There's more to Chicago food than deep-dish pizza and ketchup-less hot dogs. Hit up these summer festivals for a whirlwind culinary tour of the region. They offer a day's worth of activities, and get you off the hook for cooking dinner. Plus, studies show kids complain less when their mouths are full.
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Take your standard (read: awesome) Chicago summerfest, add some serious burger business, and subtract, or at least dial down, the swarming crowds of twenty-somethings that can take over some of Lakeview's streetfests, and you've got Roscoe Village's summer crown jewel. It's a bit lower-key and friendlier for small feet and strollers.