Attend a fest that’s all about the great outdoors, hit up Chicago Children’s Museum’s inclusive morning for kids with special needs, get lost in your thoughts as fireworks explode overhead! The options for family time are endless and there’s more where that came from. Read on!

photo: Chicago Children’s Museum


Lincoln Park

New! Strike a Pose at the Bixbee Imagination Station
The Bixbee Imagination Station is an experiential popup and retail shop featuring an immersive, interactive experience for kids and the kid in you. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Kid Fitness at Lincoln Common
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness will host a fitness session for kids with a complimentary bounce house, carnival games, a variety of sports and giant Connect Four. Fri. Event details

Lincoln Square

Family Fun @ Square Foots Festival
From sing-a-longs to a drum circle, this fest is perfect for families that love tunes. The instrument petting zoo is always a hit with curious kids and parents love checking out some of the best craft beers in the area. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Museum Campus

New! Have a Bug Encounter at The Field Museum
Fantastic Bug Encounters is giving a peek into the hidden world of insects and spiders through interactives, larger-than-life models and a bug zoo where visitors can see (and even hold) live bugs. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Navy Pier

Enjoy a Fun Play for All Inclusive Activity
Chicago Children’s 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

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

Near Southside

Attend Outside Experience
This festival will showcase new products and interactive demos from leading active lifestyle brands and travel destinations. Attendees will test gear and enjoy films and live music—all in a festive, family-friendly environment. Sat. & Sun. Event details



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, all surrounded by the intrigues of the zoo. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

New! See a Walking Play at Morton Arboretum
Walk along with the action of Hans Christian Andersen performed live among 1,700 acres of trees and beautiful landscapes. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Take on a Kids Obstacle Challenge
Sign the kids up for an adventure and obstacle course race series with 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles and mud! Sat. & Sun. Event details

Oak Lawn

New! Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibit
This exhibit will answer big questions about our universe, expose kids to data not visible to the eye, invite kids to design, build and test their own 3D spacecraft model and much more! Fri-Sun. Event details

— Maria Chambers


Pick a Flick! Outdoor Movies for Summer Nights

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Chicago Parents

A Family Guide to the Best Summer Festivals

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