Memorial Day weekend in suburbs: Parades, tributes and more
From somber ceremonies to patriotic parades, Memorial Day weekend presents many opportunities to pay tribute to the past and enjoy the present. Here's a look at what's scheduled in the suburbs:
Woodfield Memorial Weekend Carnival: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 27; 1:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28; 1:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 29; and 1:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg. Rides, games, food. One price unlimited ride special $25. (847) 330-0220.
College of Lake County Memorial Day Ceremony: Noon Friday, May 27, at 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Free. clcillinois.edu.
Meadows Cruise Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Meadows Christian Fellowship, 2401 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. Weekly classic car show opens for the season. Food, music and more. Free. (847) 255-8764 or meadowsfamily.org.
Elgin Valley Fox Trot: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at 150 Dexter Court, Elgin. A 5K and 10K race that historically draws more than 2,000 people; includes a 2-mile Walk for a Cause. Post-race party with live music and free beer for those 21 and older. cityofelgin.org/foxtrot.
Brookfield Zoo's Festival of Flight: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield. Brookfield Zoo's bird show, Festival of Flight, begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Monday, Sept. 5. See birds demonstrate their natural flight abilities during this interactive experience. The 20-minute show, which features nearly 20 bird species, is free with general zoo admission. $17.85 adults; $12.50 kids 3-11 and seniors 65 and older; free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $11. czs.org.
Rolling Meadows Farmers and Food Trucks: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and every fourth Saturday through September at Rolling Meadows City Hall, 3600 Kirchoff Road. Market vendors, kids' activities, music and raffles. Dog-friendly. Free. ci.rolling-meadows.il.us.
Barrington Art Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, at Cook and Station streets, Barrington. More than 130 juried artists, music, kids' activities and more. Free. amdurproductions.com.
18th Annual St. Charles Fine Art Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29, along Riverside Avenue in downtown St. Charles. See the work of 100 juried artists in various media, including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, wood and glass. Free. downtownstcharles.org.
Schaumburg Prairie Arts Festival Fine Art & Fine Craft Exhibition and Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, at Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center grounds, adjacent to the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts. More than 120 juried artists, live entertainment, food trucks and kids' activities. Free. prairiecenter.org.
Rolling Meadows Memorial Day Parade: Steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, along Kirchoff Road in downtown Rolling Meadows. Free. ci.rolling-meadows.il.us.
Family Field Day: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at St. James Farm Forest Preserve, Warrenville. Celebrate the farm's heritage with equestrian, canine and sheepherding demos, a dairy exhibit, hayrides, guided tours, kids' activities, archery, fishing and food. Free; fees for some activities. (630) 580-7025 or dupageforest.org.
Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, on North Sheffield, from Belmont to Roscoe, Chicago. Street party in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood showcases bands, food and artwork by local artisans. $5 gate donation. chicagoevents.com.
Multisport Madness Triathlon Team Triathlon Festival: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Cadence Fitness and Health Center, 296 Randall Road, Geneva. Youth Triathlon is split into three divisions (6-10, 11-16 and 12-16). Mixed Team Relay Super Sprint of two males and two females (minimum age allowed to compete is 10). $42 for youth triathlon. mmtt3.org.
2016 Lisle Cruise Nights: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, on Main Street, Lisle. Classic cars and block party. Free. lislechamber.com.
Bluesmobile Cruise Nights: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the Metra commuter parking lot on Northwest Highway, one block west of Route 83, Mount Prospect. View a variety of cars. Themed nights each week. Free. mpdma.org.
Streamwood Memorial Day observance: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and 11 a.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Village Hall/Veterans Memorial, 301 E. Irving Park Road, Streamwood. A POW/MIA candlelight vigil begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Vigil guard marches past the monoliths all night (beginning at 9 p.m.) until 11 a.m. Sunday for the official Memorial Day ceremony. Free. (630) 736-3800 or streamwood.org.
Dundee Memorial Day Parade: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29. Parade begins at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Van Buren and Route 72, East Dundee, and heads west on Main Street. It ends with a short ceremony at Grafelman Park in West Dundee. Free. (847) 428-9006.
Mundelein Summer Outdoor Concert Series: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Kracklauer Park, Seymour Avenue and Courtland Street, Mundelein. Free. (847) 949-3200 or mundelein.org.
Rosemont Rockin' in the Park concert series: 7 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Maggie Speaks & The Blooze Bros. perform. Fireworks after the show. Free. rosemont.com.
