We know there are many suburban more events that we know about but this is a good start in learning how to enjoy our beautiful summers without trekking into the city.

5/11-10/13, Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
This special exhibit is a perennial family favorite. It features 18 working trains (including the ladybug and caterpillar cars), 50 American landmarks made from organic materials, 5,000 plants, and 26 tiny bridges.

5/17-5/19, Long Grove Chocolate Fest
Downtown Long Grove
307 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove
Satisfy your sweet craving with entertainment and chocolate treasures from local vendors.

5/18-5/19, Civil War Days
Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster St., Naperville
Hundreds of reenactors participate in this premier summer event, where the North and South battle again with period weapons and costumes. Enjoy demonstrations and family activities.


5/17, Opening Day for the 2nd season of the Chicago Dogs
Impact Field
9850 Balmoral Ave., Rosemont
Year two starts for the minor league Chicago team takes place at their field in Rosemont right along I-294.

5/26 – 8/30, Parkway Bank Park Rosemont
From Rockin In the Park to Zumba in the Park, you’ll find events almost almost every day this summer in Rosemont. For entertainment and dining, there’s Zanies Comedy Club, Adobe Gila’s, Bub City, Five Roses, Fogo de Chao, Hofbrauhaus Chicago, iFLYKings Dining & Entertainment, MacGuffins Bar & Lounge, Park Tavern and Sugar Factory.


5/31-9/14, Ravinia Festival
200 Ravinia Park Rd., Highland Park
The annual outdoor music festival takes place almost daily throughout the summer with high-profile classical acts, pop music, rock bands, and kids’ concerts. Ravinia is the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

6/5-8/28, Highwood Evening Gourmet Market
Everts Park
130 Highwood Ave., Highwood
This great evening market takes place every Wednesday with live music, locally made food and crafts to buy, and family fun. 6/27 features Inferno Fest and 8/15 is Garlic Fest.

June 8 – 8/24, Lombard Cruise Nights and Summer Concerts
Every Saturday night from 6-10pm offers a different car theme in a family friendly event with live music downtown Lombard at St. Charles and Main. Kids Corner is open until 9pm.

6/15-6/16, Custer Fair
600 Main St., Evanston
This super cool street festival features 350+ crafters, 150 local businesses, dozens of food vendors, a kids’ area, and three stages of entertainment.

6/18-6/23, Swedish Days Festival
8 S. 3rd St.
Geneva’s Midsommar festival features food, carnival rides, live music, entertainment and a Swedish tent.

6/21-6/23, Strawberry Fest
Downtown Long Grove
307 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove
Enjoy Old World-style shopping while you enjoy sweet and fruity treats from local vendors.



6/15, Solstice Hop & Vine Fest
Meineke Park, Schaumburg
220 E. Weathersfield Rd.
Enjoy a selection of wines, brews, and food from 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for this 21+ event.

7/4-7/6, Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival
Lisle Community Park
1826 Short St., Lisle
The annual balloon festival, now in its 37th year, begins with a carnival and includes night glows and musical entertainment.

7/4, Naval Station Great Lakes 4th of July Celebration
Ross Field, Naval Station Great Lakes
The free annual event this year features headliner Theory of a Deadman, along with carnival rides, a marketplace, paintball, performers, and fireworks displays on both nights.

7/18-7/21, Highwood Days & North Shore Taco Fest
Highwood Metra Station
317 Green Bay Rd., Highwood
The 50th anniversary festival features carnival rides, live music, a beer and margarita garden, and the region’s best taco-centric restaurants, caterers, and food trucks.

8/10-8/11, Veggie Fest Chicago 2019
Danada Park, Lisle
A unique family fun festival celebrating the joy, science, food and compassion behind the vegetarian lifestyle. 40,000 people have attended past festivals and it grows more each year. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of vegetarian foods including demonstrations, health and wellness presentations and live entertainment all weekend long.


8/22-8/25, Wizard World Chicago
DES Convention Center
5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont
This year’s comic convention features famous stars along with a great slate of artists and creators.

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