Chicagoland Touch a Truck Events for 2019

The snow is melting, the days are growing longer…that means ONE thing: the beginning of Touch a Truck season! This is the best time to be a kid (or a kid at heart) because there are so many FREE opportunities to get up close and personal with street sweepers, back hoes, fire trucks…just about every big rig you can think of.  This list is constantly growing, so be sure to check back and see the most comprehensive listing of Chicagoland Touch a Truck events in 2019!

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Glen Ellyn “Touch a Truck”, May 4th

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Mary Knoll Park

*The entire space will be HORN FREE from 11:30-12 for those with sensory sensitivities*


New Lenox “Touch a Truck”, May 4th

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Walker Country Estates Park


Palatine “Big Trucks” Event, May 5th

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Family Aquatic Center Parking Lot

*Goodie bags for the first 1,000 kids who attend the event.*


Batavia “Touch a Truck”, May 10th

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastside Community Center 


Wilmette “Touch a Truck”, May 11th

10 a.m.

Centennial Parking Lot


Des Plaines “Spring Fun Fair” and Touch a Truck Festival, May 18th

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mountain View Adventure Center

*Includes bike safety check, “Pooch Parade” and more!*


Buffalo Grove “Touch a Truck”, May 18th

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Public Service Center


Mount Prospect Public Works Open House, May 18th

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Public Works

*Free refreshments while they last!*




Hanover Park “Touch a Truck”, June 1st

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Metra Parking Lot



Lincolnwood “Touch a Truck”, September 9th

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Lincolnwood Village Hall


McHenry Township “Touch a Truck”, September 14th

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

McHenry Township Park



College of Du Page Food Truck Rally & Sunset 5K, October 5th

2 p.m. – 7 p.m. 

And don’t forget that if you want to see some John Deere rigs in action, head to the Quad Cities!

If you are planning on visiting a Touch-a-Truck event, don’t forget your camera, hand wipes (because you know…all of the touching), and noise cancelling ear/head phones if your child is sensitive to noises.

If I missed a local event, please let me know in the comments and I will add it to the list!

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  1. Holly says

    What a fun activity. I love things like this that let kids explore and learn about new things! Climbing tires would be my kids favorite!

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