Best Things to Do with Chicagoland Kids in July

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 July.

Be sure to check out the Fourth of July events and 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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NASCAR Chicago Street Race at Grant Park

July 1-2, 2023

Enjoy two days of racing and live entertainment from The Chainsmokers, The Black Crowes, Charley Crockett and Miranda Lambert.

Glenwood Sunday Market 

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 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.

Decorate Patriotic Pretzels at Gage Park Branch

July 3, 2023

Stop in to decorate some pretzels for the Fourth of July at Gage Park Branch while supplies last.

Drop In 4th of July Craft at Little Italy Branch

July 3, 5, 2023

Ages 3 and up can drop in at Little Italy Branch to create a variety of red, white and blue crafts to make and take home.

Edgewater’s Monday Market at Broadway Armory

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2023

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

4th on 53rd Parade and Free Festival at Hyde Park Bank

July 4, 2023

The day will begin at 11 a.m. with the parade and feature floats, community groups, marching bands and kids on decorated bikes and scooters on the 1.3-mile route. Afterward, there will be a free festival at noon with performances, face painting, bounce houses, petting zoo, magician and much more.

Independence Day | Remember, Reconnect and Represent at Chicago History Museum

July 4, 2023

  • Address: 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago
  • Cost: Illinois residents/free; Nonresidents: $19/adult, $17/senior and students, free/ages 12 and under

Join the museum for its Fourth of July event featuring music from the Americana Concert Band and family-friendly activities.

Movies at Gallagher Way

July 5, 12, 26, 2023

Head out to Gallagher Way for the summer programming series. In July, see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Clueless and Top Gun: Maverick. Reservations required. 

Movies in the Parks at Eckhart (Bernard) Park

July 5, 2023

Bring the kids out to Eckhart Park for a showing of Inside Out. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Moran (Terrance) Park

July 7, 2023

Families can head to Moran Park for a showing of Black Adam. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

July 7-9, 2023

Come out to this festival to try and vote for Chicago’s Best Burger. In addition to food, there will be music, arts/crafts and a “Kids Zone” for children and families to enjoy.

Movies in the Parks at Humboldt (Alexander Von) Park

July 8, 2023

Families can head to Humboldt (Alexander Von) Park for a showing of Minions: The Rise of Gru. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Loyola Park

July 8, 2023

All ages can head to Loyola Park for a showing of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish on July 8. The movie begins at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Bartelme (Mary) Park 

July 11, 2023

Head to Bartelme Park for a showing of Toy Story, beginning at dusk. For all ages.

Old Town School of Folk Music Happy Hour at Gallagher Way

July 11, 25, 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 Calumet Park

July 12, 25, 2023

Head to Calumet Park for a showing of American Curious on July 12 and Mulan on July 25. Movies begin at dusk.

Movies in the Parks at Austin Town Hall Park

July 13, 2023

Families can head to Austin Town Hall Park for a showing of Black Adam. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Cole (Nat King) Park

July 13, 2023

Families can enjoy a showing of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 at Cole (Nat King) Park. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Millennium Art Festival

July 14-16, 2023

The three-day festival showcases more than 120 juried artists with an array of original artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography and furniture.

Movies in the Parks at Douglass (Anna and Frederick) Park 

July 14, 2023

Families can head to Douglass (Anna and Frederick) Park for a showing of Space Jam: A New Legacy. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Euclid Park

July 14, 2023

Families can head to Euclid Park for a showing of Black Adam. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Churchill Field Park

July 15, 2023

Families can head to Churchill Field Park for a showing of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Movies in the Parks at Lake Shore Park 

July 15, 29, 2023

Families can head to Lake Shore Park for a movie beginning at dusk. For all ages. Top Gun: Maverickis on July 15 and Jungle Cruise is on July 29.

Movies in the Parks at Beverly Park

July 18, 2023

Families can head to Beverly Park for a showing of Field of Dreams. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Sherman (John) Park 

July 20, 2023

Families can head to Sherman (John) Park for a showing of Black Adam. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

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

July 20, 2023

Head to Wicker Park for a movie. Begins at dusk. For all ages. Save the Last Dance is on July 20.

Movies in the Parks at Maggie Daley Park

July 21, 2023

Families can enjoy a showing of Strange World at Maggie Daley Park. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

July 21-23, 2023

Enjoy a main stage with local and regional entertainment, food, arts and crafts and more.

