Fantastic Bug Encounters! invites you to take a closer look at the beauty, diversity, and amazing abilities of these resourceful creatures. Photo courtesy of the Field Museum
Fantastic Bug Encounters! invites you to take a closer look at the beauty, diversity, and amazing abilities of these resourceful creatures. Photo courtesy of the Field Museum

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Taste of Chicago, Bug Encounters, Irish Fest, Street Fests

If your kids like food, music, and activities, we've got good news, and more good news. First off, this weekend brings a tiny little thing called the Taste of Chicago to Grant Park (and a smaller Taste fest to Westmont if you don't want to head downtown). But if you're looking for more opportunities to chow down and get down, there's no shortage of street fairs and festivals. Sample burgers at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest, or hit the Square Roots Fest in Lincoln Square for family performances, a petting zoo, and an art tent. The Southport Art Festival offers kids' activities and free cartoon screenings, while the massive Irish Fest at the Irish Heritage Festival crowds over 100 music and dance performances into two days. The annual Railroad Days festival in Pioneer Park has a carnival, sports, music, and a beer garden, and Westchester Fest is a classic summer street fair for west suburban families.

Still not sure what to do this weekend? Fortunately, there are events lined up for every family interest. Art-loving families won't want to miss the free interactive collaborative arts event Figment Chicago on Saturday. Nature-loving kids should be excited to get up close with creepy-crawlies at the just-opened Fantastic Bug Encounters exhibit at the Field Museum. Music-loving families won't want to miss the day-long music fest Jazz Up Glen Ellyn. The comic-book-obsessed will love FanCon in Arlington Heights. And Naperville Plays brings together nature, storytelling, and history at Knoch Knolls Park.

Believe it or not, those are just the highlights of this jam-packed weekend. For more ideas, see our event calendar, our lineup of Summer Street Fairs and Festivals, and our ever-growing list of FREE things to do with Chicago kids this summer.

 


Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Grant Park
Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60602

Belmont Avenue
Belmont between Damen and Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60618

Lincoln Square
Lincoln Ave between Montrose and Wilson
Chicago , IL 60618

Southport Corridor
Southport at Waveland
Chicago, IL 60613

Music Box Theatre
3733 Southport Ave.
Chicago , IL 60613

Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Av.e
Chicago, IL 60630

Danada South Park
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

Pioneer Park
479 W. Forest Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

St. Joseph High School
10900 W. Cermak Road
Westchester, IL 60154

Downtown Westmont
246 N. Cass
Westmont, IL 60559

Mozart Park
2036 N. AversAve.
Chicago, IL 60647

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
500 N Dunton Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Knoch Knolls Nature Center
320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville , IL 60565

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S Cornell Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

Downtown Glen Ellyn
Main Street at Pennsylvania Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

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

FPC Lakeview
3538 N. Bosworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Centennial Beach
500 Jackson Avenue
Naperville , IL 60540