Make this the Summer Solstice with the most-ess. You can put all those hours of sunlight to good use by hitting a great family event. This weekend, check out musical acts and storytellers under a big tent in Millennium Park, catch an old-fashioned baseball game on Alcott Field, and celebrate the strawberry harvest in Long Grove. Go ahead — let the kids stay up late. After all, Summer Solstice only comes around once a year.
Millennium Park Family Fun Festival
Every day for the rest of summer, new entertainment and amusements animate the big tent in Chicago’s art-spangled park. You can always count on seeing The Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms perform at 10:00 am and listening to storytelling at 11:00 am. Other performers and musical acts rotate, and this weekend’s lineup includes Lenny Marsh, Susanna Pineda and Shanta Nurullah. Other faves, like Little Miss Ann (pictured above) and Laura Doherty, perform later this summer. Held daily through Aug. 18, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Chase Promenade North. Free. All ages. Event details.
Green Music Fest
Music and family fun meet for this eco-conscious wingding. Head to the Green Family Fun Fest part of things for kid-focused organic cooking demos, recycled arts and crafts projects, talks by bug experts, make-it-yourself musical instruments, face painting, puppet shows and more. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm–10:00 pm; kids’ area open from 12:00 pm–5:00 pm. Damen Avenue, between North Avenue and Schiller Street. $5 suggested donation for admission. All ages. Event details.
Vintage Baseball at Alcott
Travel back to the 19th century at this community event, where you can watch a baseball game as it was played way back when. Two “vintage baseball leagues” (teams that dress and play in the style of early sluggers) — the Chicago Salmon and the Munster Centennials — face off against each other. Admission is free but donations are welcome to support the Alcott Field of Dreams in building a new community athletic field. Sun., 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Alcott Community Field. All ages. Event details.
The Chicago kindie-punk band known for stirring up mini mosh pits brings the noise to a beloved play space. Ramones-like rock is promised, and fun is guaranteed for diapered and tween fans alike. Fri., 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Little Beans Cafe. $20 for one child; $35 for two children; $50 for three children. All ages. Event details.
Garden Buddies Summer Event
Kids love dirt. Embrace the fact as they dig and plant in the Nature Explorers garden, drink nectar from flowers, make their own hungry caterpillar and get up-close with insects. Sat., 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse. $5 per child. Ages 2-8. Event details.
29th Annual Strawberry Festival
Celebrate summer with strawberry-inspired treats. We’re talking chocolate-covered strawberries, smoothies, ice cream, donuts and lots more. There will be kiddie rides and face painting, and the Long Grove Historical Society’s Old Farm House will be open for self-guided tours from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Courtesy of City of Chicago