Movies in the Parks at Brooks (Oscar) Park

July 22, 27, 2023

Families can head to Brooks Park for a showing Black Adam on July 22 and Thor: Love and Thunder on July 27. Movies begin at dusk. For all ages.

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

July 22, 2023

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

Movies in the Parks at Rosenblum (J. Leslie) Park 

July 22, 2023

Families can head to Rosenblum (J. Leslie) Park for a showing of The Wiz. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

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

July 25, 2023

Head to Ward (A. Montgomery) Park for a movie. Begins at dusk. For all ages. Top Gun: Maverick is on July 25.

Movies in the Parks at Brainerd Park

July 26, 2023

Families can enjoy a movie at Brainerd Park. They will see a showing of DC League of Super-Pets. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Palmer (Potter) Park

July 27, 2023

Families can head to Palmer (Potter) Park for a showing of Soul. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Movies in the Parks at Gill (Joseph) Park

July 28, 2023

Families can head to Gill Park for a showing of Lightyear. The movie begins at dusk. For all ages.

Wicker Park Fest

July 28-30, 2023

  • Address: Milwaukee Avenue between Damen Avenue and Ashland Avenue, Chicago
  • Cost: $10/suggested donation

This event returns to Wicker Park and features more than 50 local bands, than 200 participating small businesses, kid-friendly areas and local food vendors.

Chinatown Summer Fair

July 29-30, 2023

There will be a lion dance procession, Asian performances, Kung Fu demonstrations, food, arts & crafts exhibits, street vendors, children’s area and a breakdancing competition.

Movies in the Parks at Jonquil Park

July 29, 2023

Head to Jonquil Park for a movie beginning at dusk. For all ages. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is on July 29.

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.

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.

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.” You’ll be transported back in time to learn about Pompeii and see more than 150 historical artifacts.

Pixar Putt at Navy Pier

Through Sept. 10, 2023

  • Address: 600 E Grand Ave., Chicago 
  • Cost: $27-$32.50/adult, $22-$27.50/under 12, $102-$110/2 children and 2 adults (New this year is the $3.50 off discount for Illinois residents) | Get tickets

Pixar Putt is a pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by Pixar films. Advanced booking recommended.

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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Glenview Fourth of July

July 4, 2023

Join the Fourth of July celebrations with a bike parade, floats, live music, entertainers, food trucks and more. End the evening with a fireworks show, synchronized to music in Galley Park.

Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks at Lake Forest Parks & Recreation

July 4, 2023

This event features musical entertainment and a firework display on the North Shore, set to patriotic music.

Wild Rumpus Circus at Discovery Center Museum

July 7, 2023

Enjoy a day full of surprises and silliness with the Wild Rumpus Circus for two engaging performances. Enjoy the combination aerial artistry, rapid fire juggling and stilt walkers. Between shows, children can pretend to be a circus performer by taking a swing on a low-flying trapeze, balancing on a tightwire and go for a spin a kid-sized German Wheel.

National Seminario Ravinia: Orchestras for All Concert with Chicago Philharmonic at Ravinia

July 8, 2023

See students from across the country in concert at the pavilion at Ravinia. This kids concert has a classical genre.

Clayson’s Kids Days at Clayson House Museum

July 9, 2023

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

Movie in the Park: Encanto at Recreation Park

July 14, 2023

Enjoy watching the movie, Encanto with your family at Recreation Park. Bring your own chairs, blankets and movie snacks.

Movies Under the Stars at Willow Stream Park

July 14, 21, 2023

Bring blankets, chairs and snacks for an outdoor movie screening this summer at Willow Stream Park. Concessions will be available for purchase. See Encanto on July 14 and Luca on July 21.

Kids Concert Series-Jeanie B at North School Park

July 18, 2023

Enjoy a kid-friendly concert at North School Park, which features the singing dancing and entertaining of Jeanie B.

Glencoe Festival of Art

July 22-23, 2023

More than 90 juried artists from across the country will showcase their work in a variety of different mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry and wood. There will also be live music, food and activities for kids.

Kids Concert Series-ScribbleMonster at North School Park 

July 25, 2023

Enjoy a kid-friendly concert by ScribbleMonster, which is comprised of five veteran Chicago-area performers.

