Chalk Howard Street features internationally-renowned 3D street artists and local 2D chalk artists, as well as amateur artists and kids’ art.  Photo courtesy of Howard Street
Chalk Howard Street features internationally-renowned 3D street artists and local 2D chalk artists, as well as amateur artists and kids’ art. Photo courtesy of Howard Street

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Tacos, Moon Landing, Art Fests, Disability Pride

Artists, astronauts, Disability Pride, and tacos: There's a lot to celebrate in Chicago this weekend. For the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, the Adler Planetarium is hosting a Moon Bash packed with lunar-themed activities, as is the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Meanwhile, on Saturday the Disability Pride Parade takes to the streets to honor the pride, power, and unity of people with disabilities, with an after-party at Daley Plaza.

Chicago is home to a vibrant artistic community, which shows its colors at three kid-friendly art fests this weekend: On Saturday, the Art Institute hosts its annual block party with performances and art workshops. Also on Saturday, Skokie hosts the eye-popping (and FREE) Chalk Howard Street festival, with chalk-based street artists creating a gallery of 2D and 3D works. And in Elmhurst, the YESFest presents a full weekend's worth of performances, showings, and screenings in support of Chicago artists.

If it's the weekend, that means there's a street fair happening somewhere, and this weekend brings some of our favorites: The humble/magnificent taco gets its due at this weekend's Tacos y Tamales Festival in Pilsen, while brats and beers rule at the Germanfest at Lombard, and Colombian music, arts, and food are center stage at Hermosa's Colombian Fest. Chinatown hosts its Summer Fair complete with a Dragon and Lion dance procession, and BenFest is just your basic good old-fashioned awesome Chicago street fair on the North Side.

Don't miss your chance to participate in the magic of the Chicago Water Lantern Festival in Humboldt Park, where hundreds of floating lanterns will light up the waters of the lagoon. Looking for more water-soaked summer fun? Our favorite free public pools, spraygrounds and splash parks, and water games you can play in the backyard will keep you and the kids good and drenched.

See our ever-expanding event calendar for more ideas. Happy weekend!

 


Pilsen
16TH STREET & PEORIA
Chicago, IL 60608

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

Sacred Heart Church and School
112 S. Elizabeth Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst , IL 60126

St. Benedict Parish
2215 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618

Kelvyn Park
4438 W. Wrightwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60639

Howard Street
Howard Street East of the Howard Red Line "L" Stop
Chicago, IL 60626

Horner Park
2741 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Humboldt Park
1400 N Humboldt Dr
Chicago, IL 60622

Jack H. Turner Conference Center
425 S. Fawell Boulevard Student Resource Center Room 200
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Chicagoland Speedway
500 Speedway Boulevard
Joliet, IL 60433

Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Plymouth Court and Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60604

Ryan Learning Center, Art Institute of Chicago
159 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

Chinatown Chicago
2200 S. Wentworth Ave. (at Cermak Rd.)
Chicago, IL 60616