WEEKEND+ for Thursday 5/6 to Wednesday 5/12
Summer Fun Starts Here | Summer Camp Source | Fairs & Festivals | Golf Links & Tips | Party Places | Race / Fitness Events | Dining Guide
NEW ISSUE! GO TO Suburban Family’s “Summer Planner” issue.
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
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
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.
Fairs & Festivals…
- 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
SATURDAY, MAY 8
Lemont Quarryman Challenge – 5K and 10-Mile Race. Sat., 5/8. CARA Certified. Race starts and finishes in Historic Downtown Lemont and winds through the hilly neighborhoods of Lemont. www.quarrymanchallenge.com. DO THE Q
- Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K. Ottawa.starvedrockcountrymarathon.org
SUNDAY, MAY 9
- VIRTUAL Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Run. Barrington. allcommunityevents.com/mothersday5k
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)
SATURDAY, MAY 8
- ADULTS Craft Brew Tap Take Over – Pre-register to enjoy tastings of select brews , music, games, food. Fee $15, must be 21+. White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville. Register bvilleparks.org.
- ADULTS Barrington Wine Walk – Enjoy a “Sipping Saturday” while visiting many unique stores. 2– 6:00 PM. Downtown Barrington. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance online at barringtonchamber.com
- ART Maker’s Open House – See beautiful gardens and grounds, historic building architecture and interiors. 10 AM. – Noon. Arlington Heights Historical Museum. Register. ahmuseum.org.
- ART Drawing Together: As Community, As Friends – Create positive, uplifting, and inspiring images using sidewalk chalk at the facility or draw at home – on sidewalks and driveways. The Art Center Highland Park. theartcenterhp.org.
- LECTURE Alchemy and the Origins of Chemistry – Explore the world of alchemy from a historical science perspective. 10:30 AM. Lizzadro Museum. 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook. Register. lizzadromuseum.org.
- NATURE Breakfast with the Birds – Early morning walk to look for colorful migratory birds such as warblers and orioles. 7AM to 3PM. Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg. Register. Parkfun.com
- SHOP Bloomin’ on Canal – Celebrate Moms in a fun and floral way. Floral windows and decor, a free floral photo op, fresh floral bouquets, individually wrapped cookies, coupons, gifts, and more. 9 AM – 4 PM. Downtown Lemont. lemontdowntown.com
- VOLUNTEER Clean Up – Help to keep The Forge public trails clean and free of a trash. 9 – 11 AM. The FORGE: Lemont Quarries. Main St., Lemont. forgeparks.com
- CRAFTS Drop-In Family Program – Second Saturday of each month through Nov., McCormick House staff provides kid-friendly packets of crafts and activities related to the McCormick family. 12 – 2 PM. Visitor’s Center, Cantigny, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 9
- HISTORY Virtual Lecture: The Codebreaker and the POW –Gripping family saga recounts the heroic work of military and civilian codebreakers of WW11. Register. Naper Settlement. napersettlement.org.
- CONCERT Concerts in Your Park Series – Sunday evening summer music series held at a different neighborhood parks. FREE. 7:00-8:30 pm. napervilleparks.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
TUESDAY, MAY 11
- 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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
- 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
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
Lombard Park District – Camps
NIU STEAM Summer Camps
Great Lakes Volleyball Center