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. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon
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. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon

Summer Festivals Chicago Families Won't Want to Miss

Here it comes: The most fun-packed, jam-packed, outdoor festival-and-fair-packed season of the year in Chicagoland. Seriously, just compiling this list of all the family-friendly street fairs, festivals, and neighborhood celebrations in Chicago this summer—many of them FREE—called for major backup, and a nap.

Why do Chicago families love summer festival season so much? Let's count the ways: concerts in Millennium Park, movies on Navy Pier, and neighborhood festivals honoring the many communities that call our city home, including Lincoln Park Greek Fest, Lincoln Square's German Maifest, Andersonville's Swedish Midsommarfest, Hermosa's Colombian Fest, and the Chinatown Summer Fair. And then, because it's Chicago, there are the food fests: Ribfest, the Chicago Hot Dog Fest, the Pilsen Tacos y Tamales Festival, Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Taste of Polonia, and the big one: Taste of Chicago. Even the biggest party-scene street festivals in Chicago, like Do Division, make room for families with kids' zones and activities. 

So while your local playground may beckon and your backyard grill may look lonely, there's just too much fun happening out there not to sample a street fair or two this summer. Bookmark this list and get your calendar (and some comfy shoes) ready.

Jefferson Memorial Park
4822 Long Avenue
Chicago, IL 60630

FPC Edgewater
1310 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Lincoln Park
Stockton Avenue at LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL

Roscoe Village
Roscoe between Damen and Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60618

Washington Park
51st and King Drive
Chicago, IL 60139

Oakwood Beach
4100 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60653

Berens Park
493 N. Oaklawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Chicago Botanical Gardens
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022

ACM School of Music
1758 W Wilson Ave. Wilson Ave. from Hermitage to Ravenswood
Chicago, IL 60640

FPC Lincoln Square
2156 W. Leland Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Edison Park
Northwest Highway at Olmstead Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Antique Taco Bridgeport
1000 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60609

2320 W. 24th Place
Chicago, IL 60608

North Avenue Beach
1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60613

Logan Square
Humboldt Boulevard at Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Halsted Street, between Randolph and Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60661

Copernicus Center
5216 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

Washington Park
5100 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Downtown Wheaton
, 60187

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Polk Brothers Park
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St Under the Tent at Chase Promenade North (south entrance)
Chicago, IL 60601

Spirit of the Music Garden, Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Dino Fest at Home
- 9:30 AM Pick
Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru
DuPage County Fairgrounds - various times Pick
Model Railway Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden - various times Pick
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