. Visitor’s Center. Cantigny, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 21

  • 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
  • FOOD Lake County Restaurant Week – 5/14-23. Ten Days to Savor prix fixe menus and special offers. lakecounty.org

SATURDAY, MAY 22

  • ADULTS Wine Walk – Sip, stroll, and shop throughout Historic Brick Street in Downtown Delavan, WI. 3:30 – 7:30 PM. Reserve at VisitDelavan.com.
  • DOGS Summer Bark-B-Q – Enjoy summer fun with your favorite four-legged friend at the Bark Park! Registration includes picnic lunch, games and treats for dogs. 12 – 12:45pm. Carol Stream. csparks.org
  • KIDS Reading the Rocks – Interpretive in-person program outdoors in the rock garden with Geologist. Explore inside the Museum and take the scavenger hunt quiz. Ages 6 and up. 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook. Register lizzadromuseum.org.
  • FOOD Lake County Restaurant Week – 5/14-23. Ten Days to Savor prix fixe menus and special offers. lakecounty.org

SUNDAY, MAY 23

  • 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. Heats beginning at 8 AM. Libertyville. Register: canoemarathon.com.
  • CRAFTS Summer Kick Off Craft Fair – Find great homemade décor, treats, accessories, and more. Register. Free. Hoffman Estates Park District. heparks.org.
  • FAMILY Kids in Flight – Kids crafts, vendors, fun and food! Special Kite candy drops throughout the day. 11 AM – 4 PM. Heritage Harbor of Ottawa. pickusottawail.com
  • 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

TUESDAY, MAY 25

  • ADULTS Virtual Foster Care 101 –5/11, 5/25, 6/15, 6/29. 7-8:30 PM. Led by Let It Be Us’s expert features in-depth discussions that circle the issue of how to better serve the children in foster care. Via Zoom. To register, visit letitbeus.org/events.
  • CONCERT Summer Concert Series – Concerts begin at 7 pm on Tuesday evenings May 25 thru Aug. 17. Register. Fishel Park, Downers Grove. dgparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

  • FAMILY Stroll After Sunset – Extended hours, every Wednesday. FREE parking. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register. cantigny.org

Summer Camp Source…

Chicago Red Stars
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Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development
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Soccer Made In America
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Downers Grove Park District – Summer Camps
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Schaumburg On Stage
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Speed and Hurdle Camp – Benet Academy
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Camp Galileo
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FACETS Summer 2021 Film Camps
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Camp Naper! at Naper Settlement
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Addison Park District – Summer Day Camps
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Harper College InZone Summer Camps
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CAMPVENTURES by Kiddie Academy of Lemont
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Creativity from the Heart Children’s Studio Art Camps
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Rock ‘n’ Kids
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Good Times Summer Day Camp
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BIG Gymnastics
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Lombard Park District – Camps
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NIU STEAM Summer Camps
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Great Lakes Volleyball Center
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