Hold up. . . . let us catch our breath. We’re feeling a little lightheaded thinking about the whirlwind weekend we planned for you. So many festivals that make things cool for kids, fireworks at the Pier, an exhibit inspired by paper folder. There’s more, but we’ll let you do the reading and planning while we nap. Get out there and make it a good one, Chicago!

photo: Geneva Swedish Days via Kelly Vanderploeg



Get in on the Pride Action at Back Lot Bash
One of the most highly anticipated events in the country geared toward lesbian pride, Back Lot Bash invites families to have their world musically rocked and enjoy activities and entertainment for even the littlest of guests. Watch the kids giggle their way through face painting, arts and crafts and puppet shows. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Have a Heck of a Good Time at Webster Kids’ Corridor Block Party
Bubbles Academy and Little Beans Cafe are planning one heck of a block party and good news . . . you’re invited! Expect bouncers, live music, games, art projects, , bubbles, glitter tattoos, sand art, soccer activities, a photo booth and (best of all!) complimentary cotton candy and snow cones for the kids!. Sun. Event details.

Logan Square

Walk the Art Fest on the Square
Galleries and business throughout Logan Square’s . . . well, Square, turn makeshift art gallery for one weekend. Swing by the family tent where budding artists can make buttons, toys and art pieces. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Meander About at Field Market Days
Take in the fresh food, live music and sweet lakefront views at this monthly farmers market in The Field Museum’s own backyard! Shop local produce, prepared foods, craft beer and other goods offered by local vendors. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

Have an Explosive Night at Navy Pier’s Summer Fireworks 
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Family Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is giving families a chance to get in on June’s Gay Pride action! Kids can transform a thee-story staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and write their ideas about family on the “What Makes a Family?” chalk wall. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near West Side

Go Red, White and Cool at Randolph Street Market
Before the 4th of July festivities begin, Randolph Street Market will host Red, White & Cool. Perfect timing to find your party essentials, outfit and American nostalgia! Be sure the kids grab a map to hunt for treasure while you shop and then swing by the Kids Funfair for carnival games and a petting zoo! Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Knock Family Sunday out of the Ballpark with the Sox
Take in a baseball game and enjoy the kid-focused activities throughout the concourse. Bonus: Kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game! Sun. Event details.



Celebrate Kids at Geneva’s Swedish Days
This classic ode to summer has nonstop kid’s events — parades, ice cream eating contests, a “creation station,” dodge ball tournament and 5K are just a few of the can’t-miss activities at this Swedish-inspired fest. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Nothing Says Summer Like Butterflies & Blooms
Fill your summer days with butterflies and blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden’s temporary exhibit where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties and pretty petals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Glen Ellyn

Grand Opening Party at Goldfish Swim School
No need to check the weather because you’re taking the swimming indoors today! In celebration of the newest Goldfish Swim School, enjoy an open family swim, arts & crafts, free scoops of Kimmer’s Ice Cream, balloon twisting, cheesing for a photo booth and much more! Sun. Event details.


Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. The Morton Arboretum’s newest temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and it’s reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Long Grove

Have a Berry Good Time at Strawberry Fest
This town goes bananas for strawberries — you’ll see it in the food, drinks and merchandise! Tiny berry enthusiasts can also take part in fun activities like face painting, junior knight training, games, crafts, DIY gardening and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Learn Something New at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
During this family program, Dede Harris, author of The Children’s Tree of Terezin, will tell a beautiful story about how the children of Terezin concentration camp overcame unimaginable obstacles to give life to a small tree sapling. Young visitors to the museum will decorate flower pots and receive seeds to grow at home. Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!


— Maria Chambers