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Newberry Librar y B ook F air and
Bughouse S quare D ebates, 69 W.
Walton S t. and Washington S quare
Park ( & 312/255-3501; www . For teens with an inter-
est in history or a love of topics, this fair
will be a hit. A t the fair , held o ver 4
days, N ewberry Librar y sells tens of
thousands of used topics, most under
$2. The highlight is soapbo x orators
re-creating the B ughouse S quare
Debates in Washington S quare P ark,
just across the street. Late July.
Chicago Air & Water S how, N orth
Avenue B each ( & 312/744-3315 ).
Kids lo ve this hugely popular sho w,
held on the lake at North Avenue Beach
and o verhead, wher e y ou'll see S tealth
bombers, F-16s, and special appear-
ances b y the U.S. Air F orce Thunder-
birds and N avy S eals. B ecause the
crowds ar e intense at N orth A venue
Beach, tr y grabbing a por table radio
and hanging at Oak Street Beach, along
the Gold Coast. Admission is free. Mid-
Viva! Chicago Latin M usic F estival,
Petrillo M usic S hell, at J ackson and
Columbus drives in Grant Park ( & 312/
744-3370 ). Salsa, mambo, and the lat-
est Latin r ock gr oups hit the stage for
this fr ee festiv al. Last w
Chicago J azz F estival, P etrillo M usic
Shell, Jackson and Columbus driv es in
Grant P ark ( & 312/744-3315 ). This
festival features Chicago-style jazz, with
several national headliners always on
hand. The ev ent is fr ee; kids ar e w el-
come. First weekend in September.
Mexican I ndependence D ay P arade,
along Dearborn Street between Wacker
Drive and Van B uren S treet ( & 312/
744-3315 ). Chicago is home to the
nation's second-largest Mexican-Ameri-
can population, and that makes for a
great parade. Another parade is held on
the next day on 26th Street in the Little
Village neighborhood ( & 773/521-
5387 ). Mid-September.
World M usic F estival Chicago, v ari-
ous locations ar ound the city ( & 312/
742-1938; www
worldmusic). This r elatively ne w and
enormously popular festiv al is a major
undertaking b y the city 's D epartment
of Cultural Affairs. Call ahead for tick-
ets, because many ev ents sell out. The
festival is held at venues around town—
notably, the Chicago C ultural Center,
Museum of Contemporar y Ar t, O ld
Town School of F olk Music, and H ot
House. You'll see top per formers fr om
Zimbabwe to H ungary to S ri Lanka
performing traditional, contemporar y,
and fusion music. S hows ar e a mix of
free and ticketed ($10 or less) ev
eekend in
Boulevard Lakefront Bike Tour (Chi-
cagoland B icycle F ederation; & 312/
42-PEDAL [427-3325]). This 10-mile
leisurely tour especially for families lets
you explor e the city , fr om neighbor-
hoods and the lakefr ont to Chicago 's
historic link of par ks and boulev ards.
It star ts and ends at the U niversity
of Chicago in H yde Park, which hosts
the annual B ike E xpo, with v endors
and entertainment, the same day. Mid-
Call for information and to r
updates on scheduled per
Late September.
Celtic F est Chicago, P etrillo M usic
Shell, J ackson and Columbus driv es
in G rant P ark ( & 312/744-3315 ).
The city 's ne west music festiv al cele-
brates the music and dance of Celtic
traditions from around the world. Mid-
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