Memorial Day weekend brings fests, services and patriotic parades
Memorial Day weekend kicks off festival season in the suburbs, and the days ahead offer a mix of festive art fairs, patriotic parades and somber services.
Four-Day Memorial Day Event: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 25; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Warren Cemetery, 1475 N. Cemetery Road, Gurnee. Honors veterans and celebrating seniors, caregivers and their families. Different organizations will be featured each day. Includes a ceremony by American Legion Post 771 at 11 a.m. Monday. Free admission; raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Lake County Honor Flight. gurneechamber.com.
Going Dutch Festival: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 25; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 26; and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at various locations in downtown Elgin. Side Street Studio Arts hosts the eighth annual celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater and the visual arts with exhibitions, workshops and performances. Day pass $10. sidestreetstudioarts.org/going-dutch-festival.
Red, White & Bar-B-Q: 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 25; noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Ty Warner Park, 700 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont. Westmont Lions Club barbecue festival and competition features vendors from around the Midwest, music and more. All-ages carnival with $20 wristband from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Music includes USO Show, Sealed With a Kiss, Tomorrow's Alliance and The Friends Band. Free. westmontbbq.com.
College of Lake County Memorial Day ceremony: Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at A Wing Auditorium (Room A011) at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. 11th annual Memorial Day ceremony and luncheon. Free. clcillinois.edu/news-and-events/25live-details?id=287354469.
Aurora Vets Week: Through Monday, May 28, at various Aurora locations. Second annual event beginning on Armed Forces Day and concluding on Memorial Day. Recognition of Iraq/Afghanistan/GWOT veterans at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Prisco Center; Cruise Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in the West Aurora Plaza parking lot; additional names added to monument ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27, at Phillips Park Sunken Gardens; and Memorial Day Parade at noon Monday, May 28, in downtown Aurora. See website for details. vetsweekaurora.org.
Huntley Rotary Club's Spring Fling Carnival: 6 p.m. to close Friday, May 25; 1 p.m. to close Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27; and 1 p.m. to close Monday, May 28, in the parking lot of Walmart, 12300 Route 47, Huntley. Unlimited ride passes available. portal.clubrunner.ca/2382.
Vintage Rides Car Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, on Hale Street between Liberty and Willow, Wheaton. 21st annual show featuring classic cars, motorcycles and trucks of every make, model and year, from Model T's to Teslas. New this year, the show will move south of the train tracks to Hale Street between Liberty and Willow. Free. downtownwheaton.com.
Rolling Meadows Memorial Day parade and ceremony: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, on Kirchoff Road, starting at Meadow Drive, and ending at the Veterans' Memorial Monument and Carillon, Rolling Meadows. Immediately following, an honor ceremony will occur, with special recognition of veterans. Free. www.ci.rolling-meadows.il.us.
Bartlett Memorial Day observance: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26. Bartlett VFW Post 11018 will observe Memorial Day at the Bartlett Veteran's Memorial on Stearns Road. Free. bartlettvfw.com.
St. Charles Fine Art Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, along First Avenue in downtown St. Charles. 20th annual festival features the work of 100 juried artists in various media, including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics and glass. New this year, walk over the bridge to 1st Street Plaza for the Paint the Pavement chalk art festival with professional chalk artists and community groups. Free. downtownstcharles.org.
Barrington Art Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, at Cook and Station streets, Barrington. The festival showcases the work of more than 130 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more. Attendees can interact with artists through demonstrations and booth chats. Also features music and kid-friendly activities. Free admission. amdurproductions.com/barrington-art-festival.
Prairie Arts Festival Fine Art & Fine Craft Exhibition and Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, at the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center, 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. The 31st annual festival features more than 120 painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, potters -- artists of every sort. Entertainment on three stages, food truck court, children's art activities. Free admission. villageofschaumburg.com.
Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association Show: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. 42nd annual show featuring 30-plus dealers, special exhibits, demonstrations, Kids Korner, door prizes and more. Food available. $5, $3 for students and seniors 62 or older, free for kids younger than 13. Two-day passes available. Free for service personnel with ID or Scouts in uniform. chicagorocks.org.
Randolph Street Market: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, at 1341 Randolph St., Chicago. Kickoff for the 15th anniversary shopping fest. Market runs one weekend a month through December and features 300 vendors selling antiques, repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, global goods and more. General admission $10; $5 for students and seniors. VIP shopping passes available for early access as well as season passes. randolphstreetmarket.com.
