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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

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!

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 

“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.

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

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.

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…

  • Taste of Wheaton – 6/3-6. Carnival, arts and crafts, and entertainment. Downtown Wheaton. Wheatonparkdistrict.com.
  • Lincoln Park Wine Fest – 6/4-6. More than 80 varietals, food/wine pairings, artists and dancing. Jonquil Park, Chicago. chicagoevents.com.

Ottawa Uncorked – June 5-6. Enjoy wine from nearly 20 Illinois wineries! Sample and purchase wines made right here in Illinois, many of which are the product of Illinois-grown grapes. Fabulous food, amazing live music, outdoor arts and crafts market and much more! Downtown Ottawa. 815-434-2737. www.Pickusottawail.com

  • Hinsdale Fine Arts Festival – 6/5-6. Show hosts 130 juried artists, food and kids’ activities. Downtown Hinsdale. hinsdalechamber.com.

Fitness Races…


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

  • Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals. Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com
  • Run For LIFE 5k. Batavia Riverwalk. SPS5k.org
  • VIRTUAL Chicago Mini-Walk to Defeat ALS. Chicagoland. web.alsa.org/chicagowalk


  • Take Steps Chicago Walk. Chicago. crohnscolitisfoundation.org
  • Lake Geneva Wine Run 5K. Lake Geneva, WI.winerun5k.com/events/lake-geneva-wine-run-5k

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

  • VIRTUAL Run for the Zoo. Lincoln Park, Chicago.lpzoo.org (6/5-13)
  • VIRTUAL ABC7 Gibbons 5K Run/3K Walk. Chicago. gibbons5k.com (6/17-20)

Chicagoland Events…


  • HISTORY Virtual Veteran Voices – First Code Talkers explores the use of Native American languages for secure military communication in the US Armed Forces. Zoom. 7 PM. First Division Museum, Wheaton. Free with registration. fdmuseum.org


  • CONCERT Concert in the Park– Grab a blanket and lawn chair for a concert under the stars. FREE. 7 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. theboybandnight.com
  • FAMILY Lake View Nature Center – Enjoy animal encounters., fishing demos, nature walks, games and crafts. 4 – 7:30 PM. 17W063 Hodges Rd. Oakbrook Terrace. Register at obtpd.org/lake-view-nature-center
  • NATURE Spring Bird Walk – Get to know nearby nature with area naturalist. Bring binoculars. 7AM. Penny Road Pond, Barrington Hills. Register 312-450-8206.
  • 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 SummerBurst – An EXPLORsion of Outdoor Fun at Kohl Children’s Museum. A smorgasbord of STEAM-related activities for kids from birth to 8. June 2 – Aug. 29. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview.  Reservations kohlchildrensmuseum.org/summerburst.
  • 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.
  • FAMILY First Fridays –Several venues will be open downtown with art, music and more. 5 PM-Midnight.  FREE. Thru Dec. Visit auroradowntown.org.


  • ADULTS Ottawa Uncorked – Enjoy wine from nearly 20 Illinois wineries! Fabulous food, amazing live music, outdoor arts and crafts market and much more! Downtown Ottawa. Pickusottawail.com.
  • ART Outdoor Film Festival – Original short films to be featured. 8-10 PM. Lisle Community Park, Lisle. To learn how you can participate, visit bit.ly/lislefilmfest.
  • KIDS Stone Hunt – Hands-on activity allows children and adults to search for gems and minerals. Ages 5 and up – $5 per child. 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Lizzadro Museum, Oak Brook. Register lizzadromuseum.org.
  • FAMILY Calvalcade of Planes – Event including aircraft, skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations, food and more. Open 10 AM – 4:00 PM. Must purchase tickets in advance. Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook. cavalcadeofplanes.com
  • FAMILY Movies in the Park Series – 6/5, 6/26, 7/10, 8/14, 9/4.  Big-screen entertainment at various parks. Dusk. Addison Park District. Must confirm and register at addisonparks.org.


  • CONCERT Concert in the Park– A cultural evening with Mariachi Monumental. FREE. 5 PM. Heritage Park Performance Pavilion, Wheeling. theboybandnight.com
  • CONCERT Drive-In Dreams – Naperville Men’s Glee Club will be performing a variety of uplifting music in the parking lot of the Yellow Box Community Church in Naperville. napervillemensgleeclub.org.
  • FAMILY Calvalcade of Planes – Event including aircraft, skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations, food and more. Open 10 AM – 4:00 PM. Must purchase tickets in advance. Clow International Airport, Bolingbrook. cavalcadeofplanes.com
  • FAMILY Cardboard Boat Regatta – Families build their own seaworthy boat out of cardboard and duct tape provided by the park district. 12– 2PM. 235 Lions Drive, Barrington. barringtonparkdistrict.org.
  • FAMILY Frontier Kite Festival – Presented by the Branch Naperville Moms. Frontier Park, Naperville. Free. 10 AM – 4 PM.  napervilleparks.org.
  • FAMILY Adventure Day – A day of nature exploration and discovery. 10 AM. Eldridge Park, Elmhurst. Register. Epd.org.
  • CONCERT Concerts in Your Park SeriesSunday evening summer music series held at a different neighborhood parks. FREE. 7:00-8:30 pm. napervilleparks.org.
  • SHOP Oswego Country Market – Every Sunday 6/6 – 9/26. 9 AM – 1 PM. Buy fresh, locally grown produce, specialty foods, meats, cheeses, baked goods and handmade items. Main Street in charming downtown Oswego.  facebook.com/oswegocountrymarket


  • VIRTUAL LECTURE Brookfield Zoo Environmental Quality Program – Learn about comprehensive environmental programs  to ensure the animals’ habitats are the best they can be. 7 PM. Donation appreciated. Register CZS.org/LectureSeries.
  • CONCERT Summer Concert Series – Concerts begin at 7 pm on Tuesday evenings May 25 thru Aug. 17. Register. Fishel Park, Downers Grove. dgparks.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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