What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL, July 12th – 14th 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this weekend?

Here are over 50 family-friendly events happening in Chicago and the

surrounding suburbs this weekend!

 

 

The amount of festivals going on this weekend are nearly overwhelming! It’s safe to say summer in Chicago is in full swing!

I have organized all the festivals at the top of this post for easy perusing as they take place across multiple days! And don’t forget about our Farmers Market Guide if you are looking to stop by at one of this at any point this week!

Taste Of Chicago

  • July 10th – 14th at Grant Park
  • FREE admission
  • Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am–9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am–9pm
  • The Taste Playground for children will include inflatables and a ferris wheel
  • The Farm to Festival area will feature a Big Zoo, Dign’ For Prizes Garden, nature play area, garden display, and more!
  • Sing Happy Birthday to Eli’s Cheesecake Company with the cast of Hamilton!

 

Irish Fest Chicago

  • July 12th – 14th on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center
  • Children 12 and under are FREE, otherwise $15
  • Festival begins at 6 pm on Friday, and noon on the weekend
  • The fest features children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday in the outdoor kids area.
    • Bounce house
    • Arts and crafts
    • Irish Wolfhounds
    • Irish music and dance lesson

 

Square Roots Festival

  • Lincoln Square on Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson
  • Friday, July 12th, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
    Saturday, July 13th, 12:00 – 10:00 PM
    Sunday, July 14th, 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • 50+ bands and artists entertain on 4 stages
  • Music and fun for kids of all ages!
    • Activities, music, and dance in the Kid Zone and at the Old Town School Education Tent
    • Art tent
    • Instrument petting zoo
    • Swing set drum kit

 

Windy City Smokeout

  • July 12th – 14th
  • United Center Parking Lot
  • Chicago’s premier outdoor BBQ and country music festival

 

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

  • July 13th & 14th; 11 am – 10 pm
  • Belmont and Damen in Roscoe Village
  • 2 music stages, art and crafts, and an action packed Kids Zone area

 

Edgewater Greek Fest

  • July 12th – 14th
  • Festival begins at 5 pm on Friday, and noon on the weekend
  • St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at Lakeshore Drive, Hollywood Ave, and Sheridan Rd.
  • Greek food, live music and dancing, and activities for kids

 

Southport Art Festival

  • July 13th – 14th beginning at 10 am
  • Waveland Ave & Southport Ave in Wrigleyville
  • A showcase of the cities best and most diverse artists
  • Children’s area with interactive games and activities

 

Bristol Renaissance Fair

  • Kenosha, WI off I-94 at the Wisconsin Border
  • Saturdays and Sundays, July 6th – Sept 2nd, 10 am – 7 pm
  • Children are free
  • July 13th & 14th is Swashbuckler Weekend!
  • Fun for all ages!

 

Johnson’s Blueberry Festival

  • Northwest Indiana: 8960 East Ridge Rd, Hobart IN
  • July 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st; 8 am – 6 pm
  • Fun Farm filled with activities for the whole family as well as blueberry U-pick
  • Admission is $8 pp

 

Windmill City Fest

  • 151 North Island Ave in Batavia, IL
  • July 12th – 14th
  • Festival begins at 5 pm on Friday, 8 am Saturday, 11 am Sunday
  • Fun Zone provides fun for the whole family including a gaming trailer for tweens through adults
  • Live music, food, craft & vintage market, and so much more!

 

La Grange Craft Fair

  • July 12-14th, 10 am – 5pm every day
  • 200 booths in lovely downtown La Grange

 

Taste of Westmont

  • July 11th – 14th
  • Downtown Westmont on Cass Avenue
  • Carnival begins at 5:30 on Thursday, 4 pm on Friday, and Noon Sat and Sun
  • Live entertainment, rides, and food

 

Glendale Heights Fest

  • Camera Park, 101 E Fullerton Ave.
  • July 10th – 13th opening at 8 am every day
  • Food and entertainment for the whole family, plus breathtaking fireworks on opening and closing nights

 

Yorkville’s River Fest

  • Friday, July 12th 5 – 10 pm
  • Saturday, July 13th Noon – 10 pm
  • Live music, food, cardboard boat races, family activities, touch a truck, and more!

