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Autumn in the Park Festival

Palos Park, Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

Event includes a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, a Chili and BBQ Rib Cook-Off, music, games and entertainment, including a sports cave and a kids' area with petting zoo, games, touch-a-truck, euro bungee and pony and hayrack rides (open noon-6 p.m Sunday.).

When: 5-10:30 p.m. Sept. 15; 11:30 - 11 p.m. Sept. 16, 2017
Cost: Free

Berwyn Oktoberfest

Berwyn, Ill.

FREE  

The festival includes an international food court, live bands, carnival and amusements, family pavilion, crafters, vendors and beer garden.

 

When: 6-11 p.m. Sept. 15, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 16
Cost: Free

Caterpillar Hike

Forest Preserve District of Will County | Channahon, Ill.

FREE  

Take a close-up look at caterpillars and their behaviors, and then venture out in search of local caterpillars.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Origami in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Visitors will be awed by 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding as they walk paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibit features installations, gallery works, and the Boxes' own compositions, as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Dinos & Dragons

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon. Along the winding outdoor path, guests can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo. The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11

Forts

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors are invited to imagine, construct, and play within their own special places as everyday materials take on new shapes and purposes to become a fort builder's paradise. Forts inspires both constructive planning and imaginative play. As children negotiate, problem solve, and take turns, they develop interpersonal practices.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Community Roots: Agriculture in Naperville

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

The exhibit allows visitors to see the progression of land use, learn why early settlers chose the livestock they did, how the community supported agriculture and the impact technology had on farming and the changing landscape and population. The Gregory family, who owned a 400-acre farm which is now the Westfield Fox Valley Shopping Center, is among many Naperville farm families represented in the exhibition. On view is Larry Gregory’s 4-H electricity projects from 1947 and 1948, where he laid out future plans for wiring farm houses after World War II.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Chasing Eclipses

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit immerses you in the spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing experience of a solar eclipse. You’ll find inspiration in eclipse chasers from history, discover the cosmic scale of being in the shadow of the Moon, and prepare to chase down the great solar eclipse on August 21.

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors to the exhibition can see some of the most amazing objects in The Field’s collections, including a giant clamshell (that they can touch), a nearly six-foot-long sawfish snout, and a drawer full of now-extinct butterflies with silvery-blue wings. They can also try their hand at sorting seashells into different species and walk into a reconstructed map-lined office of a long-time Museum curator. An interactive touchscreen encourages visitors to explore ancient insects—millions of years old—trapped in amber.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All-Access passes

Stingray Touch

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Shedd staff members guide guests through the 15-minute touch experience, while providing interesting facts about stingrays, including information about how choosing sustainable seafood protects stingrays in global waters. The outdoor exhibit also allows visitors to see the cownose stingrays through various angles.

Cost: $5 add-on
 










 
 
 
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