Square Roots in Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square 4700 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States

Live music, family fun, local restaurants and vendors, and the best craft beer showcase of any Chicago street fest, a Kids Zone & interactive workshops in the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Free

Jeff Fest

Jefferson Park 4822 N Long Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

A street festival in Jefferson Park with food, music, fun and more! Beyond music and food, the Kids’ Zone area on the north side of the park features a ton of cool activities for families. It’s also where one will find the fest’s groovin’ “Community Stage.”

Free

Forge Fest

The Forge Lemont Quarries 1001 Main Street, Lemont, IL, United States

Enjoy a vendor village offering a diverse array of goods to engaging activities and workshops for all ages, Rock out to the electrifying sounds of The Neon Night as they take the stage to deliver all your favorite 80s classics. The day ends with fireworks!  

Free

Kids’ Fest 2023

Wampum Lake 598 Thornton Lansing Road, Thornton, IL, United States

Highlights of Kids' Fest 2024: - A Day of Outdoor Delights: Bask in the warmth of the summer sun and revel in a day filled with outdoor activities that will keep kids of all ages entertained. - Nature Exploration: Discover the wonders of the natural world through interactive exhibits, wildlife encounters, and educational workshops. - Creative Crafts: Unleash your...

Free

Southport Art Fest

Wrigleyville W. Waveland Ave. & N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL, United States

"Just steps away from the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, the two-day festival will showcase some of the city’s best and most diverse artists. Southport Art Fest will highlight a wide range art mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, wood, glass, paper, metal, and mixed media at center stage all weekend long."-From the Southport...

Free
Event Series Budding Botanists

Budding Botanists

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Nature Educators will provide activities for kids of all ages at our Budding Botanists station. These programs are drop in and no preregistration is required. You can stop by and interact with the materials at the station for as long as you want to. Budding Botanists station will...

Free, but must register to come to enter the Conservatory

Jazz Up Glen Ellyn

Downtown Glen Ellyn North Maine Street and Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL, United States

Coming back stronger than ever is The Downtown Glen Ellyn Jazz Up Music Festival. This is the premiere jazz festival of DuPage County bringing an afternoon line-up of the best jazz in the Midwest by collaborating with local partners such as Fareed Haque, Bellas Artes School of Music and 90.9fm WDCB Home of Chicago Jazz. 10:00...

Free

Live on the Lake

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Navy Pier's live outdoor music series is returning this summer in the Bier Garden! Enjoy some rides on the pier, some live music, and some delicious food. 2-4:30PM The Last Waltz (The Band) 5:30-8PM Pino Farina (Rock) 9-11:10PM Dr. Bombay (Cover – Variety)  

Free

Bastille Day

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

The Committee of French Speaking Societies invite the French Community and all the friends of France to celebrate the French national holiday of Bastille Day in Polk Bros Park on July 13.  Join us for an evening of free family-friendly entertainment, live music, and some tasty French treats.

Free
Event Series Budding Botanists

Budding Botanists

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Nature Educators will provide activities for kids of all ages at our Budding Botanists station. These programs are drop in and no preregistration is required. You can stop by and interact with the materials at the station for as long as you want to. Budding Botanists station will...

Free, but must register to come to enter the Conservatory

Sundays on State

State Street State Street from Lake St. to Van Buren St., Chicago, IL, United States

The internationally acclaimed, award-winning event series, Sundays on State, transforms Chicago's most iconic street, State Street, when it closes to vehicular traffic from Lake to Adams on select dates each summer. Neighbors from every Chicago community and beyond unite for a free, interactive block party, while safely enjoying art, culture, active recreation, food, drinks, shopping,...

Free

Live on the Lake

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Navy Pier's live outdoor music series is returning this summer in the Bier Garden! Enjoy some rides on the pier, some live music, and some delicious food. 2-4:30PM Sol Dial 44:30PM & 6:30PM DJ Papa G 5:30PM & 7:00PM Kofi & New Roots (Reggae)  

Free

Wiggleworms/Movie at Gallagher Way

Gallagher Way 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Chicago's famous Wiggleworms from the Old Town School of Folk Music are back with free performances at Gallagher Way.  There will be music, movement, bubbles, and plenty of fun for kids and parents! Each week will feature different performers and a different kids' movie will play after the performance. Performers: De'Jah Perkins & Renée Nanzer...

Free

Free Resident Day at the Field Museum

Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, United States

"Free Admission Days are the perfect opportunity for Illinois residents to explore our general admission exhibitions with your family or a group of science-loving friends. Or, use these days to check out special ticketed exhibitions or a 3D movie with a discounted Discovery or All-Access Pass. Tickets for Free Days are only available to Illinois...

Free
Event Series Play! at Farm-in-the-Zoo

Play! at Farm-in-the-Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, United States

Kids can explore the sights, smells, and textures of nature. Listen to stories, participate in arts and crafts, play in the sensory bin, and make music. Designed for children ages 1–5, Caregivers must stay with their children.

Free
Event Series Wild Wednesdays

Wild Wednesdays

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Wild Wednesdays are back for the season at Garfield Park Conservatory! Join Family Programs staff outdoors in Play and Grow Garden for free, drop-in activities, such as fort building, bug hunts, chalk drawing, and more! Find us every Wednesday evening from 4:00-7:30 pm. Just head outside through our Desert House doors and follow the giant...

Free, but must register to come to enter the Conservatory

FREE Adler at Night Admission for Illinois Residents

Adler Planetarium 1300 S Dusable Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL, United States

The Adler Planetarium is open late on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm–10:00 pm (last admission 9:00 pm). Every Wednesday is free Museum Entry for Illinois residents with proof of residency! To show proof of residency, you can use a valid Illinois driver’s license or photo ID, Illinois student ID with photo, or a photo ID plus a...

Free

Music Under Glass: A Westside Perspective

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL, United States

Kicking the series off, MFnMelo will perform tracks from his forthcoming EP’s “Shapes Of Transition” and “Limbo: Living In My Brain Occasionally”, which showcases some of Melo’s most vulnerable work to date! The show serves as a deeper dive into some of Melo’s previous work and the forthcoming EP’s in a more intimate and detailed manner. Melo will be accompanied by a band, additional vocalist and maybe even some pivotal guests. Just as the songs will be stripped...

Free, but must register in advance. Space is limited.