 

Naperville Ale Fest

  • Saturday, July 13th
  • 200 + unique craft beers, live music, and food trucks
  • Located on the grounds of Naper Settlement

 

Bastille Day Chicago

  • Friday, July 13th at 6 pm
  • Bring your own picnic or purchase a crepe, wine, and / or beer from a vendor
  • Fun activities for children
  • Enjoy a game of Pétanque, music, waiter races, and fireworks!

FRIDAY

9:15 AM & 10:15AM: Wiggleworms at Gorton

  • Gorton Center in Lake Forest, IL
  • Old Town School of Folk Music’s early childhood music program
  • 5 mo. to 4 years
  • Follow link to register

10:00 AM: Super Messy Storytime!

  •  Lunges ‘n Lattes in Berwyn
  • Interactive story time with Stickney Forest View Library
  • Messy, silly, sensory play

11:30 AM: Picnic With The Police

  • Stories and summer safety tips from Lincolnshire Police Officers
  • Vernon Area Library Annex

1:00 PM: $10 Drop-in Family Painting

  • Art Life Studio – Lombard, IL

5:00 PM: Brookfield Zoo Summer Nights Concert– Sin Anestesia

  • Free to members, included in general admission for ticketed customers
  • Games and crafts, roaming entertainers, beer & wine, animal ambassadors, concert, and laser light show

6:00 PM: Vintage Rides in Downtown Wheaton

  • Buick night / Swing

6:00 PM: Downers Grove Classic Car Show

  • Thunderbirds
  • Live Music from The Generation Gap Band

6:00 PM: Street Dance 2019 in Franklin Park

  • Live music by Ladies Band and Semple
  • Food, music, children’s activities, and more!

7:30 PM: Movies in the Park- Coco

  • Wilder Park in Elmhurst
  • Free popcorn and food trucks

8:00 PM: Movies in the Park: Lego Movie 2

  • Across the street from Liberty Cultural Center in Berwyn

8:30 PM: Movie in the Park: Coco

  • Cantigny Park bandshell
  • $5 parking
  • Concessions available from Mamie’s Toffee & Treats

8:30 PM: Movie in the Park: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

  • Rotary Hill in Naperville

 

SATURDAY

 

8:30 AM: Kids Obstacle Challenge

  • Danada South Park in Lisle: 2751 Navistar Drive
  • Two parents / legal guardians can run FREE along with their child
  • Fun and challenging 1.5 – 2 mile course

9:00 AM: Day Out With Thomas

  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • July 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st
  • Ride the train with Thomas and Percy
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt
  • Enjoy kids activities and live entertainment
  • Access to all museum exhibits

9:00 AM: Safety Town Open Road

  • 511 S York Rd, Elmhurst, IL
  • Practice being a pedestrian and using road and railway safety
  • Children aged 4 -7 can ride through Safety Town with tricycles and helmets
  • $5 to rent a tricycle and / or helmet

9:00 AM: Family Fishing Day

  • Johnson Park in Elk Grove Village
  • Free event includes fun, food, and fishing
  • Bring your own fishing poles!

9:00 AM: Naperville Plays

  • Knock Knolls Nature Center
  • “Quadruple the fun with exciting hands-on activities and on-site exhibits provided by Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum, Knoch Knolls Nature Center and Naperville Public Library. Kids can discover the wonder of play and innovation”

10:30 AM: Hands-On Children’s Auto show

  • Downtown Batavia, Flinn Street Parking Lot
  • First 100 children get a free gift bag
  • Free admission but donations encouraged
  • Up close look at various automobiles and vote on the winner

11:00 AM: Kids Club: Princesses & Superheroes Party

  • Golf Mill Shopping Center in Center Court
  • Wear your favorite princess gown or superhero costume
  • Meet a real princess and superhero and get your face painted!

