Great Father’s Day Gift Experiences for Chicago Dads

Make it a Father's Day he'll never forget with these fun ideas!

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate and check off some bucket list items for Dad. Starting a new tradition or creating a unique experience can be a memory that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s family time, embarking on a city adventure or sending Dad on an excursion all his own to a city hotspot, there is something for even the most discerning dad on this list.

Chicago Magic Lounge

The trickery begins the moment Dad enters this hidden gem. Disguised as a laundromat, enter a back door that transports visitors to a swanky art deco-style speakeasy.

From there, Dad will be ushered into the Harry Blackstone Cabaret Theater to enjoy close-up magic performed tableside by talented house magicians, coupled with a mind-blowing stage show.

This gift is an opportunity for Dad to escape his everyday life and feel like a kid again. It is an adult-only night out, however. Shows run seven nights a week with ever-changing entertainment, so dad can fit this experience into his busy schedule. Chicago Magic Lounge is the only venue of its kind in the Midwest and truly allows adults to explore that nostalgia that comes with whimsical and classic turn-of-the-century magic.

Studio W.I.P.

Chicago is no stranger to street art and seeing it in abundance might make Dad want to dabble in a little himself. Maybe he needs an eclectic piece for his man cave or garage and wants the kids to join in. Enter The Studio at W.I.P.

A team of local artists will lead dad and the family through a 90-minute spray paint workshop. Instruction includes can technique, stencil application, line work, drip technique and a take-home 16×20 canvas that will make all of Dad’s friends jealous.

For the dad that appreciates his creative side but wants a little edge, this is a space custom-made for a Father’s Day outing. All classes are kid-friendly and BYOB. The Studio at W.I.P. provides the tools, Dad brings his imagination. 

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Moody Tongue is a Michelin-starred beer concept that offers a 15-course hyper-seasonal tasting menu with curated beer pairings at the restaurant, as well as its most popular offering — a private culinary beer virtual tasting. Dad will enjoy this experience from the comfort of home and will have the opportunity to learn while enjoying beer.

This private, interactive experience allows the participant to taste four different beers while learning from acclaimed brewmaster Jared Rouben, a new father himself. The tasting includes two specialty glasses and two bottles each of Aperitif Pilsner, Juiced Lychee IPA, Steeped Emperor’s Lemon Saison and Bourbon Barrel Aged 12 Layer Cake Imperial Stout.

“Our virtual beer tasting is the ultimate Father’s Day gift,” Rouben says.

Tall Ship Windy

There is nothing more quintessential Chicago than cruising Lake Michigan in a sailboat. The Tall Ship Windy is perhaps the most notable for a brisk and beautiful family-filled Father’s Day.

Each adventure lasts 75 minutes with great points of history and some embellished pirate stories. Everyone will be a part of the crew — hoisting the sails or even firing the cannons. It is always OK to just sit back and enjoy the incredible Chicago skyline, too.

Option one: On June 18 and 19, 10 national teams will race cutting-edge, foiling F50 catamarans along the shores of Lake Michigan. Book a tour on the Tall Ship Windy for the perfect vantage point.

Option two: On June 19 at 11 a.m., 5 and 7 p.m., Dad can hop aboard the four-mast schooner for an adventure complete with a Dad Joke Competition (at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Pirate dad jokes earn extra points!

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