34th Annual Family Fest, Church of the Holy Spirit, 1451 W. Bode Road, Schaumburg: Five-day celebration includes carnival rides, bingo, an international food court and live entertainment. 6 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 24; 4 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Free admission and parking. There is a charge for rides. (847) 882-7580 or churchoftheholyspirit.org.
Arlington Heights Frontier Days, Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner St., Arlington Heights: Runs Thursday, June 30, through Monday, July 4. Taste of Arlington, parade, carnival, games, food, live entertainment on three stages and more. Shuttle service from downtown Arlington Heights. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 30; 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 1; noon to midnight Saturday, July 2; noon to midnight Sunday, July 3; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, July 4. Free general admission. Visit frontierdays.org.
Arlington Heights Promenade of Art, downtown Arlington Heights, Campbell Street and Vail Avenue, Arlington Heights:An estimated 150 juried artists will display their work. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Visit amdurproductions.com.
Bartlett Fourth of July Festival, at Stearns and South Bartlett roads, Bartlett: 5 to 11
p.m., Thursday, June 30; noon to 11 p.m., Friday, July 1; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3; and noon to 9:30 p.m., Monday, July 4. Bartlett Lions Club parade steps off at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3, and goes through the roads near Bartlett Elementary School. Free admission. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Monday July 4. or bartlettlions.org and bartlett4thofjuly.com.
Evanston Fountain Square Art Festival, Church Street and Sherman Avenue, Evanston: More than 225 fine artists showcase theirs works on six city blocks in downtown Evanston. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26. $5 donation. Visit chicagoevents.com.
Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Festival,Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates:Thursday, June 30, to Monday, July 4, on Village Hall grounds. Free admission. Entertainment, carnival, parade, food. Free parking at ADP building and Muir School. Thursday and Friday, June 30 to July 1 are carnival only. Parade along Hassell Road at 9 a.m. Monday, July 4. The theme is "United We Stand." Fireworks on Monday, July 4. hoffmanestates.org.
Island Lake Community Picnic, Island Lake Veterans Park, on Route 176 at Lakeview Drive, Island Lake: Following the parade, which starts at 10 a.m., on Monday, July 4. (847) 526-5049 or villageofislandlake.com.
Lakeside Festival, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 30 to July 1; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 2; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, July 3; and noon to 11 p.m. Monday, July 4. Carnival, food vendors, music, beer and wine garden. Parade at 1 p.m. and fireworks at dusk Sunday, July 3. Free for children ages 12 and younger and military personnel with ID. (815) 455-8000 or lakesidelegacy.org or lakesidelegacy.org.
Lisles Eyes to the Skies Festival, Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle: 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 29, and 30 (carnival only). 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 1-3. Hot air balloon rides, crafts, food, carnival, entertainment. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. July 1-3. Daily admission $5, free for children 5 and younger. (630) 541-6095 or eyestotheskies.org.
Long Grove Strawberry Fest, at the crossroads of Old McHenry and Robert Parker Coffin roads, Long Grove: Strawberry flavored and inspired treats.Live music all day at different venues, food and childrens activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 24; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Free general admission. (847) 634-0888 or longgroveonline.com.
Midsommar Swedish Days Festival, downtown Geneva, around Third and State streets, Geneva: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sunday, June 26. Features live musical entertainment, food, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a "green" expo, and other family activities. Free general admission. Some fees do apply for food, rides and other activities. (630) 232-6060 or genevachamber.com.
Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair, Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 Peterson Road, Grayslake: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Nationally known fiber artists instructors will conduct workshops covering 19 different fiber art related subjects, plus a fleece-judging competition, fine arts exhibits, vintage handbag exhibit, do-it-yourself fashion show and a marketplace. Admission is $10 per day, $25 for three days and free for workshop participants. Visit fiberandfolk.com.
Mount Prospect Lions Village Fair,Melas Park, Busse and Central roads, Mount Prospect:Thursday, June 30, to Monday July 4. The fireworks are part of the four-day Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival, which celebrates its 73rd year.Carnival rides, games and live entertainment every night. Call (847) 870-6622 for a complete schedule, or check mountprospect.org for updates.
Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest, Community Park, Palatine Road near Hicks Road, Palatine: The Palatine Jaycees 54th Annual Hometown Fest runs Thursday, June 30, through Monday, July 4. Features a carnival, entertainment, food, an arts and crafts expo, fireworks and more. Events begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, and at noon on Friday, July 1; dignitaries reception at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, July 2; parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2; events begin at noon Sunday, July 3, and on Monday, July 4. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Free general admission. Visit palatinejaycees.org/fourthofjuly.
Promenade of Art, at intersection of Vail and Campbell streets, Arlington Heights: Outdoor festival features the work of 150 juried artists from around the country. Also features live music, food and kids activities. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26. (847) 926-4300. or amdurproductions.com.
Prospect Heights Block Party, Lions Park, 110 W. Camp McDonald Road, Prospect Heights: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Attractions include food vendors, childrens activities, a silent auction and musical entertainment. Performers include Chicago Mike, Confetti and The Fairlanes. (847) 394-2848 or phparkdist.org. Rotary GroveFest, downtown Downers Grove, Downers Grove: Amusement rides, entertainment, car show, not-for-profit expo. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 23, (amusement ride preview); 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 24; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 25; and noon to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Craft fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. RotaryGroveFest.com or visitdownersgrove.com.
Taste of Lombard, Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Edgewood Avenue, Lombard: 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 30 to July 1; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, July 2-4. Carnival, food and entertainment. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Pre-fireworks concert simulcast on 101.5 FM. Visit tasteoflombard.com or lombardparks.com.
2011 Taste of Chicago, Grant Park, Michigan Avenue and Congress Drive, Chicago: Runs Friday, June 24, through Sunday, July 3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (fest closes at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3). Sample a wide variety of foods from local restaurants. Live musical entertainment is also featured. Admission is free. There is a charge for food. (312) 742-4387 or explorechicago.org.
Chicago Pride Fest, Halsted Street and Waveland Avenue, Chicago: Held two days before the Pride Parade, the 9th Annual Chicago Pride Fest on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, is a gay/lesbian community celebration that kicks off Pride Weekend. Fest features live music on two stages, arts and crafts, food and more. Runs 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25. $7 donation before 5 p.m. and $10 donation after 5 p.m. Visit chicagoevents.com.
Family Fun Festival, Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe streets, Chicago: Features family performances and hands-on activities for all ages, including concerts and arts and crafts.10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Sunday, Aug. 21.Free. (312) 742-1168 or millenniumpark.org.…