11:00 AM: Christmas in July Craft Show

  • Santa’s Village Amusement Park
  • The park will be filled with local craftsmen and businesses

12:00 PM: Parkie’s Pool Party

  • Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park in Bolingbrook
  • “Support the LCSRA Sensory Room Campaign with fun in the sun and Parkie! Enjoy a DJ, tailgate games, and a Wibit inflatable AquaTrack. Admission to Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park $4 for residents with a Bolingbrook Park District resident ID card and $8 for non-residents.”

12:00 PM: Willow Stream Pool Party

  • Willow Stream Pool in Buffalo Grove
  • “Admission is $3, pass holders are free. Please bring canned food, pet supplies and children’s books to be donated to a local food bank, Orphans of the Storm and Bernie’s Book Bank.”

1:30 PM: Jazz Up Glen Ellyn

  • A free event in Downtown Glen Ellyn
  • 9 amazing jazz groups will play continuously while you enjoy a picnic and relax in downtown Glen Ellyn or walk around and shop.
  • Enjoy free clinics, meet the musicians, and get their autographs.

2:00 PM: 2nd Annual Food Truck FEASTival

  • “Join us for another fun-filled day and evening in downtown Harvard!
    Food trucks/concessions, live music, car show, beer tent and more.
    Ayer Street, Harvard
    $5 entry fee.”

5:00 PM: Brookfield Zoo Summer Nights Concert

  • Billy Croft & The Five Alarm
  • Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather, enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, Animal Ambassadors, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature.”
  • Free to members, included in general admission for ticketed customers
  • Games and crafts, roaming entertainers, beer & wine, animal ambassadors, concert, and laser light show

6:00 PM: The Morton Arboretum Walking Plays – Hans Christian Andersen

  • “Hans Christian Andersen and his delightful and unexpected traveling companions are spirited to the woods to tell his most engaging stories. Through fast-paced action, the audience becomes part of an intimate, hilarious re-imagining of some of the world’s most beloved fairy tales. Rated G, suitable for all ages. There are a couple brief mentions of dealth. Hike is roughly a mile in distance.”

6:00 PM: Super Hero Night with the Schaumburg Boomers

  • Illinois Fire Safety Alliance presents Super Hero Night
  • Dress up as your favorite comic book hero to celebrate every day heroes
  • Post game fireworks

7:30 PM: Movies on The Green

  • Every Saturday night at the Geneva Commons
  • Bring the family and enjoy hit movies on The Green every Saturday throughout the summer. Free popcorn will be available. Blankets and chairs are welcome.”

 

SUNDAY

8:30 AM: Pancake Breakfast in the Woods
  • Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie
  • “Enjoy pancakes served hot off the griddle with strawberries, syrup, turkey sausage and beverages. After breakfast, stroll along the Emily Oaks trails and watch Brush With Nature plein air painters at work.”
  • Save time on Sunday! Call and pay for tickets in advance at (847) 677-7001. Tickets will be held at will-call.
  • Illinois Railway Museum
  • July 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st
  • Ride the train with Thomas and Percy
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt
  • Enjoy kids activities and live entertainment
  • Access to all museum exhibits

6:00 PM: The Morton Arboretum Walking Plays – Hans Christian Andersen

  • “Hans Christian Andersen and his delightful and unexpected traveling companions are spirited to the woods to tell his most engaging stories. Through fast-paced action, the audience becomes part of an intimate, hilarious re-imagining of some of the world’s most beloved fairy tales. Rated G, suitable for all ages. There are a couple brief mentions of dealth. Hike is roughly a mile in distance.”

What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL, July 5th – July 7th 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this weekend?

Here are some family friendly events happening in the Chicagoland area!

