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Oaktoberfest

Oak-Toberfest | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

Annual fall festival featuring premiere music lineup featuring local and national artists, a microbrew, kids root beer garden and ethnic food offerings.

When: 4-10 p.m. Sept. 15, noon-10 p.m. Sept. 16
Cost: Free; food costs extra

Park Forest Art Fair

Park Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Tall Grass Art Association presents the Annual Park Forest Art Fair, featuring fine art, kids' art activity, food and music.

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

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Downtown Morton, Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

Features live entertainment, carnival rides, parade, craft show and pumpkin foods.

When: Visit website for schedule of events. Sept. 13-16, 2017
Cost: Free. Extra costs for some attractions.

Saturday Family Fun

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre & Children's Farm | Rockford, Ill.

Enjoy a covered pony ring for kids 1-7, the Children's Farm Animal Barn with friendly farm animals, and horseback trail rides for riders age 8 and older. Families can relax together on a scenic hay ride through the meadows and woods.

When: Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays
Cost: $3 pony and wagon rides; $30, $25 resident trail rides

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America's best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale. From June 7-Aug. 30, the exhibition stays open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; special evening hours Wednesdays, June 10–Aug. 26 until 8 p.m
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12, free kids under 3; $1 discount for members

Family Drop-In Activities in the Nature Play Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about how plants grow and the animals you might find at the Garden. Pollinate flowers, compost with worms, build a life-sized bird nest, explore underwater life and more. Activities vary from week to week.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 3-Aug. 27); 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sept. 2-Oct. 1).
Cost: Free; parking fee varies, check website

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$99

The Taming of the Shrew

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

 

This fall, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines re-examines Shakespeare's notorious "battle of the
sexes." On the eve of the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1919, a band of Suffragettes
embarks on a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Framed with additional text by Ron West,
longtime performer and writer at Second City, this new interpretation features an all-woman
cast to explore one of the Bard's most delightfully controversial comedies. Shakespeare's men
are seen through the eyes of women, as sexual politics and power, human rights, and true love
are debated with wit and style.
 The Toad Knew
 The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater,

This fall, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines re-examines Shakespeare's notorious "battle of thesexes." On the eve of the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1919, a band of Suffragettes embarks on a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Framed with additional text by Ron West, longtime performer and writer at Second City, this new interpretation features an all-woman cast to explore one of the Bard's most delightfully controversial comedies. Shakespeare's men are seen through the eyes of women, as sexual politics and power, human rights, and true love are debated with wit and style.

 

 

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Starting at $48

Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale

Bughouse Theater | Chicago, Ill.

At the start of the show, kids help pick costumes for the characters and choose a location for their improvised tale. Each week features a new kind of story from adventure to mystery to superheroes you never know what will happe.!  Musicians provide an improvised score and the actors sing songs created on the spot. Kids actively participate by throwing out twists and turns in the plot, becoming characters in the story, and assisting the players whenever possible.

 

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $10 kids, adults free

Mother Goose’s Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical garden! Enjoy a playful and interactive event in Emerald City’s Little Theatre, a welcoming and safe space for kids and their grown-ups. In this world premiere production, join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffet, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and immersive play.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Tickets start at $14.
 










 
 
 
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