Festivals: Taste of Wheaton, Rose Festival, cruise nights, beer fests & more

 
Updated 5/30/2018 7:20 AM
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  • More than 80 breweries will participate in the Grayslake Craft Beer Fest Saturday, June 2.

    More than 80 breweries will participate in the Grayslake Craft Beer Fest Saturday, June 2. Courtesy of Grayslake Craft Beer Fest

Harvard Milk Days: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 1; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Milky Way Park, 6600 Lawrence, Harvard. Carnival, entertainment, petting zoo, milk-drinking contest, cow chip lotto, antique tractor display and chain-saw carving; ending with fireworks all three nights. Festival grounds -- where most activities take place -- open at 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday. Farm tractor, equipment display from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Milk Days Run/Walk at 8 a.m. and kids' dash at 9 a.m. Saturday. 77th annual parade at 1 p.m. Saturday on Ayers Street. On Saturday, milk-drinking contest at 4 p.m., with registration at 3 p.m. Free; $5 daily parking or $10 three-day pass. (815) 943-4614 or milkdays.com.

Chicago Gospel Music Festival: Noon to 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion and North Promenade Tent, 201 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, and Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. The best in local, national and international gospel performers. cityofchicago.org.

Taste of Wheaton: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 1; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., and other locations in Wheaton. Features entertainment at the Memorial Park band shell, carnival, arts and craft fair, Business After Hours event, Business Expo, food vendors, beer and wine garden, Art in the Park, climbing wall and Sunday Family Party in the Park. Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals 5K/10K and Half-Mile Kids' Run at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Free admission. wheatonparkdistrict.com/events/taste/.

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival draws local and national acts to the city.
The Chicago Gospel Music Festival draws local and national acts to the city. - Courtesy of Choose Chicago

Gilberts Community Days: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 1; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Towne Centre Park, Route 72 and Center Drive, Gilberts. Music includes American English at 8 p.m. Friday, 97 Nine at 8 p.m. Saturday and Modern Day Romeos at 4 p.m. Sunday. Carnival rides, food, children's activities, petting zoo, puppet show, magic show and more. Car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Windy City Amusement rides from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. From 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, a designated parking area will be available with free shuttle service. Free; $2 wristband for alcohol. gilbertscommunitydays.com.

Lincoln Park Greek Fest: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 1; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 2701 N. Sheffield, Chicago. Authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance troupes, art, kids' activities and more. Free, but donations accepted. www.LincolnParkGreekFest.com.

Meadows' Cruise Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 7 at Meadows Christian Fellowship, 2401 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. A weekly show displaying all types of classic cars, with prizes, food and music. Free admission. www.meadowsfamily.org.

Roselle Lions Club Rose Festival: 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, June 1; noon to midnight Saturday, June 2; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Roselle Metra Station parking lot, Irving Park Road and Maple Avenue, Roselle. Entertainment, music, bingo and carnival ride specials. 24th annual Run for the Roses 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Sunday. 59th annual Rose Parade steps off at 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. roselle.il.us.

MainStreet Libertyville's First Friday: 6 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month on Main Street in downtown Libertyville. Live music, refreshments while shopping, special discounts and more. Free. mainstreetlibertyville.org.

Vintage Rides Car Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, on North Hale Street, between Front and Wesley streets, Wheaton. 21st annual show featuring classic cars, motorcycles and trucks of every make, model and year, from Model T's to Teslas. Free. downtownwheaton.com.

Chicago Ale Fest Summer Edition -- A Chicago Craft Beer Festival: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 1, and 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Grant Park's Butler Field, 100 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. More than 200 craft beers available with food trucks and bands. $49-$79; $20 designated driver; $25 yoga-only class tickets. chicagoalefest.com.

Movies in the Park: 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy "The Nut Job 2." Popcorn and drinks available. Free. lakezurich.org/445/Events.

Race to Market 5K: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at State and North River streets, Batavia. Batavia MainStreet's first 5K race, held in conjunction with WellBatavia and the 23rd opening day of the Batavia Farmer's Market. Featuring the certified Fox River Prairie Path course starting at the farmers market and ending in downtown Batavia. Cost through June 1 is $30 for 5K, $25 for 17 and younger, or $25 for a family of four or more; $35 on race day. downtownbatavia.com/race-to-market-5k/.

WellBatavia: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, on North River Street, Batavia. Health and wellness fair showcasing community resources. Free. wellbatavia.com.

