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Island Rendezvous

Romeoville, Ill.


Visitors will journey back to the 18th century during this free, two-day family festival sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Re-enactors representing voyageurs, Natives, colonists and soldiers relive the fur-trade era. Activities include canoe racing, black-powder musket demonstrations and tomahawk throws. Live period music is ongoing, and crafts and food will be available for sale.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 14-15
Cost: Free; free parking and shuttle service available.

Father’s Day Canoe Adventure

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Chicago Botanic Garden, in partnership with the Friends of the Chicago River, invites families to participate in the Father's Day Canoe Adventure. Join Bob Kirschner, the Garden's aquatic biologist, as he guides you through the lakes and explains our nationally-recognized shoreline restoration program. Herons, ducks, small fish and maybe a few turtles and frogs will greet you as you canoe through their watery habitat. The Father's Day Canoe Adventure is for paddling enthusiasts of all skill levels. Instructions, canoes, life jackets and paddles will be provided. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (847) 835-8261.

When: 9 and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. start times
Cost: $119 per canoe (plus parking); $89 for members; maximum of three participants per boat.

Family Adventures

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn to use a GPS to find hidden clues along our trails, shoot a bow and arrow, build shelters in the woods, or work together to build a fire. End the afternoon with a cookout (grills are provided).

When: 3-7 p.m.
Cost: $35 family of four or less; $10 additional family member

Free Fishing Days

Monee Reservoir | Monee, Ill.


Sample the action without having to invest in a fishing permit. On Friday, receive a voucher good for a free one-hour boat rental (excludes paddle boats); on Saturday, receive a box of night crawlers; and on Sunday, receive one free fishing pole rental. Regular rules and regulations still apply on boat rentals, such as a cash deposit and valid driver’s license.

When: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13-15
Cost: Free

Father's Day Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Dads and families are invited to a relaxing guided walk by the pond and through the woods, to learn about local plants and animals. Trails not suitable for strollers. Registration is required.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

¡Viva la Fiesta!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features a celebration of Hispanic culture, authentic cuisine, refreshments, music, and dancing. The festivities include local musical talent along with Hispanic artists and artisans and their eclectic works. June 7-8 and 15-16.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Grand Opening Event

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery | Chicago, Ill.


An event-filled weekend of fun and festivities. A portion of every sale made June 14-June 29 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at (312) 475-9620 or visit for more info.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 14; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15
Cost: Free

Father's Day

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Fathers and grandfathers ride trolleys free with paid child's fare.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $4, $3 seniors, $2 kids 3-11, free under 3

Father's Day

Arlington Park Racecourse | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Enjoy live music from Blind Reflexx, enter the free Golfsmith putting contest and make a putt for the chance to win a new TaylorMade putter. Family day activities include a special Father’s Day craft for the kids and Santa’s Village Azoosment Park. And don’t miss the National Anthem colors presented by Marine Air Control Group-48.

When: 11:15 a.m. gates open
Cost: $12, $2 kids

Father’s Day Brunch

The Kids Table | Chicago, Ill.

The whole family can prepare and enjoy brunch together. The menu includes build-your-own breakfast burritos, tropical fruit salad and coconut horchata.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25

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