One of Lisle’s most treasured events, the Eyes to the Skies Festival, will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2017. Originally the brainchild of Richard Dooley, then Superintendent of Recreation for the Lisle Park District, the event was initiated to mark Lisle’s Sesqui-Centennial in 1982. After a decade of continued growth, the event almost ended when the Lisle Park District decided it no longer could assume the financial risk of running the event. In keeping with Lisle’s historic volunteer spirit, a group of citizens formed the Lisle Fourth of July Committee in 1992 and have been managing what has become one of the Chicago area’s largest summer festivals ever since. The event and the committee have grown dramatically since then. More than 500 Lisle and other area residents now volunteer to help the event, which attracts an attendance each year approaching 90,000.