Lincolnwood Fest at Henry A. Proesel Park

July 27-30, 2023

This fest features live music, carnival rides, games, bingo, classic car show, arts and crafts and more.

Imagine U: Lyle the Crocodile at Ethel M. Barber Theater 

July 28-30, 2023

Families can check out this performance at Ethel M. Barber Theater based on the book by Bernard Waber.

Art at the Glen

July 29-30, 2023

See the art of more than 140 juried artists from across the country. Artists will be available at their booths to give demonstrations and one-on-one conversations about their artistic processes.

Laurie Berkner at Ravinia

July 30, 2023

  • Address: 201 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park
  • Cost: $15/general admission lawn tickets, $20/reserved seats and premium lawn blocks | Get tickets

See Laurie Berkner in concert at the pavilion at Ravinia. This kids concert has a pop/rock genre.

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-Bikenau camp.

South Suburbs

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Lemont Food Truck Festival

July 1, 2023

This fest features more than 15 of the region’s best food trucks, live music, a beer garden and local business vendors. Plus, all the fun activities that The Forge offers like climbing adventure, archery, laser tag and axe throwing.

Movie Nights at Village Commons Lawn

July 5, 12, 19, 26, 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. July 5 is Vivo, July 12 is Encanto, July 19 is Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and July 26 is Minions: The Rise of Gru.

Hillbilly Rockstarz at Venue 1012

July 6, 2023

Enjoy a free concert at Venue 1012 and see Hillbilly Rockstarz, which specializes in covering the latest hits of country music and classic favorites.

Movie in the Park: DC League of Superpets at Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center Band Shell

July 6, 2023

Families can see the classic film, DC League of Superpets, at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. A small concession stand will be available.

Boy Band Review at Venue 1012

July 15, 2023

Enjoy a family-friendly concert with Boy Band Review, which has all the ‘90s throwbacks you can sing and dance to.

Movie in the Park: Frozen II at Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center Band Shell

July 20, 2023

Families can see the classic film, Frozen II at Tinley Park District’s Thursdays in the Park summer series. Bring your own blanket and chairs. A small concession stand will be available.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 at Venue 1012

July 20, 2023

Join the Village of Oswego for a free showing of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Bring a chair or blanket, buy a snack and enjoy lawn games.

Concert in the Park: Bagshot Row at Tinley Park Park District

July 27, 2023

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

The GooRoos at Venue 1012

July 27, 2023

Feel like you’re at an old-school rock concert when you come out to Venue 1012 to see The GooRoos in this free concert.

Western Suburbs

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Aurora Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3, 2023

Join the city of Aurora for its annual firework show with the theme, “City of Lights” this year. DJ Suave Smooth will be spinning at RiversEdge and DJ Pena will be spinning at McCullough Park. Wilder Park and Promenade will host a food truck court beginning at 5 p.m.

Aurora Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 2023

The parade route will begin at Benton and River, head east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Downer and Middle Avenue.

Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade & Festival

July 4, 2023

Downtown Glen Ellyn will host their 4th of July Parade at noon with music, floats and American pride. Later in the evening, head to Lake Ellyn Park to see their fireworks display at dusk.

Moonlit Movies in the Park at Parade Field at Cantigny Park

July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023

Bring the family and watch a movie on their 40-foot inflatable screen. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. July 7 is The Goonies, July 14 is Funny Face, July 21 is The Princess and the Frog and July 28 is School of Rock.

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

July 7, 14, 21, 28, 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.

Movies & Food Trucks on the Center Green at Geneva Commons

July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2023

Families can enjoy a movie and food trucks at Geneva Commons this summer. Bring a blanket or chair and some snacks. July 7 is Guardians of the Galaxy, July 14 is Monsters Inc., July 21 is Freaky Fridayand July 28 is Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.  

Concert in the Park at Berens Park

July 12, 2023 

Join Elmhurst Park District at Berens Park for a free concert. Industrial Drive will take to the stage, performing rock hits from across the decades.

Lunchtime Live – Mr. Dave Music at Cerny Park

July 13, 2023 

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

Movie in the Park at Wilder Park

July 14, 2023

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

Adaptive Play Time at DuPage Children’s Museum

July 16, 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 

July 20, 2023

Families can enjoy a movie night at Cerny Park. The movie on July 20 is Top Gun Maverick. There will be concessions available for purchase.

Lunchtime Live – ScribbleMonster at Cerny Park

July 27, 2023

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

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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