Ways to give dad a Chicago experience this Father’s Day

It’s the thought that counts when it comes to giving your favorite dad a Father’s Day gift, but maybe this year your dad has had just enough of the funny T-shirts and is looking for a little something more inspired.

So I hit the city streets looking for experiences dad won’t soon forget.

Fitness dad

The Color in Motion Run July 9 at Montrose Beach might just become a family tradition just like in our house. Run, walk, jog and make paint angels on the ground, the Color in Motion Run 5K benefits Special Olympics-Illinois and is a messy, colorful good time.

Every runner gets powdered paint packages to decorate themselves. Then as you run, paint stations along the route blast you with color.

Nature dad

The Father’s Day Canoe Adventure is a unique way to see the Chicago Botanic Garden from the lakes. In partnership with Friends of the Chicago River, the Botanic Garden opens up this rare opportunity. No experience with canoeing is necessary; instruction, canoes and life jackets are provided. It’s almost sold out, so don’t wait too long for this one. $57

Gourmet dad

Latin food and amazing drinks, what more could a dad want? That’s where Carnivale comes in with its Father’s Day brunch, including cigars, mini-golf for prizes, Man-mosas, and of course, delicious specials featuring man’s favorite meat — bacon, say General Manager Ozzie Godoy.

Some of the Carnivale Father’s Day Brunch specials are Bacon Bocadillo or Bacon Strip Loin, with Father of all Mules and Bulleit Bourbon Bloody Mary.

Beer dad

Pinstripes Northbrook has a four-course beer dinner for dads this year, 7-9 p.m. June 17, which includes beer from Two Brothers Brewing.

Napping dad

For the dad who has a pile of ‘I Love Chicago’, Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks T-shirts, a Keepsake Themes Quilt might be the perfect gift. It’s too close to Father’s Day to get one in time, but the promise of a custom made T-shirt quilt will put a smile on your dad’s face. Best of all, not only are you helping to promote dad’s napping habit, you are helping to support people with hearing disabilities, who create the quilts. $60-$500

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