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  • Grayslake fest a feast for the senses Aug 15, 2014 9:52 PM
    You can smell Grayslake Summer Days festival before you turn the corner onto Center Street. Of course, it smells like summer. There are six local food vendor booths grilling and frying such summer classics as brats, funnel cake and corn on the cob. The festival continues Saturday.

  • Civil War Days revived at Aurora's Blackberry Farm Aug 14, 2014 9:33 AM
    Reading history is one thing. Seeing it acted out and relived brings even greater impact. It will all come to life this weekend at historical Blackberry Farm, where a new event — Civil War Days — stages a full-scale re-enactment of this central event in American history.

  • Round Lake Home Town Fest: Aug 14, 2014 5:19 PM
    The annual Round Lake Home Town Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Oak Savannah at Goodnow and Avilon avenues southwest of Route 134.

  • Elburn Days festival brings the community together Aug 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    With its truck and tractor pull, livestock judging and pie baking contest, Elburn Days is something like a mini county fair. Although the festival reflects the village's agricultural roots, organizers are quick to point out it offers "something for everybody," including live music, a 5K run, mud volleyball, carnival rides, a beer garden and a parade.

  • Free Chicago Air & Water Show returns this weekend Aug 15, 2014 1:43 PM
    The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are back and ready to amaze spectators at this year's Chicago Air and Water Show along North Avenue Beach and Lake Michigan. “We're very excited to have them back,” said Mary May, spokeswoman for the Chicago Air and Water Show. Plus, they're joined by new aerial attractions like the Marine MV-22 Osprey and Team AeroDynamix, the largest aerobatic team in the world flying 12 aircraft equipped with white smoke generators.

  • Grayslake Summer Days one of the last festivals of the season Aug 13, 2014 1:00 PM
    Grayslake Summer Days returns with music, food and a night parade this weekend.

  • South Elgin Riverfest Express switches it up Aug 11, 2014 11:38 AM
    Visitors returning to the annual South Elgin Riverfest Express may be a little turned around this year. In previous years, the stage for live entertainment has been near the State Street bridge. But this year, it will be next to the dam on the opposite side of the festival grounds. This alters the whole layout of the festival, said Joyce Ware, event co-chairwoman.

  • Lincolnshire Art Festival takes place Aug. 16-17 Aug 11, 2014 12:23 PM
    Rated as one of the Top 100 festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, the Lincolnshire Art Festival celebrates its 17th year in 2014. The event will run Aug. 16-17 at the Village Green shopping center on Milwaukee Avenue at Olde Half Day Road.

  • Hoffman Estates’ Germanfest, 5K is Sept. 12-13 Aug 11, 2014 7:23 PM
    The village of Hoffman Estates hosts its annual Platzkonzert Germanfest on Saturday, Sept. 13, an open air celebration with authentic German food, beer, entertainment and activities.

  • Cantigny Park celebrates its ‘French Connection’ Aug 10, 2014 5:02 PM
    Mimes were alive and well Sunday and roaming the grounds of Cantigny Park in Wheaton to greet, however silently, visitors to the annual French Connection Day celebration. The daylong festival celebrates all things French.

  • Musical parade a highlight of Gurnee Days Aug 10, 2014 4:30 PM
    It wouldn’t be Gurnee Days without the annual parade, which stepped off Sunday featuring more than 50 entries down Old Grand Avenue.

  • Hoffman Ests. Platzkonzert to include 5K race Aug 10, 2014 4:18 PM
    The Village of Hoffman Estates annual Platzkonzert Germanfest on Saturday, Sept. 13, this year will include competitive 5K race through the scenic Prairie Stone Business Park.

  • Naper Settlement plays host to Hometown Picnic Aug 9, 2014 8:19 PM
    An old-fashioned picnic, complete with games, contests and even an apple pie competition, greeted visitors Saturday when Naper Settlement played host to its annual Hometown Picnic in the midst of bustling downtown Naperville.

  • 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.

  • Lindenfest parade features ‘The Great Outdoors’ theme Aug 9, 2014 8:19 PM
    Featuring a “The Great Outdoors” theme and grand marshal Dean Parkman, the Lindenfest parade stepped off Saturday.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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