Best of August: Top 50 Things to Do in Chicago with Kids in August

Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African American parade in the USA. Photo by Bob Simpson, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade is the largest African American parade in the USA. Photo by Bob Simpson, Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Summer is not over yet! August in Chicago is a great time to enjoy outdoor movies and concerts, summer festivals, and the best beach days. This August is also full of races: Enjoy a duck race in the Chicago river, a kids track race in Palatine, triathlon in Wheeling or bike race in Pulaski Woods. There are also two fun festivals celebrating chalk this month in Des Plaines and Rogers Park. Watch some amazing dancing at Booms Day at the Ruth Page Arts Center or learn to dance yourself at Chicago SummerDance. 

This is the last chance for many families to get outdoors on a weeknight, so outdoor movies and concerts are a must before we break out the books again. Try to get out to one of the last neighborhood street festivals, too! If you need to beat the heat again this month, get out to one of our favorite beaches or spraygrounds.

Here are the best things to do with kids in and around Chicago this August 2022.

Places featured in this article:


Museum of Contemporary Art

Frontier Sports Complex

Northbrook Metra Station Parking Lot

Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

Parks Citywide

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Holy Nativity Romanian Church

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL

Scooters Frozen Custard

Richard's Super Premium Ice Cream

Garfield Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk

Chicago River Walk

31st Street Harbor Playground Splash Pad

Austin Park Water Playground

Fosco Park Water Playground

The Hub Spray Ground at Berens Park

Portage Park Water Playground

River Park Water Playground

Skokie Water Playground

Bensenville Water Park Splash Pad

Adventure Island Sprayground

95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad

Spray 'N Play at Mike Rylko Community Park
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
Kohlights
Kohl's Children's Museum - 4:30 PM Pick
Santa's Winterland Workshop at Gallagher Way
Gallagher Way - various times Pick
Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides