We’re already halfway through summer break (bummer!) — but fun is at its peak (yay!). Show your face at Millennium Park for a family fun fest, immerse yourself in culture at Fiesta del Sol or make it a Sunday funday with the Sox. Read on and don’t waste a single second of this beautiful weather!

photo: courtesy of Roman Boed via flickr 


Hyde Park

The Science Behind Pixar at MSI
We all have a favorite Pixar movie. Whether it be Toy Story, Inside Out or A Bug’s Life, Museum of Science and Industry is giving you an in-depth, immersive look at the Pixar process of creating these instantly classic films. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Chicago Family Bike Fest
Chicago Family Bike Fest is a community event celebrating biking with a blend of education, physical activity and fun. The day will include resources for adults, bike safety obstacle courses for bigger kids and a play space for toddlers. Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
This popular fest sprawls over several city blocks and has many attractions, including 250-plus vendors, food and more than 35 acts on three music stages. Afternoons include a stand-alone free Kids’ Carnival, featuring art activities, pony rides and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park Family Fun Fest
Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival is back with a summer of interactive activities, sing-a-longs, delightful story times, and arts and crafts. Fri.-Sun. 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.


Experience Latino Culture at Fiesta del Sol
Get a taste of Mexico at Fiesta del Sol, the largest Latino Festival in the Midwest. Move to the groove of latin music, and discover new foods. The children’s area is packed with carnival rides, face painting, games, soccer, art displays and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Wicker Park Fest
Kids Fest is a fest-within-a-fest that provides fun-filled children’s activities throughout the weekend, including cooking and karate lessons, inflatables, face painting, carnival games, nail painting, science activities and an impressive lineup of children’s musicians. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Family Sunday with the Sox
The White Sox ballpark experience for kids will feature special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse and the opportunity to run the bases after games. Play ball! Sun. Event details.



Enjoy Your Day and Summer Nights at the Zoo
See Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather at Summer Nights.  Families are treated to roaming entertainers, live music on the kid’s stage, close-up animal encounters and a laser light show, all surrounded by the intrigues of the zoo. Fri & Sat. Event details.


Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Troll Takeover at Morton Arboretum
Something special is emerging from the vast open spaces at the Arboretum . . . Trolls with an environmental message, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Take a stroll and see if you can seek them hiding in the trees. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers

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