Kick June to the curb and smash the fun this weekend with Pride celebrations, a fest about strawberries. . . Or, how about a Swedish-themed festival? Festivals, exhibits, ball games—Read on for ideas on how to make the most of family time this weekend and get ready to play in a big way.
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Attend a Swedish-Themed Fest
This classic ode to summer is packed with can’t-miss activities, from live music to carnival rides and a tent full of all things Swedish. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Look for Fairy Houses in Chicago Park Natural Areas
Infuse a bit of magic into your park days with a series of enchanting Fairy Houses made with natural items like branches, plants, feathers and rocks. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Kohl Children’s Museum SummerBurst
The always-innovative Kohl Children’s Museum’s SummerBurst: An EXPLORsion of Outdoor Fun provides interactive, STEAM-focused, open-air activities designed for kids. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Check Out The Forge’s New Bike Drop-In
Illinois’ newest bike park has all the goods! Big jumps, rock gardens, huge berms, tech areas and a ton of flow. Rent or bring your own mountain bikes for a day of shredding. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Pick Your Favorite Dino at Brookfield Zoo’s Dinos Everywhere
Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than any dinos you’ve ever met are visiting Brookfield Zoo. Look for these earth-shakers throughout the park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Snap a Pic at Luft Balloons Pride Pop-Up
Luft Balloons is hosting an immersive pop-up experience for families to take a photo with their massive “Love is Love” balloon creation. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Walk in Awe at the Human + Nature Exhibit at Morton Arboretum
Five massive sculptures rise above the natural landscape at Morton Arboretum. The thought-provoking human forms paired with elements of nature bring attention to the deep connection between people and nature. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Be Treated to Original Works by Frida Kahlo at Cleve Carney Art Gallery
Frida Kahlo is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. See a 26-piece collection that spans her career, a series of photographs detailing her life and visit the poetry garden and children’s area. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Fill Your Day with Butterflies and Blooms
Chicago Botanic Garden’s exhibit allows visitors to immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties and pretty petals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Have a Berry Good Time at a Strawberry Fest
Enjoy all things strawberry and take part in some of the fun activities for families like live music and free games and activities for kids. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Watch the Chicago Dogs Bring Home a W
Chicago’s newest baseball team pays homage to Chicago’s favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Take the family for a home game at the beautiful Impact Field. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Celebrate Pride Month with Art on theMART
In honor of Pride Month, Art on theMart will show special Pride-themed projections. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Spend a Day at Navy Pier
Navy Pier Pride is coming through with flying colors this year! The annual free Pride event at Navy Pier will consist of a full day of family-friendly festivities in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. Sat. Event details.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!
— Maria Chambers