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West Loop Art Fest

Chicago, Ill.

About 100 talented artists showcase and sell creative work. Live art demonstrations will give festival-goers the unique chance to see the masters at work. Plus, enjoy local food, live music and interactive features including a graffiti wall, Art Bingo and photo booth.

When: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sept. 16-17, 2017
Cost: $10

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

Lakeview Taco Fest

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest | Chicago, Ill.

The taco gets the spotlight treatment at this fest in the heart of the Southport Corridor. In addition to tacos and music, features beer and taco pairings, Mexican wrestlers, a kids' activity area and arts/crafts.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 16-17, 2017
Cost: $5

Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate Mexican Independence in the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood.

When: Noon
Cost: Free

Cary Main Street Fest

Cary, Ill.

The outdoor fall festival features local restaurants and businesses, a marketplace of vendors and artists, live entertainment and a children’s area with family stage that highlights theater, dance and other interactive children’s programming.

When: Sept. 16-17, 2017. See website for schedule
Cost: $5 donation

Homewood Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Homewood, Ill.

FREE  

Features live entertainment for children and adults, horse-drawn wagon rides, the annual bean bag tournament, pony rides, games, art and craft vendors, a pumpkin patch and food from local eateries. Closing the evening is a free showing of The LEGO Movie.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

The Performer's School presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible.

When: 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Sept. 16; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 17
Cost: $15

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
 










 
 
 
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