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The Arboretum

Village is truly a place for all seasons, with activities and events celebrating community, collegiality and drawing residents, business professionals and visitors throughout the year.

Relax and unwind as you stroll the fragrant Garden Walk to Downtown Lisle’s newest amenity, the PrairieWalk Pond, a 4.5-acre sustainable natural park featuring lighted pathways, walking trails, native plants and flowers, a gazebo, preserved wetland and seating area. The Dragonfly Landing children’s play area boasts a 10-foot tall “flowering” spray mists, a shelter with a living roof that serves as a gathering space, whimsical tree house, climbing frog and cattail swingers.

At night, enjoy the scenic splendor of multiple fountains that change color and provide a dramatic gateway to Downtown Lisle, an area bustling with arts, entertainment, activities and events throughout the year.

Reinventing fun and adventure for friends, groups, parties and team building in Downtown Lisle is The Room Lisle (4910 Main St.), a live interactive mystery escape room challenge.

As you stroll along Main St. don’t miss B. Gunther and Company (4742 Main St.), a premier awards engraver, and the 100-year-old Lisle Savings Bank (4720 Main St.), which originally was chartered July 19, 1917.

Among the many special events drawing visitors downtown is the colorful, open-air French Market, located on Garfield Avenue adjacent to award-winning PrairieWalk Pond. The French Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays May through October.

With vendors changing weekly, each market is a unique experience featuring artisan crafts, baked goods, cheeses, food, fresh produce, home accessories, jewelry, knife sharpening, meats, olive oils and pet products. Free parking is available adjacent to the market. There is no admission charge, so bring the whole family. Friendly pets on a leash are welcome.

Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary

The Lisle Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival is a favorite family event offering daily morning and evening hot air balloon launches (weather permitting), nightly “Nautical Themed” balloon glows, tethered balloon rides, live music on two stages, three nights of fireworks, a huge children’s area, over 50 food vendors, craft show, carnival rides and more.

Drawing more than 80,000 visitors, this popular festival is marking an historic 35th anniversary and will be held June 30-July 2 at Lisle’s Community Park, 1825 Short St. (Route 53 and Short Street).

Don’t miss this year’s Team Fastrax America’s Skydiving Team, performing daily skydiving shows. To learn more about this year’s 35th anniversary festival, visit www.eyestotheskies.org or call (630) 541-6095.

Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles at Veggie Fest

Lisle is also home to Veggie Fest Chicago, the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festival in North America. The two-day festival, which draws crowds of more than 40,000 from around the world and celebrates the benefits of a vegetarian way of life, is slated for Aug. 12-13 on the grounds of Benedictine University (5700 College Rd.). Sponsored by the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center headquartered in Lisle, festivities run 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With a huge international food court; health professionals speaking on diet, lifestyle and environmental issues; engaging food demos by restaurant owners, chefs and authors; an incredible children’s tent with face painting, clowns and crafts; live music from some of Chicago’s best bands; over 100 vendor booths to explore; and free admission and free parking, Veggie Fest has become a highly anticipated summer event in the Chicagoland area.

PrairieWalk Pond Concert Series

Bring the family, chairs and blankets to enjoy summertime concerts from 7 to 8:30 p.m. select Thursday evenings in August. Sponsored by the Village of Lisle – Special Events Committee, the free concerts on Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24 are held at PrairieWalk Pond in Downtown Lisle. Located just west of Main Street at the intersection of Garfield and Burlington avenues, the concerts include a range of music genres from 1970s rock to pop and country.

Food and drinks by Evviva! are available for sale at each of the concerts. For more information about the Summer Concert Series, visit StayinLisle.com or contact the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau at (630) 769-1000.

Depot Days

Enjoy a hayride, shop at the craft fair or enjoy fresh-baked apple pies and warm cornbread. Watch demonstrations such as basket weaving, lace making, beekeeping and blacksmithing.

Don’t miss Depot Days at The Museums at Lisle Station Park Campus on Sept. 16 and 17 from noon to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Lisle Heritage Society, the event is free to the public, and all ages are welcome. Visit the Lisle Park District website for more information.

Lisle Ale Fest

A celebration of beer, food and music, the fifth Annual Lisle Ale Fest comes to Downtown Lisle, at Garfield Avenue, Prairie Walk Pond, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30. Ale Fest features 40 breweries, 80 craft beers and Lisle area restaurants. It is presented by the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce and includes both early entry and general admission, as well as designated driver tickets. For information, visit www.lislealefest.com/tickets.

Lisle Uncorked

New this year is Lisle Uncorked, A Wine Event, sponsored by the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville (3003 Corporate West Dr.) on Oct. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn about new wine varieties including wine tastings, wine pairings, wine gifts and crafts to purchase and an opportunity to purchase wine at discounted rates. For more information, visit www.lislechamber.com

Lights of Lisle

The glow from thousands of luminarias, twinkling tree lights and storefront decorations will transform Downtown Lisle into a truly magical place Dec. 1-2 as the 2017 “Lights of Lisle” festival kicks off the holiday season. The striking setting is the perfect backdrop for a weekend full of free, fun holiday activities.

Activities include a Holiday Market featuring holiday gifts and festive crafts provided by a variety of vendors in a heated tent; delicious entrees provided by food truck vendors; cookies, hot chocolate, festive holiday music and performances at Lisle Village Hall; trolley rides through Downtown Lisle to view thousands of luminarias lining the streets and PrairieWalk Pond; and the annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the community holiday tree on the grounds of village hall.

“Once Upon a Christmas,” a wonderful family-oriented annual event held at the Museums of Station Park campus, features children’s crafts, brick oven baking, blacksmithing and ice carving in conjunction with Lights of Lisle.

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