Looking for a family-friendly, affordable activity in The Windy City this August?
We’ve pulled together some of the month’s best events for families with children of all ages, and the best part is that most of them are free. Let your budget relax and unwind with your family at these great area activities. While your neighbors go broke at Lollapalooza, you’re guaranteed a good time at these venues. August is also packed with music festivals in the parks – check out Ravinia and Grant Park music festivals at the start of the month.
As always, we’d like to invite you to send us information about the events you are organizing. Just send the who, what, when, where, and why to this email address: (insert email address here). You’ll notice a change in our events section, too – while we’re still including major events from the metro area, we’ve decided to concentrate our focus on the Northwest Suburbs. After all, this is where we live, and there’s always something going on in our neighborhood.
National Night Out
When: August 5th
Why: Food, beverages, and entertainment are featured at this anti-crime event. Designed to educate the community about crime and drug prevention and awareness, this event will be held at North School Park at Eastman Street and Arlington Heights Road from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Police, firefighters, and other local public service units will be onsite. Little kids will love seeing firefighters, cops, and their vehicles. The food and entertainment will keep older kids happy, too.
Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby
When: August 7th
Why: Because who doesn’t love a rubber duck race? The kids will have a blast as they watch the ducks float downstream. Adopt a duck for a chance to win (details on website), or take pictures with the Duck Ambassador, Ela. Face painting, free food, and several sports mascots are featured this year. Join the fun at 400 North Washington Ave.
Taste of Arlington Heights
When: August 9th
Why: Held on Vail and Campbell, the Taste of Arlington Heights is a yearly event we look forward to with gusto. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the event features live entertainment, and delicious refreshments provided by local restaurants. The event starts at 3 PM and ends at 10:30 PM.
Cost: Free to attend, but some food or drinks may require cash.
Village of Arlington Heights Cholesterol Clinic
When: August 13th
Why: Few things can impact a family’s ability to function as much as health – and knowing your cholesterol levels is a great way to motivate yourself and your family to keep fit. This low-cost test makes it possible, even for families on a tight budget, to keep track of this vital statistic. Make an appointment in advance by calling 847-368-5760.
Chicago Air & Water Show
When: August 16th and 17th
Why: The Blue Angels, Golden Knights, and many other military and civilian aerial and water shows come together in this fascinating event. Watch daring feats of flight and parachuting at the largest FREE event of this type in the US. The show is visible from Fullerton to Oak Street, and North Avenue Beach is the center of the action.
Chicago Jazz Festival
When: August 28th– 31st
Why: This Chicago Labor Day weekend tradition is in its 36th year. Held in Millenium Park at the Chicago Cultural Center, it’s a great way to introduce your little ones to the joys of jazz, and enjoy international and local acts.