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Take pride, Glenview and Northbrook; you outlasted another brutal Chicagoland winter. Finally, it’s time to enjoy some fun in the sun, and you won’t have to travel far to do it. In fact, you won’t even have to leave your hometown.
Though the villages of Glenview and Northbrook don’t have the palm trees and beaches that some more tropical destinations can offer, there are plenty of events to keep you busy this summer without going through O’Hare or spending hours in traffic.
Below, check out 51 fun things to do right here in the North Shore.
1. Salute to the Troops Memorial Day Tournament
Sixty teams across five age groups will compete from May 23-26 in Glenview Blaze’s Salute to the Troops Tournament, one of the most popular and highly acclaimed Memorial Day tournaments in the Midwest.
2. Glenview Memorial Day Parade
Glenview’s annual Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, from the intersection of Depot and Grove streets. The parade will head east down Pine Street and turn south onto Glenview Road. The parade will end at the Veterans Memorial, where a ceremony will be held after the parade.
3. Northbrook Memorial Day Parade
Join for Northbrook’s annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 27, from the corner of Cherry and Western, east to Church and Shermer and will continue on Shermer west to Meadow. Free popsicles after the ceremony at the American Legion Post 791 on Shermer.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road. This fun annual event focused on seniors is free and open to the public. Includes educational presentations, health screenings, demonstrations, entertainment, food, vendors and more. For more information, contact Karen Brownlee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Summer Reading Kick-Off Event
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. It’s Showtime at your Library. Stop by for food, games, and crafts, get extra chances to win prizes when you sign up for summer reading during your visit. The library also have a free bounce house for kids and a food truck with snacks available to purchase in the parking lot. For more information, please call (847) 272-6224.
6. Trail Walk
This guided trail walk at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Fuller Air Station Prairie is ideal for families, individuals and those who want to learn more about nature.
7. Family Night Golf
After 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays starting Saturday, June 1, groups of up to 6 players can play for a flat fee of $30. Cart is not included.
8. Get Out and Go Treasure Hunt
Take the family out for a nature-inspired outdoor treasure hunt. Search for hidden clues while exploring the natural areas of Gallery Park and Fuller Air Station Prairie from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at the Park Center.
9. Bach to Rock Showcase
2-4:45 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Students from Bach to Rock showcase their talent on a wide variety of instruments at a concert at a library. For more information, please call (847) 272-6224.
10. Concert to Honor Retiring GBN Band Director
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Glenbrook North, 2300 Shermer Road. Calling all GBN band friends and alumni. Help celebrate Rich Chapman’s 31 years of dedication to the GBN band program with a special concert in his honor. Alumni, parents and community members are also invited to join in playing one of the pieces during the concert. If you would like to honor Rich by attending or playing in the concert, please rsvp with this form: bit.ly/RichChapman.
11. Summer on Ice
The Glenview Ice Center will host freestyle skating on weekday mornings and afternoons at Winnetka Ice Arena from June 6-Aug. 18. Summer on Ice will be held at the Winnetka Ice Arena this year due to major reconstruction at the Glenview Ice Center. For more information, call (847) 724-2800.
The Northbrook Theatre Community Musical returns this summer. Inspired by a real-life New York story, you’ll be cheering as this production dares to dream love and fight for what is right. Performances are June 7, 8 and 14 at 7 p.m. and June 9, 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. The production features a cast of local adult and youth actors. Tickets are $20 at nbparks.org.
13. St. Norbert Block Party
Opt in for fun at this annual block party at St. Norbert’s at Walters Avenue and Meadow Road in Northbrook. Activities begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 8, with a kids fun run and a 5K. Afternoon festivities start at 3 p.m. The kids corner will have games, inflatables and a DJ. Live bands will perform all day, with a headliner at 8 p.m. Visit stnorbertblockparty.org for more information.
14. Dairy Breakfast and Stock Show
Enjoy a farm-style breakfast at Wagner Farm, which includes a variety of dairy items. Live music, dairy demonstrations, wagon rides, and hands-on activities will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Area 4-H members will have their livestock projects judged during a county fair stock show.
15. Dance Recital for North Suburban School of Dance
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road. Come out to the Center for Performing arts at Glenbrook North to take in a dance recital for the North Suburban School of Dance. There will be two performances.
16. Northbrook Park District Summer Concert Series
Food, music and fun can be found at Village Green Park Tuesdays this summer. Food service begins at Food service begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by music at 7 p.m. Concerts are June 11, 18, 25, and July 2, 9, 16, 23. Genres will include current and classic country, classic rock, swing and jazz and several children’s bands throughout the series. For a full concert schedule and list of participating restaurants, visit nbparks.org.
