The weekend is here, and according to the forecast, it's supposed to feel more like summer and less like being trapped in a heat wave. A heat wave you will never escape! Here are a few highlights for the next few days, but of course check the Go West Calendar for many more events, including some that might better fit your family's budget or interests.
GRAYSLAKE: Yeah, we usually don't venture this far north for the Weekend Spotlight, but the Lake County Fair is running through Sunday, and it's supposed to be a particularly good county fair. The events calendar features lots of agriculture and livestock events, such as an antique tractor parade; cattle, goat and horse judging; and something called the "Battle of the Barns."
WHEATON: The DuPage County Fair also runs through Sunday, at the fairgrounds in Wheaton. It has a very easy-to-navigate website, and here's a link to the full schedule. Make sure to check out our Ten Tips for Going to a Fair With Kids.
SUGAR GROVE: Are you ready for some sweet corn? The Sugar Grove Corn Boil gets underway Friday and runs through Sunday. It includes a parade, car show, carnival, live music, fireworks, kids zone and of course plenty of corn.
WHEATON: The kids' concert series continues at Cantigny on Saturday, when Super Stolie and the Rockstars perform at 2 p.m. at the bandshell. Concerts are complimentary with the regular parking fee admission of $5. Bring a blanket or chairs to sit on, but you won't have to worry much about sunscreen -- I attend the Jeanie B! concert at Cantigny in June, and it's a lovely shaded spot.
ST. CHARLES: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center in St. Charles is hosting a free Star Party on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be telescopes set up and special programs, starting at 6 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m. There's plenty of place to bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner.
AURORA: The last outdoor movie this summer in Phillips Park in Aurora will be shown Saturday night. It's "Tangled," the PG-rated Disney musical about Rapunzel. Pre-event activities will be held at 8 p.m. and the movie will start 30 minutes after sunset. Bring chairs and a blanket or bug spray.