We’re already halfway through summer break (bummer!) — but fun is at its peak (yay!). Get a taste of Lincoln Avenue, show your face at Millennium Park for a family fun fest, challenge your kids to a LEGO build or immerse yourself in culture at Fiesta del Sol. Read on and don’t waste a single second of this beautiful weather!

photo: LEGOLAND Discovery



Get Excited for the Little Harvest Launch Party
Ready-to-eat baby and toddler meal delivery service? Sign us up! Learn more and help Little Harvest celebrate their launch with a party that includes a concert by Laura Doherty, a baby & me photo booth from TK Photography and food by Little Harvest. Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Fill Your Bellies at Taste of Lincoln Ave.
This popular fest sprawls over several city blocks in the heart of Lincoln Park and has so many attractions, including 250-plus vendors, food and more than 35 acts on three music stages. Afternoons include a stand-alone free Kids’ Carnival featuring art activities, pony rides and more. Sat. & 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.


Enjoy all things Latino at Fiesta del Dol 
Get a taste of Mexico at Fiesta del Sol, the largest Latino Festival in the Midwest, while helping to raise money for scholarships for local youth. Move to the groove of latin music and discover new foods. The children’s area is packed with carnival rides, face painting, educational games, soccer, art displays (including kids!) and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Have an Explosive Night at Navy Pier’s Summer Fireworks 
This one is kind of a must-do at least once this summer. . . keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.


Make it a Sunday Fun Day with the Sox
The White Sox ballpark experience for kids will feature special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse and the opportunity to run the bases after the game. Sun. Event details.



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.


Nothing Says Summer Like Butterflies & Blooms
Fill your summer days with butterflies and blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden’s temporary exhibit where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties and pretty petals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden. The exhibit features 18 garden-scale trains on 1,600 feet of track with vignettes of tiny people and animals that give it a storybook feel. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Larger than Life 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 is reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Kids vs. Grown-Ups “Build for a Cause” at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
It’s the ultimate kids vs. grown-ups challenge — with only five minutes on the clock, each player conceptualizes and builds an amazing LEGO creation using imagination and creativity. When the time’s up, LEGOLAND’s Master Model Builder picks the most creative model, and the winner scores a point that helps charity organizations receive thousands of donated LEGOS. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

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— Maria Chambers