17. Museum Quest
A fun, free opportunity to explore Glenview’s museums from June 11-Aug. 29. Visit kohlchildrensmuseum.org/museumquest for activity details, special opportunities to earn stamps, downloadable coloring pages and more.
18. Bearfoot in the Park Concerts
Bring your picnic dinner, folding chairs, picnic blankets and jam out during this free outdoor concert series from 7-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday from June 12-July 31 at Jackman Park, 1930 Prairie St.
19. Dreamtree Shakers Family Concert
11-11:45 a.m. Saturday, June 15, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Melding guitar, drums, vocals, sax and flute, the Dreamtree Shakers put on a vibrant and engaging show for audiences of all ages. Their songbag includes thoughtful, exciting originals and the occasional cover.
20. Northbrook Farmers Market
Each Wednesday, starting June 19 and running through Oct. 9, shop locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, artisan cheeses and bakery items 7 a.m.-1 p.m. between Cherry Lane and Meadow Road in Northbrook.
21. Firecracker Classic Golf Outing
The event includes continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf, on-course activities, lunch on the run, player gifts, awards, cocktails, dinner and a silent auction at The Glen Club. Registration and breakfast begins at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21.
22. Kids’ Duathlon
This event on Friday, June 21, includes biking and running. Bring a bicycle, helmet and tennis shoes. After the event, participants can enjoy pizza, drinks and admission to Meadowhill Aquatic Center in Northbrook. This event is open for children ages 5-14. Register by June 20. Early fee is $20, regular fee is $25.
23. Hot Dog Day
Enjoy plenty of food, beverages, live music, a raffle and a celebrity dunk tank all to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Weiss Ace Hardware.
24. Pioneer Day
Discover how pioneers — like the Kennicott family who settled at The Grove — lived, worked and played through hands on activities like candle dipping, basket weaving and blacksmithing. Costumed interpreters will take you and your family on a journey to the past from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.
25. Glenview 3v3 Summer Soccer Fest
Celebrate Kick It Glenview’s 3v3 Summer Soccer Fest’s 13th anniversary by participating in the annual tournament, which will be held on Saturday, June 22, at Gallery Park at Attea Middle School.
26. Glenview Farmers Market
The Glenview Farmers Market’s summer season begins on Saturday, June 22, at Historic Wagner Farm. This free, weekly event takes place from 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday through Oct. 26. Shop for seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, homemade jellies and preserves, cheese and eggs. For a full list of vendors and special market events, visit glenviewfarmersmarket.org or call (847) 724-5670.
27. Twilight Forest Walk
6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. Experience the lively forest ecosystem at dusk during summer solstice week. Village Forester Terry Cichocki will guide on a quiet, contemplative walk during the magical twilight hour. Space is limited. Wear long, loose clothing and closed-toed shoes. This will be a phone-free walk.
28. Stories in the Park
10:30 a.m. Friday, June 28, North Suburban YMCA, 2705 Techny Road. Join for a special storytime in the park with fun sotries, rhymes and songs. Near the little free library at the NSYMCA. This event is all ages.
29. Glenview Summer Fest
Glenview’s Summer Fest, scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, will include live music, a beer tent with craft beer and a showcase of local business. Located at Lehigh Avenue and Jackson Park.
30. Pantry Palooza
The streetfest will help raise funds and awareness for the Northfield Township Food Pantry while guests enjoy food, drink, live music and kids activities from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the Glenview Metra parking lot on Lehigh Street.
30. Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk
7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, Techny Prarie Park and Fields, 1750 Techny Road. Enjoy a holiday tradition with a scenic run or walk on a certified 5K course through Techny Praire Park and Fields and Meadowhill Park. Winners receive medals,and preregistered participants receive a dry-fit T-shirt. Children 5 and younger can walk/run at no charge but need to register. To register, visit nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2980.
31. Liberty Lap Fun Run
8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4, Techny Prarie Park and Fields, 1750 Techny Road. Junior joggers age 4-10 are invited to take a Fun Run on July 4. This one-mile modified Liberty Loop course wlecomes junior joggers. The course starts and finishes at the same location as the 5K and winds along the Trail Through Time. Runners receive a T-shirt, gift bag and miniature American flag at the finish line. Cost is $10.
32. Northbrook’s Police v. Fire Department Softball Game
10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, Village Green Park, downtown Northbrook. Watch Northbrook’s bravest take on Northbrook’s finest during their annual softball game.
33. Glenview Fourth of July Celebration
Beginning at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, July 4, the parade will kick off from the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Glenview Road and head west. The twilight show concert and fireworks show will begin at 7 p.m. in Gallery Park.
