A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 1-5, 2022}

Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 1-5, 2022}

Thursday, September 1, 2022


Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 1-5, 2022

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs September 1-5, 2022

In a flash, it is Labor Day Weekend! Definitely, soak up these last sweet summer days. Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:


Ongoing Flourish: The Garden at 50, Chicago Botanic Garden celebrates 50 years, look for special art installations and yellow plants threaded throughout the garden, check for special pop-up events

Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic, admission includes this fun seasonal event

May 21 - September 17 Butterfly House, Geneva, open 9AM-5PM Mon-Sat, 12PM-4PM Sun, recommended donation $2 pp and $6 per family

June 1 - October 31 Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Alebrijes are Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures, learn about the artists, go on a scavenger hunt for all 48 pieces and more, parking is $10 per car

Through November 6 Delicate Forces, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Rockford, 7 large scale art displays created with dichroic materials crafting kaleidoscope, admission fees apply 

Ongoing depending on blooms Sunflower Festival, Von Bergen's Country Market, Hebron, check out the sunflower maze, purchase tickets online

Ongoing through Labor Day, Bristol Renaissance Faire, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day

Apple Orchards

Ongoing through October  Royal Oak Farm, Harvard, apple picking, apple tree maze, activities,  country kitchen

Ongoing through October Kuipers Farm, Maple Park, UPick apples, opening day August 27

Ongoing through October Stade's Farm, McHenry, UPick Apples starting August 26

Thursday, September 1

September 1-5 Buffalo Grove Days

Friday, September 2

September 2-11 Elgin Fringe Festival, celebration of the arts including visual and performing, see websites for schedule and tickets

September 2-4 Nashwood, Highwood, enjoy live blues, country, blue grass and Southern rock all weekend long, Friday 5-9 and Saturday 12PM-5PM enjoy a kid friendly line up and activity area at Chicago Mike's and Tala

September 2-5 The Last Fling, Naperville

Saturday, September 3

September 3-5 Irish Days, Long Grove, Irish dance, music and food, kilt contest, dog contest and more

September 3 Family Fringe, part of the Elgin Fringe Festival, Elgin History Museum, 10AM-1PM, performances, family activities and more, free

September 3 Alebrijes Art Walk, Cantigny, Wheaton, 11AM, a chance to learn about the amazing art pieces on a guided walk, $10 parking

September 3-5 Septemberfest, Schaumburg

September 3 Northbrook Fireworks Display, Meadowhill, at dusk

Sunday, September 4

September 4 Animal Encounters, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, meet one of our resident animals

September 4 Willowbrook Happy Hour, Glen Ellyn, 4PM-5PM, learn about resident animals during feeding time, $5pp, must register, kids must be accompanied by an adult

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