We've already had "A Taste of Wheaton," "PrairieFest" in Oswego and the "Pride on the Fox RiverFest" in St. Charles this month. But if you like fairs and festivals like I do, there are plenty more to look forward to this summer. In addition to festivals in the western suburbs, I've included on the below list a few notable fairs that are within a 2- to 3-hour drive.
Please let me know if I've missed a fair or festival you think I should include. I'll be glad to do an update!
- Where: Downtown Geneva
- When: June 19 through June 24
- Why: This is a great all-around festival, marking the longest days of the year and the city's Swedish heritage. It features a carnival, music, food, craft show, children's games and a parade on the final day that's particularly good. Friday, June 22, is "Kids' Day," featuring a Kids' Day Parade, Radio Disney and other entertainment that will appeal to children.
- Cost: Free admission.
- Where: Old McHenry Road and Robert Parker Coffin Road in Long Grove
- When: June 22 through June 24
- Why: Long Grove says the Strawberry Festival is the "granddaddy" of the town's signature festivals, drawing thousands of visitors for music, food and fun. You'll find strawberry treats, plus free live entertainment. For kids, there are kiddie rides, face painting and family activities.
- Cost: Free admission