10 Best August Events in Chicago and the suburbs

From old favorites like the Air & Water show and Chicago Botanic Garden Kite Fest to new favorites like the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby and Tall Ships Chicago, August is heating up, and not just on the thermometer. Only a month left to pack in your summer fun, so get going!

Chicago Air and Water Show

One of Chicago’s longest-running events, the show includes a wide variety of civilian acts with daredevil pilots performing their aerial stunts in the skies above Lake Michigan.


Tall Ships Chicago

Tall Ship’s Parade of Sail kicks-off the festivities on LakeMichigan, showcasing numerous tall ship vessels from around theworld, including Norway and Canada. Festival guests have theopportunity to walk the festival grounds, view the Tall Ships, andboard and tour participating vessels, plus festivities andeducational opportunities.


Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest

Join coach John Fox and the 2017 Bears for a special opportunity to see the team in action at Soldier Field. Festivities outside the stadium begin at 9 a.m., followed by Bears practice at 12:30 p.m.. Families can enjoy interactive games, alumni autographs, giveaways, live music and more.


Chicago Botanic Garden’s Kite Festival

In the meadow west of Evening Island, enjoy soaring stunt-kite performances set to music by members of the Chicago Fire Kite Team and members of the Kite Society of Wisconsin & Illinois. These high-flying professionals demonstrate awesome feats of beauty and great skill. Ice cream, beverages, and many lunch options will be available for purchase on the west meadow.


Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

Spectators cheer on more than 50,000 yellow rubber ducks during the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Family entertainment includes face painting, games, free food and appearances by several sports mascots. Donated prizes will be provided to the adoptive parents of the winning ducks.


5 Chicago summer drop-in programs for families

We hate to break it to you, but this is yourlast chance to take advantage of the great summertime drop-inprograms all over Chicagoland. Here are some fun ones to checkout.


Laugh Shack

Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it’s time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children’s Museum’s own comedy club.


The Mad Science Scramble Scavenger Hunt

Crack the secret code planted by a mad scientist at theMuseum of Science and Industry as you explore a vintage 1930strain, a Boeing 727, the Whispering Gallery, the world’s largest”flapper” machine, a wheelbarrow full of cow dung, ridiculousantique robots, and America’s most amazing train set.


Canoe Crazy

Heller Naturalists provide canoes and everything else needed for a day of canoeing at the beautiful Skokie Lagoons. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online.


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