34. Northbrook’s Fourth of July Parade
2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, starting at Cherry/Western-Shermer/Meadow. Come out to celebrate this holiday tradition and share your excitement with the community. The mile-long parade is a yearly community highlight. At dusk, there will be fireworks at the Velodrome at Meadowhill Park.
35. Summer Pool Party - Fiesta!
The whole family can make a splash at this fun event, the Glenview Park District’s summer pool parties from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Roosevelt Pool. Enjoy food specials at the concession stand, games for kids of all ages and music provided by a DJ.
36. Movie in the Park: ‘The Incredibles 2’
8:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, Village Green Park, Shermer and Meadow Roads. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and head over to the Village Green Park. Family-friendly fun starts at 7:30. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be canceled. This event is free.
37. Glen Town Center Summer Sound Series
Head to Navy Park at the Glen Town Center at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays from July 11-Aug. 22 for free live music and entertainment. Weekly concerts include activities for kids, gift-card giveaways and food from Glen Town Center restaurants.
38. Northbrook Sidewalk Sake
Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, downtown Northbrook, 1975 Cherry Lane. Join for Northbrook’s annual sidewalk sale. Find deals galore from your favorite local stores and otuside vendors on the corner of Church Street and Cherry Lane. There will be good deals, raffles, children activities and more.
39. Friday Night Live
Sit back and listen to the sounds of Artificially Hip from 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Glenview Park Golf Club, 800 Shermer Road.
Come and taste creations from various chefs using the Big Green Egg Cooker on Saturday, July 13. The event directly benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago-Children’s Miracle Network. It will be held during the morning hours of the sidewalk sale, in downtown Northbrook.
41. Summer Bird Walk
Walk the trails in search of local and migrating birds with local birder Mark Vaughan from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 14. Take a pair of binoculars and to dress for the weather.
42. Family Campout
7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Village Green Park, Shermer and Meadow Roads. Enjoy a mini-adventure and stay in the park overnight and enjoy a morning breakfast! Bring a tent for an evening of music, s’mores, games and fun. No tent ... no problem. For more information, visit nbparks.org or call (847) 291-2980.
43. Northbrook Cardboard Regatta
10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, Northbrook Sports Center Pool, 1730 Pfingsten Road. Join for a challenging, fun and wet adventure that combines cardboard, tape, creativity, energy and engineering. Build your boat and race it against others. Awards will be given in several categories. Registration deadline is Monday, July 15.
44. Outdoor Summer Art Fair
The fair features more than 80 artists from around the country and will include food, entertainment, children’s activities and a silent auction. The 66th annual event takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 27-28 at Lyons School.
45. Glenview Park Center Sprint TriathBrealon and Junior Triathlon
A fast, fun and organized race with the best post party on the North Shore starting at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 28. Includes a 300-yard pool swim, 10-mile bike ride through The Glen and a 5K run in Gallery Park. The Junior Triathlon for kids ages 12-15 starts at 8:30 a.m. and includes a 200-yard pool swim at Splash Landings, a 5-mile bike ride through The Glen and a 2K run around Gallery Park. Register online at glenviewparks.org.
46. Northbrook Days
Starting Wednesday, July 31, until Sunday, Aug. 4, Village Green Park, downtown Northbrook. Volunteers across the community come together for five days and put on an exciting festival for residents of Northbrook and surrounding towns. The fest includes rides, games, live music, food, beer & wine, and much more. It’s been a summer tradition at the beautiful Village Green Park in downtown Northbrook for decades. Northbrook Days is a fundraising event that is organized and presented by the Northbrook Civic Foundation.
47. Youth Triathlon
Join for a fun and challenging multi-sport adventure and a sense of accomplishment on Aug. 3 from 8-11 a.m at Meadowhill Park. Young athletes will swim, bike and run through the adjacent parks. The focus is on fun and fitness, not competition. All participants will receive a race shirt, gift bag and medal. Registration deadline: Aug. 2 at 3 p.m.
48. Summer Skating Exhibition
12:20-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Northbrook Sports Center, 1730 Pfingsten Road. Watch the Park District’s skaters perform group and solo routines. Free for spectators.
49. Glow-in-the-dark Golf
Grab clubs and flashlights for legal fun on a golf course at night, complete with all the neon needed to navigate nine holes. Check-in begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.
50. National Night Out
6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, Meadowhill Aquatic Center, 1501 Maple Ave. Join the park district and the Northbrook Police Department for fun at the pool. The event includes DJ entertainment, free hot dogs and drinks, games and raffles. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.
51. Northbrook After Dark
Teams of four race on foot through the course competing against other teams in this family challenge modeled after the popular show “The Amazing Race.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 Registration deadline is Aug. 9. Register at nbparks.org. The event is open to ages 10 to adult. Each team must have at least one member who is 18 or older.