Northern Illinois Sheep and Fiber Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the McHenry County Fairgrounds, 11900 Country Club Road, Woodstock. Formerly known as Spring Fiber Fling, fest features sheep, goat and alpaca shows in the animal barns, sheep sheering and dog-herding demonstrations, embroidery demos, workshops, crafters and vendors. $3; free for kids 7 or younger. mchenrycountyfair.com.

Northern Illinois Art Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the DeKalb County Courthouse, 133 W. State St., Sycamore. Kishwaukee Valley Art League's 47th annual show on the courthouse lawn. Vendors are selected from artists and craftspeople around the Northern Illinois area. Free. kval-nfp.org/art-show/.

Hoffman Estates Fishing Derby: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at South Ridge Lake, Freeman and Mumford roads, Hoffman Estates. Annual Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce Community Fishing Derby. $5 in advance; $8 the day of the event. hechamber.com.

Touch-A-Truck: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Turtle Splash parking lot, 129 W. National St., West Chicago. Free. westchicago.org.

Elgin Ikes Fish for Fun: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive, Elgin. Izaak Walton League of America fishing derby for kids 15 and younger. Awards are presented for the largest catch in each category. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Depending on weather, time and location is subject to change. Free. Call (847) 888-1989 for updated info; cityofelgin.org.

Japanfest Chicago 2018: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Cultural celebration with the theme "Okinawa: Culture of 'Ryukyu' Islands." Performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, tea ceremony, food tastings and more. $5 general admission; kids 18 and younger admitted free. japanfest-chicago.org.

Glen Ellyn Vintage Auto Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Stacy's Corners, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn. Glen Ellyn Historical Society welcomes vintage automobiles and their owners for the fifth annual show. Talks on automobile history, mini-tours of Stacy's Tavern Museum, annual bake sale, sidewalk sale at Stacy's Corners Store, kids' activities and more. Free. (630) 469-1867 or www.gehs.org.

Fine Line Arts Festival-Prairie Style: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Fine Line Creative Arts Center, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles. There will be artist demonstrations, music and more. Create your own art with pottery glazing, indigo dyeing and other techniques. Artisan Market will showcase works of local artists. Free. (630) 584-9443 or fineline.org.

Bow Wow Dog Expo: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 2, at Happy Tails Dog Park, 835 Commerce Court, Buffalo Grove. Vendors include dog groomers, an adoption program, pet suppliers, veterinarians and more. Dogs can also mingle with other dogs. All dogs must have current shots. This event will be held outside, rain or shine. Free. bgparks.org/event/summer/bow-wow.aspx.

Graue Mill Fine Arts Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, at Graue Mill and Museum, 3800 S. York Road, Oak Brook. 17th annual event featuring area artists exhibiting and selling art, including paintings, ceramics, hand-woven textiles, mosaics, pastels, stained glass, jewelry and photography. Free. grauemill.org.

Lake Forest Police Department Bike Rodeo: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, west of City Hall, 220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest. Kids can learn about bike safety and have a chance to show off their skills on challenge courses. Bring your bicycles and helmets. Music, food, face painting, games and bounce houses. Free. cityoflakeforest.com/events.

57th Street Art Fair: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in the vicinity of William H. Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark, Chicago. The 71st annual fair features more than 200 artists, music, kids' activities and a food court. Free. 57thstreetartfair.org.

Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Fine Arts Festival: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Bowen Park, 1800 N. Sheridan Road, Waukegan. 19th annual family arts and music festival, which honors Waukegan author Ray Bradbury. Features artists, entertainment on three outdoor stages and family activities. Free. (847) 360-4740, haines@waukeganparks.org or waukeganparks.org/dandelion/.

Kane County Flea Market: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Up to 1,000 dealers sell antiques, collectibles and other items inside and outside. A country breakfast is available on Sunday. Admission $5 adults, free for children 12 and younger. www.kanecountyfleamarket.com.

Hyde Park Brew Fest: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, at 53rd and Harper Court, Chicago. The fifth annual fest features food, beers, ciders, hip-hop and house music DJs. Free admission; tickets required for beer sampling. hpbrewfest.com.

Summer Wine Walk: 12:45 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at 874 Main St., Antioch. $45, includes a commemorative wine glass, event menu, food, a bottle of wine and a wine bag. 21 and older event. www.antioch.il.gov.

Sixth Annual Grayslake Craft Beer Festival: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2; special VIP session from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grayslake Festival Grounds, South Whitney Street between Center Street and Park Avenue, Grayslake. A celebration of brewing, featuring more than 100 brews from more than 80 breweries. Net proceeds used for college scholarships. $10-$65. 21 and older only. www.facebook.com/events/2002926073258792.

