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Get your summer on at the Lemont Park District

Lauren Hanson
Lauren Hanson

The smell of fresh-cut grass, a clear blue sky and bright, shining sun ... summer is definitely on its way, and the Lemont Park District is ready.

LPD is kicking off the summer with plenty of fun beginning in June with Pack the Park at Covington North. This free event will feature cool games, free hot dogs and the movie “Grease.” July’s Pack the Park will be at Northview with a magician and a variety family show.

Back by popular demand is the “Ravinia-like” Sunset Soiree at Centennial Park brought to you by Tap House Grill.

Now a three-part series, Sunset Soiree outdoor summer concerts showcase premiere local bands and musicians.

It wouldn’t be summer without Lemont Park District’s Independence Day Extravanganza.

Maybe it’s the great music or perhaps it’s the fantastic kid’s games, but people come from all over to experience this fantastic day.

This year, Chicago’s premiere band “Centerfold” will perform; they rocked the Chicago Rock & Roll Half Marathon this past year, so it should be a great show. Also on tap are the bean bag and three-on-three basketball tournaments, local restaurant vendors and the Foundation Beer Garden.

In partnership with the village of Lemont and the township, the fireworks show is a more-than-perfect ending to a perfect day. In the morning runners from all over will take to the streets of Lemont for the 36th annual Freedom Run 5K and 10K races (participants can register online at

In addition to coordinating special events, I am also the teen, youth, cultural arts, adults and senior program supervisor.

There are a lot of cool teen trips this summer including paintballing to Millennium Park to the Indiana Dunes to an all-day kayaking trip.

Adults, we have a great Kitaro cooking class where you will learn about sushi, get to make it and eat your own creation.

Seniors are encouraged to join me for a dinner once a month with the Soup R Supper Club or cool off on a Friday afternoon with a movie at the park district. There is definitely something for all ages.

At the Lemont Park District, we like to “Get Our Summer On,” which you can see on the bright tie-dye shirts you’ll seen worn by our staff member during the summer months. Now you can be apart of those shirts too.

If you sign up for a CORE membership in May, you will pay no enrollment fee, and the first 50 new members will get a “Get Your Summer On” tie-dye shirt.

Whenever you’re at the park district or a special event, feel free to say hello. I am always happy to answer any questions about special events and programming.

Have a great summer, and we are looking forward to seeing you.

Lauren Hanson is recreation supervisor at the Lemont Park District

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