Best Things to Do with Chicagoland Kids in August

Plan ahead! We've rounded up some of the best activities and events to do with kids in Chicago and suburbs this month.

When raising kids, you know life can get busy. That’s why it’s sometimes helpful to plan ahead when searching for exciting events and attractions in Chicagoland. To make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do with kids in August.

Be sure to check out the summer festivals happening this month. Also, be sure to find movies in the park and music in the park events great for your family.

Keep on scrolling to see our top picks of kid-friendly events in Chicago and the suburbs. You can also find more family events listed in our calendar.

City

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Movies in the Parks at West Lawn Park 

Aug. 1, 2023

Families can head to West Lawn Park for a showing of Encanto. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Loyola Park

Aug. 2, 12, 19, 2023

Head to Loyola Park for a movie, beginning at dusk. See Instantanea on Aug. 2, Top Gun: Maverick on Aug. 12 and Spider-Man: No Way Home on Aug. 19.

Movies in the Parks at Marquette (Jacques) Park

Aug. 2, 2023

Bring the kids out to Marquette (Jacques) Park for a showing of Coco. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Piotrowski (Lillian) Park

Aug. 3, 2023

Families can head to Piotrowski Park for a showing of American Underdog on Aug. 3. The movie begins at dusk.

Jeff Fest at Jefferson Park

Aug. 4, 2023

This annual fest, also known as the Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival, offers food, music and a kids zone with fun, family activities.

Little Red Riding Hood at Mayfair Theatre

Through Aug. 4, 2023

Ages 2-10 can enjoy a one-hour musical adaptation based on the original fairy tale. Features plenty of audience participation.

Pinocchio at Beverly Arts Center

Through Aug. 4, 2023

Ages 2-10 can enjoy a one-hour musical adaptation based on the original fairy tale. Features plenty of audience participation.

Movies in the Parks at Berger (Albert) Park

Aug. 5, 2023

Families can head to Berger Park for a showing of Indiana Jones and the Raiders and the Lost Ark. The movie begins at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Dawes (Charles G.) Park

Aug. 5, 2023

Bring the kids out to Dawes (Charles G.) Park for a showing of Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Oz Park

Aug. 5, 26, 2023

Families can head to Oz Park for a showing of West Side Story on Aug. 5 and The Wiz on Aug. 26. Movies begin at dusk.

Edra Soto: Destination/El Destino: A Decade of Graft at Hyde Park Art Center

Through Aug. 6, 2023

​ See Destination/El Destino, the largest solo exhibition to date of Puerto Rican artist, educator and community organizer Edra Soto.

Glenwood Sunday Market 

Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2023

  • Address: Glenwood between Lunt & Morse Avenue, Chicago
  • Cost: Free admission

Glenwood Sunday Market will feature 23 vendors for the 2023 season. The market offers a variety of products ranging from produce, meat, honey, dairy, pickles, bakeries, sweets, tofu, flowers, coffee and more. Dogs will be allowed in the market area with leashes on short lengths.

Edgewater’s Monday Market at Broadway Armory

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023

Come out to Edgewater’s Monday Market to purchase produce fresh from the farm, unique artisanal goods and more. It showcases more than 20 local vendors and features kids activities and live music.

Titan Walls Festival at District Brew Yards

Aug. 7-12, 2023

Check out Chicago’s largest mural festival and spread art across the city. It will feature incredible mural artists from around the world. A fusion between art, culture and community, you’ll be able to experience live-painting, immersive activations and so much more!

Movies in the Parks Oakwood Beach at Burnham (Daniel) Park

Aug. 8, 2023

Head to Burnham Park for a showing of Hairspray (2007) on Aug. 8. Movies begin at dusk. For all ages.

