Kids will love to dance at summer concerts at Cantigny Park. Photo courtesy of the park
Kids will love to dance at summer concerts at Cantigny Park. Photo courtesy of the park

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Pride, Potter, Sesame Street, Concerts, Baby Shark

Pride month comes to a rollicking close this weekend with kid-friendly fun in celebration of all Chicago families. Navy Pier hosts a free, day-long family Pride festival this Saturday with storytimes, performances, a marching band, and fireworks. Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble stores around Chicagoland are also hosting special Pride storytimes with crafts and activities, and there's a family Pride fair at Gallagher Way on Sunday where kids and parents can celebrate before the big parade.

Sesame Street rolls into town on Saturday with a huge, free party (tickets are already sold out, but if you're one of the lucky ones going, shake Oscar's hand for me). Other big family fests and fairs this weekend include the Logan Square Art Festival, a Renaissance Faire Family Day, a circus festival at Maxwell Street Market, and the Juneteenth Family Celebration.

If you're a fan of rolling out a picnic blanket and enjoying some music alfresco while the kids run around in the grass, there are outdoor concerts happening at the Brookfield Zoo, the Grant Park Music Festival, and at family concerts out in Park Ridge, Naperville, and Wheaton. Harry Potter fans won't want to miss the magic of hearing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the score from The Prisoner of Azkaban (the best film in the series, IMHO), or seeing the first Harry Potter film on the big screen at Thalia Hall. 

Chicago SummerDance and Family Yoga this weekend offer plenty of ways to get up and get moving, too. But if your playlist has been taken over by a certain sharp-toothed aquatic family, the Baby Shark Dance Party this weekend is your best bet. 

For more kid-friendly summer fun, bookmark our ever-growing list of 50+ FREE Things to Do With Kids in Chicago This Summer, and our jam-packed event calendar.


333 N. Michigan
333 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Goodman Theatre
170 N Dearborn Street The Albert Theatre (Mainstage)
Chicago, IL 60601

Logan Square Monument Park
2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

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

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604

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

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

Barnes & Noble - Clybourn
1441 West Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Barnes & Noble -Sherman Plaza
1630 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Barnes & Noble - Woodfield Plaza
590 East Golf Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Barnes & Noble - Old Orchard
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077

Barnes & Noble - Skokie Village Crossing
5405 Touhy Ave.
Skokie , IL 60077

Dynamic Force Dancers
2150 South Canalport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

Dan Ryan Woods
8700 S. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

Spirit of the Music Garden, Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

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

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

Thalia Hall
1807 South Allport Street
Chicago, IL 60608

Arlington Park
2200 Euclid Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Prospect Park
733 N Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Wildlight Yoga
4140 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Queensbury Greens
1520 Brookdale Rd
Naperville , IL 60540