Streamwood Memorial Day: 11 a.m. Sunday, May 27, at the Streamwood Veterans Memorial, 301 E. Irving Park Road, Streamwood. Memorial Day overnight vigil wraps up with a ceremony, which includes participants from area veterans' organizations, which line the walk in front of the Conflict Stones. Free. streamwood.org.
Military Appreciation Day: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Stiner Pavilion, at Waukegan Beach, 201 E. Seahorse Drive, Waukegan. Active and retired members of all branches of the military along with their family, friends and the public are invited to a salute to American armed forces. Features colors and a routine by the Waukegan High School JROTC, award presentation by Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, music and a veterans tug-of-war competition. Free. waukeganweb.net.
Dundee Memorial Day Parade: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Main and Van Buren streets, East Dundee. Heads west on Main Street, and ends with a short ceremony at Grafelman Park in West Dundee. Free. (847) 428-9006.
Rosemont Memorial Day Cookout and Concert: 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Music from Hi Infidelity and Rosie & the Rivets. Food available for $3. Fireworks show after the concert. Free. rosemont.com.
Cantigny Park Outdoor Concert Series: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 27-28, at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Boy Band Night on Sunday; Illinois Brass Band on Monday. Free; $10 parking. cantigny.org.
Mundelein summer concert series: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Kracklauer Park, 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein. Mundelein High School Jazz Band performs. Free. (847) 949-3200 or mundelein.org/our-community/outdoor-summer-concerts.
Addison Memorial Day Events: 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at various locations in Addison. Knights of Columbus 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, 222 N. Kennedy Drive. Community March at 9:30 a.m. from Indian Trail to St. Paul Cemetery for a flag posting at 9:45 a.m. and observance at 10 a.m. VFW Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Addison Village Hall, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Free. (630) 543-4100.
Barrington Memorial Day: Various times and locations in Barrington. Veterans of all wars are invited to gather for breakfast at 6 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Breadbasket Restaurant, 131 Park Ave., Barrington. Memorial services will be conducted at the following cemeteries: 7:30 a.m., White Cemetery on Cuba Road; 8 a.m., St. Paul Cemetery on East Main Street; 8:30 a.m., Barrington Center at Sutton Road and Route 68; 9 a.m., Union Cemetery, Route 62, west of Sutton Road. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, proceed west on Main Street, left on Dundee Avenue and right into Evergreen Cemetery. Services at Evergreen Cemetery will follow. vfwpost7706.org/event/memorial-day-2018.
Fox River Grove Memorial Day parade: 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 28. Parade starts at Algonquin Road School and continues down Algonquin to South River Road to the baseball diamond along the Fox River in Lions Park. Free. www.foxrivergrove-il.org.
Elgin Memorial Day service: Various times Monday, May 28, including 11 a.m. at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin. Starts with a service at Mount Hope Cemetery, 1001 Villa St., at 8:45 a.m., then 9:15 a.m. service at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 Route 20, followed by a ceremony at Elgin Veterans Memorial Park, 270 N. Grove, at 9:45 a.m., paying tribute to veterans interred at sea. This year's program will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Dave Gathman will reflect on the war and Elgin's involvement in the conflict. The 11 a.m. ceremony features the Elgin Master Chorale and Elgin High School Band. Co-sponsored by the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association and the city of Elgin. Free. www.elginmemorialday.org.
Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, May 28, from York and Third streets, Elmhurst. Parade begins near Elmhurst City Hall, goes south on York to bypass, returns on York to Church Street and west on Prospect Avenue to Wilder Park, where a military ceremony is held. Free. (630) 834-6060 or elmhurstchamber.org.
Maple Park Memorial Day services: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, May 28, at various locations in Maple Park. Maple Park American Legion Post 312 members place American flags on the graves of service members and perform honors at six Maple Park cemeteries, starting at 9 a.m., following at 15-minute intervals. The Honor Guard and 21-Gun Salute march into the cemetery as the chaplain recites a prayer and the three volleys are fired over the graves of veterans, followed by "Taps." The cemeteries are Pierce Cemetery, St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Gardner Cemetery, Van Vlak Cemetery, Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic Cemetery, and South Burlington Cemetery. Around 11:15 a.m., a short service will be held at the post home, 203 Main St., Maple Park. After the services, an open house features free hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. Free. mapleparklegion.org.
Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, May 28, in Arlington Heights. The 99th annual parade steps off at Sigwalt Street and Arlington Heights Road, featuring Grand Marshal Al Mampre, a World War II Army veteran. It concludes at Memorial Park, where a ceremony will be held. The Fallen Heroes -- 58 young men who died in service to the nation -- will be honored, and a list of names of area veterans who have passed away in the last 12 months will be read. Free. www.vah.com.
