A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 11-13, 2023}

Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 11-13, 2023}

Friday, August 11, 2023


Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 11-13, 2023

The weekend is here! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this week:


February 4-December 23 Viking's Voyage, Geneva History Museum, learn about the history of the replica Viking ship in Geneva which started as an attraction at the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893, $5 per adult, $2 kids and seniors, free for members, closed Sundays and Mondays

May 2 - November 3 Infrastructure: Creating 19th Century Clothing Then and Now, exhibit starts with the fabric scrapbook of Hannah Ditzler Asplaugh. Her memories of creating and recreating 19th century clothing over 50 years inspired the exhibit.  Explore the connection of clothing and memory as well as how the fashions were made then and now. See website for hours and admission.

May 27-September 4 Find Your Wild with McHenry County Conservation District, all summer use an app to explore the county's fabulous preserves, engage in fun nature activities, answer trivia questions and win prizes! This is a fun outdoor adventure that you can enjoy throughout summer and it is free!

June 2-August 20 Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross, Elmhurst Art Museum, sketches, life-sized busts, cover art and more highlight one of the greatest comic book artists, please see website for admission info and associated events

June 3-September 10 WARHOL, Cleve Carney Museum of Art, Glen Ellyn, an incredible 94 pieces by Andy Warhol will be on display during this exhibition, there are many associated events to experience, see website for ticketing and more information, I will have more on this event soon!

June 3-September 10 Where's Warhol Scavenger Hunt and Pop Art Photo Ops, downtown Wheaton, free events celebrating College of DuPage's Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop exhibition, free

Through September 16 Peck Farm Butterfly House, Geneva, see website for hours, suggested donation

July 8 - as long as the sunflowers are blooming Von Bergen's Sunflower Festival, Hebron, see website for times and ticketing info

July 8 - September 4 Bristol Renaissance Faire, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day

Summer is for hiking! Check out my Chicago Suburban Hiking Recommendations for ideas.

Friday, August 11

August 11 & 12 Shakespeare Shorts, Kracklauer Park Gazebo, Mundelein, 7PM, patchwork of Shakespeare's romantic greats, free

Saturday, August 12

August 12 & 13 Gurnee Days, Viking Park

August 12 & 13 Lincolnshire Arts Festival

August 12 Lynwood Fest, Lynwood

August 12 Draw Des Plaines Chalk Fest, Des Plaines Public Library, 11AM-2PM, chalk artist Erik Greenwalt will create a 3D chalk creation, performances, families invited to chalk draw, free

August 12 Party on the Green, Village Green, Northbrook, 4PM, live music, prizes, giveaways

August 12 Star Party, Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg, 8PM-10:30PM, try to see the Perseid meteor shower and summer constellations, roast marshmallows over a campfire, $3 pp, $12 per family

Sunday, August 13

August 13 Artisan Market, The Lot, Highland Park, 10AM-3PM, shop crafts, baked goods, fruits, vegetables and more

August 13 Living History Open House, Powers Walker House, Ringwood, 12PM-4PM, learn about the Miller family that lived in the area during WWII, free

August 13 Monarch Fest, Crystal Lake Main Beach, 12:30PM-4PM, learn about monarchs from local organizations, see creative fairy houses, face painting, free

August 13 Wheeling Park District's International Fair, 1PM-7PM, Heritage Park, performances, live music, activities, ethnic food and more

August 13 Forest Walk, River Trail, Northbrook, 1:30PM, free

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