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Elmhurst

Celebrate the end of summer at Park Palooza

ELMHURST – The end of summer is fast approaching, and the Elmhurst Park District wants to help families celebrate.

The annual Park Palooza will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 24 at Berens Park, 493 N. Oaklawn Ave.

The event will feature a variety of offerings, ranging from food trucks and a beer and wine garden to children’s activities.

Attendees at Park Palooza will find there is more fun for children this time around with the addition of a second inflatable.

“In the past, we’ve had our Courts Plus, which is our fitness center, sponsor a big inflatable obstacle course, and it’s always super popular,” said Kari Felkamp, director of marketing and communications for the park district. “The lines are so long. This year, we’ve added an inflatable for the little ones.”

Felkamp added that because the inflatable obstacle course is designed for the bigger children, the park district wanted to make sure to cater to younger children, as well.

In addition to the inflatables, the children’s area will feature games, face painting and other activities. There is also free access to the spray ground and there is miniature golf at The Hub.

Felkamp said Park Palooza has an appeal not only with children, but also adults.

“It gives something for the adults to do,” she said. “It’s a good family event, too. There’s something for everybody.”

The beer and wine garden will be expanded at this year’s Park Palooza.

“We’re continuing that,” she said. “That worked very well last year.”

Those age 21 and older will be able to enjoy drinks in front of the main stage for live musical entertainment. Scheduled acts include The Doors of Chicago and Run Forest Run.

The park district has added more food trucks to the lineup as well. Featured trucks include Barbeque Jim’s Catering, Mario’s Cart, Tamale Spaceship, Toasty Cheese, Piko Street Kitchen, Grill Chasers, Cupcakes for Courage, Smallcakes, Windy City Ice Cream and Kimmer’s Ice Cream.

“People love food trucks,” Felkamp said. “We’ve added food trucks to a majority of our events.”

Felkamp said marketing and communication proved to be successful last year, so much so that park district officials are hoping to have another good turnout this year.

“We really try to hit as many people as possible to let the whole community know about it, but I think couple that with the great weather that we had,” Felkamp said. “We lucked out last year and had a great crowd. It’s our biggest event of the year.”

For information about the event, visit epd.org.

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