 

Family Friendly Events in Chicagoland this weekend:

Looking for Independence Day Events? Click here: Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks Displays near Chicago, IL

 

Festivals Going on Throughout the Weekend



Naperville Ribfest

  • July 3rd – 6th

Lakeside Festival 2019

  • July 4th – 7th, beginning at noon
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • “The Granddaddy of all Festivals”
  • $25 wristbands for the carnival rides
  • 15 bands over 4 days on two outdoor stages

Lisle Eyes to the Skies

  • 2019 Festival July 4th – 6th opening at noon
  • Carnival July 3rd – 7th opening at noon
  • 100% of the proceeds are donated to local charities
  • Balloons fly in the morning at 6 a.m and again in the evening at 6 p.m
  • Two tethered balloons will be available for rides each morning and evening
  • The children area will provide an extensive variety of children’s activities

Windy City Ribfest 

  • July 4th – 6th beginning at noon
  • 4800 N. Broadway St
  • In addition to tasty slabs, music, and beer, there are arts and crafts and children’s activities.

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

  • Paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, wearables & more all featuring a botanic theme, material or use
  • Unbelievable live art demos all weekend long
  • Local, sustainably produced food available for purchase

 

FRIDAY

9:15 AM: Wiggleworms at Gorton Center

  • Lake Forest, IL
  • Hands on exploration of rock, pop, folk, and fun!

5:00 PM: Feastival In The Park

  • Vernon Township: 3050 N Main St, Buffalo Grove
  • Food trucks, music, and free swimming

6:00 PM: Vintage Rides in Downtown Wheaton

  • Hot Rod Night / Disco

6:00 PM: Family Fishing

  • Lake Harriet Park in Woodridge
  • Bring your own bait and fishing rod
  • Pizza, hot dogs, drinks, and smores!

 

SATURDAY

 

11:00 AM: Sensory Friendly Screening of Toy Story 4

  • In partnership with Gigi’s Playhouse, the Blvd presents this special opportunity. Anything from a sensitivity to loud sounds, inability to sit still (including toddlers) and everything in between. Lights will be on, sound softer and walking around will be welcomed in a safe judgement free zone.
  • Toy Story 4 will be the movie on this date
  • Tickets are $6 and advance tickets are highly recommended

12:00 PM: Horsin’ Around: Stars, Stripes, & Snips

  • St. James Farm indoor riding arena
  • Children’s activities, up close opportunities to learn about the Mustang
  • FREE, no registration, all ages

7:30 PM: Movies on the Green at the Geneva Commons

  • Night At The Museum will air on this date

 

SUNDAY

 

12:00 PM: Boating in Lake Ellyn Park

  • Row or pedal your way around Lake Ellyn
  • 5$ per 20 min boat ride

1:00 PM: Fiesta de Frida

  • Celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday at Catalyst Ranch!
  • The sale of Frida inspired crafts, jewelry, and art will benefit the Women’s Justice League
  • Ticket includes entry to three, one of a kind, art workshops

 

 

And of course, all of the lovely farmers markets listed in our Farmers Market Guide!

 

 

 

 


what to do in chicago this weekend

What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL June 28 – 30 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this weekend? Here are over 30 family – friendly events happening in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs this weekend!

 

Don’t forget about our Farmers Market Guide and consider checking out one of the markets going on during the week and weekend!



FRIDAY

 

*Today (June 28th) is free admission for Illinois residents at the Chicago Field Museum!*

 

09:15 & 10:15 AM: Wiggleworms at Gorton

  • For children 5 months to 4 years
  • Silly, musical, playful exploration of rock, pop, folk, and more!
  • Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest

10:00 AM: What’s Inside? At Wonder Works Children’s Museum

  • “Today we will use our senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what’s inside a variety of natural and human-make objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what’s inside just by listening. You can look at X-rays of skeletons and try to put pretend organs back inside a plastic body. There also will be magic tricks that you can figure out once you look below the surface.”

1:00 PM: $10 Drop-In Family Painting at Art Life Studio

  • Art Life Studio in Lombard
  • No set project, bring your own idea!
  • Event goes from 1-4 pm with the last seating at 3 pm.

 

4:00 PM: Best of Countryside Carnival

  • La Grange, IL
  • June 27th – 30th
  • Amusement rides, games, music, and more! General admission is free.
  • Compete for cash prizes at the Sunday morning Bags Tournament.

