Best July events in Chicago and the suburbs


Get in touch with your musical roots, watch a boat race, go on a family scavenger hunt and more this month around Chicagoland. Here are our 10 don't-even-think-about-missing events, but for hundreds more, just head over to our full calendar.


Dragon Boat Race for Literacy

Experience the excitement as teams compete in a fast-paced race on the south branch of the Chicago River in decorated dragon boats. n addition to the boat tournament, this year’s event will feature other on-land spectacles such as live musical and dance performances, booth vendors and special guest appearances. Proceeds are donated to promote literacy.


Chinatown Summer Fair

You may not be up for the 14-hour flight around the world-or its hefty price tag-but you can still head down to Chinatown for a colorful celebration of Asian culture. The Chinatown Summer Fair kicks off with a Lion Dance procession you'll be tempted to join, with music and cultural entertainment throughout the day. While you're there, be sure to taste-test Chinatown's many restaurants (save room for a Chinese pastry or bubble tea), browse local shops for true made-in-China treasures, and check out the kids' area.


Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebrations

From Arlington Heights to Oak Forest, the Chicagoland area will be buzzing with Fourth of July festivities.  Check out these events  for food, fun, music and carnival rides that are sure to entertain everyone in your family.


Kaleidoscope at The Art Institute of Chicago

Explore art-making and activity stations for all ages all over the museum. Plus, meet The Art Institute's mascot, Artie the Lion. This program takes place at the Art Institute. Please call (312) 857-7161. For more information see


The Thrown for a Loop Family Scavenger Hunt

Kids and adults work together exploring the historic heart of Chicago on a hunt that reveals the secrets of such places and sights as the Picasso in Daley Plaza, Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center, Marshall Field's, the Rookery, the lobby of the Marquette Building, and the giant orange Flamingo in Federal Plaza.


Parent and Toddler Yoga

Toddlers practice fun animal yoga poses and engage in activities like guided nature exploration, reading storybooks and more. After class, visit animals that inspire this unique, animal-themed yoga class.


Chicago SummerDance

Does your little guy or gal have some sweet, if a little unpolished, moves? Bring your dancin' shoes to Grant Park this summer for Chicago SummerDance, an 11-week festival featuring one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors, followed by two hours of live music and dancing on a 4,900 square foot open-air dance floor.


Eyes to the Skies Festival

More than a hot air balloon festival, Eyes to the Skies also features Lumberjack training for kids and a carnival. Plus, this year they've lowered the cost so your family can have a fun day out without breaking the bank.The festival runs July 3-7.


Square Roots Festival

Shake your collective tail feathers to some fun and energetic family friendly entertainment then cool off creating some funky, wearable art in the cool shade of Kid Town! Wiggleworms, Old Town's signature childrens music program, plays first fiddle in the kid-friendly corner of this festival, along with theDreamtree Shakers, a mini hip-hop act and a family drum circle.


Adler Planetarium celebrates summer and science with 100 Days of Wonder

Keeping kids learning during the summer can be a challenge, but the planetarium has developed a new program to help parents explore and enjoy science with their children.
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