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Things to Do In DuPage This Summer

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Olmec Trails: Culture & Legacy

Mexican Cultural Center DuPage, College of DuPage Prairies, DuPage County Forest Preserves, and trails throughout DuPage

July 1-October 31, 2024

“Olmec Trails” pays tribute to the indigenous roots of Mexican heritage as well as brings attention to the importance of public art by showcasing the immense talent and creativity of more than 30 contemporary artists from across North America. This ambitious exhibition provides access to the culture of Olmec civilization in a fresh and accessible way by featuring hand-painted large-scale renditions of these iconic Mesoamerican sculptures.

Grown Up Art Summer Camp

Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Every Wednesday and Saturday through July 27, 2024

This Grown Up Art Summer Camp, featured on WGN Morning News, is a series of workshops scheduled on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Workshops can be taken as stand-alone classes. Based on the nostalgia of summer camp these adult-geared workshops are a fun way to spend a few hours creating this summer.

Photo Credit: Joe Mazza

Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show

Drury Lane Theatre & Events

Now through August 18, 2024

Stride along with the toe-tapping, finger-snapping revue that journeys through the Harlem Renaissance with the music of legend Fats Waller. Brimming with the energetic charm of jazz classics such as “Honeysuckle Rose” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” the crooners of Ain’t Misbehavin’ bring soulful melodies to life, capturing the essence of an era where the joint was always jumpin’.

Blog: Free Things to Do This Summer

Jazz Up Music Festival

Whether you prefer a stroll along a trail soaking in the sunshine or an artistic adventure meandering through an exhibit, check out these free offerings to ensure this summer is one to remember.

Taco & Art Fest

Reed-Keppler Park

July 20, 2024

Visit Reed-Keppler Park in West Chicago for live music, entertainment, art, children’s activities, and Taco Wars, where local food vendors will compete for the title of Best Taco! There will also be performances by Mariachi Universario and Jose Valdes and The Mambo All-Stars.


Music in the Park, Downtown Bensenville

Summer Concerts in DuPage

Music fills the air as concerts and events take over parks and venues, creating unforgettable experiences. Sway to the sounds of music this summer with friends and loved ones in parks or charming downtowns. Notable concerts in the area are:


Click to view schedule of all concerts and music events


Voyage en France


July 20, 2024

Join Cantigny for a day filled with French-inspired delights and cultural experiences! Throughout the park, enjoy photo stations and iconic sights including an Eiffel Tower replica. Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of Moulin Rouge at the South Grove Beer Garden, featuring Can-Can dancers and Cabaret performances. For families, the Little Louvre Museum offers a chance to learn about renowned artists like Monet and Van Gogh, while creating art of your own. Engage in community art projects and savor French cuisine throughout the day amid street performers including accordion players and mimes.


There is a crown to be won, and the race to secure it begins July 20. Hundreds will participate. At the end, five will stand alone as Triple Crown champions.

A championship event within a major cycling series is the easiest way to describe the DuPage Triple Crown. It all starts with Chicago Grit — one of the most respected cycling events in the United States. 10 continuous days of racing occur in different Chicagoland communities, three of which are criterium races in DuPage County:

Tour of Lake Ellyn

Village of Glen Ellyn

July 20, 2024




Winfield Criterium & Summerfest

Village of Winfield

July 21, 2024




Lombard Cycling Classic

Village of Lombard

July 23, 2024