May is always an action-packed month, as it always begins an amazing summer in the Chicago area. You’ll have multiple demands on your time. But if you’re looking for a way to enjoy the weather (which is always good around this time of year), learn about history, and immerse yourself in excitement, check out Naper Settlement’s Civil War Days event on Saturday and Sunday, 5/20-5/21.

This is an annual tradition, turning the green of Naper Settlement into a Civil War encampment. You can meet famous figures from the past (like Abraham Lincoln!), experience a turbulent time in the nation’s history, and watch as hundreds of re-enactors stage a battle. Cannons, marches, and period-friendly demonstrations take place throughout.

You can get food, and shop for Civil War-era reproduction products on-site from 10 am.-4 p.m. each day. The main battle takes place at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per adult and $10 per child 4-12. Advance tickets are available online at a slight discount. Check out the video below and click here to find out more:

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