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, music shows, a street party and much more. Enjoy that sunshine, everyone!

photo: Andersonville’s Midsommarfest



A Fest with a Swedish Twist
Set in the heart of Chicago’s historically Swedish neighborhood, you’ll enjoy music, dancing, kids’ entertainment and food. You’ll also be treated to unique craft vendors and local talent with ethnic dance troupes and 5 performance stages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Sing Along at LPZ
Sway along to the silly songs and tall tales of Electric Neil as he performs originals that’ll have the wee ones dancing and singing along. Fri. Event details.

Museum Campus

Move for the Kids 5K Walk/Run
As you near the finish line, you’ll walk through the Heroes Garden where you’ll see tributes to loads of individuals who’ve been impacted through the work of Lurie Children’s.  After finishing the walk/run, everyone can enjoy complimentary refreshments, live music and entertainment for the whole family. Can’t do this race? Check out our story on other kid-friendly races this summer. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.


Food Truck Social
Food truck fans, this street fest is just for you. Savor a variety of delicacies and treats from a caravan of different food trucks all in one central location with menus that offer a little something for every taste bud. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Portage Park

Six Corners Presents Annual BBQ Fest
The Six Corners BBQ Fest will turn Milwaukee Avenue, at the infamous Six Corners intersection, into a beloved backyard BBQ with sizzling charcoal grills, summer sweetened lemonade and red checkered table cloths freckling the sidewalks. This is the perfect event for the whole family to enjoy classic lawn games, red hot burgers and brats, and ice cold brews. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Mr. Dave Baby Rave
One of Chicago’s favorite kindie musicians is throwing a baby rave, and he invited his friends DJ Matt Roan and Magical Myster AJ for an epic dance party. Kids can look forward to 90 minutes of live action featuring awesome beats, amazing magic tricks and fabulous tunes. Sat. Event details.

Eco Fun at Green Music Fest
Want to be green and teach your kids to do the same? Check out this annual blast where your family can get eco-friendly living tips while grooving to local music. The Green Family Fun Fest is a fest-within-a-fest that provides lots of fun-filled and green children’s activities throughout the weekend. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Franklin Park

20th Annual Railroad Day
Franklin Park Railroad Daze is one heck of a choo-choo extravaganza. Explore the interiors of over a dozen trains and check out some classic train memorabilia. Kids can take mini train rides and everyone can enjoy a carnival, live entertainment and food at this train-tastic fest. Sat. Event details.


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.


Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. The Morton Arboretum’s newest temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and it’s reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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


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

— Maria Chambers