Grayslake Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, near the Grayslake Central High School parking lot on Lake Street. The parade travels south on Lake to Junior Avenue and east to Memorial Park. The service will be held after the parade. Free.
Itasca Memorial Day Parade: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, from the intersection of Bryn Mawr and Catalpa to Usher Park, 203 S. Walnut, Itasca. A memorial service begins immediately after the parade at Usher Park, courtesy of the VFW Post 5167. Parade awards announced after the service. Complete Landscaping will be selling food after the service; proceeds will be donated to the VFW Post. Free. (630) 773-2257 or itascaparkdistrict.com.
Libertyville Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 28. Parade steps off from the Metra station, followed by a ceremony at Cook Park. Participants include the VFW, American Legion, Scout troops, honor guards, community organizations and the high school band. Free. libertyville.com.
Mount Prospect Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, from downtown to Lions Park, 411 S. Maple St., Mount Prospect. Parade participants line up at Emerson Street and Busse Avenue between 9 and 9:15 a.m. Parade begins about 9:40 a.m. in front of Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson St. The route goes south to Lincoln Street to the Veterans' Memorial Band Shell at Lions Park for a ceremony. Free. vfw1337.us or mountprospect.org.
Round Lake Area Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, for opening ceremony at American Legion Post 1170, 111 E. Main St., Round Lake Park. Parade starts in front of the post at 10 a.m. and continues west on Route 134 to Cedar Lake Road for memorial ceremony in Round Lake at 10:30 a.m. Parade continues north on Cedar Lake Road to memorial service at 11 a.m. at Round Lake Beach Memorial site. Free. www.facebook.com/events/153993381950912.
Elburn Memorial Day Procession: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the north end of Blackberry Township cemetery, Route 47 and Keslinger Road, Elburn. Hosted by American Legion Post 630, procession starts at 10 a.m. at Lions Park and ends at Blackberry Township Cemetery. Free. 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. $5 suggested donation for breakfast. elburnpost630.org or contact John Nevenhoven at (630) 697-0356.
Geneva Memorial Day parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Crescent Place and Third Street, Geneva. The parade will proceed north on Third and end at the cemetery at Third and Stevens streets, where a memorial service will be held. Third Street, including the West State Street intersection, will be closed for the parade. Free. www.geneva.il.us.
Hanover Park Memorial Day Observance: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2121 W. Lake St., Hanover Park. The Hanover Park Veterans Committee hosts a ceremony. Free. hanoverparkillinois.org.
Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Hoffman Estates Police Department, 411 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. Join Mayor McLeod, trustees and the Veterans Memorial Commission for a ceremony. The observance will move to Schaumburg for a 10:45 a.m. outdoor ceremony at the St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery, 202 E. Schaumburg Road, culminating with an indoor service beginning at 11:25 a.m. Afterward, weather permitting, hot dogs and other refreshments will be served at the Picnic Grove at St. Peter Lutheran Church, and the one-room schoolhouse museum on the grounds will be open for tours. Free. www.hoffmanestates.org.
Lake Zurich Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, begins at American Legion Post 964 Hall, 91 Lions Drive, and proceeds to the Veterans Monument at 200 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich. A commemorative service will follow. Free. www.alpost964il.org.
Lincolnshire Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive, Lincolnshire. An event to honor veterans. Free. www.lincolnshireil.gov.
Lindenhurst Memorial Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Veterans Memorial, village hall, 2301 Sand Lake Road, Lindenhurst. The ceremony will include the Lindenhurst-Grayslake Police Explorer Post 2008 Color Guard and Lake Villa/Lindenhurst VFW Post 4308. Music provided by the Lakes High School Band and vocalist Rebecca Rivera. The keynote speaker is Col. (retired) Paul J. Hettich. A Three Volley Salute will be conducted by Lake County Detachment 801 of the Marine Corps League. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the Public Works Building behind village hall. Free. www.lindenhurstil.org.
Mundelein Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Mundelein Metra Station, 205 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein. The village and American Legion Post 867 are sponsoring the event. The parade forms at 9:15 a.m. and will end at Memorial Park, where the mayor will speak. Veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms or hats indicating their branch of service. Free. mundelein.org/.
Palatine Memorial Day: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 28, in Palatine. Palatine American Legion Post 690 is sponsoring a Memorial Day parade and other related activities beginning at 10 a.m. with a service at Hillside Cemetery on Smith Street, immediately followed by a parade. The parade will start at 10:15 a.m. at Cornell Avenue and Smith Street. Following the parade at 11 a.m., there will be a short program at the Veterans Memorial and another ceremony at the Legion Memorial in Towne Square, 150 W. Palatine Road, at 12:15 p.m. Community members are invited to the American Legion across the street from Towne Square following the ceremonies. Free. www.alpost690.us.