 

5:00 PM: St. Pius X Summer Carnival

  • Lombard, IL
  • Thursday – Sunday, June 27th – 30th
  • Amusement rides, games, music, and more! General admission is free.
  • Parking is free at St. Pius X Westmore Church Th, Fri, and Sun only.

 

5:00 PM: Logan Square Arts Festival 

  • Illinois Centennial Monument in Chicago
  • Friday – Sunday, June 28th – 30th
  • “The Logan Square Arts Festival is a three-day celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vitality of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The festival features two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, food, and drinks, all presented in the heart of Logan Square.”
  • $5 suggested donation

 

6:00 PM: Pajama-rama Family Bash

  • Blackberry Farm in Aurora
  • “Start the evening with rides and games and at dusk watch Ralph Breaks the Internet on our outdoor movie screen.”
  • Come in your pajamas!

 

6:00 PM: Vintage Rides in Downtown Wheaton

  • 70s night / Corvette night

 

6:00 PM: Arts on the Row

  • An evening of fine art and jazz on the row at The Promenade Bolingbrook.
  • Enjoy an outdoor art gallery, swing music by the Pete Ellman Big Band, and swing dancing.
  • Fred Estaire Dance Studio will teach a few swing dance steps before the concert begins!

 

6:30 PM: Geneva Commons Summer Concert Series

  • The June 28 theme is Classical Music and Classical Rock

 

7:30 PM: Mary Poppins Returns at Wilder Park in Elmhurst

  • Come early for free popcorn and food trucks. The movie begins around 9 pm.

 

7:30 PM: Glow Swim at Phillips Park Family Aquatic Center

  • Swimmers will receive glow swag to enjoy the pool with!



SATURDAY



09:00 AM: Glenview Summer Fest

  • Entertainment, family fun, balloons, crafts, food, music, and more!

 

09:30 AM: Speediatrics Fun Day Festival in Joliet

  • Come meet Nascar drivers and mascots!
  • Stay fueled with healthy snacks!
  • Ideal for ages 6-12 but all welcome.

 

10:00 AM: Lake Ellyn Cardboard Boat Regatta & Food Truck Picnic

  • Event opens to the public at 10 a.m.
  • Food truck picnic begins at 11 a.m.
  • The regatta begins at noon.

 

10:00 AM: SciTech Saturdays in Aurora

  • SciTech Hands On Museum
  • “Held on the LAST SATURDAY of every month, Super SciTech Saturday brings one STEAM topic into sharp focus. Guest speakers and field experts give presentations. Hands On craft projects can be added, giving children take-home items. Up to four child admissions are FREE with a paying adult on Super SciTech Saturday.”

 

10:00 AM: Sesame Street Fest at the Museum of Science and Industry

  • A fun and interactive festival that includes a stage show, maze, treasure dig, photo ops, and cookies & milk snack station, and more!

10:00 AM: Dog Days at Cantigny

  • For one day only, owners and their dogs can enjoy a special dog play area, vendors, and specially trained canines providing entertainment.
  • All dogs must have current vaccination tags, amicable to other dogs, and NO retractable leashes.

 

10:30 AM: Discovery Garden

  • “Come discover and explore the Elsie Jacobsen Discovery Garden at the Oak Park Conservatory. Hands-on activities led by our garden docents outside in our Discovery Garden. Learn about native Illinois ecosystems and have fun playing in the garden. Perfect for our youngest visitors, 3-6 year olds. This month’s theme is Butterflies.”

 

11:00 AM: Back Lot Bash Family Fest

  • Musical performances for kids
  • Mini petting zoo
  • Face painting, balloons, craft tables, sidewalk art, bounce houses, games, and more!

 

11:00 AM: Whoosh! At the Discovery Center Museum

  • “Test the strength of air and design devices that flutter, fly, and float in the breeze! Whip up a wind, pop out a vortex, compare breezes to gusts, and create a contraption for a blustery day. Manipulate materials in a wind column, use your breath to create a work of art, and witness wonders that wind can do! All activities included with admission.”

