Best June events in Chicago and the suburbs

June means it's officially festival season and there are plenty of family-friendly fests we love. Check out our list of the top ten events happening in Chicagoland this month.

Chicago Blues Festival

Celebrating "Blues by the Lake," the world's largest free blues festival showcases performers on five stages playing to over 500,000 blues fans proving that Chicago is the "Blues Capital of the World." Renowned artists such as Betty Lavette, Aaron Neville, Nikki Hill, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Dr. John are among the list of headliners at this year's festival.


Puerto Rican Parade

Humboldt Park's Puerto Rican community celebrates the 35th anniversary of the People's Parade along Division Street.


Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

Celebrate the 30th year of the two-day outdoor festival devoted to the love of storytelling and the written word. Lit Fest brings together lovers of literature, national best-selling authors, performers, and booksellers. Children's programming includes storytelling, performances, sing-alongs and special activities.


Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show

Features dealers and manufacturers showcasing power and sailboats for sale, water activities including kayak and stand up paddleboard lessons and demos, antique and classic boats, powerboat and sailing lessons and more.


Learnapalooza Wicker Park

Family-friendly festival includes nearly 100 free workshops. Past classes have included everything from bee-keeping, dancing and jewelry-making to Hebrew, backgammon and web design. Course lists available online.


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.


The Second City's Improv Extravaganza Explosion

The Second City's performers lace up their sneakers and reach deep into their imaginations to present family-friendly improvisation and sketch comedy where they pull ideas straight from the audience, and make it all up on the spot. Perfect for ages 5 and up. Performances run from June 19-Aug. 8. Check website for dates and times.


Angry Birds

Create catapults, assemble slingshots, adjust trajectories, and get ready to knock things down as you get into the physics behind the mobile game.


Long Grove Strawberry Festival

Enjoy plenty of food, shopping, entertainment and strawberry-related activities. Plus, activities, kiddie rides, face painting, outdoor activities and tents of family and education-oriented products.


Free Carnival for Special Needs Individuals & their Families

Alpine Amusements, Special Kids Day & WDSRA host a free carival for individuals with special needs and their families/caregivers.


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