It’s Father’s Day weekend! Take your pick from mega LEGO exhibits, a colorful run, visit the Scottish Isles and take a stroll around Morton Arboretum to check out their latest and greatest! What are you waiting for? Grab dad’s hand and head to one of these great family events around town.

photo: LatiNxt via Mario Ruben



Have a Family Jam Session at Rock & Roll Playhouse
Introduce your kids to legendary favorites with Rock and Roll Playhouse’s family-centric concerts featuring movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out to the most iconic musicians in the history of music. Sat. Event details

Lincoln Park

New! Strike a Pose 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.

Navy Pier

Celebrate Latin Music at Navy Pier
Infuse some culture into your weekend with LatiNxt, Navy Pier’s second annual celebration of Latin music, featuring local, national and international artists who are exploring new ways of connecting traditional Latin music with modern sounds. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Eat Your Way Through Ribfest Chicago
Music, BBQ, Chicago: summer doesn’t get any better than this. Spend the weekend in Kids Square enjoying entertainment, inflatables, games, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Soldier Field

Let Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA Steal Your Breath
Cirque du Soleil is back, this time presenting VOLTA, a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Color Your Weekend at Color Fun Fest 5K
Your whitest running clothes will turn into your most colorful as 10,000 pounds of color rains down. As if raining colors wasn’t enough, the fest at the end is sure to keep the whole family entertained. Sat. Event details.



Traverse a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s temporary exhibit, Brick Safari, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of LEGO bricks. You’ll recognize zoo favorites as you walk amongst the menagerie of animals located along a winding, wooded path. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Treat Dad to a BBQ at the Zoo
The barbecue will feature a day of fun and food, with an interactive DJ to provide added entertainment. Sun. Event details


Enjoy Happy Surprises at Every Turn at Evanston Custer Fair
This fest is packed full of surprises. . .literally! In the past, there have been fire-eaters, comedy troupes and puppet shows throughout. Take the little ones to Eiden Park for the kids’ area with balloon art, storytelling, face painting and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Choo Choo! Get Your Train Fix at Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Travel Back in Time at Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Your wee ones are sure to enjoy the men dressed in kilts, caber tossing, bagpipers strolling, adorable dogs dressed in Tartan, beautiful Heather queens, Haggis eating, and the shortbread contest at the Midwest’s largest Celtic Family Festival. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Go Troll Hunting at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the woods, meadows and vast open spaces at The Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Enjoy these guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world and make us think about our impacts on the planet. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney, who’s a “professional kid” and the first-ever LEGO Certified Professional. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures throughout The Morton Arboretum. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Report for Duty at LEGOLAND Discovery
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago invites families to their LEGO® City: Report for Duty event. Activities include building your own LEGO police badge, building a super rescue vehicle, filming your own epic adventure scene, character meet-and-greets, and a viewing of the brand new LEGO® City 4D Movie: Officer in Pursuit. Fri.-Sun. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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