 

12:00 PM: Joliet PrideFest

  • This is the inaugural Joliet Pridefest!
  • Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre
  • A family friendly event with an exciting event schedule!

 

12:00 PM: Pier Pride at Navy Pier

  • A full day of family-friendly activities to support the LGBTQ+ community and get amped up for the Pride Parade on Sunday!
  • The Chicago Children’s Museum will be hosting arts and crafts activities
  • A fabulous story time with drag queens
  • Don’t miss the musical procession down the dock from the Lakeside Pride Marching Band
  • A special performance by the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus
  • And of course, music, food, and nightly fireworks!

 

3:00 PM: Taste of Grayslake: Family Picnic and Fireworks

  • What to expect:
    – Live Music: GOOROOS (3-5:30pm) and Mike and Joe (6:30-9:30pm)
    – Local Food Vendors
    – Beer & Wine
    – Kids Rides & Activities
    – Fireworks at Dusk

 

3:30 PM: What’s Inside? At Wonder Works Children’s Museum

  • “Today we will use our senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what’s inside a variety of natural and human-make objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what’s inside just by listening. You can look at X-rays of skeletons and try to put pretend organs back inside a plastic body. There also will be magic tricks that you can figure out once you look below the surface.”

 

7:30 PM: Movies On The Green in Geneva

  • Every Saturday at 7:30 is movie time at the Geneva Commons!
  • Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the free popcorn!



SUNDAY



10:30 AM: Princess Ariel at It’s A Girl Thing in Geneva

  • Sing, dance, play games, decorate your own treasure box, and eat yummy cupcakes
  • Call 630-234-2000 to reserve your spot

 

11:00 AM: Antique Car Show at Blackberry Farm

  • 75+ antique cars on display!
  • Vote for your favorite!

 

11:00 AM: Cantigny Outdoor Family Concert

  • Enjoy the music stylings of Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies! You won’t want to miss this energetic musical performance filled with fun and surprises.
  • Bring blankets and lawn chairs!

 

12:00 PM: Chicago Pride Parade

  • Kicks off at Montrose Ave and Broadway in Uptown and ends near Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park

 

3:00 PM: The Fortunate Sons Concert at Cantigny

  • America’s greatest Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band!
  • Brings chairs and blankets and enjoy the show!

 

5:00 PM: Geneva Commons Summer Concert

  • 7th Heaven: 70s & 80s Pop and Rock
  • Courtyard area between Bar Louie and Houlihans.

 

 

 


What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL June 21st – 23rd


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this weekend? Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs this weekend!



Family Friendly Events in Chicagoland This Weekend:

 

FRIDAY

  • June 18th – 23rd
  • Great music and food, fantastic kids events taking place all day, each day… this is not an event to miss!
  • Cottage Walks: On Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 you can join a small, guided tour through the quaint cottages at Good Templar Park. Learn about the history of the park and grab a Swedish dessert from the bakery.
  • Viking Ship Tour: on Sunday, docent led tours from 1-4 pm.
  • June 21st – June 23rd
  • Kids 12 and under get in free! Otherwise, only $5
  • Carnival, activities for the kids, pie eating contests, music… and, oh yea, STRAWBERRIES!
  • June 21st – 23rd
  • Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
  • Free registration
  • Peruse thousands of products and new technology for all types and levels of disabilities.
  • Helpful and relevant workshops
  • Try inclusive activities like adaptive sports, and dance.
  • Assistance animals, and more!

11:00 AM: Kinderland Indoor Play Area: Welcome Summer Party

  • Algonquin
  • Celebrate the first official day of Summer with cool face painting designs, bubbles, cupcakes, and unlimited play after the event!
  • Celebrate the longest day of the year with live music in the streets, sidewalks, parks, and other venues all over the city!