Old Town School of Folk Music Happy Hour at Gallagher Way

Aug. 8, 22, 2023

Enjoy a summer concert featuring rock, pop and folk music, free dance lessons and other interactive music experiences. For all ages

Movies in the Parks at Bartelme (Mary) Park

Aug. 9, 2023

Head to Bartelme Park for a showing of Top Gun: Maverick. Begins at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Oakdale Park

Aug. 9, 2023

Families can head to Oakdale Park for a showing of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Ridge Park

Aug. 10, 2023

Head to Ridge Park for a showing of Minions: The Rise of Gru. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Peterson (Pehr Samuel) Park

Aug. 11, 2023

Families can enjoy a movie at Peterson (Pehr Samuel) Park. The movie, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, will begin at dusk. For all ages.

Retro on Roscoe

Aug. 11, 2023

There will be live music on three stages, antique vendors and merchants and a family area. The family area features inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, rides, crafts and more.

Northalsted Market Days

Aug. 12-13, 2023

There will be music on five stages, food, drinks, arts and crafts, DJs and more than 200 unique vendors at this annual event.

Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Aug. 14, 2023

Head downtown and hear selections from MJ, Hamilton, the pre-Broadway Chicago premieres of A Wonderful World and The Wiz, Boop! The Musical, which has its world premiere in Chicago this fall, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony Award-winning musical revival Company and Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical. More shows to be announced.

Movies in the Parks at Lake Shore Park

Aug. 15, 2023

Families can head to Lake Shore Park for a showing of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, beginning at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Ward (A. Montgomery) Park

Aug. 15, 2023

Head to Ward (A. Montgomery) Park for a movie, beginning at dusk. For all ages. Minions: The Rise of Gru is on Aug. 15.

Movies in the Parks at Commercial Club Playground of Chicago at Commercial Park

Aug. 17, 2023

Families can head to Commercial Club Playground of Chicago at Commercial Park for a showing of Top Gun: Maverick on Aug. 17. The movie begins at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Calumet Park

Aug. 18, 2023

Head to Calumet Park for a showing of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, beginning at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Sauganash Park

Aug. 18, 2023

Bring the kids out to Sauganash Park for a showing of Minions: The Rise of Gru. The movie begins at dusk and is great for all ages.

Ribfest Chicago

Aug. 18-20, 2023

Enjoy ribs and other food and listen to bands while the kids hang out at “Kids Square” featuring entertainment, inflatables and games.

Bulls Fest at United Center 

Aug. 19-20, 2023

The two-day festival will feature a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, live music, art exhibitions, kid-friendly activities and food and drinks.

Movies in the Parks at Jonquil Park

Aug. 19, 2023

Head to Jonquil Park for a showing of Crazy Rich Asians, beginning at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Unity Park

Aug. 19, 2023

Families with kids of all ages can head to Unity Park for a showing of DC League of Super-Pets. The movie begins at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Kells (George) Park

Aug. 22, 2023

Families can head to Kells (George) Park for a showing of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The movie begins at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Osterman Beach at Lincoln (Abraham) Park

Aug. 22, 2023

Head to Osterman Beach at Lincoln Park for a movie. Begins at dusk. To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar! is on Aug. 22.

Movies at Gallagher Way

Aug. 23, 30, 2023

Head out to Gallagher Way for the summer programming series. In August, see Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and The Dark Knight. Reservations required. 

Movies in the Parks at South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse Park

Aug. 23, 2023

Families can head to South Shore Cultural Center/Fieldhouse Park for a showing of The Wiz. The movie begins at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Wicker (Charles, Joel) Park

Aug. 24, 2023

Head to Wicker Park for a movie. Begins at dusk. For all ages. Weird Science is on Aug. 24.

Movies in the Parks at Hermitage Park

Aug. 25, 2023

Families can enjoy seeing Black Panther: Wakanda Forever at Hermitage Park. The movie begins at dusk.

Taste of Greektown

Aug. 25-27, 2023

This annual event returns for its 33rd year. It features Greek food, music and entertainment, including Greek bands, artisans and games for both kids and families.

Movies in the Parks at Churchill Field Park

Aug. 26, 2023

Families can head to Churchill Field Park for a showing of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The movie begins at dusk.

Death: Life’s Greatest Mystery at Field Museum

Through Aug. 27, 2023

​Explore perspectives of death and life through science, art and culture. You’ll see a life-sized ofrenda made by Norma Rios-Sierra, see interactive multimedia art and soundscapes and more.