Addison Memorial Day Observance: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Addison Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Free pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. and Veterans Resource Fair from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Indian Trail Junior High School, 222 N. Kennedy Drive. Flag raising at St. Paul Cemetery at 9:15 a.m. Community march at 9:30 a.m. to the cemetery, where an observance will be held at 10 a.m. Ceremony at 11 a.m. at village hall. Free. ithappensinaddison.com.
Fox River Grove Memorial Day parade: 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 30. Parade starts at Algonquin Road School and continues down Algonquin Road to South River Road to the baseball diamond along the Fox River in Lions Park. foxrivergrove-il.org.
Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 97th annual parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, from Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road; heads west on Sigwalt to Dunton, then north on Dunton to Euclid, west on Euclid to Chestnut and south to Memorial Park. Ceremony at 11 a.m. honors those lost in war, including the 58 Arlington Heights men who died from the Civil War to Afghanistan. For information, email to email@example.com.
Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York St., Elmhurst. Proceeds from Elmhurst City Hall south on York Street, through the bypass and west on Church Street to Wilder Park, where a ceremony will be held. Free. elmhurstchamber.org.
Grayslake Memorial Day Parade and Service: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake St., Grayslake. Parade starts near the Grayslake Central High School parking lot on Lake Street and travels south on Lake to Junior Avenue, then east to Memorial Park for the service. Free. (847) 223-8515.
Itasca Memorial Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Bryn Mawr and Catalpa, Itasca. Parade proceeds to Usher Park, 203 S. Walnut, where a ceremony will be held. Free. itascaparkdistrict.com.
Libertyville Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, from the Metra train station on Lake Street, and proceeds south on Milwaukee Avenue to Cook Park for a ceremony and speakers. An observance follows at Lakeside Cemetery on Lake Street. Free. libertyville.com.
Mount Prospect Memorial Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, from Emerson Street and Busse Avenue, south on Emerson to Lincoln Street to the Veterans Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park for ceremony. Any citizen can march, and veterans are encouraged to join. (847) 577-5374. vfw1337.us.
Round Lake Area Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade: Opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the American Legion in Round Lake Park; parade begins at 10 a.m. in front of the American Legion; 10:30 a.m. ceremony during the parade; the parade ends at 11 a.m. with a closing ceremony at Village of Round Lake Beach Memorial. Free. rlchamber.org.
Algonquin Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30. American Legion Post 1231 parade begins near the veterans' monument at the Algonquin Cemetery, proceeds south down North Main Street to Front Street, and then ends at Riverfront Park. algonquin.org.
Bartlett Memorial Day Walk and Remembrance: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Bartlett Park, Oak and North avenues. American Legion flag retirement ceremony. Memorial Walk to Bartlett Cemetery steps off at 11 a.m., followed by a short program honoring Bartlett's heroes. village.bartlett.il.us.
Elburn Memorial Day Procession: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the north end of Blackberry Township cemetery, Route 47 and Keslinger Road, ends at Blackberry Township Cemetery. Hosted by American Legion Post 630. Elburn Boy Scouts Troop 7 will host a Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Elburn American Legion, 112 N. Main St. (630) 697-0356 or elburnpost630.org.
Hanover Park Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Hanover Park Village Hall, 2121 W. Lake St., Hanover Park. Held at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of the Municipal Building. Free. hpil.org.
Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg Memorial Day: 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 30. Memorial observance starts at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial outside the Hoffman Estates Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road. Guests are invited to go to historic St. Peter Lutheran Church, 202 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, for a 10:45 a.m. ceremony hosted by Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson and Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod. Following the remembrance, a picnic will be held in the St. Peter picnic grove. hoffmanestates.com.
Lincolnshire Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive, Lincolnshire. Free. village.lincolnshire.il.us.
Lindenhurst Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Veterans Memorial at the entrance to Lindenhurst Village Hall, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be inside the public works building, behind village hall. Free. (847) 356-8252 or lindenhurstil.org.
Mundelein Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Metra train station, 205 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein. The American Legion Post #867 and the village of Mundelein invite all veterans to participate. Parade forms at 9:15 a.m. and ends at Memorial Park, where the mayor will speak. All veterans in the parade have the option of riding in an open vehicle, which must be provided by the participant, or in the trolley. Uniforms or hats can be worn indicating which branch of the service. Free. mundelein.org.
