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  • Northwest Fourth-Fest continues now through Sunday on the grounds of the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates,

       Northwest Fourth-Fest continues now through Sunday on the grounds of the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates,
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Fourth may be over, but festivals in the suburbs are just getting started. You can get your festival fix for anything from ribs and rides to music and games this weekend. Here's a look at what's happening today and the rest of this weekend:

Arlington Heights Frontier Days

Now through Sunday, at Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner St. Carnival, three stages of live entertainment, games, competitions, dog Frisbee, arts & crafts show, food and drink sales. Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight today, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Main stage acts: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 8 p.m. today; Bret Michaels, 8 p.m. Saturday; American English, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Arts & Crafts Marketplace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday/Sunday. Shuttle buses run continuously from downtown Arlington Hts. to fest grounds. Free admission. www.frontierdays.org; (847) 577-8572.

Barrington Fourth of July Festival

11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. today and Saturday, in the North Train Commuter Lot at Spring Street, downtown Barrington. Live music, family activities, the Brat Tent, climbing wall, more. Kids Daytime Special: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, kids 3+ pay $5, includes unlimited access to all kids' activities, hot dog, chips & soda. Adults are free. After 6 p.m., admission is $5; 17-under free. Main stage: Sixteen Candles, 8:30 p.m. today; 97 Nine Band, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. www.barrington4thofjuly.com.

Bartlett Fourth of July Festival

Through Sunday, Apple Orchard Park, 700 S. Bartlett Road, at Stearns and South Bartlett roads. Carnival, live music, turtles races, games, Bingo, children's entertainment, more. Hours: 5-11 p.m. today; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; 3-8 p.m. Sunday. Main stage: Shirley King (B.B. King's daughter), 8:30 p.m. today; Generation, The Sixties Experience, 8:30 p.m. Saturday; Modern Day Romeos, 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. www.bartlett4thofjuly.com.

Mt. Prospect Lions Village Festival

75th annual event,through Sunday,Melas Park, Busse and Central roads. Carnival rides, food court, live music, beer garden, children's games, daily raffles, more. Hours: 6-11 p.m. today; 1-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Main Stage: Modern Day Romeos, 8:30 p.m. today; 7th Heaven, 9 p.m. Saturday; Hi Infidelity, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday (break for fireworks 9:30-10 p.m.). Family Day is Sunday. Free admission. (847) 870-6622; www.mtprospectlions.com; www.mountprospect.org.

Northwest Fourth-Fest

Now through Sunday, grounds of the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates (just off I-90). Carnival, Bingo, games, food and drink sales, live music, more. Hours: 6-11 p.m. today; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Village Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Today's main stage: Thompson Square, 7:30 p.m. $10, with opening act Adam Craig at 6 p.m. Saturday's main stage: Brian Lavender, 6 p.m. and .38 Special, 8 p.m. Sunday's main stage: Libido Funk Circus, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. www.northwestfourthfest.com.

Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest

Now through Sunday, at Community Park, Palatine Road and Northwest Highway. Live entertainment, carnival, games, activities, Arts & Crafts Fair/Business & Charity Expo, food and drink sales. Hours: Noon-midnight today; 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Arts & Crafts Expo, noon- 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Today's Main Stage: Mellencougar, 7 p.m. and Bucket Number 6, 10 p.m. Saturday's main stage: Hillbilly Rockstarz, 7:30 p.m. and Mike and Joe, 10 p.m. Free admission. www.palatinejaycees.org.

Other top suburban festivals

Taste of Lombard, Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Edgewood Avenue, Lombard: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 5, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Admission: $3, free for ages 9 and younger. Visit tasteoflombard.com or lombardparks.com.

Lisle's Eyes to the Skies Festival, Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 7, carnival only. Carnival, hot air balloon rides, craft fair, entertainment. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (630) 964-3410 or eyestotheskies.org.

Mundelein Community Days, Kracklauer Park, the Santa Maria del Popolo Church meadow, and other locations throughout Mundelein: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, July 5; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 6; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Schedule includes pageants, carnival, games, music and more. Free, but carnival rides require ticket purchase. (847) 949-3200 or mundelein.org.

Naperville Exchange Club Ribfest, Knoch Park, West Street and Martin Avenue, Naperville: Noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 5-7. Bands, carnival rides, ribs, family fun area. Lynyrd Skynyrd performs on Sunday. Admission: $15 gate, $12 online; free ages 11 and younger. Extra charge for family fun area and carnival. Visit ribfest.net.

