20 Fun Things to Do with Kids This Weekend in Chicago and the Suburbs

Find the latest family events and activities to make it an awesome weekend.

Hello, August! We can expect another fun weekend of summer festivals, including Chinatown Summer Fair and Jeff Fest. Plus, you can get in the Olympic spirit at home with these fun games for kids

With Illinois in Phase 5, you can bet that more local attractions are reopening and the summer events are rolling in. We’ve rounded up our favorite family-friendly events, activities and even date nights to check out this weekend.

Remember that if you’re leaving the house, be sure that all unvaccinated kids and adults are wearing a face covering indoors and heed social distancing requirements. Stay safe and have a great weekend!

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions and any last-minute cancellations.


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The city and suburbs continue to offer excellent options for family-friendly events. We picked some of our favorites going on this weekend below. Find even more events on our calendar.

Cirque Italia

Begins July 29, 2021

Cirque Italia presents “Aquatic Spectacular” with the name reflecting a unique attribute under the tent. The show features a custom designed water stage that travels from city to city. The stage holds 35,000 gallons of water that performers dazzle over while thrilling the audience with every move.

Festa Italiana

July 30-Aug. 1, 2021

Families can enjoy live Italian and rock music, family-friendly entertainment, merchants and authentic Italian restaurants. See dancers and singers, and then feast on the best Italian food Illinois has to offer.

Jeff Fest

July 30-Aug. 1, 2021

The northwest side’s cozy Jefferson Park neighborhood throws its annual community party with food, music, arts/crafts and activities for kids. Look for the Kids Zone on the north side of the park.

Taste of Roselle

July 30-Aug. 1, 2021

The Roselle Lions Club is hosting Roselle’s best block party this summer. Enjoy food, live entertainment, carnival, bingo tent and craft fair. Free children’s games will take place on Saturday and Sunday (1:30-2:45 p.m.).

Block City Lego Building Day

July 31, 2021

Get your creative juices flowing and help build a giant city out of Lego blocks on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. You may select the 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. time slot. Free parking available.

Chinatown Summer Fair

July 31- Aug. 1, 2021

This neighborhood street festival will open with a lion dance procession at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, a welcome at 1 p.m. on the main stage, followed by Asian performances, kung fu demonstrations, samplings from Chinatown’s restaurants & unique gift shops, arts & crafts exhibits, street vendors with an array of merchandise, a children’s area with pony rides and petting zoo.

Art at the Glen

July 31-Aug. 1, 2021

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. New for 2021, Art at the Glen will feature an Emerging Artist Section. Families are invited to bring gently used art to the fest and donate it to The Chicago Furniture Bank.

Music in the Park: The Forge Sings Disney

July 31-Aug. 1, 2021

Families with kids of all ages can enjoy a Disney cabaret as talents from around the country lead a Disney sing-along. Guests can bring their own chairs and blankets; snacks and beverages are available for purchase.

Clark After Dark

Begins Aug. 1, 2021

USO of Illinois’ annual Clark After Dark block party celebrates America’s military service members and their families. Entertainment includes a food festival and live musical performances. Proceeds from the event benefit the USO of Illinois program and services that serve more than 326,000 military personnel and military families of Illinois.

Sunday Bandshell Concerts

Aug. 1, 2021

Enjoy a concert at the Cantigny Bandshell, with musical guests ranging from classic rock to family entertainment. Social distancing is required and face masks must be worn when social distancing isn’t possible.

Around Town

Photo Credit: Superdawg Drive-In

Spend the weekend exploring Chicagoland with your family with these ideas listed below.

  • If you’re craving a Chicago-style bun or any other variation, these local hot dog spots will hit the spot.
  • Adventure is out there! Get your whole family’s adrenaline running with these thrilling, family-friendly spots.
  • Travel around the world without leaving Chicago. Check out this guide featuring culture-focused neighborhoods like West Ridge, Greektown and more.
  • Summer festival season is not over yet. Mark your calendar with these kid-approved summer festivals planned for August.

At-Home Fun

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If your family wants to stay at home this weekend, you can try streaming a new kids’ show or virtually visit your favorite Chicagoland location.

  • Have you been watching the Olympics with your kids? Here are some fun games to bring the celebration to your backyard. 
  • It’s been so hot in Chicagoland lately. Cool off by trying one of these homemade ice cream recipes.
  • The new Space Jam reboot is now streaming on HBO Max. After watching Space Jam: A New Legacy, check out our latest Watch This, Do That post featuring lessons and games for kids.

Parents Only

Photo courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

Since it’s summer, you deserve a night out! Consider these following ideas for a date night or a day out with friends.

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