This weekend is a feast for the eyes. Catch the fireworks at Navy Pier, the visual stunts and performance art on display at the Chicago Air & Water Show or take a peek at some larger-than-life Origami in the Garden. Read on to hear about all this and more . . . Seeing is believing, folks!

photo: Chicago Air & Water Show

IN THE CITY

Downtown

Get Your Thrills at the Air & Water Show
Brace yourself for another spectacular show as the much anticipated 59th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show is here! Watch as daredevils rev up their engines and take to the sky with a howlin’ roar. See them twist and turn at lightning speed as they zoom across the sky. And see the amazing feats on the water. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lakeview

Strap on Your Aprons for a Family Cooking Class
Kids work side-by-side with their parents (or grandparents!) to make and then enjoy a delicious meal. It’s the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Fri. Event details.

Wish ComedySportz a Happy Birthday!
Born out of the idea that comedy should be enjoyed by everyone, ComedySportz Chicago is celebrating the big 3-0! To celebrate, they’re bringing their unique brand of competitive comedy to Chicago with a series of special performances and events featuring three decades of alumni and special guests from its roster. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

The Best Fest is a Family Fun Fest
Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival is back with a full lineup of interactive activities, sing-a-longs, delightful story times and arts and crafts for kids of all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Catch Wendy & DB and the Funn Band Live
Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and just having a great time! Their original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

Watch in Amazement as Fireworks Explode Overhead
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

Schedule a Kids Nite Out: Cook, Eat & Craft
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and craft time at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own meal and work on a special craft to take home while you . . . do whatever you want! Fri. Event details.

IN THE ‘BURBS

Brookfield

Spend Your Day and Summer Nights at the Zoo
See Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather at Summer Nights.  Families are treated to roaming entertainers, live music on the kid’s stage, close-up animal encounters and a laser light show, all surrounded by the intrigues of the zoo. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Glencoe

Have Hands-On Fun at Chicago Botanic Garden
Wander the gardens and natural areas that make up the Chicago Botanic Garden and get your hands dirty at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for engaging, hands-on activities. Kids will learn how plants grow and what animals you might find in the garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lisle

Bring Your Kids Into the Fold at Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. Sounds like a dreamlike fantasy, but we can assure you it’s quite real. The Morton Arboretum’s newest temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar. Oh, and don’t think fun is just reserved for the weekends. Read our story Get-Me-to-the-Weekend Countdown: Weedkay Summer Fun for our recommendations on making your Monday-Thursday just as glorious.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers