Rest up for the weekend because we’re packing it full of fabulous. Kites are flying high at not one, but two fests, the fun goes old school in Roscoe Village and go for a run that’s all about donuts — the way running was meant to be. Read on and make your three-day bucket list.

photo: Chicago Botanic Garden


Lincoln Park

Take a Bite Out of Chicago History at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest
This Fest returns to include a full lineup of bands, hot dog and city history speakers, and the star of the event: Vienna Beef hot dogs prepared in various regional and ethnic styles. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Visit Millennium Park for Family Fun Fest
Hit up Millennium Park’s Family Fun Fest where you’ll find sing-a-longs, a delightful storytime and interactive activities for kids of all ages. Fri. Event details

Navy Pier

Watch Fireworks from the Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience this fireworks display synchronized to music. Sat. Event details

Experience Latin American Culture at Noche Caribe
Navy Pier has teamed up with the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance to host Noche Caribeña, a fun-filled evening of dance, music and cultural expression. Sat. Event details.

Attend Play for All at Chicago Children’s Museum
Enjoy an interactive day filled with exciting multi-sensory activities. The museum will open an hour early to give children and families with disabilities a chance to check out the museum in a quieter, less-stimulating environment. Sat. Event details

Near Southside

Run for Donuts at Stan’s Donut 5K and Kids Dash
Chicago’s favorite donut and coffee shop is gearing up for the 3rd annual Stan’s Donut 5K, a family-friendly lakefront run/walk that plies runners with donuts during the race and at the finish line. Sat. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Trip Back in Time at Retro on Roscoe
Have happy times at this family favorite as your kiddos rock out to bands on the family stage, bounce in inflatables or create artistic masterpieces. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Last Chance! Enjoy Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
See the zoo in a new light with cooler evening temps at Summer Nights. Families are treated to roaming entertainers, live music, close-up animal encounters and a laser light show. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Let Your Spirits Soar at Kite Fest
Soar to new heights at this year’s Kite Fest! Free kids’ kite building, a family fun fly, candy drop and stunts and tricks by professional flyers will keep your eyes on the skies. Sat. Event details


Let Your Colorful Kites Fly at Chicago Botanic Garden
Send your kite soaring at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual Kite Festival. See stunt-like performances of high-flying professionals as they demonstrate awesome feats of beauty and skill. Get inspired to make your own kite and fly it in the designated areas. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


New! Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details

North Riverside

Attend a Touch-a-Truck Event
Explore all kinds of vehicles, fire trucks, police cars, cranes, even a helicopter! There will be a live DJ, face painting, balloon artists, games and giveaways, as well as special appearances by well-known favorites! Sat. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.