Palatine Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Community Park, Palatine and Oak, Palatine. Starts with a 10 a.m. service at Hillside Cemetery on Smith Street in Palatine. Parade starts at 10:15 a.m. from Cornell Avenue and Smith Street. Goes north on Smith, east on Robertson, south on Brockway and then east on Wood to the Veterans Memorial in Community Park. Short program at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial. Another ceremony follows at 12:15 p.m. at the Legion Memorial in Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road. Residents are invited to the American Legion, across the street from Towne Square. Free. palatine.il.us.
South Elgin Memorial Day Service: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Panton Mill Park, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin. Led by South Elgin VFW Post 2327. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the municipal annex. Free. southelgin.com.
St. Charles Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, starting at Sixth and Main streets and continuing to Riverside Avenue, ending at Freedom Shrine (along the Fox River north of the police department) where there will be a ceremony. stcharlesil.gov.
Wauconda Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, on Main Street in downtown Wauconda. Parade travels along Main Street and ends at Memorial Park, where there will be an American Legion ceremony honoring the veterans. Free. americanlegionpost911.org.
Wheeling Memorial Day Parade: Steps off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, from Weiland and McHenry roads, Wheeling. Parade goes south on Lexington Drive and ends at AMVETS Post 66, 700 McHenry Road. Free. (847) 537-0440.
Waukegan Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Grand Avenue and Genesee Street, Waukegan. Proceeds to Veterans Memorial Plaza at the southwest corner of West and Washington streets, for a ceremony honoring veterans. Free. waukeganweb.net.
Cary Memorial Day Parade: 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on First Street and Three Oaks Road. Proceeds south on First Street and ends at the Cary Veterans Park. caryillinois.com.
Barrington Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Cook and Main streets, Barrington. Residents and members of the VFW then walk to Evergreen Cemetery for a short service to commemorate those who died in service to their country. Free. barrington-il.gov.
Lake Zurich Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Main Street and Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Parade features the Lake Zurich High School band and youth organizations stepping off from Main Street. It proceeds one half mile on Old Rand Road to the Veterans Monument near the Lake Zurich Police Department. A brief ceremony follows. Free. alpost964il.org.
Naperville Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Jackson Avenue and West Street, Naperville. Proceeds east to Washington Street, north to Benton and east to the SS. Peter and Paul parking lot. Program follows at the Community Concert Center in Central Park. Free. napervillememorialdayparade.com.
Elk Grove Village Memorial Day Observation: 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Elk Grove Village Park District Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. Participants include VFW Post 9284 and the Ladies Auxiliary. Free. (847) 357-4040.
Buffalo Grove Memorial Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Knopf Cemetery, on Arlington Heights Road, north of Checker Drive, Buffalo Grove. The ceremony is hosted by Kingswood United Methodist Church. (847) 398-0770.
Des Plaines Memorial Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines. Includes a performance by the Des Plaines Community Band. Free. Note: There is no parade this year. (847) 296-9878.
Elgin Memorial Day Services: Tributes begin at 8:45 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Mount Hope Cemetery, 100 Villa St., Elgin; then at 9:15 a.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 U.S. 20, Elgin; then at 9:45 a.m. at Elgin Veterans Memorial Park, 274 N. Grove Ave., Elgin; and at 11 a.m. at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin. This year's Bluff City program will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, with keynote address by Lt. Adrienne Benton, staff chaplain from Training Support Center, Great Lakes. Co-sponsored by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association and the city of Elgin. Free. elginmemorialday.org.
Fox Lake Memorial Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Fox Lake Metra Station at Grand Avenue and Nippersink Boulevard. Sponsored by the Fox Lake American Legion Post 703. Free. (847) 587-2323.
Huntley Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the municipal complex, 10987 Main St., Huntley. Parade proceeds west on Main Street to Woodstock Street, then north for the ceremony at Huntley American Legion Post 673. There will be speakers and a presentation honoring veterans. huntley.il.us.
Lisle Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Lisle Junior High School, 5207 Center Ave., Lisle. Parade proceeds to Lisle Village Hall and to Lisle Cemetery, with ceremonies held at both places. Community picnic follows at Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. Free. (630) 271-4100.
Wood Dale Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, from Addison Road south of Elizabeth Drive, Wood Dale. Parade ends at Veterans Memorial Park, where a ceremony will be held. Free. wooddale.com.
