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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Four Star Bike & Chow

Get to know the parks, architecture and other landmarks during Chicago's longest-running annual ride and sample a Chicago treats like pierogies, egg rolls and tacos at the rest stops along the way. Four routes from 12-62 miles fit all types of riders. Registration includes an event T-shirt, rest stop access, food samples and entry into the post-ride festival with entertainment and purchase options for a full lunch and beer.


Passport Europe Festival

Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Europe with culinary delights, authentic musical performances, impressive dancing demonstrations, and more. Hike the trails and explore the Arboretum's collections of trees and plants native to central and northern Europe, some of the oldest collections on the Arboretum grounds.


Lake County Mariposa Festival

This  open-air festival presents a celebration of nature, art, and culture. More than 50 booths showcase handcrafted art and host games and activities for kids. A stage presents a variety of music and dancing and local restaurant vendors offer diverse food options.


Cornfest Family Fun Day

Enjoy delicious barbeque, along with roasted corn on the cob, homemade pies, and sweet taffy apples. Entertainment includes games, races, and a fishing tournament for kids. Kids can use hammers, nails, and paint to create whatever they want at the giant woodpile.


The Festival on Prairie Avenue

Annual Festival includes music, inflatables, sports games, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, magic shows, historic tours, and arts and crafts.


Homer Harvest Days

Festival features demonstrations of farm activities and old-time handmade items, old-fashioned entertainment, live animal exhibits, pony rides, antique tractors, hayrides, food, children’s activities, vendors, live music, and other amusements and diversions from a simpler and more rural era.


Art in the Park

Art-themed activities for children and adults include art booths, sidewalk chalk art competition and a Community Art Project Auction of Toddler Adirondack Chairs of Lisle. Food and drinks available for purchase.


Chicago Turkish Festival

Features tents including, calligraphy, ceramics, gift tents, crystal, information, books, clothing, restaurant/café and many more. Taste world-famous Kahramanmaras ice cream and fresh flavors from local Turkish restaurants. Visitors will also be able to get a taste of Turkish pastries and the amazing Turkish coffee while enjoying the shows by modern/folk dancers, Whirling Dervishes, Ottoman Army Marching Band (Mehter), a fashion show and concert.


A River Thru History: The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous

The Rendezvous recreates the history of the area during the fur trade era of voyageurs and local tribes before Chicago became acity. Meet DuSable, along with fur traders, craftsmen, pioneer musicians and entertainers, as they gather along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Includes craft demonstrations, a children’s trading post, live animals, storytelling, Native American and French games, a skillet toss, a fashion show, tomahawk throwing, archery and more. Enjoy frontier food like fry bread, kettle corn and root beer.


Circus in the Parks

Circus In The Parks, featuring Chicago's Midnight Circus, a high-flying assortment of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists and even a dog tour Chicago parks under a little big top. To purchase tickets visit


TheosoFest! Mind, Body and Spirit Festival

Family friendly event offers dozens of unique vendors featuring jewelry, clothing, natural and organic products, vegetarian food and a kids korner with storytellers, music, puppets, crafts and more. Experience hands-on demonstrations in Tai Chi and Qijong; talks on ayurveda, yoga, chakras, energy work, holistic healing, spirituality, dream interpretation; and participate in the Drumming Circle. Visit the Theosophical Society's Olcott Library, labyrinth and Buddha Meditation Garden.


Venetian Night

The Venetian Night parade begins at 8:30 p.m. when boats process from the East End of Navy Pier toward the city. A Navy Pier fireworks display will light the night sky at the conclusion of the parade. Up to 20 participating vessels will be decorated in the theme of Broadway musicals including Wicked, The Wiz, Little Mermaid, South Pacific, Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Chicago and Motown while being accompanied by music from the shows. Spectators will also have the chance to vote for their favorite boat on Navy Pier’s Facebook page.

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