Best June events in Chicago and the suburbs

June means it’s officially festival season and there are plenty of family-friendly fests we love. Check out our list of the top ten events happening in Chicagoland this month.

Chicago Blues Festival

Celebrating “Blues by the Lake,” the world’s largest free blues festival showcases performers on five stages playing to over 500,000 blues fans proving that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Visit the website for a list of this year’s performers.

Puerto Rican Parade

Humboldt Park’s Puerto Rican community celebrates the 36th anniversary of the People’s Parade along Division Street.

Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest

This two-day outdoor festival is devoted to the love of storytelling and the written word. Lit Fest brings together lovers of literature, national best-selling authors, performers, and booksellers. Children’s programming includes storytelling, performances, sing-alongs and special activities.

Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show

Features dealers and manufacturers showcasing power and sailboats for sale, water activities including kayak and stand up paddleboard lessons and demos, antique and classic boats, powerboat and sailing lessons and more.

Learnapalooza Wicker Park

Family-friendly festival includes nearly 100 free workshops.Past classes have included everything from bee-keeping, dancing andjewelry-making to Hebrew, backgammon and web design. Course listsavailable online.

The Second City’s Improv Extravaganza Explosion

The Second City’s performers lace uptheir sneakers and reach deep into their imaginations to presentfamily-friendly improvisation and sketch comedy where they pullideas straight from the audience, and make it all up on thespot.Perfect for ages 5 and up. Performances run from June19-Aug. 8. Check website for dates and times.

Angry Birds

Cobble together a device you can use to knock things down as we get into the science behind this physics phenomenon. Use art and ingenuity to transform yourself into your favorite angry bird character. Assemble some crazy structures, make a real bird feeder, take in an Angry Bird science demonstration and more.

Long Grove Strawberry Fest

Three days committed to all things strawberry. In addition to three stages of live entertainment programmed by Ravenswood Special Events, includes the renowned Kid Zone, with timeless fun like water balloon toss, flower crown arts, ballroom dancing, and junior knight training.

Free Carnival for Special Needs Individuals & their Families

Alpine Amusements, Special Kids Day & WDSRA host a freecarival for individuals with special needs and theirfamilies/caregivers.

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