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Fun Things to Do in Lombard

Cruise Nights
Summertime fun starts with Cruise Nights on Saturday evenings from Saturday, June 11, through Aug. 27 (with the exception of July 2), in downtown Lombard. Featuring a classic car show along with a free concert series, Lombard Cruise Nights are held near St. Charles Road and Main Street. A wide variety of entertainment is featured including showcase bands, theme nights and family nights. There’s even a Kids’ Corner for children’s activities, sponsored by various community groups. Walk around and see the classic cars, starting at 6 p.m. To find more information on Lombard Cruise Nights, visit www.villageoflombard.org or call (630) 620-5718.

Lilacia Park
Lombard owes Lilacia Park and its collection of lilacs to Colonel William Plum and his wife, Helen Maria Williams Plum. The Lombard Park District was founded in 1927 when the people of Lombard voted to accept the stipulations set forth in Colonel Plum’s will, which bequeathed his property to the citizens. Soon thereafter, the new park district commissioned Jens Jensen, the famous landscape architect, to design what is now known as Lilacia Park, located at 150 S. Park Ave.

It’s impossible to separate Lombard from its lilacs. Lilac Time, a village-wide festival held each May, is held in Lilacia Park. It celebrates the history of Lombard’s lilacs with a coronation, historical tours, tastings, entertainment and a 5k race. Throughout the year, the Lombard Park District maintains the horticultural showcase which hosts wedding ceremonies, movies in the park, and Holiday Lights in Lilacia. For more information, visit www.lombardparks.com.

Lilac Ball
The Lilac Ball, held this year on Friday, May 13, is a formal event where residents and businesses come together to enjoy an evening of dining and dancing, along with raffle prizes and a silent auction. The event is held at The Carlisle, 435 E. Butterfield Rd. in Lombard. All Lombard area adults are invited to attend!

Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair
The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair helps to kick off Lilac Time in Lombard. It is the first outdoor event of the year, where the Lombard community and more converge in our downtown area. Visitors enjoy handmade arts and crafts, as well as entertainment, food and fun for all. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Lombard on St. Charles Road.

Lilac Parade
The 61st Lombard Lilac Parade will be on Sunday, May 15. This year’s theme is “Time Travel,” highlighting the beauty and pride of our wonderful Lilacia Park and village. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. at Main and Wilson then heads north to Maple and east to Craig Place. The parade is the final event of Lilac Time in Lombard and features the Lilac Queen and Court, Glenbard East and Willowbrook Marching Bands, YMCA Indian Guides & Princesses, Jesse White Tumblers, Shriners, music, horses, dancers, classic cars and much more.

Paradise Bay Water Park
The Lombard Park District’s Paradise Bay Water Park, located at 437 E. St. Charles Rd., was a winner of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Outstanding Facility and Park Award. This award winning state-of-the-art facility features Hurricane Cove, a zero-depth entry leisure pool with spouts, fountains, water sprays, whirlpool and host to a body slide, bowl slide, speed slide, and water walk. This paradise-themed park also features a 12-foot dive well, 3-meter and 1-meter dive board and a drop slide. Paradise Bay Water Park offers a variety of special events, swim lessons, swim and dive teams and age-related open swim times. Swim the entire summer with a “Passport to Paradise” pool pass. Visit www.lombardparks.com for hours, rates and programming opportunities.

Independence Day Fireworks
You don’t have to go too far to find family fun on July 4th with Lombard’s annual fireworks celebration held in Madison Meadows Park, located at Madison and Ahrens streets. The breathtaking fireworks display wows the crowd and brings admirers from all around to see the show. The fun begins at dusk. Bring your blankets! Find more information on the Village of Lombard events at www.villageoflombard.org

Germanfest
A four-day event with a wide range of entertainment options for the entire family, Germanfest is in its 49th consecutive year of sponsorship by Sacred Heart Parish. Located at 114 S. Elizabeth St., the fest offers a wide range of entertainment – live bands ranging from rock to blues/country to pop. Back by popular demand as the Saturday night headliner is the much-loved 7th Heaven. Germanfest also features a casino on Friday and Saturday nights, and Bingo all four days of the fest. Special kids’ activities include free Kids’ Bingo on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; every child wins a prize. Fun carnival rides, activities for all ages, a tasty menu of German delicacies – bratwurst, pork, streudel, sauerkraut, potato salad – as well as hot dogs and BBQ pork sliders – can all be washed down with a wide variety of frosty beverages. Admission to the fest is free (a small charge for the casino).

Festival hours are 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday July 14; 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 15; 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 16; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

Ale Fest
The Lombard Ale Fest is Lombard’s premier craft beer festival. The second annual fest will take place on Saturday, June 13. Situated in the heart of downtown Lombard at Lilacia Park, the fest will feature over 80 unique beers from craft breweries around the country and some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks. The fest will be a celebration of summer seasonal beers, food and live music. Kick off your summer right with the Lombard Ale Fest.

