Memorial Day will be here before you know it. And with it comes the unofficial beginning of summer. Want to know if your favorite summer festival will go on this year and whether or not you should start making your summer plans? Check out our list below to find out if the event you’ve been looking forward to will go on during the summer of 2021.

Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest, scheduled to be held in Romeoville, canceled for second year in a row

Ribfest, hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville, is canceled this year. This was the first time the festival was scheduled to be held outside of Naperville, in Romeoville’s Deer Crossing Park.
Ribfest, hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville, is canceled this year. This was the first time the festival was scheduled to be held outside of Naperville, in Romeoville’s Deer Crossing Park. (Diane Moca / Chicago Tribune)

The Exchange Club of Naperville has canceled Ribfest, which was scheduled to be held in Romeoville July 1-4 for the first time. Ribfest is scheduled to return in 2022. Information on how to obtain refunds is to come. Ticketholders can donate the money spent to the Exchange Club.

The popular festival was originally scheduled to move to Romeoville in 2020, but that festival was also canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Porter County, Valparaiso planning to proceed with annual fair, other events: ‘As of now, it’s full steam ahead’

The two largest warm weather events in Porter County are coming back this year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a one-year hiatus.

The Porter County Fair returns from July 22-31, and Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival, which draws tens of thousands of people downtown, is scheduled for Sept. 11. The theme for the 43rd festival is “Lift Up Valpo.”

After year off due to pandemic, Montgomery Festival to be held this summer

After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery Festival will be held this August in Montgomery.

The event has been held for more than 30 years, with the exception of last year due to the pandemic.

The festival will be held Aug. 13 to 15 along the banks of the Fox River. It will include musical shows, demonstrations, a car show, the annual festival parade, a number of food options and more.

It’s known worldwide and it’s back: Pierogi Fest to return to Whiting; plans for annual parade not finalized

Women in pierogi hats make their way down the streets of Whiting during Peirogi Fest in 2019.
Women in pierogi hats make their way down the streets of Whiting during Peirogi Fest in 2019. (Suzanne Tennant / Post-Tribune)

Pierogies, babushkas and all things Polish return to Whiting this July 23, 24 and 25 for Pierogi Fest after the event known worldwide was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some adjustments to the event layout have been made. Instead of picnic tables along 119th Street, there will be a larger picnic area in the grove areas off of 119th where people can sit and relax and have a little distance.

Whiting Mayor Steve Spebar said he thought it was important the fest goes forward with modifications to help keep people safe. A decision will be in June whether the Pierogi Fest parade will occur.

Skokie’s Festival of Cultures to return this year with series of smaller events throughout May

Skokie’s popular Festival of Cultures is back this year after being canceled last year due to COVID-19.

While the celebration of the town’s diverse communities will go on, the format will shift this year. Instead of having one large two-day festival as has been the custom in the past, the 2021 festival will be made up of a series of small events held throughout the month of May, officials said. Advertisement https://e31344db5ee2c8a2bf287d82f26cbba4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Advertisement https://e31344db5ee2c8a2bf287d82f26cbba4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

St. Charles Fine Art Show to return after year off due to pandemic

After taking a pause last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Charles Fine Art Show will return on Memorial Day weekend this May for its 23rd edition in downtown St. Charles.

With over 90 artists exhibiting, the St. Charles Fine Art Show will showcase original, juried art in a variety of mediums including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, mixed media, glass and more, according to a press release about the event.

This year’s show is sponsored by St. Charles Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 29, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 30, rain or shine.

Summer concerts, outdoor movies return to Elmwood Park

Summer activities are returning to Elmwood Park, with precautions in place due to the lingering pandemic. The Summer in the Circle concert series is coming back, as are Movies in the Park.

“We are definitely happy to be bringing some different events back,” said Lauren Gruber, special events coordinator. Although there were summer concerts last year, they were limited to a drive-thru experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gruber said the village is recommending attendees at the summer concert series wear masks. However, Gruber said any COVID-19 restrictions would be adjusted based on state guidelines and the evolving situation with the pandemic.

Summer in the Circle takes place at the Elmwood Park Village Circle at Conti Parkway and 76th Avenue. The free concerts start at 7 p.m. Advertisement https://e31344db5ee2c8a2bf287d82f26cbba4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Scaled-back version of Naperville’s Last Fling fest planned for Labor Day weekend

The Last Fling festival had started a new policy of fencing off the business expo and food vendor area in order to charge one single admission fee of $10 per person to teens and adults entering at Jackson Avenue and South Eagle Street.
The Last Fling festival had started a new policy of fencing off the business expo and food vendor area in order to charge one single admission fee of $10 per person to teens and adults entering at Jackson Avenue and South Eagle Street. (Diane Moca / Naperville Sun)

Naperville’s Last Fling will be back this Labor Day weekend, but a scaled-down version about a quarter of its normal size is being planned because COVID-19 restrictions.

The annual end-of-summer festival, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic, is scheduled for Sept. 3-6 on downtown Jackson Avenue.

“We’re going back to our roots and making it just a community event for Naperville residents,” Last Fling co-chairman Pete Paulsen said.

They’ll be waiving the $10 admission fee that had been charged in years’ past, which provided access to everything but the carnival, Paulsen said. Visitors will still have to pay for food, drinks and carnival rides.

This year Last Fling will not include a concert stage at Rotary Hill or a Family Fun Land, Paulsen said.

