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  • Lakemoor Fest celebrates 19 years Aug 9, 2014 8:17 PM
    A horseshoe tournament, bands, food, carnival rides, a fishing derby, games and fireworks were all part of the fun Saturday during the 19th annual Lakemoor Fest.

  • Here’s what’s going on during rest of Gurnee Days Aug 9, 2014 7:00 AM
    Gurnee Days 2014 is in its 42nd year with activities for all ages. The festival, which began Thursday, continues through Sunday, Aug. 10, with the theme “’Lil Bit Country, ’Lil Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll!” The event is packed with concerts, entertainment, food, contests, open houses, fireworks, a parade and other activities.

  • Prairie Fest continues four-day run in Wood Dale Aug 9, 2014 8:17 PM
    Wood Dale’s four-day Prairie Fest celebration, now in its 12th year in the city’s downtown, is expected to draw more than 16,000 people before it closes its run Sunday night at Town Square, Wood Dale Road and Commercial Street. Long noted for its food, the festival also includes music, carnival rides, activities for kids and more.

  • Augustfest underway in Des Plaines Aug 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Augustfest, the big Des Plaines festival sponsored by St. Zachary Church, began Thursday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 10, on the church grounds, two blocks east of Elmhurst Road at 67 W. Algonquin Road. The festival, which is celebrating its 30th year, includes carnival rides, entertainment by festival bands, children’s games, bingo, casino games, cash raffle, and food and drinks. Admission is free.

  • Mane Event starts lead-up to the Million Aug 8, 2014 11:38 PM
    It’s one of the biggest block parties of the summer — drawing more than 10,000 people — but local residents found more than picnic fare Friday night at the Mane Event in Arlington Heights. The party continues downtown from noon to 11 p.m. today with the Taste of Arlington Heights. Both events serve as a kickoff to the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park and the Arlington Million on Aug. 16.

  • Cantigny celebrates its French connection Aug 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    Cantigny Park’s annual French Connection festival celebrates all things French from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. “We’ve got a large variety of activities that makes this very welcoming for the whole family,” said Cantigny Park Communications Manager Jeff Reiter.

  • Fireworks highlight Lakemoor Fest Aug 8, 2014 4:54 PM
    Lakemoor Fest continues through Sunday at Morrison Park, 233 Route 120.

  • Sleepy Hollow corn roast will benefit Special Olympics Aug 7, 2014 5:01 AM
    The Northern Fox Valley has a chance to give the Special Olympics Illinois a financial shot in the arm by attending the annual corn roast at Randy’s Vegetable Stand in Sleepy Hollow on Sunday, Aug. 10.

  • Veggie Fest in Naperville offers suggestions for eating better Aug 7, 2014 7:45 AM
    Like a field of corn in the summer, Veggie Fest in Naperville keeps on growing. The ninth annual fest Aug. 9 and 10 is expected to draw at least 25,000 people to Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Naperville. “This is going to be our last year on the property because we've just grown too big,” Jonathan Krueger, one of the festival's organizers, said.

  • Wood Dale prepares for Prairie Fest opening Aug 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    The ever-expanding Prairie Fest opens for its 12th year Thursday 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. Thursday and Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • Kids test bike skills, learn about safety during Gurnee bike rodeo Aug 7, 2014 6:11 PM
    The parking lot at Woodland Middle School was turned into an obstacle course as kids participated in a bike rodeo Thursday. Kids maneuvered their bikes through various stations that tested their skills and helped to teach bicycle safety.

  • Fireworks and family at Wood Dale Prarie Fest Aug 7, 2014 10:01 AM
    Returning for its twelfth year in the village’s downtown, Wood Dale’s Prarie Fest has quietly expanded from a one-day picnic into a four-day festival with music, carnival attractions and firewworks. The festival, which now atracts 16,000 visitors over its four days with an expanding variety of entertainment, continues through Sunday, Aug. 10.

  • Batavia Green Fair aims to inspire eco-friendly lifestyles Aug 6, 2014 2:27 PM
    The Batavia Green Fair on the Fox, formerly known as the Batavia Green Walk, is returning for its seventh annual event with more than just a new name. Fair co-chairman Keith Line said this year, the fair will be more interactive and will reach a wider audience with various new activities, events and entertainment.

  • Out to lunch in Libertyville: Aug 6, 2014 4:59 PM
    The final two Out to Lunch events sponsored by MainStreet Libertyville are planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 15, downtown in Cook Park.

  • Paralympic medalist to lead Illinois State Fair parade Aug 6, 2014 6:33 AM
    A member of the U.S.’s gold medal-winning Paralympic sled hockey team will serve as grand marshal of the Illinois State Fair twilight parade. Kevin McKee is a member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago hockey team. He’s skated on Team USA’s international squad since 2010. He and his teammates won first place in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that McKee will lead the parade, which kicks off the fair on Thursday night. In a statement, Quinn says McKee “represents the spirit of Illinois — optimism, passion, and a drive to succeed regardless of life’s obstacles.” McKee says it’s an honor to be selected. He adds he feels blessed to be able to share the day with so many other very talented people.”

  • Arlington Hts. gets ready to party, with Mane Event and Taste Aug 6, 2014 3:08 PM
    Two of August’s biggest celebrations in Arlington Heights — the Mane Event Block Party and Taste of Arlington Heights — are back Friday and Saturday to kick off the International Festival of Racing at Arlington International racetrack.

  • Augustfest opens Thursday in Des Plaines Aug 5, 2014 1:51 PM
    Augustfest, the big Des Plaines festival sponsored by St. Zachary Church, begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 10, on the church grounds two blocks east of Elmhurst Road at 67 W. Algonquin Road. The festival, which is celebrating its 30th year, includes carnival rides, entertainment by festival bands, children’s games, bingo, casino games, cash raffle, and food and drinks. Admission is free.

  • Moms opt out of National Night Out event after rifle group plans protest Aug 5, 2014 3:54 PM
    Moms Demand Action, a group advocating gun control, has withdrawn its application to appear at Tuesday night's National Night Out in Arlington Heights after the Illinois State Rifle Association asked its members to attend and protest the event. The debate is the latest instance of North School Park being used as a public forum for free speech. During the holiday season the park district allows both a Nativity scene, as well as a protest sign from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, to be displayed in North School Park.

  • Fireworks highlight the annual Lakemoor Fest celebration Aug 5, 2014 12:07 PM
    The 19th annual Lakemoor Fest will be held at Morrison Park, 233 Rand Road (Route 120), Friday, Aug. 8, to Sunday, Aug. 10.

  • St. Matthew in Hawtorn Woods to host annual pig roast Aug 5, 2014 12:07 PM
    St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School on Old McHenry Road, between Quentin and Midlothian roads in Hawthorn Woods, will host its 24th annual Pig Roast Sunday, Aug. 10. Food will be served from noon to 5 p.m.

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