The fireworks at Navy Pier are breathtaking! Photo courtesy of Navy Pier
The fireworks at Navy Pier are breathtaking! Photo courtesy of Navy Pier

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Family Fests, Campouts, Kids' Books, Slime

Summer fun in Chicago is officially on, and the good times show no sign of slowing down. For starters, this weekend brings the usual awesome onslaught of family-friendly street fairs, cultural celebrations, and art festivals. Celebrate summer Scandi-style at Andersonville's Midsommarfest, get your dirndl and wurst on at Forest Park's German Fest, rock out to performers from the School of Rock at the OK BBQ Block Party, or get the whole family moving at the Boing! Family Festival hosted by the Chicago Children's Theatre. 

Need a break from the sunshine (or the rain, as the case may be)? Hit one of the many kid-friendly performances around town this weekend, from feats of agility and artistry at the Physical Theater Festival and the Pivot Arts Festival to crime-fighting feats of derring-do at PJ Masks Live! Or take in a view of the stars from your campsite at one of two family campouts held this weekend, one at the Lincoln Park Zoo and one at Naperville's Knoch Knoll Park

Book-loving kids won't want to miss the chance to dress up as their favorite children's book characters and join the parade at the Printers' Row Lit Fest downtown on Saturday, and there's even more literary fun to be had at Drag Queen Story Hour at Women and Children First, in honor of Pride Month. But if you're feeling decidedly unliterary, there's also a giant SlimeFest going on. 

For more summer fun for Chicago families, bookmark our list of summer festivals and fairs, check out our picks for the city's top water parks and playgrounds, and keep an eye on our busy event calendar.


Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

Edgewater and Uptown Neighborhood Theaters
Chicago , IL 60640

Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Andersonville
Clark Street and Summerdale
Chicago, IL 60640

Printers Row
South Dearborn Street from Polk Street to Ida B. Wells Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Huntington Pavilion at Northerly Island Park
1300 S. Linn White Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Tower Park
Calwagner Street at Franklin Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131

Pilsen
18th Street between Racine and Throop
Chicago, IL 60608

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

Knoch Knolls Park
336 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville , IL 60565

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

The Promontory
5311 S Lake Park Ave W
Chicago, IL 60615

Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

The Grove/Altenheim
7824 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

Fox Valley Mall
195 Fox Valley Center Dr.
Aurora, IL 60504

Constitution Court
7422 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130

Women and Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Chicago Children's Theater
100 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

Maxwell Street Market
800 S. Desplaines St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189