Summer fever has definitely struck! Not to fear: We have remedies. Check out our picks for the best family events around town. This weekend is especially hot, with fireworks, a chance to get slimed, a street fest and much more. Enjoy that sunshine, everyone!
IN THE CITY
A Fest with a Swedish Twist
Set in the heart of Chicago’s historically Swedish neighborhood, you’ll enjoy sampling the local talent on 5 performance stages, dancing, kid’s entertainment, lots of grub and unique craft vendors. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
The Science Behind Pixar at MSI
We all have a favorite Pixar movie. Whether it be Toy Story, Inside Out or A Bug’s Life, Museum of Science and Industry is giving you an in-depth look at the Pixar process of creating these instantly classic films. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Family Ninja Night at Ultimate Ninjas
Friday nights are Ninja Night! Kids and their favorite adults are invited for pizza and ninja’ing on the same obstacle courses as seen on NBC’s hit show American Ninja Warrior. Fri. Event details.
Cubs Kids Sundays at Wrigley Field
It’s always a beautiful day for a Cubs game, especially if it’s a Sunday afternoon home game. The Cubs celebrate their youngest fans with kid-friendly giveaways and a chance to run the bases. Sun. Event details.
Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.
Underwater Beauty at Shedd Aquarium
Shedd’s newest exhibit, Underwater Beauty, celebrates the unbelievable beauty living in our oceans, lakes and rivers. You’ll catch a glimpse of the grandeur beneath the waves as 100 species from around the world come together in an evocative new space. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Celebrate Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is getting in on the Pride celebration by inviting families to help transform the central staircase into a giant rainbow with colorful ribbons and to write your ideas about family on a huge chalkboard. Fri.-Sun. Event details
Slimefest Fun for the Whole Family
Nickelodeon is making the world a more playful place by bringing you SlimeFest. Part music fest, part slime party, SlimeFest will feature live performances by Zedd, Liam Payne, Flo Rida and JoJo Siwa, plus meet and greets with some of your favorite Nick stars. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
IN THE ‘BURBS
Nature Nights: Ready, Set, Garden!
Pack a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the garden. Along with enjoying a tram ride, planting project and s’mores around the campfire, kids will have a chance to learn what plants need to grow and gardening basics. Sat. Event details.
Troll Takeover at Morton Arboretum
Something special is emerging from the vast open spaces at the Arboretum . . . Trolls with an environmental message, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Take a stroll and watch them take shape. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Kick it Old School at Cascade Drive-In
Blow your kid’s mind. Park the car, sit in front of one of the nation’s largest outdoor movie screens and offer them a dose of yesteryear. Bring your own food and charcoal to cook on one of the grills in the picnic area. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
— Maria Chambers
. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.