Lakeside Festival, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 7. The 34th annual festival features carnival rides, Taste by the Lake, children's events, historic tours and more. Parade at 1 p.m. and fireworks at dusk Sunday. Admission fees apply. (815) 455-8000 or lakesidelegacy.org.

July Fourth Fest at Six Flags Great America, at I-94 and Grand Avenue, Gurnee: Runs through Sunday, July 7. Live entertainment, food and more. Regular park admission fees apply. Visit sixflags.com.

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Fest, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, (members-only preview) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7. See works of juried artists, working with botanic themes. Interactive art demos and booth chats. Free admission; parking $25 per car or free for Chicago Botanic Garden members. (847) 835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org.

Windy City Ribfest, Lawrence and Broadway streets, Chicago: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 5; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 6; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Live music, arts and crafts, kids' activities, and many types of rib slabs from local and national rib vendors. $5. (773) 868-3010 or chicagoevents.com.

Celebrate Fox Lake, Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake: Saturday, July 6. Entertainment, games, rides and crafts. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Grant High School, heads west along Grand Avenue to Fox Lake Towne Center. Craft show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fireworks over the Chain O' Lakes at dusk. foxlake.org.

Fountain Square Art Festival, at Sherman and Church streets, Evanston: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7. The oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's North Shore features the works of more than 200 juried artists. $5. (773) 868-3010 or chicagoevents.com.

Bristol Renaissance Faire, 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day, through Sept. 2. Travel back to 1574 for 16th-century games, rides, food, arts and crafts and more. Features hundreds of costumed re-enactors. Admission is $19.95 for adults; $9.50 for kids ages 5-12; free for kids 4 and younger. (847) 395-7773 or renfair.com.

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Social, Community Protestant Church, 418 N. Prairie Ave., Mundelein: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7. View the Mundelein Days parade and enjoy ice cream and cookies on the church lawn. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Free. (847) 566-4000 or communityprotestant.org.

Top music performances

Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators: Slash gained fame as the lead guitarist in the wildly successful hard-rock band Guns N' Roses, which took the world by storm in the late 1980s. His distinctive riffs on songs like "Sweet Child O' Mine" have become iconic. After leaving Guns N' Roses, Slash joined alt-rock group Velvet Revolver, and he is now touring behind a recent solo album he recorded with Myles Kennedy, "Apocalyptic Love." (8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Ribfest, located in Knoch Park in Naperville. Free with $15 admission to fest. See ribfest.net.)

Thompson Square: Married couple Keifer and Shawna Thompson have won awards and legions of fans with their sparkling harmonies and intimate country songs. Here's a chance to see one of country's rising stars. (7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Northwest Fourth Fest, located outside the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. $10. See northwestfourthfest.com.)

Chicago 6: OK, so maybe the members of this band aren't known for their music, but suburbanites are sure to recognize them. Chicago 6 includes Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson, all of whom played on the vaunted defense of the 1985 Chicago Bears. Will they play "The Super Bowl Shuffle"? (5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Eyes to the Skies Festival, located in Community Park in Lisle. Free with $5 admission to fest. See eyestotheskies.org.)

Rick Springfield: If you were under 30 in the 1980s, chances are you loved a Rick Springfield song. The soap-opera-heartthrob-turned-pop-star churned out a slew of hits in that decade, including "Jessie's Girl" and "Don't Talk to Strangers." Prepare for lots of screaming. (8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Naperville's Ribfest. Free with $15 admission to fest. See ribfest.net.)

Local H: Indie rock doesn't always have much representation at suburban festivals, but this acclaimed duo from Zion will headline this year's Taste of Lombard. Local H specializes in raw, stripped-down guitar rock with uniquely thoughtful and witty lyrics. The band's most recent album, "Hallelujah! I'm a Bum," came out last year to positive reviews. (9 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Taste of Lombard, located near the intersection of Madison Street and Lewis Avenue. Free with $3 admission to fest. See tasteoflombard.com.)

Bret Michaels: Michaels, the bandana-wearing frontman of popular 1980s hair-metal band Poison, launched his career's successful second act a few years back as both a solo performer and a reality-television star. (8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Frontier Days, located at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights. Free. See frontierdays.org.)

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