Best Things to Do with Chicagoland Kids This June

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

June is approaching and you know what that means – schools will be out and then it will be time to start having some fun here in Chicagoland. With the summertime comes lots of fun outdoor activities to do with your kids, including summer festivals, movies in the park events (including tons at the Chicago Park Districts) and music in the park events.

Also, be sure to check out the Pride Month eventsJuneteenth events and Father’s Day events happening this month. I always try to bring my son, Jordan, to check out the holiday events and summer festivals. Most of them offer a kid’s section or free activities for kids to do while they’re there.

Keep on scrolling to see our top picks of kid-friendly June 2024 events in Chicago and the suburbs. You can also find more family events listed in our calendar. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @chicagoparent if you check any of them out!

This article was recently updated on May 29, 2024, by Chicago Parent’s Audience Development Coordinator, Kari Zaffarano. The update included her adding new Chicagoland events to the ChicagoParent.com‘s calendar and featuring the best family events this month, aligning with Chicago Parent’s mission to provide the top parenting resources for local families. Questions? Please reach out to kari@chicagoparent.com.

Best June family events in Chicago

Andersonville Midsommar Fest, Photo credit Timmy Samuel, Starbelly Studios

There are a lot of great summer festivals to check out with your kids this month. Be sure to enjoy the summer fireworks at Navy Pier happening all summer long on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Step into Bluey’s world at CAMP throughout the month until Sept. 28. Get your tickets ahead of time because this anticipated event will sell out fast! Find even more June events in Chicago on our calendar.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Theatre School at DePaul University

June 1, 2024

​Teens can come out to The Theatre School at DePaul University to see William Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The audio description performance is June 1.

Lincoln Park Greek Fest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church

June 1-2, 2024

Authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance performances and Greek culture and Hellenic pride are celebrated at this festival outside of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. There will also be a craft fair all weekend.

Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier

June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 2024

The whole family can come out to Navy Pier to get immersed in the stunning visuals accompanied by a mix of dramatic and popular music.

Check out our family guide to Navy Pier. 

The 77th Annual 57th Street Art Fair

June 1-2, 2024

  • Address: 57th Street, Between Woodlawn and Kenwood Avenues, Chicago
  • Cost: Free

The 57th Street Art Fair, the Midwest’s oldest juried art fair, will mark its 77th anniversary with a celebration featuring nearly 200 artists, live music presented by Buddy Guy’s Legends, kids activities and more.

The Queer Fam Pride Jam at Millennium Park

June 2, 2024

This Pride event features House dance lessons, a sing-a-long, DJ sets, performances and more. RSVP for free tickets.

Support Black-Owned Businesses this Juneteenth at Jewel-Osco

June 6, 2024

Families can celebrate Juneteenth by supporting local, Black-Owned brands, businesses, musicians and more at Jewel-Osco. There will also be a live DJ, kid’s activities, raffles and giveaways.

Andersonville Midsommarfest

June 7-9, 2024

  • Address: on Clark, from Foster to Gregory (just north of Catalpa)
  • Cost: $10/suggested donation

This Swedish celebration features dancing around the Maypole, international food, live music, a pet parade and face painting.

Festival del Niño at National Museum of Mexican Art

June 8, 2024

Families can enjoy this outdoor festival in Harrison Park outside of the National Museum of Mexican Art.  This family-friendly fest promotes healthy and active lifestyles in the community and is one of the most anticipated festivals in the Pilsen neighborhood.

Wells Street Art Festival

June 8-9, 2024

  • Address: Wells Street between North Avenue and Division Street, Chicago 
  • Cost: $10/suggested donation

There will be 200 juried artists from both the region and across the nation. Other weekend highlights include the tasty cuisine from local restaurants, music stage acts and kids’ art activities.

Family Storybook Yoga at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

June 9, 2024

Families will interact through moving, breathing and connecting while listening to a story. This class is designed for children ages 2-8. Bring your own mat. Advanced online registration required.

Rainbow Story Time at South Shore Branch

June 10, 2024

Ages 0-5 can join South Shore Branch for a rainbow story time that celebrates love. Participate in songs, rhymes, books and more.

Old Town School of Folk Music Happy Hour at Gallagher Way

June 11 and 25, 2024

All ages can enjoy a summer concert featuring rock, pop and folk music, free dance lessons and other interactive music experiences. 

Father’s Day Craft at Vodak-East Side Branch

June 13, 2024

Ages 3-13 can come out to Vodak-East Side Branch to celebrate your father figure with a special craft for Father’s Day.