Mount Prospect Bluesmobile Cruise Nights run Saturdays through Sept. 29 at the Mount Prospect Train Depot.
Mount Prospect Bluesmobile Cruise Nights run Saturdays through Sept. 29 at the Mount Prospect Train Depot. - courtesy of Mike Zarnek

Mount Prospect Bluesmobile Cruise Nights: 3 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, June 2, through Sept. 29 at the Mount Prospect Train Depot, 13 E. Northwest Hwy., Mount Prospect. Enjoy classic cars, entertainment and mingle with the community. Sponsored by the Mount Prospect Lions Club. Free. www.facebook.com/BMBCruiseNights.

Saturday Cruise Nights: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, through Sept. 29 at 7600 Barrington Road at Tower Drive, Hanover Park. Classic cars, music and more. Free. hpil.org.

North Shore Pride Fest: Noon Saturday, June 2, at Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood. This family-friendly/all-ages event kicks off Pride Month, with a Pride Family Picnic from noon to 2 p.m., then moves indoors to 210 Live Restaurant & Lounge, 210 Green Bay Road, Highwood, for a drag show from 5 to 6 p.m. The evening finishes with the Taste the Rainbow Pub Crawl for ages 21 and older from 6 p.m. until closing time. Free admission. celebratehighwood.org.

Chicago Promise Walk & 5K Run: 8 a.m. registration Sunday, June 3, at Busse Woods Forest Preserve-South Groves 5-16, Elk Grove Village. The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia supports the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation. $15 adults; $5 for kids. promisewalk.org.

11th Annual Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Lake Zurich Fire Station No. 1, 321 S. Beusching Road, Lake Zurich. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Music, raffles, a silent auction, activities for the family. Takes place rain or shine. Supports South Lake County Regional CERT volunteers. $7, kids younger than 6 eat for free. www.slcrcert.org.

Run for the Roses: 8 a.m. Sunday, June 3, at Roselle Park District Clauss Center, 555 W. Bryn Mawr, Roselle. Youth run at 9 a.m. Free child care, pony rides, petting zoo, food vendors. 24th Annual Sternberg Lighting Run for the Roses, benefiting the Tourette Syndrome Association and the Tourette Syndrome Camping Organization. $31-$150. Individual, family and team rates; $15 for youth run. www.run4roses5K.com.

Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race: 9 a.m. Sunday, June 3. 56th annual race starts from two locations: 10-mile race from St. Mary's Park on Route 31 in St. Charles and 6-mile race at 10:30 a.m. launching from the Batavia VFW. Both end at McCullough Park in Aurora for a party featuring food, music, prize drawings, vendor booths and an awards ceremony. Popular canoe/kayak race for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, eight kayak divisions and one open (noncompetitive) division. Rental boats available. Call for pricing and fees. Register online or at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. (630) 859-8606 or foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

6th Annual Champion Car Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. Variety of antique cars, music, raffles, and a beer and food tent. Free. www.lambsfarm.org/marquee-events/charity-car-bike-show/.

Mundelein summer concert series: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Kracklauer Park, 116 N. Lake St., Mundelein. 28 Days performs. Free. (847) 949-3200 or www.mundelein.org.

Cantigny Park Outdoor Concert Series: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2 at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The Class of '68 will perform Sunday. Free; $10 parking. cantigny.org.

Algonquin Commons Cruise Nights: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 11 at Algonquin Commons, off Randall Road. All makes of classic cars, hot rods and custom cycles; entertainment by Cruisin' Music Radio DJ Rudy the K 101.5 FM. Free. www.hemmings.com.

Downers Grove Park District Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 21 at the Veterans Memorial Pavilion in Fishel Park, on Grove Street in Downers Grove. Food, wine and beer available for purchase starting at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, food and nonalcoholic beverages. On June 5, Rosie & the Rivets will perform 1950s and '60s hits. Free. www.dgparks.org.

Broken Oar's Car & Bike Show: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 11 at Broken Oar, 614 Rawson Bridge Road, Port Barrington. Bring out your custom and classic cars, trucks and bikes. All makes and models welcome. 5 p.m. registration; 8 p.m. judging. www.facebook.com/events/2154061948067986

Crystal Lake Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 7 at Main Beach Crystal Lake, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake Community Band will perform Tuesday. Free. www.crystallakeparks.org.

Bloomingdale Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 14 at Old Town Park, Third and Franklin streets, Bloomingdale. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy music and dancing. Free crafts and games for kids 5-12 start at 6:30 p.m. Five Guys Named Moe will perform classic rock. Free. www.bloomingdaleparks.org.