Pompeii: The Exhibition at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Through Sept. 4, 2023

See this immersive educational museum exhibit, “Pompeii: The Exhibition,” and be transported back in time to learn about Pompeii and see more than 150 historical artifacts.

The Malibu Barbie Cafe

Through Sept. 15, 2023

Experience the groovy beachside of 1970s Malibu, California, at this unique dining experience in Chicagoland. Take photos in the life-sized Barbie box, enjoy tasty food and shop exclusive Barbie merchandise at this pop-up. Tickets include a 90-minute reservation slot, an entree and a side item.

Mold-A-Rama: Molded for the Future at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Through Dec. 31, 2023

This exhibit features a collection of popular, rare and experimental Mold-A-Rama souvenirs from the past. Take home colorful souvenirs made by several machines featured in the exhibit and around the museum.

First Kings of Europe at Field Museum

Through Jan. 28, 2024

View this exhibit at the Field Museum that gathered more than 700 exquisite objects, such as jewelry, armor, weapons and more.

North/Northwest Suburbs

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Fitness in the Park: PowHerhouse

Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2023

“PowHerhouse” classes are designed for all fitness levels, and will include low impact workouts, cardio kickboxing, restorative classes and more. Bring your own water. Advance registration required.

Core Hydration Classic at NOW Arena

Aug. 4-5, 2023

Come out to NOW Arena to see the country’s top artistic gymnasts compete to qualify for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

DOGwood Day at Lambs Farm

Aug. 6, 2023

Enjoy one day of puppy love at this annual event for you and your doggie at Lambs Farm.

Fitness in the Park: Yoga at Parkway Bank Park

Aug. 6, 13, 2023

“Yoga in the Park” will take place Sunday mornings. Bring your yoga mat and water to experience the benefits of yoga with seasoned instructors. Advance registration required.

Fitness in the Park: Zumba at Parkway Bank Park

Aug. 7, 2023

Zumba in the Park will take place Monday evenings. Each week, Zumba instructors will lead the exciting, invigorating classes from a stage in the middle of the park. Bring your own water. Advance registration required.

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – Two Beer Tommy

Aug. 10, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by Two Beer Tommy. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks.

Lincolnshire Art Festival

Aug. 12-13, 2023

Lincolnshire Art Festival showcases the work of more than 80 juried artists from around the world in a variety of mediums. There’s also live music, a selection of beers, festival food and more.

Opera for the Young: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Ravinia

Aug. 12, 2023

See a one-hour, mid-century modern adaptation for kids in concert at the pavilion at Ravinia. This kids concert has a classical/theater genre.

Clayson’s Kids Days at Clayson House Museum

Aug. 13, 2023

Ages 4-12 can enjoy a drop-in craft and visit with their mascot, Clayson, the Family Dog.

Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival

Aug. 18-19, 2023

Shop from more than 130 juried artists from around the country at this annual event. For three days, art lovers can see the masters at work with live art demonstrations along with one-on-one booth chats.

Little Bear Ribfest in Century Park

Aug. 18-19, 2023

The entertainment will be award-winning blues artists. Bring your own lawn chairs to set up by the lake to listen to music. Multiple restaurants will be selling ribs and side dishes. Beverages for sale will include beer, wine, bourbon and soda.

Movie in the Park: Minions the Rise of Gru at Recreation Park

Aug. 18, 2023

Enjoy watching the movie, Minions the Rise of Gru, with your family at Recreation Park. Bring your own chairs, blankets and movie snacks.

Phil Wickham and Brandon Lake on the Summer Worship Nights Tour at NOW Arena

Aug. 18, 2023

Phil Wickham and Brandon Lake on the Summer Worship Nights Tour is set to be a powerful night of worship and prayer.

Music Under The Trees at The Dole – Winnie Cooper

Aug. 24, 2023

Enjoy live music on the front lawn at The Dole by Winnie Cooper. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and snacks.

Okee Dokee Brothers at Ravinia

Aug. 26, 2023

See Okee Dokee Brothers in concert at the pavilion at Ravinia. This kids concert has a country/folk genre.