Ribfest Chicago

June 14-16, 2024

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

Gold Coast Art Fair at Grant Park

June 15-16, 2024

The fair returns and welcomes 250 original artists from across the country for its 66th year. Purchase jewelry, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and more. There will be live music stages in various locations along with food, beer, wine and sangria.

Juneteenth in the Park at LeClaire-Hearst Park

June 15, 2024

Families can join LeClaire-Hearst Park for a full day of activities including a peace walk, basketball tournament, yoga, dance performances and vendors. For all ages.

Juneteenth Bracelets at Gage Park Branch

June 17, 2024

Ages 10 and up can stop by Gage Park Branch to make some bracelets to celebrate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Celebration at Lozano Branch

June 18, 2024

Teens ages 13 and up can join Lozano Branch to create art paintings to celebrate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom at DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center

June 19, 2024

This annual Juneteenth Festival offers music performances, food trucks, children’s activities, local vendors and more.

Chicago Pride Fest

June 22-23, 2024

  • Address: Northalsted, Halsted St. from Addison to Grace St., Chicago 
  • Cost: $15/suggested donation

The festival features live music on three stages, a Youth Pride Space for teens, more than 150 vendors, drag shows, pet parade, dance exhibitions and more.

I’m Feeling 22! – Taylor Swift Party! at Back of the Yards Branch

June 22, 2024

Ages 3-13 can join Back of the Yards Branch for a Taylor Swift celebration. Create friendship bracelets and listen to Taylor Swift songs.

Rainbow Family Story Time at Merlo Branch

June 22, 2024

Ages 0-5 can join Merlo Branch for a rainbow story time that celebrates love. Participate in songs, rhymes, books and more.

Summer Block Party at Navy Pier

June 26, 2024

Throw it back to the 90s with a block party, which features DJs, live bands and 90s music in the Beer Garden. Other family-friendly activities include interactive spray paint murals, arts and crafts, video games, corn hole, hopscotch and more. There will also be a free firework show at the end of the night.

Logan Square Arts Festival at Logan Square Monument Park

June 28-30, 2024

This features art installations across the neighborhood, great local music, craft beer, food from neighborhood restaurants and family fun.

Millennium Art Festival

June 28-30, 2024

The three-day festival showcases more than 110 juried artists with an array of original artwork, including paintings, ceramics, photography and furniture.

Navy Pier Pride

June 29, 2024

Families with kids of all ages can enjoy this family-friendly event that spreads pier-wide. There will be a variety of performances all day long. Experience music, dance, storytelling and other activities.

Chicago Pride Parade

June 30, 2024

The 53rd annual Pride parade takes place through the north side of the city, ending at the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road.

Bluey x CAMP

Through Sept. 28, 2024

Families will open CAMP’s signature Magic Door to reveal Bluey’s home, a 5,000 square-foot space filled with interactive activities, dance parties, games and a Bluey meet-and-greet.

Check out our tips for visiting Bluey x CAMP.

Best June family events in the North/Northwest Suburbs

Photo credit: Kohl Children’s Museum

This month, there is a great special needs event happening at Kohl Children’s Museum. Plus, “Titanic: The Exhibition” is back at Westfield Old Orchard until July 7. Find even more June events in the North/Northwest suburbs on our calendar.

No Bear Anywhere: Saturday Storytime with Leah Gilbert at The Book Stall

June 8, 2024

Join The Book Stall to hear from children’s author and illustrator, Leah Gilbert for a Saturday Storytime featuring her new title, No Bear Anywhere! This book is reccomended for ages 3 to 6.

Juneteenth Cultural Festival: What About the Children? at Festival Park

June 15, 2024

Join Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the African-American Coalition of Kane County for their Juneteenth Celebration. There will be live bands, vendors, a kids zone and more.

Long Grove Strawberry Fest in Historic Downtown Long Grove

June 21-23, 2024

Attendees of the annual festival will experience everything from strawberry-infused food and drinks, live music and family entertainment.

Everyone at Play at Kohl Children’s Museum

June 30, 2024

Children with special needs are invited to explore the exhibits while closed to the general public. A quiet room for stimulation breaks will be available. Advanced registration is required.

Titanic: The Exhibition at Westfield Old Orchard

Through July 7, 2024

This immersive touring exhibition is a narrative journey that brings to light the fates of the passengers and crew aboard the sinking ship, Titanic.

Check out our tips for visiting Titanic: The Exhibition.

Best June family events in the South Suburbs

Photo credit: iStock/Filo

This month, the south suburbs have some great Juneteenth events happening, including the Homewood-Flossmoor Juneteenth Festival. Find even more June events in the South Suburbs on our calendar.

