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  • Alpine Fest in Lake Zurich features firefighter water fights Jul 15, 2014 12:55 PM
    Lake Zurich’s annual Alpine Fest, sponsored by the village’s Lions Club, returns for another run starting Friday. Alpine Fest will be in downtown Lake Zurich at Lion Fred Blau Park, 81 E. Main St

  • Rock out to local favorites at fair soundstage Jul 15, 2014 3:26 PM
    One of the most popular spots at the Kane County Fair, now on its 146th year, is the Miller Lite Soundstage, which showcases local bands and performers each day. Fair board president Larry Breon says organizers aim to offer a variety of acts to suit all musical tastes.

  • Bull riding shows featured at Kane County Fair Jul 15, 2014 3:38 PM
    Bob Sauber has experienced thrill. He has gone bungee jumping and cliff diving. He has gone snowboarding and skiing down some of the hardest black diamond courses. But for him, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of bull riding.

  • Germanfest returns to Lombard church for 47th year Jul 15, 2014 5:59 PM
    The 47th annual Germanfest returns this weekend to Sacred Heart Church in Lombard. “It’s a great time to meet new people, to visit with old friends and just really enjoy some good entertainment, German food and beer,” said John Brill, co-general chairman for Germanfest.

  • Kane County Fair opens Wednesday Jul 15, 2014 5:46 PM
    The 146th annual Kane County Fair begins its five-day run at 8 a.m. Wednesday with sheep and poultry judging at the fairgrounds on Randall Road in St. Charles. Preparations pretty much wrapped up Tuesday under threatening skies, a bit of rain and unseasonably cool temperatures. It was in the 50s early Tuesday.

  • Waukegan celebrates Christmas in July Jul 15, 2014 5:57 PM
    The Waukegan Park District, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance of Chicago, and the Puerto Rican Society of Waukegan will celebrate Christmas in July on Saturday, July 19, 1 to 8 p.m. at Bowen Park.

  • Kane County Fair opens Wednesday in St. Charles Jul 14, 2014 4:01 PM
    Visitors come to the 146th annual Kane County Fair for a variety of reasons. For 17-year-old Emily Studt, of Elgin, the Kane County Fair is a chance to demonstrate all the hard work she has put into her 4-H projects over the past year. “We work hard year-round, but for the kids in 4-H, the fair is the biggest part of our entire year,” she said.

  • Community festival returns to Round Lake Park Jul 14, 2014 12:33 PM
    The community summer festival will return to Round Lake Park from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the village hall, 203 E. Lake Shore Drive.

  • Parade celebrates West Chicago’s railroad tradition Jul 13, 2014 4:59 PM
    Railroad Days has been a tradition in West Chicago for more than four decades, and for most of those years longtime resident Barbara Toney has had a front-row seat to the festival’s parade as it marched past her home. Though her children who watched alongside her over the years are now grown, a new generation of young parade watchers have taken their place in front of Toney’s residence.

  • County fairs offer old-fashioned treats, offbeat attractions Jul 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    It’s that time of year again when you can eat almost anything deep-fried on a stick, watch wacky races from pigs to professional lawn mowers and appreciate agriculture in all of its glory. With each of our local county fairs running at least five days, there is enough time to catch it all.

  • Grandwood Summerfest goes retro Jul 12, 2014 6:28 PM
    The Grandwood Park District Summerfest went retro in 2014, organizers said, and included family games, pub-sized tables near the food and drink area, and bring it back to a neighborhood event where it had been in the past.

  • Taste of Chicago canceled for day due to storms Jul 12, 2014 4:42 PM
    Authorities have canceled the entire day of events at the Taste of Chicago festival because of heavy rain and flooding on the festival grounds. Today’s events were to have included concerts by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and roots-rock songwriter Lucinda Williams. The Taste says on its Facebook page that all tickets purchased online would be refunded automatically.

  • Hundreds turn out for Barrington brew fest Jul 12, 2014 6:04 PM
    As many as 800 beer connoisseurs descended on downtown Barrington Saturday to sample new concoctions and old favorites at the 11th annual Barrington Brew Fest. Jade Peters and Jeff Votava, both of Schaumburg, waited in line for more than an hour to be the first through the gate. “It’s great,” Peters said, “better than any beer fest in Chicago.”

  • Naperville art fair draws almost 100 artists Jul 12, 2014 6:07 PM
    More than 90 artists displayed their works in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood at the Naperville Woman’s Club 55th Annual Juried Fine Art Fair. “This our largest fundraiser. Proceeds from this event are donated towards an art scholarship at North Central College and also to area local charitable organizations in the community throughout the year,” said Roxanne Lang, director of the fair, held at Naper Settlement.

  • Dogs make a big splash in Libertyville Jul 12, 2014 8:50 AM
    The Dog Days of Summer are underway in downtown Libertyville. Activities for your pooch run through the weekend, with Cook Park the center of much of the action. There is also an X-Treme Dog Park with a 30,000-gallon pool in the rear parking lot of PNC Bank. DockDogs jumping resumes at 10 a.m. today.

  • North Shore Wine, Beer & Cigar fest offers a variety of choices Jul 11, 2014 3:20 PM
    The Libertyville Sunrise Rotary is sponsoring the fifth annual North Shore Wine, Beer & Cigar Fest from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Green Oaks. More than 300 different wines, 80 craft beers and an extensive collection of fine cigars will be available.

  • Jazz taking center stage in Glen Ellyn Jul 11, 2014 4:57 PM
    Residents can sway to some sweet tones Saturday at the HYPERLINK ""Jazz in Glen Ellyn concert in the village’s downtown. The festival will run from 2 to 11 p.m. on Main Street, about a block away from the downtown Metra station. Admittance is free.

  • Summer festivals continue throughout DuPage Jul 11, 2014 7:53 PM
    Several communities are continuing their celebrations of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer this weekend in DuPage County. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening ...

  • Windmill Whirl 5K brings runners to Batavia fest Jul 11, 2014 11:49 PM
    The threating weather couldn’t keep the avid runners from their date with the Windmill Whirl 5K Race Friday night in Batavia. With the sound of music and carnival rides filling the air, about 150 people took to the Fox River Trail for one of the few nighttime races in the area. “It’s a nice race, and it’s put on well,” said Alex Diverde, 20, of Batavia, who finished first.

  • Criterium riders pedal into Winfield Jul 11, 2014 2:29 PM
    When you have an event that has packs of cyclists speeding down residential streets, how can you ramp up the excitement level? For the organizers of Saturday's Winfield Criterium, it involves taking a normally two-day event and consolidating it into a single day crammed with professional and amateur races.

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