Summer fever has definitely struck! Not to fear: We have remedies. Check out our picks for the best family events around town. This weekend is especially hot, with a new Cirque du Soleil show, a chance to get slimed, a street fest and much more. Enjoy that sunshine, everyone!

photo: Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA



Fest with the Best at Midsommarfest
The Andersonville ‘hood kicks off summer with a flurry of live music, games, food and family entertainment on its main drag, Clark Street. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near Southside

Get Slimed at Nickelodeon’s Slimefest
SlimeFest is a day full of music, activities, and of course, SLIME! Explore a Slime Maze, dance it out at Slime Disco and get slimed at Slime Central! There are meet and greets with Nickelodeon stars, as well a concert with Pitbull, Bebe Rexha, JoJo Siwa & T-Pain! This is a day of fun for the whole family. Sat. Event details

River West

Head to Korea with Little Diner’s Crew
The Crew’s taste buds have traveled through Asia via Japan and China, but now they’re headed to Korea. Kids will be greeted with a delicious mocktail while parents will select from a list of Korean inspired drinks before enjoying a dining experience at San Soo Korean BBQ. 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.



Have a Unicorn Cake-Off at Taste Buds Kitchen
Do you have what it takes to create a masterpiece cake? Join Taste Buds Kitchen as they take to the Kitchen to whip up their signature vanilla cake from scratch and learn how to frost and decorate it like a pro using handmade buttercream frosting and surprising decorations. Fri. 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.


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. The exhibit features 18 garden-scale trains on 1,600 feet of track with vignettes of tiny people and animals that give it a storybook feel. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

See Butterflies and Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden
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. Sat. & Sun. 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.