Burr Ridge Art Fair at Burr Ridge Village Center

June 8-9, 2024

Artisans and makers will be showing and selling items from art to food, clothing to lotions, stationary to furniture, and candles to home decor. Also enjoy food vendors and live music.

Homewood-Flossmoor Juneteenth Festival at Homewood-Flossmoor High School South Parking Lot

June 15, 2024

The HF Juneteenth Festival is a celebration of African American culture as expressed through food, music, dance and arts.

Juneteenth Celebration at Robbins Community Center

June 15, 2024

This annual Juneteenth celebration at Robbins Community Center will have local entertainment, community resources, food vendors and more.

Juneteenth Celebration at Sand Ridge Nature Center

June 15, 2024

Celebrate freedom, family and country with various self-guided activities and exhibit displays. Nature center activities will be complimented by registration-based guest presenters discussing Black history, arts and culture.

Best June family events in the Western Suburbs

Morton arboretum mini golf
Photo credit: The Morton Arboretum

This month, be sure to check out the Pride Month events, including the Aurora Pride Parade. Hello Kitty lovers will be pleased to know that the Hello Kitty Café Truck will be back at Oakbrook Center on June 15. Also, be sure to enjoy Wonder Woods Mini Golf at The Morton Arboretum all summer long. Find even more June events in the Western Suburbs on our calendar.

Pride Storytime at Santori Library

June 4, 2024

Ages 0-5 can enjoy a storytime about love, acceptance and being proud of who you are, in honor of Pride Month. Wear your best rainbow gear.

DIY Pride Flags at Eola Road Branch

June 6, 2024

Ages 12 and up can join the library to create a Pride flag, just in time for Aurora’s annual Pride Parade happening on June 9. They will be providing small flags that can be decorated.

Juneteenth Fair at Forest Park Public Library

June 8, 2024

This Juneteenth fair spotlights black authors, creators, artists and small business owners. There will be book giveaways for children and refreshments.

Aurora Pride Parade

June 9, 2024

This annual parade is celebrating its fourth year. It begins at East Benton Street and Broadway and travels northeast to Downer, then left on Downer to end at North Middle Avenue.

Moonlit Movies in the Park at Parade Field at Cantigny Park

June 14, 21, 28, 30, 2024

Bring the family and watch a movie on their 40-foot inflatable screen and enjoy pre-show activities including interactive games, crafts and guest appearances. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. There will be food and drinks available to purchase. June 14 is Trolls Band Together, June 21 is Encanto, June 28 is Beauty and the Beast (2017)  and June 30 is National Treasure

Rainbow Storytime & Craft at West Branch

June 14, 2024

Ages 6-11 can enjoy a special storytime about love, acceptance and being proud of who you are. There will be a craft, too.

The Scottish Festival & Highland Games at DuPage County Fairgrounds

June 14-15, 2024

  • Address: 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton
  • Cost: $20-plus/adults on Friday only, $30-plus/adults on Saturday only, $45-plus/adults on Saturday and Sunday, free/kids 12 and under; free parking | Get tickets

This annual festival is celebrating its 38th year and will feature an extravaganza of activities and attractions – from a Celtic rock stage to Highland Dancing to the Dogs of Scotland.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at Oakbrook Center

June 15, 2024

Fans of Hello Kitty can check out exclusive new apparel and goodies from the trucks that will be parked between Macy’s and Seasons52 at Oakbrook Center. 

Juneteenth Celebration at Rotary Hill

June 15, 2024

This event at Rotary Hill will commemorate the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States. This kid-friendly event will feature great music and activities. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs.

Take Me Fishing at Robert Bernas Park

June 15, 2024

Families can enjoy a fishing event at Bernas Park. Fishing prizes and giveaways will be given to participants while supplies last. Bring your own fishing pole.

Adaptive Play Time at DuPage Children’s Museum

June 23, 2024

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

Check out our family guide to the Dupage Children’s Museum.

Victory at Home: 1941-1945 Exhibit at Elmhurst History Museum

Through Aug. 18, 2024

See compelling artifacts, photographs and interactive audio-video stations with hands-on experiences, journals, uniforms, WWII posters, historic radio broadcasts and more at this exhibit.

Wonder Woods Mini Golf at The Morton Arboretum

Through Sept. 2, 2024

All ages can enjoy the nine-hole pop-up course tells a story about trees and Illinois ecosystems while being a fun and interactive experience. 

Check out our tips for visiting Wonder Woods Mini Golf. 


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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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