12:00 PM: Taste Of Joliet

  • Kids 11 and under are free all weekend
  • June 21st – 23rd
  • Food, music, carnival, and kids zone!
  • Free and open to the public
  • Enjoy spirited performances around a piano in the park. Limited seating, so bring your own chair or blanket
  • June 21st – June 23rd
  • Fun kids games, plaka shopping, food, music, and more!
  • “In addition to loads of Trucks from Fire & Police to Military & Construction for close hands on inspection, CJ Race Way will also be hosting free RC racing from 5pm to 8pm! Come hungry as we will have a variety of food truck vendors for you to enjoy. Great fun for the whole family!
  • Stick around for our Serendipity concert starting at 6:00pm. Serendipity is an all-female pop/rock band from the Chicago suburbs.”
  • Stick around even longer and enjoy “Bumblebee,” the Friday night movie in the park! (Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets)
  • Blackberry Farm in Aurora
  • For ages preschool – 8 years old
  • “Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that’s fun for kids and grownups alike. The interactive performance teaches healthy eating and responsible farming in a fun way that leaves everyone stompin’ their boots and hollerin’ for more.”
  • This Friday’s theme is Truck Night / Country!
  • Fun for the whole family!
6:30 PM: Barnyard Bedtime Stories
  • Pre-register through the Wheaton Park District by 6/20
  • Put on your cutest pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to Cosley Zoo for after hours fun!
  • Free concert taking place in the courtyard between Houlihans and Bar Louie.
  • Every Friday and Sunday night in June.
  • “Harry Potter Night with the Schaumburg Boomers. First 500 kids receive Harry Potter Glasses. Dress as your favorite character for a chance to win prizes. Enjoy themed games and magical surprises all night!
  • Post-Game FIREWORKS presented by Wintrust Community Banks!



SATURDAY

*Many of the festivals that began on Friday continue on through the weekend. Scroll up for more info! And do not forget about the vast list of Farmers Markets to choose from!*

Chicagoland Farmers Markets


MONDAYS Hinsdale Farmers Market June 3rd – October 14th 7 a.m – 1 p.m TUESDAYS Lemont Farmers Market June 11th – October 29th 8 – 1 pm WEDNESDAYS Aurora Farmers Market June 8th – October 12th Noon – 4 pm Elmhurst Farmers Market June 7th – October 20th 7 – 1 pm Grayslake Farmers Market […]


8:00 AM: Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy
  • The celebration begins at 8 AM at Ping Tom Memorial Park. The day opens with the traditional lion dance opening ceremony.
  • Enjoy dragon boat races, kids activities, cultural performances, and more!
  • Free trolley rides around Chinatown from 9 AM – 4 PM
9:00 AM: Fun And Fit Family Day at Lambs Farm
  • 5K Fun Run and 2 mile walk around Old School Forest Preserve
  • Warm up with FIT4MOM!
  • After the race enjoy fun activities for the whole family!
  • “Practice being a pedestrian on the sidewalks, use road safety while you ride your tricycle on the streets, and learn about railroad safety near the fully operational crossing gate.”
  • Children aged 4-7 can ride through Safety Town as long as they are wearing helmets. You can bring your own or pay 5$ to rent.

9:00 AM: Gymboree National Day of Play

  • Little ones aged newborn to 5 years of age can enjoy a day full of FREE activities from the expert instructors.
  • Lakeview are in Chicago

10:00 AM: 5th Annual Fairy and Pirate Festival 

  • Sunshine Garden Center in Diamond, IL
  • Dress like your favorite fairy or pirate!
  • Games, crafts, story time, scavenger hunt, fairy garden, fresh flower tiaras, balloon animals, and more!

10:00 AM: Chicago Food Truck Festival

  • June 22nd & 23rd
  • 45+ gourmet food trucks!
  • Register for free admission or VIP admission.
  • Outdoor games and music

10:00 AM : Nature Fest at Hidden Oaks Nature Center

  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Games and activities across the entire conservation area

11:00 AM: Fountain Square Artisan Summerfest in downtown Evanston

  • Saturday & Sunday 11 – 7 p.m.
  • Fun for children and adults alike! Celebrating 40 years as the oldest, north shore, fine arts celebration.
  • The Evanston Art Center and Art Encounter will be overseeing the children’s interactive art projects.

