Father’s Day 2021 Guide for Chicago Families

Celebrate dad with these fun activities the whole family will enjoy.

Dad. Pops. Daddy. There are many reasons why we love the fathers in our lives — they’re sweet, helpful and maybe they even know some pretty good Dad jokes. Most of all, they love their kids no matter what.

When Father’s Day rolls around, we want to make sure Dads know that they’re the best. There are so many ways to make them feel great, including delicious food, meaningful gifts or a special family outing.

You might need to make a few adjustments to your Father’s Day plans in 2021, but you can still make June 20 an unforgettable day for dad. We’ve rounded up some fun Father’s Day activities that Chicago families can enjoy.


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Local businesses are getting creative to celebrate Dads with these fun family events. Looking for more Father’s Day events? Check out the latest events added to our calendar and more of our top picks listed in this roundup.

Take Me Fishing

June 19, 2021

Families can enjoy a “Take Me Fishing” event at Bernas Park. Fishing prizes and giveaways will be given to participants while supplies last. Kids 14 and under must be under adult supervision. This is an outdoor activity. While there is plenty of room for social distancing from other families, face masks are required. 

Laurie Berkner’s Father’s Day Family Concerts

June 20, 2021

  • Hosted by: Laurie Berkner
  • Cost: $20 

Children’s musician Laurie Berkner will treat families to songs to sing and dance to. She will sing about the joys of family, like “I Love You Daddy” and “My Family,” along with an array of her greatest hits, including “Victor Vito,” “The Goldfish (Let’s Go Swimming),” “Pig On Her Head,” “Rocketship Run,” “Chipmunk At The Gas Pump,” “Moon Moon Moon,” and more, including from her new album, Let’s Go!

Father’s Day Ice Cream Ride

June 20, 2021

Riders of all sizes and abilities will meet for a short trail ride to Dairy Dream for a Father’s Day treat. Bring helmets, masks and ice cream money.


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Don’t wait until the last minute to find the perfect Father’s Day gift! Here’s help to get you started, whether you want your Father’s Day gifts practical or something special and homemade from the kids.

Handmade Father’s Day Cards (Metro Parent) 

Skip buying a card this year and give Dad something that he will treasure forever. These handmade Father’s Day cards from Metro Parent make our hearts melt. Especially the “I Love You This Much” card!   

Practical Father’s Day Gifts

Sometimes it’s tricky to find a wonderful gift for the dads in your life. We rounded up some simple and cool Father’s Day gifts that any dad will love. Gifts include a Kindle, magnetic bottle opener and more.

Tin Can Planter Craft

Brighten up Dad’s day by re-creating one of these tin can planters filled with personality. Tip: Let the kids get creative by adding a little more of Dad to the planter gift. You can print out family photos or include his favorite sports team.


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Surprise dad with a great meal for Father’s Day. While you can take him out to his favorite restaurant, you can also cook at home or treat him with the best ice cream with these suggestions. 

Suburban Breweries Worth the Trip

Make a toast to the best dad in the world. Some of these suburban breweries are family-friendly, but you can also make it a special outing with your partner, or even own father, for some quality time without the kids.   

Slider Recipes for Father’s Day (Metro Parent) 

Sliders are fun and delicious for the whole family. Plus, you can make more than one recipe to give everyone plenty of options. Our personal favorites on this list has to be Sloppy Joe sliders and cheesesteak sliders.

Classic Ice Cream Shops in Chicagoland

We all scream for ice cream! With Father’s Day taking place in the summer, you can’t say no to a trip visiting one of these classic ice cream shops 

More Activities

Image one via Finding Nemo. Image two via I Heart Crafty Things.

As much as any father would love food and gifts on his dedicated day, sometimes family time is just as special. Here are some ideas on things to do with the whole family on Father’s Day. 

Watch a Father’s Day movie

If you want to relax at home, grab some popcorn and catch these dad-focused movies featured in our Watch This, Do That series. Some movies to watch include Finding Nemo, Despicable Me and The Mitchells vs. The Machines. Plus, read about Chicago TV dads we love and learn from 

Go on a beautiful bike ride

Expecting amazing weather on Father’s Day? Take out the bikes and head out on an outdoor adventure. We rounded up our favorite family-friendly biking trails in Chicagoland with the best views.

Find more things to do

For more fun ways to celebrate Father’s Day in Chicagoland, check out our Weekend Picks to find the latest events and things to do with kids. Plus, we even included some date night ideas if you want to have one-on-one time with your partner!

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