Don’t make Dad a prisoner behind the grill on Father’s Day. Hide the tongs and take him to a fun event tailor-made for fathers and their families. There’s everything from bowling to fishing to a lavish buffet. Here’s our list of what’s tops for pops.

Kings Bowl Lincoln Parkphoto: Kings Bowl

Hit the Lanes at Kings Bowl
Make an Eat Then Bowl reservation at Kings Bowl Lincoln Park or Rosemont and dad enjoys up to two free games of bowling for free. Eat then Bowl guests will be moved up to the top of Kings’ bowling waitlist to allow for quicker access to the lanes. It’s a great activity for the whole family to enjoy!

Sun., Jun. 19; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Lincoln Park), 11 a.m.-midnight (Rosemont)
Kings Bowl
1500 N. Clybourn Ave., Suite C102
Lincoln Park
5505 Park Pl.

Daddy and Me Party
Moms enjoy a night off while dad takes the kids for a fun night of dancing, playtime, games, photos, and chowing down on pizza and ice cream.

Fri., June 17; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
$30 for one child, $50 for two kids, $65 for three kids (free for pops!)
Little Beans Café
1809 W. Webster St.


Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby
A big lure for your angler-in-training, the Schaumburg Park District’s fishing derby awards prizes for longest fish, most fish caught and most unique catch. There’s even a prize for the shortest fish. Registration includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. Note: participants must bring their own poles and bait.

Sat., Jun. 18; 9 a.m.-noon
$10 for residents, $15 for non-residents
Volkening Lake
900 W. Schaumburg Rd.

Monica + Andy’s Lemonade Stand Party
Monica + Andy invites you to sip on everyone’s favorite sweet summertime drink – lemonade! While you’re sipping, munch on snacks and strike a pose for photo booth fun. Lemonade + snacks provided by Whole Foods. All proceeds from the party will benefit Ounce of Prevention.

Sat., Jun. 18; noon-2 p.m.
Monica + Andy
2038 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park


Father’s Day BBQ at the Zoo
Dig into an all-you-can-eat ‘cue with wild animals in your midst. There are good eats for all ages. Grownups can graze strip loin, baby back ribs and chicken, while kids eat up mac ‘n’ cheese, mini hot dogs and pizzas. Don’t forget to say “hello” to the big cats on your way out.

Sun., Jun. 19; noon-2 p.m.
$39.95/adults; $29.95/ages 3-11; free for ages 2 & under
Brookfield Zoo
8400 W. 31st St.

Father’s Day BBQ at Pinstripes
Pinstripes agrees with giving dad a break from the grill, so they’re doing all the work for him. Their BBQ brunch will feature a carving station, fresh seafood, waffle bar, made-to-order omelets, a dessert station with a chocolate fountain and endless mimosas. They’ll also be grilling summer favorites including, BBQ ribs, Italian sausage, pesto chicken, corn on the cob and much more.

Sun., Jun. 19; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
$34/adults; $15/ages 6-12; free for ages 5 & under
435 E. Illinois

Doodles Donut 2photo: Doodles Doughnuts

Grab a Sweet Treat at Doodles Doughnuts
Check out a new sweet spot in town and ditch the same old Father’s Day card. Doodle a message for Dad on a sweet treat he won’t be able to resist—the Doodle Doughnut. Plus, the Old Town shop features three varieties of thick-cut bacon: candied, curry-ginger and smoky. Hang out at Doodle’s chalkboard table to continue the creativity.

Sun., Jun. 19; 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Doodles Doughnuts
1419 N. Wells St.
Old Town

Grab a Slice at Roots Handmade Pizza
Let Roots Handmade Pizza help make Father’s Day extra special! Both Roots locations will have custom Father’s Day cards and envelopes on-hand for kids to decorate. After the meal, the server will help surprise dad with a $10 gift card.

Sun., Jun. 19; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (West Town), 11 a.m.-midnight (Lincoln Square)
Roots Handmade Pizza
1924 W. Chicago Ave.
West Town
2200 W. Lawrence Ave.
Lincoln Square

Imperial Lamianphoto: Imperial Lamian

Dim Sum Brunch at Imperial Lamian
Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Dim Sum Brunch at one of Chicago’s hottest new spots, Imperial Lamian. The brunch will feature signature dim sum dishes, like the rainbow xiao long bao basket, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Siew Mai, Har Gao and more. The brunch also features made-for-Dad items such as the Black Pepper Beef and Su Chaofan and Wagyu Ox Tail Fried Rice (complete with a fried egg). Sitting inside in the chic dining room or outside on the new patio, Dad can also sip a Signature Old Fashioned or one of Imperial Lamian’s draft beers.

Sun., Jun. 19; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Imperial Lamian
6 W. Hubbard St.
Near North Side

Hilton Oak Brook Hills Fathers Day 2photo: Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills

Bentleys, Bourbon & Bow Ties for Dapper Dads
Get your tickets for Bentleys, Bourbon & Bow Ties! Dads get to experience a supercar show in a relaxed and serene country club setting with a chef-driven brunch and exciting activities designed exclusively for fathers, including Bentley and Lamborghini test drives, bourbon and cigar-rolling education, live Dixieland music and men’s personal styling consultations. Kids get in on the fun with bow tie and mustache cookie decorating, arts and crafts, horse and pony rides, super cars to pose in, face painting, root beer/soda bar and all you can eat ice cream. Note: Make test drive reservations ahead of time by calling Raina at 630-850-5539.

Sun., Jun. 19; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort
3500 Midwest Rd.
Oak Brook

Hilton Oak Brook Hills Fathers Dayphoto: Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills

Spend a Day Being Fancy at Sixteen
Treat Dad to the luxury he deserves at the Michelin two-starred Sixteen at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago! Families will enjoy a lavish brunch buffet including a complimentary Bloody Mary, Bourbon and Craft Beer tasting for adults. Dads will have the opportunity to roll cigars with a professional cigar roller onsite, with the option to take a free cigar home with them! For family fun, mini golf will be available on the Terrace as well.

Sun., Jun. 19; seats 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
$95/adults; $35/ages 5-12
401 N. Wabash, 16th Fl.
Near North Side

How are you celebrating Father’s Day? Let us know in the Comments section below.


— Maria Chambers