Celebrate Dad this Father's Day in Chicago

There are a lot of places celebrating dad's day. Take a canoe ride. Have a barbecue. Or visit a classic car show.


Father’s Day Canoe Adventure

How many times have you been to the Botanic Garden and thought, "Boy I'd like to get out on those lakes?" This Father's Day weekend, you'll have six chances with the Father's Day Canoe Adventure. Join Bob Kirschner, the Garden's aquatic biologist, as he guides you through the lakes and explains their nationally-recognized shoreline restoration program. All skill levels welcome. Instructions, canoes, life jackets and paddles will be provided. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.chicagobotanic.org/school or call (847) 835-8261.


Father's Day Weekend Fishing Derby

Everyone receives a hot dog, chips and soda for lunch. Bring your own poles and bait. Prizes awarded for shortest, longest, most fish caught and most unique catch in each age group. Participants are divided into age groups of 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, 13-17 and fathers.


Father’s Day Car Show

Over 100 cool cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display. Plus, a live band playing classic music from the 50's and 60's, free hotdogs and lemonade, and free bratwursts for dad. Dads can register for raffle prizes.


Fathers Day Porsche Concours at Long Grove

The public is welcome to get u- close to the cars, talk with the owners, compare how the 911 model has evolved over the past 50 years and view all models that comprise the Porsche brand. More than 50 Porsches will be judged in various classes.


Father/Son Science/Yoga

UIC Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jeremy Fransen and yoga instructor Kim Wade present the science and art of yoga. Fathers and sons are guided through 6 key poses that positively impact their strength and flexibility with age. These poses focus on hips, knees, and balance postures. Each pair gets a Goodie Bag filled with special offers from local businesses.


Daddy Daughter Dance

Enjoy a night of fun with your daughter including music and dancing with a DJ, play, dinner, ice cream and more.


Daddies and daughters

Regardless of your daughter's age or interests, she needs a connection with you as she ventures out into the world and tries new things. She needs your love, assurance and attention. Girls are deeply influenced by their relationships with their fathers. Her relationship with you can shape the way she feels about herself, future relationships and men.

Father's Day

The museum hosts an antique truck show. Dad will love the trains, trucks, and ice cream from a newly restored 1930 art deco soda fountain. All three live-steam railroads will operate for the entire weekend.


Father's Day

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


Father's Day Bash

An afternoon full of fun, sports trivia, and a raffle! Tickets available online. Wear a sports jersey to receive $2 off.


Fantastic Father’s Day Picnic

Celebrate Father's Day with food, fun and crafts.


Date with My Dad

Enjoy a meal, make a paper craft, and sign a "father-daughter promise" to keep having fun together. Includes a keepsake photo and frame, plus an American Girl book to take home. Reservations required.


Chicago's celebrity dads dish on fatherhood

Eight Chicago celebrity dads sound off on what fatherhood means to them. See what they have to say and share your own!

Father's Day Nature Walk

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.


Father’s Day at Morton

Dine on baby back ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and roasted chicken plus some traditional southern sides. White Saddle Band will perform (noon-3 p.m.). Plus, explore the David Rogers' Big Bugs and Tree House Tales exhibitions, take a bike ride or hike the Arboretum's 1,700 acres. Bike rentals will be available.


Father’s Day Brunch

Families can choose from a feast of tasty items including breakfast favorites, fruit, lunch/dinner items and delicious desserts made from the bakery.


Father's Day Swing Dance Party

Learn the basic swing dance steps and some cool turns. Includes a 45-minute beginner Swing dance class, 30 minutes of open dancing, photobooth fun and light snacks. For tickets, visit http://fathersdaydanceparty.eventbrite.com/



Father's Day Pool Party

Celebrate Father's Day by splashing in the sun with your dad. Fathers get in free with a paid child.


Father's Day Classic Car Show

More than 90 models of vintage, antique, and classic automobiles are on display at this free annual Father's Day festival.


Father's Day Family Adventures

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


What dads really expect

The male "father figure" has not been portrayed as the brightest by Hollywood lately. We've seen Ward Cleaver evolve into Al Bundy, Homer Simpson and most recently, Modern Family's Phil Dunphy. The latter three, despite what may be deemed as subpar IQs, seem not only to put food on the table, but to surround that table with a massive home. Not bad.

A trailer for the new film "What to Expect When You're Expecting" shows a group of dads razzing a new dad on his assumptions vs. reality.

That got me thinking: Why not round up a few dads to talk about our "expectations" and how the reality turned out.

The answers follow.


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