Celebrate our amazing natural world at the Shedd Aquarium's Family Festival. Photo courtesy of the aquarium
Celebrate our amazing natural world at the Shedd Aquarium's Family Festival. Photo courtesy of the aquarium

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Chicago Families: Food and Culture Fests, Concerts, and Fun on the Lake

Chicago dads, stepdads, granddads, and father figures of all stripes have their pick of family fun this Father's Day weekend. For music-loving dads, there are live performances at street fairs and festivals all weekend, plus the Grant Park Music Festival downtown, the Grateful Rockers Father's Day Celebration in Lakeview, and a special Midsommar concert by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. For food-loving dads, the Lincoln Park Zoo BBQ Brunch, North Center's Ribfest, Taste of Randolph Street, and Taste of Des Plaines serve up tasty eats. For nature-loving dads, there's a special Father's Day cruise on the lake, a dad's day festival at Shedd Aquarium, and family fishing at Northerly Island. Or take your favorite sports-fan dad out to the ballgame on Sunday for Family Sundays hosted by the Chicago White Sox

Because Chicago is home to so many vital cultural communities, every weekend is packed with super-cool cultural events for families, and this weekend is no exception. On Saturday, celebrate at Navy Pier's FREE Quinceanera celebration, and stay for the Latinxt Music Festival with live performances from innovative bands, or hit the colorful Mexican Folkloric Festival at Cantigny in Wheaton. This weekend also sees the Scottish Festival and Highland Games step off in Itasca, with bagpipers, dance and music, and traditional games. Finally, the DuSable Museum hosts a family celebration in honor of Juneteenth on Saturday, with films, activities, and performers.

For even more family fun around Chicagoland, see our bursting-at-the-seams event calendar. Happy Father's Day!


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

Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Lincoln Avenue
Lincoln Avenue between Irving Park and Berteau
Chicago, IL 60618

Woodridge Drive and Center Drive
Woodridge Drive and Center Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517

Main Street Station
600 Main Street
Evanston , IL 60202

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
893 N. Church Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Randolph Street
900 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60661

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

Downtown Lockport
9th Street and State Street
Lockport , IL 60441

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

Gallagher Way
3635 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613

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

Northerly Island Park
1521 S. Linn White Dr.
Chicago , IL 60605

Villa Park Prairie Path
Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard
Villa Park, IL

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Hamilton Lakes
Park Blvd. & Pierce Road
Itasca, IL 60143

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago , IL 60605

Cafe Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo
2021 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, IL 60614

Studebaker Theater
410 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Guaranteed Rate Field
333 W 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616

Anita Dee II Boarding at Dusable Harbor
200 N. Breakwater Access
Chicago, IL 60601