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The Best 2019 Summer Events Near Chicago

By Laura Slowick | May 22, 2019

Your mom was right when she said it was a shame to stay indoors on a beautiful sunny day. Luckily, Chicago offers plenty of summer events that will keep you outside in the bright sunshine from morning to night.

June 29

Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta

Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn

Most boat builders wouldn’t consider cardboard the ideal building material but not the amateur designers entered in the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta. Teams race in boats constructed of sheets of corrugated cardboard. Part of the fun is watching how fast the cardboard creations sink. (Don’t worry. Participants wear life jackets.) In fact, awards are presented for best sink, team spirit and most creative.

The regatta is always fun to watch, but it may be even more enjoyable as a participant. If you’re interested in participating, be sure to register by June 28.

July 4

Independence Day Celebrations

Various Locations

Celebrate the 4th with fireworks in Deerfield, Winnetka, Glencoe or other North Shore towns, or venture into the city for the massive celebration at the Navy Pier. Are you tired of doing the same thing every Independence Day? Book a July 4th dinner cruise instead. Odyssey offers cruises on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Three-hour cruises include a spectacular view of the fireworks from the water, a plated dinner, open bar, DJ and dancing.

July 27 & 28

Glencoe Art Festival


Held right in our own backyard, the Glencoe Art Festival showcases the work of more than 110-juried artists who work in a variety of mediums, including paint, wood, glass, jewelry, ceramics and photography. It’s the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind piece of art for that bare spot on your wall. The organizers haven’t forgotten the kids. You won’t hear any complaints about boredom from the younger members of the family when they participate in the art scavenger hunts.

August 10

Stan’s Donut 5K & Kids Dash

Downtown Chicago

Snacking is usually discouraged during most 5Ks but not Stan’s Donut 5K & Kids Dash. Participants will be treated to Stan’ tasty mini-glazed donuts as they run or walk through the course and will receive a full-sized glazed donut at the finish line. The race, which benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository begins at Museum Campus Drive and Waldron Drive and ends on the lakefront path off Waldron Drive. In addition to donuts, participants will receive shirts and a donut-shaped finisher medals.

August 17 & 18

The Chicago Air and Water Show

Lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Streets

The Chicago Air and Water Show has become one of the area’s most popular events for good reason. After all, who doesn’t like watch planes performing impressive aerial maneuvers over Lake Michigan or boats demonstrating rescue techniques? The free show begins at 10 a.m., but you’ll want to get there much earlier to ensure you have a prime viewing spot. Although you can view the planes and boats from anywhere along Fullerton to Oak Streets, the North Avenue Beach offers the prime viewing experience.

Are you ready to tackle a renovation project this summer? Our design/build team can help you consider the possibilities, then turn your dream into a reality. Give us a call if you’re considering renovating your kitchen, creating the ultimate basement rec room or adding on to your Chicago home.

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