Illinois State Fair in Springfield

August Events in Illinois

Check out this listing of festivals and events happening throughout Illinois in August.

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July Events in Illinois

Check out this listing of July events in Illinois, including a rolle bolle tournament, bagel festival, thresherman show, sweet corn festival and much more.

Illinois Fishing

5 Favorite Lakes for Fishing in Illinois

A district fisheries biologist recommends his top five favorite fishing holes in Illinois.


Wilmette is a North Shore Getaway

Plan an outing to Wilmette for shopping, dining and Lake Michigan beaches.

Illinois Paddlesports Festival

Illinois Paddlesports Festival in Aurora

Visitors can sharpen their skills with a free canoe or kayak lesson at the 6th annual Illinois Paddlesports Festival.

Fresh Ricotta Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Seasonal Summer Recipes From the Farmers’ Market

Find fresh ingredients from your local farmers market for delicious summer recipes.

Summer Nights in Fulton

Summer Nights in Fulton

Bring the family for fun and games at Summer Nights in Fulton, Ill.

Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

6 Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

When the temperatures hit summer highs, make sure you’re taking proper precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke when working outside.

Canoeing on Quincy Bay

Have a Row on Quincy Kayaks

Explore the scenic Quincy Bay this summer on a two-hour guided kayak tour.

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Don’t Feel Blue: Recipes Inspired by Summer’s Fresh Blueberries

July is National Blueberry Month because it is the peak of the harvest season. Enjoy this summer berry with these deliciously sweet recipes including Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake, Blueberry Dump Cake, Fruit Tarts, Panna Cotta, Fresh Berry Pie, Blueberry Swirl Ice Pops and Blueberry Ice Cream


Recipes For Summertime Cookouts and Picnics

Our dietitian-approved summer cookout and picnic recipes highlight Indiana favorites such as sweet corn and watermelon.

Peaches at Eckert's Country Store and Farms

Illinois Fruit Calendar: Ripe and Ready for Summer

Illinois is full of fresh fruits that are ripe and ready to be picked. Check out this list of which fruits are in season this summer.

How to Preserve Fresh Flowers

A vase of cut flowers may be beautiful, but they will only last a few days. To enjoy those summer flowers through the winter months, try some of these preservation techniques.

Lightning Bugs Spark Summer Nostalgia

Chasing fireflies is one of Illinois’ most wholesome and inexpensive forms of entertainment to share with any age.

Triple Crown Town

How to Grow Great Grass

This summer, manage your lawn like a pro.

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Caring For Your Pet During the Dog Days of Summer

In the heat of Illinois’ summer, take stock of your own pet’s health and safety with these tips.


A Hayfield of Dreams

Sunny days and storytelling arrive with season’s first Illinois hay bales.