Port Clinton Art Festival

Aug. 26-27, 2023

This annual festival is celebrating its 40th year. It offers fine art from more than 260 of the world’s most celebrated artists.

Bike for the Kids at Festival Park

Aug. 27, 2023

Support Easterseals DuPage and Fox Valley with their Bike for Kids event at Festival Park along the Fox River Trail for distances of 12, 25 or 50 miles. There will be family entertainment and a taco lunch at 11 a.m., adapted bike presentation at noon and the kids’ ride at 12:30 p.m. Riders will earn tokens to turn in for prizes.

The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Łódz Ghetto at Illinois Holocaust Museum

Through Sept. 24, 2023

This exhibit explores a 14-year-old named Rywka Lipszyc’s diary that was discovered in the ashes of a destroyed crematorium at Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

South Suburbs

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Movie Nights at Village Commons Lawn

Aug. 2, 9, 2023

Families can enjoy a movie night at Village Commons on the lawn. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase. For all ages. Aug. 2 is Turning Red and Aug. 9 is The Bad Guys.

Movie in the Park: Spider-Man No Way Home at Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center Band Shell 

Aug. 3, 2023

Families can see the classic film, Spider-Man No Way Home, at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. A small concession stand will be available.

Southern Accents: Tom Petty Tribute Band at Venue 1012 

Aug. 5, 2023

Enjoy this Tom Petty tribute band called Southern Accents, formed by elite musicians from Nashville.

Story Trail at Bemis Woods – South

Aug. 9, 2023

Families can walk a short, looped trail and experience a story unfolding with every step, then take home a related craft.

Music in the Park: Electro Retro at Tinley Park Park District

Aug. 17, 2023

Families can enjoy live musical entertainment from Electro Retro at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs.

Second Hand News: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band at Venue 1012

Aug. 17, 2023

Enjoy a free concert with your family to see Fleetwood Mac tribute band, Second Hand News.

Western Suburbs

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Festa Italiana at Naper Settlement 

Aug. 4-6, 2023

Families can enjoy live Italian and rock music, shopping, meatball eating contest, Italian food and kids activities and rides.

Moonlit Movies in the Park at Parade Field at Cantigny Park

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Bring the family and watch a movie on the 40-foot inflatable screen. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. Aug. 4 is North by Northwest, Aug. 11 is Big Hero Six, Aug. 18 is Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Aug. 25 is Super Mario Brothers.

Moose Lodge Cruise Nights and Friday Night Live in Downtown Downers Grove

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Enjoy a family-friendly night of classic cars, live entertainment, shopping and dining in downtown Downers Grove. It will feature a different band every week at the Main Street Train Station.

Movie in the Park at Wilder Park

Aug. 4, 2023

Grab a picnic blanket and join Elmhurst Park District at Wilder Park for a showing of Sonic the Hedgehog. Movie begins at dusk. The food trucks there will be Serna’s Grill and Spoon Burger.

Movies & Food Trucks on the Center Green at Geneva Commons

Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Families can enjoy a movie and food trucks at Geneva Commons this summer. Bring a blanket or chair and some snacks. Aug. 4 is Footloose, Aug. 11 is Toy Story 2, Aug. 18 is Trolls and Aug. 25 is viewer’s choice (voting will take place on their social media pages).

Lunchtime Live – Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam at Cerny Park

Aug. 10, 2023

Pack a lunch and join Cerny Park for a lunchtime concert with live entertainment for children.

Adaptive Play Time at DuPage Children’s Museum

Aug. 13, 2023

This monthly event provides a modified environment for play and learning for children and their caregivers. It is intended for families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum and/or with sensory processing disorders. Pre-registration is required. 

Summer Movies in the Park at Cerny Park 

Aug. 17, 2023

Families can enjoy a movie night at Cerny Park. The movie on Aug. 17 is Luca. There will be concessions available for purchase.

Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop at Cleve Carney Museum of Art

Through Sept. 10, 2023

“Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop” allows visitors to experience Andy Warhol’s life through interactive exhibits, recreations and videos created exclusively for this exhibition.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.

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