Best of July: 50+ Top Things to Do In Chicago with Kids

Kidical Mass is a fun thing to do in Chicago this July. Photo courtesy of Chicago Family Biking
Kidical Mass is a fun thing to do in Chicago this July. Photo courtesy of Chicago Family Biking

Let the fireworks begin! July is a great month for all things outdoors, kicking off with fireworks and continuing with movies, concerts, street festivals, and more! In addition to fireworks downtown and in the suburbs, you can taste Chicago, Lincoln Avenue, or Oak Brook. Celebrate different cultures at the World Music Festival in Highland Park, International Festival of Life in Washington Park, or International Latino Cultural Center Movies in the Park. Or, listen to music along the Mag Mile, in Jefferson Park, or at Brookfield Zoo.

We have full list of the best music and movies taking place outdoors this summer. You can also take a day trip, visit a water park, or check out one of our favorite summer festivals

Here are our favorite things to do with kids in Chicago in July!

Places featured in this article:


Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion & Great Lawn

Wonder Works, a Children's Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art

Parks Citywide

Plymouth Court and Van Buren Street

Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

White Water Canyon Water Park

Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center
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