Chicago weekend events for kids

There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.

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Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest

Get a first look at the 2014 Chicago Bears as they gear up at Soldier Field with new Bears players Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, and more. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, live music, a great fireworks show, as well as a live Bears practice.


Destination Asia Summer Festival

Explore the diverse culture of Asia through live music, dance performances, Asian-inspired fare, and much more. Visitors can participate in a walking tour and discover our beautiful and historic tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea.


Wrigleyville Summerfest

Includes live music, food, drinks and the Kid's Zone, with interactive games, crafts, a bouncy castle and other family-friendly activities.


Spartan JV and Varsity Challenge

This event challenges all ages and fitness levels with varying levels of intense and fun obstacles. Numerous wave starts will keep the action moving during the day, including kids, teens, families and special needs. You may race in as many races as you like during the day. JV course is 2K and the Varsity course is 4K. Course contains 14 obstacles that will test your upper body, lower body, core strength, endurance, and fun meter. Post-race party includes DJ, food, sponsor material, photos, and more.


Fox Valley Irish Festival

Family activities (1-5 p.m.) include a petting zoo, moonjump, freckle contest, Irish Dancers, Ice Cream Eating Contest, food vendors (including Irish fare), Irish crafts, face painting and bag pipers. Plus live entertainment, Jameson tasting, Irish beer, bean bag games, Gaelic language lessons and hurling demo for the adults.


Princess Power: A Disney Concert Celebration

"Princess Power,” a music concert celebrating Disney princess songs, will be performed at Northwestern University, 2 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. This performance will delight Disney-lovers of all ages with a cast of 12 singing songs from movies such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “The Little Mermaid” and the recent smash-hit “Frozen.” To purchase tickets call the Wirtz Center Box Office at 847-491-7282 or online at


Fiesta del Sol

Includes Aztec dancing, local art exhibit, craft workshop, a children's area with read-out-loud sessions, free books, games and educational activities, Civil Rights of Immigrants Booth, College Fair, live entertainment, Pilsen School Expo, indoor soccer tournaments, free health screenings and food vendor.


Family Adventures

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


Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

This show in the Classical Kids series features Mozart’s young son, Karl, who longs to  spend more time with his famous father. An old traveling trunk serves as a magic chest that reveals an incredible journey back in time to Mozart’s childhood and into the fantastic world of Mozart’s great opera The Magic Flute. Audiences will enjoy 23 excerpts of the master’s music, played by the Elgin Youth Symphony, including themes from Mozart’s operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, popular excerpts from The Magic Flute, and some of his most important and engaging works such as Ave Verum, Symphony No. 1, Clarinet Quintet, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.


Taste of Latin America

Visitors enjoy food from countries including Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. Plus, cooking demonstrations, an eclectic world music lineup, kids' activity tent, and arts and crafts.


Customer Appreciation Day

Free Cheesecake Samples and games, including Bingo, Spin & Win and Cheesecake Hula Hoop.


Making History: Toys and Tinkering

Lincoln Logs, Ludwig drums and Harmony guitars were all made and shipped along the Bloomingdale Rail Line. Learn about the rich manufacturing history and make some ingenious toys and musical instruments to take home. Part of Trail Mix, a free monthly series of family events and conversations about The 606.


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