Lake County (Ind.) Fair to be ‘as traditional as possible’ this summer

Workers prepare rides and concession booths at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Crown Point. (Michael Gard/Post-Tribune)
Workers prepare rides and concession booths at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Crown Point. (Michael Gard/Post-Tribune) (Michael Gard / Post-Tribune / Chicago Tribune)

Last year, the Lake County Fair had to be canceled due to COVID-19. This year, Tom Lump said he hopes it can be done as normal.

Lump, the president of the Lake County Fair, said as of right now, the fair will continue as it was before the pandemic, though it’s always possible things could change.

“We’re pretty much planning it to be as traditional as possible,” Lump said of the planned 169th edition of the fair. “We don’t want to throw too much at our fairgoers. There may be a requirement to wear masks, we don’t know, there may be a requirement to have more hand sanitizers, we don’t know that either … We’re hopeful that it’s going to be enough and pretty much as usual.”

Lump said a lot of planning went into the fair last year, but they ended up — like many other fairs — having to cancel. Advertisement https://e31344db5ee2c8a2bf287d82f26cbba4.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

DuPage County Fair canceled for 2nd straight year

The DuPage County Fair has been canceled for a second consecutive year by the COVID-19 pandemic, but officials are looking into the possibility of holding a “similar type of event” in the fall, the fair manager said in a letter posted on its website.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s announcement late last month that the bridge phase of the Restore Illinois Plan was being delayed prompted the decision, said Jim McGuire, who also serves as CEO of the DuPage County Fair Association.

The fair had been scheduled for July 21-25.

McGuire added that they are working with the University of Illinois Extension Office to find a way for DuPage 4-H students to show their projects and animals at the fairgrounds in July so they could earn spots to compete in the Illinois State Fair in August.

After year off due to COVID-19 pandemic, Kane County Fair returns July 14-18

The Kane County Fair Board of Directors announced the 152nd annual Kane County Fair will take place July 14 to 18 at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Other events at the fairgrounds are starting to return as well, as state of Illinois COVID-19 restrictions are eased.

The Kane County Flea Market resumes April 10 and 11. Hours are 12-5 p.m. April 10 and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. April 11.cq Admission to the flea market is $5. Call 630-377-2252.

For more information, go to kanecountyfair.com.

Morton Grove Days festival, parade and fireworks postponed this summer, organizers say

The Morton Grove Days festival and fireworks show will not be taking place over the Independence Day weekend this year, organizers have decided.

The nine-member Morton Grove Days Commission Board voted on April 20 to “postpone” the multi-day event and reconvene in June to determine if it can take place later in the year, said Paul Minx, president of the commission board.

Minx said the group “decided we’d give ourselves 60 days” to see where the state is in relation to Restore Illinois Plan guidelines and the number of positive COVID-19 cases. Advertisement

Suburban summer festivals canceled because of coronavirus: a running list

The following summer festivals have been canceled in connection with public health recommendations and other concerns tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Check with towns for the most up-to-date information. New cancellations or postponements of suburban events will be added as they are announced. Cancellations are listed in alphabetical by town.

Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies festival has been canceled. Go to eyestotheskies.org.

Taste of Oak Brook, scheduled for July 3, has been canceled. Go to oak-brook.org/.

Taste of Park Ridge, scheduled for July 15-17, has been canceled. Go to tasteofparkridge.com/.

The DuPage County Fair in Wheaton, scheduled for July 21-15, has been canceled. Go to dupagecountyfair.org/.

Taste of Wheaton, scheduled for June 3-6, has been canceled. Go to wheatonparkdistrict.com/.

Zion’s Nostalgia Days car show has been officially canceled. Go to nostalgiadays.com/.

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Taste of Oak Brook canceled for third consecutive year

The July 3 Taste of Oak Brook has been canceled for the third consecutive year.

This marks the second year in a row in which the village’s largest annual event has been taken off the calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, Taste of Oak Brook was canceled because of heavy rains the night before, which left the grounds unsuitable to host.

The decision to cancel this year’s Taste of Oak Brook was made recently over uncertainty about what COVID-related, crowd-size restrictions may be in place July 3, Village Manager Rick Ginex said. Advertisement

Swedish Days returns for 2021 with new chocolate crawl and live music; no parade or craft show

Swedish Days Festival in Geneva, Ill.
Swedish Days Festival in Geneva, Ill. (Geneva Chamber of Commerce)

Geneva’s popular Swedish Days summer festival will return June 24 to 27, with some changes.

But the Swedish Day Parade, Arts & Craft Show and Granquist Music Festival will not be held in 2021.

A Chocolate Crawl and live music events are planned. Details will be announced in the coming weeks, according to a news release.

A new Chocolate Crawl is scheduled for June 27. This will be a ticketed event, according to a news release.

Live music will return, both outdoors and in an indoor venue. Dates, locations and bands will be announced later this month.

The Geneva Settler’s Coffee will kick off the fest June 24 with a pickup breakfast at Geneva Golf Club.

Kids’ Day will be on June 25, but the Kids Day Parade will not be held this year. Advertisement

Taste of Park Ridge food festival canceled for 2021, organizers announce

Taste of Park Ridge will not be returning this summer after all.

The Taste of Park Ridge Committee announced late on April 14 that the summer food and entertainment festival will not take place this July and has instead been “postponed” until July 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original article: chicagotribune.com

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