A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburbs Fourth of July Fun and More July 1-5, 2021

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburbs Fourth of July Fun and More July 1-5, 2021

 Chicago Suburbs Fourth of July Fun and More July 1-5, 2021

Chicago Suburbs Fourth of July Fun and More July 1-5, 2021

Have a fun and festive Fourth of July! here are my picks for weekend fun as you celebrate the holiday. Please make sure to verity COVID requirements with destinations.

Ongoing Naper Settlement is back open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays 10AM-4PM,, Sundays 1PM-4PM, adults $12 pp, seniors 62+  $10, kids ages 4-12 $8, Naperville residents (with proof of residency), children under 4 and Naper Settlement Members are free. Also, visit the new Answering the Call: Naperville at  War exhibit focusing on WWII.

May 8 - October 10 Model Railroad Garden open at Chicago Botanic Garden, Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (3 – 12): $6 Children (2 and under): Free Members receive $1 off each price Garden Plus members get in free on Wednesdays, tickets are at ticket booth in front of exhibit and have timed entry, must also reserve time to visit gardens and purchase parking online, parking: $25 per weekday, $30 on weekends

May 22 - September 18 Butterfly House at Peck Farm in Geneva is open Monday - Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM, suggested donation $2 pp or $6 per family, masks and social distancing required.

May 14 - August 29 To the Moon Snoopy Soars with NASA, Elmhurst History Museum, learn how Snoopy was part of NASA's Manned Flight Awareness safety program, learn about the Apollo program and more, free

May 31 - September 6 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Gardens, 10AM-5PM, $25 parking during the week, $30 on weekends, tickets adults $8, seniors $7, children (3-12) $6, children 2 and under free, members $1 off, garden plus members free on Wednesdays, 10 visit pas $50 per members, $60 non members, must reserve timed-entry to garden, tickets for exhibit are at booth

Ongoing Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, stunning natural sculptures to help connect people with trees, the exhibition includes 5 incredible sculptures, included with normal admission

Ongoing through Labor Day Local Art Pop Up at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights

Upcoming: July 7 - September 16 Par Excellence Redux at the Elmhurst Art Museum. This fun new interactive exhibit features 9 mini golf holes designed by both local artists and artists throughout the country. The exciting new exhibit honors the original Par Excellence exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. You must reserve a tee time. $10 per adult, $8 per senior, $5 for children and free for kiddies under 5.

Thursday, July 1

July 1 - July 5 Carnival Jamboree, Recreation Park, Arlington Heights, carnival rides and carnival food

July 1 - July 4th Fourth of July Village Festival, MP Lions, Melas Park, carnival, fireworks (July 4), live music, food tent,

Friday, July 2

July 2 - July 5 Palatine Jaycees Fourth of July Hometown Fest, festival, live bands, business expo and more

July 2 - July 5 Mundelein Days, carnival, pet parade, fire engine rides, car show, fireworks (July 4), parade (July 5) and much more, see website

July 2 4th of July Celebration, RiverEdge, Aurora, 7PM-9:15PM DJ with dancing, about 9:30PM fireworks, free

Saturday, July 3

July 3 Barrington 4th of July Parade 10AM

July 3  Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-4PM, learn what it was like to live on the farm and how farms served as building blocks of the rural community, free

July 3 Horsin' Around Stars, Stripes and Snips, St. James Farm, 12PM-3PM, learn about and meet horses, free

July 3 Farm Power, Kline Creek Farm, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about the draft horse!, free

July 3 Firefly Viewing, Ryerson, Riverwoods, 8:30PM or 9:30PM, $5 per resident, $10 per non

July 3 Fun & Fireworks, Gillson Park, Wilmette, live music, food vendors and fireworks

July 3 Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, the biggest fireworks show in Illinois

Sunday, July 4

July 4 Concert: Miss Jamie's Farm, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 11AM - 12PM, $10 parking

July 4 "Reverse Parade," GlenviewCommunity Park West, 12PM

July 4 Red, White and Blue, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, hike the Bur Edge Trail looking for things in nature in our national colors, free but must register

July 4 Independence Day Parade, Glencoe, 1pm, earlier in the day there will also be family games

July 4 Concert: Spoken Four, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 3PM, $10 parking

July 4 Fourth of July Fireworks, Gallery Park, Glenview

July 4 Fourth of July Fireworks, Deerpath Community Park, Lake Forest

July 4 Fourth of July Fireworks, Melas Park, Mount Prospect

July 4 Red, White and Boom, Spring Lake Park, Lincolnshire

July 4 Fourth of July Fireworks, Meadowhill Park, Northbrook

July 4 Elgin Fourth of July Fireworks, Festival Park

July 4 Naperville Salute Fireworks, 9:30PM

Also, don't forget to check out my Chicago Suburbs Hiking List for new adventures!Juk

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