Super Savvy Senior Expo: 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 6, at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St., Batavia. More than 40 exhibitors and vendors will offer information on health, travel, entertainment, and how to improve life for active adults and their caregivers. Free. bataviaparks.org.

Lake Zurich Cruise Nights: 6 to 9 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, June and August through October, on Main Street from Old Rand Road to Church Street downtown. Features more than 40 vehicles on display from every era, plus music. Trophies are awarded for spectator choice, along with car trivia and raffle prizes. Free. lakezurich.org/603/Cruise-Nights.

Cary Cruise Nights: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6-Aug. 29, on West Main Street and Jandus Road off Route 14, Cary. Various car themes throughout the summer. Free. www.carygrovechamber.com.

Bloomingdale Family Fun Picnic: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Indian Lakes Park, 265 Bob White Lane, Bloomingdale. Bring your dinner or snacks and a blanket or chairs. Entertainment: The Magic and Art Show by Dan Laib. Free. bloomingdaleparks.org.

Arlington Heights Park District Summer Concert Series: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at North School Park, East Eastman Street and North Evergreen Avenue, Arlington Heights. Arlington Heights Community Band will perform. Free. www.ahpd.org.

Summer Concerts in the Park: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6 to July 25, at Montgomery Park, River Street and Mill Street, Montgomery, or McCullough Park, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora. Sponsored by the Fox Valley Park District, Mason Rivers plays Wednesday at Montgomery Park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free. www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.

Lake Villa Music in the Parks: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Lehmann Mansion, 485 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa. Live music from Bella Cain. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. Free; food and beverages available for purchase. www.lake-villa.org.

Glen Ellyn Movies in the Park: 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Spalding Park, 22W325 2nd St., Glen Ellyn. Outdoor showing of "Charlotte's Web." Free. gepark.org.

Sounds of Summer Main Stage Concert Series: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Fred P. Hall Amphitheater, 256 E. Palatine Road, Palatine. Pack a picnic and bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Palatine Concert Band will perform. Free. Weather hotline: (847) 705-5123, ext. 431. www.palatineparks.org/rccms/soundsofsummer.

History Alive!: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 7-Aug. 30, at First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Dress in the uniform and equipment of a soldier. Interact with artifacts, plus crafts and games from the American Revolution. Free with $5 paid parking. www.fdmuseum.org.

Cruisin' Nights & Street Fair: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, to Aug. 30 on Cass Avenue in downtown Westmont. Classic cars, music, theme nights, food vendors and more along three blocks. Free. westmontevents.com/streetfair.

Crystal Lake Car Show: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Park Place Banquets, 406 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. Music with Jimmy Nick & Don't Tell Mama and food from Fat Tomato Inc. and Legit Dogs & Ice. Theme: Ladies Night Star 105.5 in June. Free. www.facebook.com/events/263891934146827.

Addison Rock 'N' Wheels: 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, to Aug. 30 at Village Green, 1 Friendship Plaza, Addison. Bike and Car Cruise Night, kids' rides and food from Addison restaurants. Cruise Night closes at 7:30 p.m. or when the street is full. Historical museum open house and craft show from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. www.ithappensinaddison.com.

Hoffman Estates Summer Concert Series: 7 p.m. select Thursdays, June 7, through Aug. 2 at the Village Green Amphitheater, 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. One Foot in the Groove will perform. Free. www.hoffmanestatesarts.com/summer-concert-series.

Elmhurst Music at the Gazebo: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in the gazebo at Prairie Path and Spring Road, Elmhurst. The Stingrays will perform '50s, '60s and '70s rock 'n' roll. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No alcohol. Free. springroad.com.

St. Charles Park District Concerts in the Park: 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 7-Aug. 16 (except July 5), at Lincoln Park, Main and Fifth streets, St. Charles. Opens with Final Say. In the event of rain, the concert will be canceled. Free. www.stcparks.org.

Wheaton Municipal Band: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, to Aug. 9 at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton. Season opener includes favorite marches, overtures and a tribute to the 40th anniversary of "Grease." Free. www.wheatonmunicipalband.org.

Rockin' In The Park 2018: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30 at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Libido Funk Circus performs. Food and beverage tents on the park's lawn and a musical fireworks display. Free. www.ParkwayBankPark.com.

Barrington Cruise Night: 6 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30 at 208 S. Cook St., Barrington. Classic cars, food trucks and more. Featuring the new Barrington Bank & Trust Family Zone this year, which includes kids' games, face-painting, live performances and more. www.barrington-il.gov.

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