Dad, pop, daddy, poppa, dadda, father, old man—no matter what you call him when ya need him, he’s extra special and oh so important. From baseball games celebrating Chicago’s love of hot dogs to art-filled exhibits, we’re showing you how to celebrate him (or someone extra special who walks in those shoes). Here’s our list of what’s tops for pops in Chicago this Father’s Day.
For Baseball-Loving Dads
Chicago's newest baseball team pays homage to Chicago's favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Make it a low-key Father's Day spent at Impact Field watching The Chicago Dogs bring home a "W". As an added bonus, the players will join fans on the field for a good old-fashioned game of catch. More details.
For Pride-Celebrating Dads
Luft Balloons is hosting a month-long celebration with an immersive pop-up experience at their showroom. The Pride Month-themed experience is perfect for families who want to stop by and snap a photo with "Love is Love," comprised of thousands of multi-colored balloons meant to inspire love, kindness and self-expression. More details.
For other Pride Month ideas, read our story Pride Month Activities for Chicago Families.
For Golf Lovers
Maybe you have a dad that likes to spend weekends on the greens? Indulge his love of golf by hitting up one of Chicago's mini-golf courses that are pure kitschy fun! More details.
For Frida Kahlo Fans
Cleve Carney Art Gallery's Frida Kahlo exhibit includes a 26-piece collection of original work spanning her career and a series of photographs detailing the artist's life. Learn about one of the greatest artists of her time and then get creative in the children's art area and relax in the poetry garden. More details.
For Dads Who Could Use a Pool-Side Staycation
Sheraton Grand Chicago is celebrating their grand reopening with a Family Summer Splash Package. Kids (and dads, too) will be in heaven with their package that includes exclusive one-hour access to the pool where families have the space and water toys all to themselves. Pure bliss! More details.
For other hotels with amazing family amenities, read our story Staycation Spotlight: Chicago Hotels with Amazing Kid Amenities.
For Playful Dads
Splish, Splash! Turn Father's Day into a play day at Raging Waves. Experience their new Aussie Mat Dash, a six-lane racing waterslide. Six riders race side-by-side on mats in tunnels to an exhilarating finish at the bottom. You'll also find several family friendly attractions, including 32 water slides, a huge wave pool, three kiddie pool areas and a relaxing lazy river. More details.
If you have a dad who goes nuts for old-school games, take him for a day of Skee-Ball, Bozo Buckets and nickel games at Nickel City. More details.
For an Immersive Art Experience
Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago is hosting the wildly popular Immersive Van Gogh, a visually spectacular digital art exhibition that invites audiences to step inside the iconic works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. The experience evokes his highly emotional and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, music, movement and imagination. More details.
For Foodie Dads
Surprise a food-loving dad with reservations at Sushi Suite 202, Chicago's first hotel room that's a secret sushi speakeasy. Dad will check in with the concierge at Hotel Lincoln and be treated to a 17-course, 60-minute omakase sushi extravaganza. Where the bed once was is a six-seat sushi bar and the main lounge area is set up like a living room, making for an intimate experience. More details.
For Biking with a Heaping Side of Art
Take your bikes to Morton Arboretum and pedal your way around their super cool new exhibit, Human + Nature. Comprised of five massive sculptures that rise above the natural landscape, the 15 to 26-foot-tall creations lead guests to areas they may not otherwise explore in the Arboretum's 1,700-acre site. Using thought-provoking human forms paired with elements of nature, each piece will bring attention to the deep connections between humans and nature. More details.
For other ideas on where to bike, read our story Find Your Path to Summer Fun on These Chicago Bike Trails
For the Super Hero Obsessed Dad
The Museum of Science & Industry's Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes celebrates Marvel history with more than 300 artifacts, including original comic book pages, sculptures, interactive displays and costumes and props from Marvel's blockbuster films. Visitors to the Museum can learn about the origin of iconic characters such as Spider-Man, Black Panther, Hulk and Captain Marvel and see how they have evolved alongside society over the past 80 years. More details.
For Dancing Your Sillies Out (Virtual)
Sing, dance, and play interactive games through your device with Laurie Berkner as she performs your favorite songs, interacts with you through the computer, and brings in a few surprises – from her house to yours. Bring your dancin’ shoes, an animal (for your head), an instrument (to play along) and your whole family! Laurie will be singing some of her greatest hits alongside some special Father’s Day-themed songs. More details.
For Dads That Love Their City
Sometimes it's fun to play tourist in your own city, especially when the payoff is great views of our gorgeous skyline and lake. Pay a visit to Willis Tower and, if you're brave enough, walk the 4.3 feet into a glass box—The Ledge. Don't forget to open your eyes when you look down! Before you head up, check out their new museum that's packed with Instagramable photo opps and fun facts about this city we love. More details.
For more great views and heart-pounding adventure, head to Michigan Ave. to 360 CHICAGO and TILT. You'll shoot 94-floors high and lean (and squeal) 30-degrees over Chicago. More details.
For Dads Who Love to Boat
Built in 1936, the Fred A. Busse was the largest diesel-powered Fireboat in the world and served the Chicago Fire Department from 1937–1981. It was built specifically to fit underneath Chicago’s bridges, minimizing response times for emergencies and helping ease congestion in a booming city. Upon her retirement, she was converted into a passenger vessel and operated tours in Sturgeon Bay, WI for almost 30 years. Her new owners, Ray Novak and Erich Totsch, renovated the retired fireboat and she is now cruising the Chicago waterways once again! More details.
For more boat tour ideas, read our story: Ahoy, Captain! Explore Chicago’s Waterways on a Family Boat Cruise.
— Maria Chambers