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.
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.
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.
Parades, fireworks, barbecue...there is nothing like celebrating American independence with timeless
tradition. Find out when and where to catch your local Fourth
festivities and if you can't make it to a fireworks show on
the Fourth of July, you can catch them at Navy Pier every Wednesday
and Saturday night during the summer months.
If your family attends these or any other Fourth of July events
around the city, feel free to share photos with us on our
Facebook page! We'll put them in our special gallery for the
holiday. Make sure to also use our hashtag #cpsummer when you post
about your summer fun.
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 www.artic.edu.
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
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
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
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
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.