St. Charles Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, starting at Sixth and Main streets and continuing to Riverside Avenue, ending at Freedom Shrine (along the Fox River north of the police department), St. Charles. There will be a ceremony behind the police station, 211 N. Riverside Ave. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be inside St. Charles Fire Station 1 at 112 N. Riverside Ave. The memorial service is led by (retired) Lt. Colonel Mark Powell and includes a keynote address from (retired) Colonel Jake Wyatt and "Taps." Free. www.stcharlesil.gov.
Bartlett Memorial Day Walk and ceremony: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, in Bartlett. For more than three decades, Bartlett has honored its deceased veterans with a Memorial Day Walk and Remembrance. Begins at Bartlett Park, Oak and North avenues, with an American Legion flag retirement ceremony. At 10:30 a.m. veterans, scouts, civic groups and bagpipers line up for the walk to Bartlett Cemetery, which steps off at 11 a.m. At the cemetery, the remembrance continues with a brief program and, returning this year, a cannon salute to local heroes. village.bartlett.il.us/home.
Wauconda Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, at 515 S. Main St., Wauconda. Sponsored by Wauconda American Legion Post 911, the parade includes military groups, politicians, marching bands, businesses, community and school groups and floats. Free. waucondaparade.com/.
Wheaton Memorial Day Parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union St., Wheaton. Parade moves south on Hale, west on Wesley Street, south on Wheaton, east on Liberty, south on Main, west on Elm, south on Warrenville to Wheaton Cemetery, where a ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Free. americanlegionpost76.org.
Centennial Commemoration of the Battle of Cantigny: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 28, at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Honor the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Cantigny, fought in World War I. The First Division Museum will offer moments of reflection with a memorial ceremony and poppy display, as well as family-friendly activities. Free with $5 paid parking. cantigny.org.
Memorial Day Parade & Observance: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Glendale and Elm streets, Winnetka. The Winnetka Park District's 91st annual Memorial Day Parade steps off at Glendale and Elm and ends at Village Green Park, 535 Maple. Free. (847) 501-2040 or winpark.org/event/memorial-day-parade.
Wheeling Memorial Day parade: 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Weiland Road and Illinois Route 83 (McHenry Road), Wheeling. Travels south to Lexington Drive and ends at Amvets. Free. www.americanveteranspost66.com/
Cary Memorial Day parade: 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, First Street and Three Oaks Road, Cary. Parade proceeds south on First Street and ends with a ceremony at Cary Veterans Park. Free. www.caryillinois.com.
Algonquin-LITH Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Riverfront Park, 201 N. Harrison St., Algonquin. Algonquin and Lake in the Hills village presidents will be among the speakers. A member of the religious community will officiate with the opening prayer and closing ceremony. The event includes a three-volley salute and Jacobs High School buglers will play "Taps." Free. www.facebook.com/alpost1231/.
Hampshire Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, in downtown Hampshire. Parade steps off at Hampshire Middle School, 560 S. State St., and proceeds to Ralph Seyller Park, 400 E. Jefferson Ave. Ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Free. www.hampshireil.org.
Naperville Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, from Jackson Avenue and West Street, Naperville. Proceeds east to Washington Street, north to Benton and east to the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church parking lot. Ceremony after the parade in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave. Free. napervillememorialdayparade.com.
Waukegan Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Grand Avenue and Genesee Street, Waukegan. Sponsored by American Legion Post 281, the parade will head south from Grand and Genesee, west on Clayton Street and south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, west on Washington Street, ending at Veterans Memorial Plaza. A short ceremony will follow. Free. facebook.com/events/599185323573847/.
Westmont Memorial Day Parade: 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, in Westmont. Starts at Cass and Naperville and goes south to Veterans Park on Richmond Avenue for a ceremony. Free. westmont.illinois.gov.
Elk Grove Village Memorial Day Ceremony: 10:45 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Elk Grove Park District Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. 21st annual Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by Elk Grove Village, with the support of American Legion Post 216, VFW Post 9284 and its Ladies Auxiliary. The ceremony will include placing of wreaths, a flag-folding ceremony by the police and fire honor guard, as well as a gun salute and performances. Refreshments to follow. Free. (847) 357-4040 or www.elkgrove.org.
