Jurassic Quest is coming to Navy Pier. Photo courtesy of Jurassic Quest
Jurassic Quest is coming to Navy Pier. Photo courtesy of Jurassic Quest

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Hot Dogs, Dinos, Kites, S'Mores, The Bud

Here comes another practically perfect summer weekend, and a full-to-bursting list of fun options for Chicago families. Let's start with the dinosaur in the room: Jurassic Quest at Navy Pier is your dino-obsessed kid's chance to interact with "living" specimens—watch out for those teeth. In other toothsome news, the Chicago Hot Dog Fest hits Lincoln Square, Veggie Fest in Lisle celebrates tasty plant-based eats, kids can race for donuts at the Stan's Donut 5K at Soldier Field, and there are two chances to observe National S'Mores Day this weekend around campfires in Arlington Heights and Montrose Beach.

The weekend sees the return of a beloved Chicago summertime tradition, too: The Bud Billiken Parade, or "The Bud," steps off in the South Side on Saturday morning with marching bands, floats, and performers, and is followed by a fair in Washington Park and another family fest at Oakwood Beach. High-flyers can let off some string at two kite festivals this weekend, one in Elmhurst and one at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. And music lovers can get their fill at the Thirsty Ears classical music festival in Ravenswood, with kid-friendly performances all weekend.

If your kids are into cars, trucks, and all things that go, the Retro on Roscoe street fair features a lineup of vintage cars and motorcycles. Train Day at the DuPage Children's Museum includes model trains and buildable tracks, or climb aboard real fire trucks and other big rigs at the FREE Touch-a-Truck fair in North Riverside (just bring a non-perishable food donation for admission).

For even more summertime fun, dig into our ever-expanding roundup of fairs and festivals around Chicago, or dive into one of our favorite pools, beaches, or splash parks. And remember there's always more to discover on the event calendar.


Lincoln Park
Stockton Avenue at LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL

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

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

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532

Ridge Park
1817 W. 96th Street
Chicago, IL 60643

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

Danada South Park
2600 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL 60532

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

Roscoe Village
2000 W. Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60618

Hyatt Regency O'Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

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

King Drive between 39th Street and 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60653

Washington Park
51st and King Drive
Chicago, IL 60139

Oakwood Beach
4100 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60653

Soldier Field
1410 S. Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Montrose Beach
600 W. Montrose Harbor Drive
Chicago, IL 60640

Berens Park
493 N. Oaklawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

North Riverside Park Mall
7501 W. Cermak Road
North Riverside , IL 60546

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

Wheaton Town Square
271 Town Square
Wheaton, IL 60189

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

Lake Arlington
2201 N Windsor Dr.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004