Oh, man! We’re already halfway through summer break (bummer!)—but fun is at its peak (yay!). Cruise the waterways with your pup, bike at The Forge, dress the part for a Renaissance Faire and more! Read on and don’t waste a single second of these warm temps!

photo: Mercury Cruises

Take Your Pup on a River Cruise
Dogs on boats? Yes! Sit back and relax with the kids and enjoy quality time with your pooch during a lively narration of our city’s rich history as you cruise Chicago’s waterways. Sat. Event details

Look for Fairy Houses in Chicago Park Natural Areas
Infuse a bit of magic into your park days with a series of enchanting Fairy Houses made with natural items like branches, plants, feathers and rocks. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Party Likes it’s 1499 at Bristol Renaissance Faire
Transport yourself to Elizabethan England and enjoy the costumed characters, period music, jousting tournaments, acrobatic and comedy acts, rides, games and more! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Don’t MIss Navy Pier’s Fireworks Display
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Make it extra memorable and book a segway tour for the family! Sat. Event details.

Kohl Children’s Museum SummerBurst
The always-innovative Kohl Children’s Museum’s SummerBurst: An EXPLORsion of Outdoor Fun provides interactive, STEAM-focused, open-air activities designed for kids. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Check Out The Forge’s New Bike Drop-In
Illinois’ newest bike park has all the goods! Big jumps, rock gardens, huge berms, tech areas and a ton of flow. Rent or bring your own mountain bikes for a day of shredding. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Meet Up with Wiggleworms at Navy Pier
Start your Friday mornings with a catchy tune and tons of fun with Wiggleworms at Navy Pier. Fri. Event details.

Pick Your Favorite Dino at Brookfield Zoo’s Dinos Everywhere
Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than any dinos you’ve ever met are visiting Brookfield Zoo. Look for these earth-shakers throughout the park. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Immerse Yourself in Awe at the Human + Nature Exhibit at Morton Arboretum
Five massive sculptures rise above the natural landscape at Morton Arboretum. The thought-provoking human forms paired with elements of nature bring attention to the deep connection between people and nature. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Be Treated to Original Works by Frida Kahlo at Cleve Carney Art Gallery
Frida Kahlo is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. See a 26-piece collection that spans her career, a series of photographs detailing her life and visit the poetry garden and children’s area. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers

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