Carol Stream Memorial Day Service: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Memorial Park, 342 Thunderbird Trail, Carol Stream. Ceremony with Carol Stream VFW Post 10396. Free. csparks.org.
Glendale Heights Memorial Day events: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Veterans Memorial Park, 220 Civic Center Plaza, Glendale Heights. Village and VFW Post 2377 sponsor flag-raising, playing of the national anthem, wreath-laying ceremony and rifle salute. Free. (630) 260-5303.
Crystal Lake Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, in downtown Crystal Lake. East on Franklin Avenue, north on Williams Street, and west on Woodstock Street to Union Cemetery for a memorial service. Hosted by Crystal Lake American Legion Post 171. Free. www.crystallake.org.
Des Plaines Memorial Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 28, at Lake Park Memorial Pavillion, 2200 Lee St., Des Plaines. A ceremony celebrating Memorial Day. Free. www.desplaines.org.
Fox Lake Memorial Day Observance: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Fox Lake Veterans Memorial, Metra Station, Grand Avenue and Nippersink Drive, Fox Lake. American Legion Post 703 Cmdr. Robert Gabriel, Mayor Donny Schmit and Post Auxiliary President Virginia Johnson are scheduled to speak. Free. foxlakeamericanlegion.org.
Huntley Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the municipal complex, 10987 Main St., Huntley. Parade goes west to Woodstock Street, then north for a ceremony at Huntley American Legion Post 673. After the parade, there will be a short ceremony, with speakers and a presentation. Free. www.huntley.il.us.
Lake Villa Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, for service in front of VFW Post 4308 Hall, 130 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa. Parade steps off at noon from Palombi Middle School, 133 McKinley Ave., and marches on Main Street to Lehmann Park, 89 Cedar Ave., for a memorial service with speakers and music from the Lakes High School band. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served at the VFW hall after the service. Free. vfw4308.org.
Lisle Memorial Day Parade and Community Picnic: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Lisle Junior High School, 5211 Center Ave., Lisle. Ross Bishop Memorial VFW Post 5696 will host a parade and community picnic. Parade proceeds down Main Street to School Street, ending at the Lisle Veterans Memorial. Afterward, ceremonies will be held at the veterans memorial and Lisle Cemetery and a community picnic will follow on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park, 921 School St. Free. villageoflisle.org.
Wood Dale Memorial Day Parade: 11 a.m. Monday, May 28, in Wood Dale. Parade begins at Addison Road and Elizabeth Drive and ends at Veteran's Memorial Park, 269 W. Irving Park Road, where a short memorial service with wreath-laying ceremony and 21-gun salute takes place with VFW Tioga Post 2149. Free. wooddale.com or facebook.com/events/222411348314303.
West Dundee Memorial Day Service: 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at River Valley Memorial Gardens, 14N689 Route 31, West Dundee. The spiritual address will be given by a local minister. Featuring the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Bugler and Dundee Scottish Pipe band. Free. www.rivervalleymemorialgardens.com.
Gurnee Memorial Day Ceremony: Noon Monday, May 28, at Gurnee Memorial, 100 N. O'Plaine Road, Gurnee. Hosted by the village and American Legion Post 771. Guest speakers, wreath presentations and music by a school band. Free. www.gurneeamericanlegion.org.
Aurora Memorial Day Parade: Noon Monday, May 28, at South River and Benton, Aurora. Proceeds east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Downer Place and ends at River Street. Theme "In Memory of Many. In Honor of All." Best viewing in front of David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place. Free. www.aurora-il.org.
Lombard Memorial Day program: Noon Monday, May 28, at the Sunken Garden at Common Park, Grace and Maple streets, Lombard. Members of the Lombard Veterans of Foreign Wars Lilac Post 5815, the Lombard American Legion Memorial Post 391, Lombard Historical Society, local scouts and residents participate in the program. Wreath-laying ceremony at the Lombard Memorial Marker. Bring lawn chairs. Free. villageoflombard.org.
Memorial Day Remembered: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. Observe Memorial Day with music and drama in a ceremony rooted in the traditions of the late 1800s, when the holiday was known as Decoration Day. Free. (630) 876-5900 or dupageforest.org.
Island Lake Memorial Day Commemoration: 2:45 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Veterans Park, 432 W. State Road, Island Lake. "Taps" opens the program, followed by the national anthem. Also featured are Northern Illinois Pipes and Drums band, remarks by event chairman Bob Carpenter and Mayor Charles Amrich and placement of a memorial plaque for World War II Navy veteran Dick Wagner. Guests will receive a commemorative keepsake. Free. villageofislandlake.com.