12:00 PM: Story Hour with the Princesses

  • Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale
  • Story time, princess lesson, photo ops, and more!

12:00 PM: Chicago Pride Fest and Parade

  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Join in on a loved filled celebration of diversity and equality in Boystown
  • $10 suggested donation for entry

12:30 PM: Toy Story Pool Day

  • A day filled with games and Toy Story characters at Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center

1:00 PM: Great American Campout

  • “Bring your tent and gear to a family-fun campout that’s part of the National Wildlife Federation’s nationwide event! Enjoy picnic games, archery, nature activities, a guided night hike and an egg-drop contest. Campfire dinner, s’mores and continental breakfast included.”

2:30 PM: Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party

  • The first 100 kids today will receive a Block Party Kid Zone cinch bag
  • Enjoy music, face painters, bounce house, games, food trucks, and more!
  • Old St. Pat’s Church in the West Loop. (Chicago’s oldest public building)
  • Benefits social justice and outreach programs.

4:00 PM: Webster Kids Corridor Block Party

  • “Join us inside and outside of Bubbles Academy & Little Beans Cafe for an afternoon of play, live music, demo classes, rotating storytime, multiple bounce houses, kids’ activity tables from our favorite local partners and block party fun! Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Little Beans Cafe stations & the Bacci Pizza Truck.”

5:30 PM: Family Night Out For Families With Special Needs

  • Dupage Children’s Museum in Naperville
  • “Finding places for the whole family to play without stress can be difficult, but this after-hours event allows for a time to experience the Museum in a calmer, less crowded environment. Some lighting and sound will be muted, and additional sensory activities and cool down spaces will be provided. Admission is FREE, but registration is required. “

7:30 PM: Movies On The Green at the Geneva Commons

  • Every Saturday at 7:30 enjoy a hit movie on The Green
  • Brings blankets and chairs and delight in the free popcorn!

7:30 PM: Dupage Symphony Orchestra at Cantigny Park

  • Celebrate the summer solstice by bringing blankets and chairs to enjoy this outdoor concert.

8:00 PM: Summer Swim Jam at Sunset Pool

  • Celebrate the Glen Ellyn Park District turning 100 with games and activies at Sunset Pool
  • First 100 families to arrive will be entered to win a 2020 Sunset Pool membership.



SUNDAY

*Many festivals that began on Friday or Saturday are still continuing through Sunday. Scroll up to make sure you didn’t miss anything! And don’t forget about the Farmer’s Markets!* 

10:00 AM: Bagels In The Park

  • Kelly Park in Wheaton, IL
  • jBaby Chicago invites you to nosh, schmooze, and play!

11:00 AM: Popsicles In The Park with FIT4Mom

  • Mark Twain Park in Chicago
  • Enjoy popsicles, bubbles, balls, and a parachute.

11:00 AM: Pitties on the Patio

  • Cookie Dough Creations in Naperville
  • Come eat lunch, grab dessert, meet some of the adoptable dogs, and win some raffle prizes!

12:00 PM: Kids Punk Rock Show at Legit Dogs and Ice in Elgin

  • Punk rock fun for the whole family!
  • Food and drink specials all day
  • Featuring, The Boogers!

12:00 PM: Boating In The Park

  • Row or pedal your way around Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn for 5$ / boat.
  • Each participant must be able to safely fit in a Glen Ellyn Park District life jacket.

12:00 PM: Princess Day at Raging Waves Waterpark

  • Meet & greet and sing a long!

1:00 PM: Celebrate Mud Day in Skokie

  • Pre-registration requested, but as long as the event isn’t full, gate registration will be available.
  • Celebrate International Mud Day by making mud pies, mud cakes, mud paintings, and more!
  • Win parent of the year award for taking your kids to an event where they are actually allowed to get messy!

2:00 PM: Bettendorf Castle Tour

  • Enjoy a guided tour taking you around the exterior of this historic castle.

 


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