All posts by Bob Cushman

Best Fireworks displays to watch (July 1-4, 2022)

Here are the fireworks displays planned throughout the suburbs to celebrate Independence Day: Friday, July 1 Des Plaines Fireworks: 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the fireworks extravaganza that kicks... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 17, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Coming Soon: Frontier Days Festival June 30th to July 4th Mark your calendars… Frontier Days Festival is coming... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 3, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Chicagoland Water Park and Pools This Summer Don’t just stand there – go get wet and cool down... Read More

Chicagoland Water Parks Summer 2022

We’ve put together a list of Chicago’s suburban pools and water parks for you. All you have to do is add the swimsuits and sunscreen, and you’re good to go make memories! Elk Grove Park District* Rainbow Falls Waterpark 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd., Elk Grove Village Hours:... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five May 20, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival May 18 – 22 5:00 am – 9:00 pm North American Midway Entertainment’s Woodfield... Read More

6 Best Parks and Preserves to Picnic

1. Independence Grove, 16400 Buckley Road, Libertyville. Centered around a 115-acre lake, this Lake County Forest Preserve District property offers boat rentals, a swimming beach, dog park, cafe, visitors center, fishing, sand volleyball, and hiking and biking trails. Admission is free for Lake County residents with... Read More

Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival

North American Midway Entertainment’s Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival is open and runs through May 18th – May 22nd, in Parking Lot G of Woodfield Mall, at the corner of West Frontage and Woodfield roads in Schaumburg. Weekday hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and weekend... Read More

Why we Celebrate Memorial Day

The History of Decoration Day Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves... Read More

Sign Up for 2022 Summer Camps Now!

Actors Gymnasium Summer Camps 847-328-2795 https://www.actorsgymnasium.org Learn to Fly! Each day includes circus, drama, and movement. Students learn aerial and ground circus skills, take fun-filled field trips, and create their own circus-theatre show!  Ages 9-15 Blue Moose Sports Camp Western Springs: 708-829-1236 https://www.bluemoosesportscamp.com Blue Moose Sports... Read More

Where to Observe Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who lost their lives serving our country. Services, observances, parades and ceremonies throughout the suburbs offer a chance to reflect on the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Friday, May 28 Memorial Day Pantry: 10 a.m.... Read More

Mother’s Day Safety Resources

Oaklee’s guest post by Laura Nikolovska, Program Director for Kids In Danger, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s product safety. Moms are amazing and do so much for their children. This Mother’s Day, we want to repay the favor and do something special for them. Staying... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five April 22, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! “Winnie The Pooh”: The New Musical Stage Adaptation April 22 – June 11 Disney’s iconic Winnie the Pooh,... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five April 8, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Join the Jaycees for an Egg Hunt – Falcon Park Recreation Center  April 16, 11:00 am – 1:00... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five March 18, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Maple Fest – Red Oak Nature Center March 19 – 20 Join our annual tradition of turning Maple... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five March 11, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! St. Patrick’s Day parades This weekend Here’s where you can see St. Patrick’s Day parades this weekend.  ... Read More

St. Patrick’s Day parades

Here’s where you can see St. Patrick’s Day parades this weekend: Naperville The Naperville St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, from the south parking lot at Naperville North High School, south on Mill Street to Jackson, heading over to Main... Read More

Family-Friendly Chicago Area Museums

Whether you’re there to see a specific exhibit or just to escape the heat, museums are a great place to go! It’s nearly impossible to visit a museum and not learn something new. We have so many great museums in and around the Chicagoland area–large and... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five February 18, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Disney’s Frozen at the Cadillac Palace Theatre February 18 – July 31 An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five January 28, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Penguin Encounter – Shedd Aquarium Winter Meet one of Shedd’s penguins! During this 30-minute experience you will be... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five January 21, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Outdoor Ice Skating Winter These ioutdoor ice rinks across Chicagoland offer families plenty of chances to go have... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five January 14, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Hit the Slopes in the Suburbs Winter Now that winter weather has officially arrived, it’s time to make... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five January 7, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Best Sledding Spots in the Suburbs Winter Outdoor recreation has kept us going through the COVID-19 pandemic, and... Read More

Best Sledding Spots in the Suburbs

Outdoor recreation has kept us going through the COVID-19 pandemic, and it doesn’t have to stop now that the weather is cold and snowy. Here are some of the best sledding spots in the suburbs. Caboose Park, Lake Villa Township, 27908 Fairfield Road • Hill available... Read More

Outdoor Ice Skating

Bluett Park Mount Prospect: 847-391-5744, www.dpparks.org/parks-facilities/ice-skating-and-sledding 1408 Thayer St. Free. Central Park Oak Brook: 630-990-4233, www.obparks.org 1500 Forest Gate Road, Our Community Ice Rink is free and open to the public, weather permitting. Bring your own skates. Centennial Park Naperville: 630-883-4242, napervilleparks.org 500 W. Jackson Ave.,... Read More