The ever-expanding Prairie Fest opens for its 12th year today in downtown Wood Dale.
The festival, which features food from area restaurants and performances from regionally based musicians, continues through Sunday.
Fest hours are 6 to 11 p.m. today and Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Today is Resident Appreciation Night, with a food voucher for each Wood Dale household, half-price carnival tickets for residents and an all-local music lineup.
Food vendors this year include staples such as Sweet Baby Ray's and Azteca Taqueria, as well as pizza from White Cottage.
Additional entertainment includes the carnival midway and a bingo tent, complete with prizes.
Free parking is available in several downtown lots, including Wood Dale Bowl and Holy Ghost Church. The festival's fireworks are set to go off at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.
For detail, or a complete event schedule, visit wooddale.com or call (630) 766-4900.