Historical Attractions
The Lombard Historical Society maintains two historic house museums, the Victorian Cottage and the Sheldon Peck Homestead. Visitors to the Victorian Cottage will encounter a look at life in the mid-1800s when the days of the pioneer farmer in Lombard were giving way to the industrial age. Additionally, a new permanent exhibit showcases themes throughout Lombard’s history. The Sheldon Peck Homestead highlights the life of artist and abolitionist Sheldon Peck, whose house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Exhibits focus on Peck’s folk art, pioneer life, and involvement in the abolitionist movement. The Homestead is part of the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Biking on the Prairie Path and Great Western Trail
The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) and the Great Western Trail (GWT) are rail-to-trails that are easily accessible to Lombard residents. The IPP and GWT link 10,000 acres of county forest preserves, local parks, and 500 miles of recreational trails. These trails are an integral part of our identity and a priceless amenity that runners, cyclists, equestrians, dog walkers and nature lovers treasure. Exercise, enjoy nature, meet neighbors, or run errands along these green ribbons. For more information on DuPage County trails or to request a County Trail Map, contact the DuPage County DOT at (630) 407-6900 or email TrailPathCoordinator@dupageco.org.

Lombard Roller Rink
The Lombard Roller Rink has been around for nearly 35 years. It is a family-oriented facility that offers fun for everyone from birthday parties for kids and teens, to a relaxed Friday morning Adult skate, complete with the music you remember. Teens particularly like our Friday and Saturday night sessions where we light up the skating floor with our special lighting, add some glow sticks, great music and adult supervision and they have a great time hanging out. Skating lessons for children and adults, Zumba classes, Roller Derby classes for women, a men’s Roller Derby team and an Artistic Skate Club are also offered. Lombard Roller Rink also sells skates and hosts private events and fundraisers for schools, churches, Girl Scouts and more.

Lombard Parks
The Lombard Park District provides recreation opportunities for people to enjoy life. Offerings include community special events, adult and youth organized sports; classes and programs for families, children and adults; and summer day camp for ages 3 to 14. Martial Arts, Adult Athletics, Fine Art, Dance, and Kiddie Campus Preschool round out the activities offered. Lombard Park District also offers a full array of fitness programming, including group fitness classes, a fitness center at Sunset Knoll Recreation Center and personal training opportunities. The district owns and operates 17 parks and Western Acres Golf Course. The parks have a variety of amenities including walking paths, tennis courts, a skate park, athletic fields and more. Residents may also rent one of the district’s many facilities and parks for family gatherings, weddings, parties, showers, corporate events and more. Visit www.lombardparks.com for more information.

Enchanted Castle
In Quest of a great time? Look no further than Lombard’s amazing Enchanted Castle Restaurant & Indoor Entertainment Complex. It’s a kingdom full of fun! There’s laser tag, Go-Karts, bumper cars, amusement rides, king-sized game room, a huge prize redemption center plus a new Kids’ Adventure Playland and bouncey inflatables – all under one roof. The restaurant offers wonderful menu items including freshly made pizzas, specialty sandwiches, wraps, delicious appetizers, fresh salads and desserts. “Wally Wizard & The Singing Dragons Revue” provide entertainment. Visit www.enchanted.com for specials, plus party and group packages.

Whirly Ball
Combining lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars, WhirlyBall has caused even great athletes of every stripe to laugh and holler their way to a crushing defeat. Behind the controls of a special bumper car, you’ll use hand-held scoops to propel whiffle balls at your scoring target. You can hear about WhirlyBall or even watch a game or two, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing it for yourself.

After a few lively rounds on the WhirlyBall court, head to the dining room, where you can choose from their delicious array of family fare or savor their special Smokehouse Burger, a Hot Pastrami Cheesesteak, the New York Pot Roast Sliders or maybe even a Pear & Gorgonzola Pizza paired with a brew from their incredible selection of craft beers from the full-service bar.

Yorktown PLAY
PLAY is Yorktown Center’s 2,000-square -foot children’s activity area that combines art, technology, a playground and a sense of creativity. Located on the lower level of Center Court outside of Carson’s, PLAY offers interactive learning for every age of a child, from toddler to teen and everyone in between.

From a rock climbing wall and an oversized Lego table to interactive gaming apps that encourage creative engagement, this space generates excitement for all of our families at Yorktown Center. For more information on PLAY and many other fun things to do at Yorktown Center, visit www.yorktowncenter.com or call (630) 629-7300.

For the most up-to-date listing of events, check out the Daily Herald calendar at www.dailyherald.com or in the paper, as well as village websites.

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