What to do in Chicago in this Weekend: Top 5 Family Activities

As the weekend nears, I am constantly on the look out for fun, engaging and enriching events to add to our family's schedule. When Friday morning dawns, my husband and I tend to go through the possibilities, coming up with a final list of events to try to fit in that weekend. Usually our selected events are a mix of ones that highlight the very best of Chicago and showcase the many cultures that make up the fabric of the city's neighborhoods - and some that we just can't resist.

Today, I am unveiling a new Raising World Citizens feature - a weekend planner that highlights the top five events and activities taking place for families in Chicago. I hope it inspires you to enjoy all that the city has to offer residents and visitors alike.

Here are the top five events and activities for little "world citizens" in Chicago:

Chicago Food Social
Kendall College Parking Lot, 900 N. Branch St., Chicago
Sat., Sep 21
$5 admission

Interested in seeing the best in local food trucks and restaurants? Then head on over to Chicago Food Social to catch local chef demonstrations, participate in hands-on culinary activities, and enjoy live music. Of course, there will be plenty of opportunities to sample food and beverages from participating food trucks and chefs during the one-day event.

Lakeview Taco Fest
On Southport between Addison and Newport
Sat., Sept. 21 and Sun., Sept 22.
Free admission

Calling all taco lovers! You can sample loads of different taco vendors up and down Southport at the inaugural Lakeview Taco Fest. Kids also will enjoy face painting, an obstacle course, a bounce house and more.

Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce's 26th Annual Apple Fest
4700 block of North Lincoln Ave., between Leland and Lawrence(Lincoln Square)
Sat., Sept. 21
Free admission

Celebrate the start of fall at the Lincoln Square Apple Fest. The one-day event pays homage to all things apple. You can buy candy apples, fresh-baked apple pies, apple pizza, apple cider and just plain old apples, too. The Kid Zone features non-stop children's activities from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for added family fun.

Oaktoberfest
Marion St. between Lake St. and North Blvd., Oak Park
Fri., Sep. 20 and Sat., Sep. 21
Free admission

West suburban Oak Park (which is also my hometown) celebrates the start of fall with its 23rd annual Oaktoberfest. The two-day festival features live music, seasonal food and festive libations. Families will especially enjoy the zucchini races (kids can create and race their own zucchini cars) and a root beer garden on Saturday (open 12 - 5 p.m.)

15th Annual World Music Festival Chicago
Various venues across the city, Chicago
Going on now, ends Sun., Sept. 22
Free admission

The 11-day world music festival has features artists and ensembles countries across the globe. Held in various locations across the city, you can pick and choose the music stylings of most interest to you and your family.

What's on your schedule this weekend? Please share any suggestions for other great, diverse events in Chicago in the comments below. 

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