West Dundee Memorial Day Service: 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at River Valley Memorial Gardens, 14N689 Route 31, West Dundee. The spiritual address will be given by a local minister. Featuring local Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, a bugler and the Dundee Scottish Pipe band. Free. rivervalleymemorialgardens.com.
Aurora Memorial Day Parade: Noon Monday, May 30, from Benton and River, then east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Downer Place and ending at River Street. Reviewing stand will be in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center at 20 E. Downer Place for best viewing. Theme is "In Memory of Many … In Honor of All." aurora-il.org.
Gurnee Memorial Day Ceremony: Noon Monday, May 30, at the Gurnee Police Department, 100 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee. Ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 771. Guest speaker and local school bands play patriotic music. Free. (847) 244-9282.
Lake Villa Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Monday, May 30, at Lehmann Park, 89 Cedar Ave., Lake Villa. Parade travels through the downtown area. Memorial service follows at Lehmann Park. A hot dog lunch will be served after the service at the VFW Post. (847) 356-6100. Free. lake-villa.org.
Historic Millburn Community Association's annual Memorial Day Service: 2 p.m. Monday, May 30, at the Millburn Cemetery on Millburn Road in Old Mill Creek. Bring a chair to sit on and flowers to place on veterans' graves after the service. Lemonade and cookies will be served at the conclusion. Free. (847) 828-3737.
Island Lake Memorial Day Celebration: 3 p.m. Monday, May 30, in Veterans Park, 432 W. State Road, Island Lake. An event honoring Island Lake-area veterans will feature a very special keepsake presented to all attendees by Boy Scout Troup 76, "Taps" played by Marcy Night, remarks by Chairman Bob Carpenter and Mayor Charles Amrich, and music by the Northern Illinois Pipes and Drums Band. villageofislandlake.com
Rosemont Country Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Jacob Davis & Sam Grow perform. Free. rosemont.com.
Lake Zurich Cruise Nights: 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Old Rand Road in downtown Lake Zurich. Features 100 to 150 vehicles on display. Music, car trivia, raffles and more. Trophies are awarded for spectator choice. Free. lakezurich.org.
Cary Cruise Nights: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at West Main Street and Jandus Road, off Route 14, Cary. Various car themes throughout the summer. Free. (847) 639-2800 or carygrovechamber.com.
Gilberts Community Days: 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 2-3; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 4; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Towne Center Park, Route 72 and Center Drive, Gilberts. Carnival rides, live entertainment, food, children's activities, petting zoo and magic show, and a classic car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5. From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, there is a designated parking area with free shuttle service. Free. gilbertscommunitydays.com.
Hot Wings Night: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Addison Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Food, music, bike and car cruise night. Historical museum open house and craft fair from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. ithappensinaddison.com.
Hawthorn Mall Spring Carnival: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 2; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 3; 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 4; and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Hawthorn Mall, routes 21 and 60, Vernon Hills. Rides, games, food, Kiddie Midway. Unlimited ride specials cost $25 on site and $18 online until June 1. Bring in two canned goods for a $1 discount each. fantasyamusements.com.
Roselle Lions Club Rose Festival: 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 2; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 3; noon to midnight Saturday, June 4; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Roselle Metra station, Maple Avenue and Irving Park Road, Roselle. Music, food and more. Free. roselle.il.us.
Taste of Wheaton: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2; 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 3; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 4; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union St., Wheaton. Local food, entertainment, family-friendly games and crafts, carnival, beer garden, business expo, music and more. Free. tasteofwheaton.com.
Thursday Family Nights: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. Enjoy live music, kid-friendly fare and entertainment in the Children's Garden. $5. mortonarb.org.
Barrington Cruise Nights: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Harris Bank parking lot, South Cook Street, just south of Lake-Cook Road, Barrington. Theme nights, food and ice cream vendors, prizes, live entertainment. Chevy cars featured on June 2. Free. (847) 304-3400 or barrington-il.gov.
Arlington Heights Sounds of Summer concerts: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in Harmony Park, Vail and Campbell streets, Arlington Heights. Free; bring chairs and blankets. St. Viator Jazz Band performs. vah.com.
St. Charles Park District Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in Lincoln Park, Main and Fifth streets, St. Charles. Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Concert featuring students and alumni of St. Charles high schools on June 2, with donations going to the scholarship fund. Free. stcparks.org.
Wauconda Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in Cook Park, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda; Midnight Cover Band performs. Free. waucondaparks.com.