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 watch as Thomas the Tank Engine and his pal Percy roll into town. Seeing is believing, folks!

BB140653photo: Air & Water Show courtesy Barbostick via flickr



Last Chance to See: A Detective Game with Cat-titude
This interactive spy story provides the purrr-fect opportunity to show your little ones the mystery and excitement of live theatre. With the promise of pie and the smell of a rat close by, gather clues to help Three Little Kittens find their missing mittens. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Thrills Abound at The Chicago Air and Water Show
Get ready for another spectacular show as the much anticipated 58th 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. Grab your spot as they go fast! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Family Fun Fest
Millennium Park invites families for a day of interactive activities, arts & crafts and sing-a-longs. Groove to the Wiggleworms and enjoy a perfect Chicago summer with the family. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Field Market Days at The Field Museum
Enjoy fresh food, live music, and lakefront views at a monthly farmers market in The Field Museum’s own backyard! Shop local produce, prepared foods, craft beer and other goods offered by local businesses and vendors. 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.



Homewood Hosts on Giant Block Party
The Village of Homewood invites the community to their giant block party! Fest goers will enjoy face painting, a full line-up of live music for all ages, bean bag tournament, summer fare from local restaurants and the always popular annual pooch parade. New this year is the Liar, Liar contest, sponsored by the Homewood Public Library. Competitors will have five minutes to tell the biggest and most convincing lie they can, without the use of materials or props. Sat. Event details.


Naper Nights Community Concert Series
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy music under the stars on the beautiful grounds of Naper Settlement. Children’s activities include Pinot’s Palette, Pro Martial Arts, SciTech and Bright Horizons. Fri. Event details.


Wizard World Comic Con Chicago + WWE Superstars
Where else can you spot everyone from a time traveling Michael J. Fox to WWE legend John Cena? No where but Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, that’s where. Said to be the largest pop-culture touring expo in North America, you and thousands of your closest comic-loving friends can feast your eyes on everything from celebrities and classic comics to new original art and video games. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Day Out with Thomas
All aboard for the biggest Thomas & Friends® celebration to date, which commemorates the engine’s 70th birthday! Little engineers are invited to celebrate with Thomas and his bestie Percy when they roll into Illinois Railway Museum for A Day Out With Thomas. Take a ride with Thomas and Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a day of themed activities including arts and crafts, storytelling and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Tell us how you plan to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers