Best Things To Do in Chicago with Kids this Weekend: Pride, Strawberry Festival

Celebrate love, diversity & inclusion at Navy Pier Pride. Photo courtesy of Navy Pier
Celebrate love, diversity & inclusion at Navy Pier Pride. Photo courtesy of Navy Pier

School's out for summer this week—luckily there are so many things to do in Chicago this weekend that it'll be a snap to keep kids busy! While Pride weekend has been rescheduled, families can still enjoy Pride events this weekend like Pride in the Park in Grant Park, Navy Pier Pride, or a drag story time at WNDR Museum. And summer festivals in Chicago are back with favorites like the annual Strawberry Fest in Long Grove and Orland Hills' Party in the Park

Stay local and cool this weekend in Chicago at one of the best free public pools, fabulous family beaches, or wonderfully wet water parks. Or get out of the city with one of these day trips near Chicago or a visit to one of these amazing lake resorts for families. Now is a great time to plan your bucket list of summer activities in Chicago with our Summer Fun Guide!

Here are some of our favorite events this weekend in Chicago.

Let's all take a moment out from summer fun this week, too, to reach out to any friends or family who may have been impacted by the tornado that hit Naperville, Woodridge, and Darien on Sunday night. Our thoughts are with the families of those who were injured or lost their homes or businesses in the storm. If you want to help, the American Red Cross Illinois River Valley is accepting donations for the temporary shelters it is setting up for families at Ranchview School in Naperville and Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in Woodridge.

Now, it's time to check on what's happening for fun weekend events in Chicago this weekend.

Places featured in this article:


Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park

Oakbrook Terrace Heritage Center

Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk

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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

Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

North Branch Trail (south trailhead)

North Park Village Nature Center
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
Museum of Science and Industry - 9:30 AM Pick
Opt Outside
North Park Village Nature Center - 11:00 AM Pick
Lurvey Kids Garden Club
Lurvey Home & Garden - 12:00 PM Pick
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo - 4:00 PM Pick
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Water Tower Water Works - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides