At Navy Pier, an abridged version of The Wizard of Oz brings the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, Dorothy and the Cowardly together for an adventure down the Yellow Brick Road. Photo by Liz Lauren
At Navy Pier, an abridged version of The Wizard of Oz brings the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, Dorothy and the Cowardly together for an adventure down the Yellow Brick Road. Photo by Liz Lauren

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Free Shows, Summer Festivals, Touch a Truck, Harry Potter's Birthday

July hits the finish line at top speed with a full roster of culture and food festivals, free outdoor performances, and splashy water fun.

On Saturday, celebrate Harry Potter's birthday at The Party That Shall Not Be Named, a FREE bash for young witches and wizards in Naperville, or climb aboard a big rig at the DuPage Children's Museum Transportation Celebration and Touch-a-Truck. Families with older kids can pack up the picnic blankets for FREE alfresco family-friendly performances this weekend: Monty Python's Spamalot at the Wallace Bowl in Wilmette, and a lightning-round highlight reel of the Bard's greatest hits at Shakespeare in the Park, also in Wilmette. 

This weekend's street fairs and cultural festivals include the DuPage County Fair at the fairgrounds in Wheaton, the Fiesta Del Sol in support of the Pilsen community, Wicker Park Fest with a special Kids Fest both days, the Prairie Fest with carnival rides and concerts in west suburban Wood Dale, Family Fun Fest in Lombard, Chicago Ridge Fest in the south suburbs with a Family Fun Day (plus fireworks) on Sunday, all the pizza and pasta you can eat at Little Italy Fest West in Addison, and bites of just about every tasty food Chicagoland has to offer at the 36th annual Taste of Lincoln Avenue. Plus, two special cultural fairs this weekend honor Chicago's African diaspora communities: the Bantu Fest in Hyde Park with concerts, delicious food, and a children's village, and Ghana Fest in Washington Park with spectacular parades, dancing, art, and food.

Ready to hit the water? Two fun riffs on your standard day at the beach or the neighborhood pool are happening this weekend: Swim with Santa and his reindeer at Christmas in July in the East End Pool in Elmhurst, or blow bedtime for the light-up party that is the Bensenville Water Park Glow Crazy Night

See our Chicago family event calendar for more ideas, or our list of 50+ FREE Things to Do With Kids This Summer.


DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Lincoln Avenue
Lincoln between Fullerton and Wrightwood
Chicago, IL 60614

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue Courtyard Theatre
Chicago, IL 60611

900 N Michigan Shops
900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Midway Plaisance
1130 Midway Plaisance
Chicago, IL 60637

Centennial Park
1776 W. Centennial Plaza
Addison, IL 60101

Wicker Park
Damen and Milwaukee at North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Pilsen
1000-1600 W. Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60608

Community Park
655 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL 60191

Freedom Park
6252 Birmingham Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60415

Washington Park
5600 Russell Dr.
Chicago, IL 60139

Nichols Library
2oo W. Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540

Butterfield Park District
21W730 Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614

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

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

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

DuPage Children's Museum
301 N. Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540

East End Pool
436 Schiller Avenue
Elmhurst , IL 60126

Wallace Bowl
225 Sheridan Rd.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Bensenville Water Park
1100 W. Wood Street
Bensenville, IL 60106

Centennial Beach
500 Jackson Avenue
Naperville , IL 60540

VattmannPark
1461 Lake Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Queensbury Greens
1520 Brookdale Rd
Naperville , IL 60540