Not all Chicago summer festivals are created equal. However, while some events are definitely geared more towards fun-loving adults, Chicago does offer a number of summer fests that are focused on families. I thought I would share some of my favorite fests. Get those calendars out!
Do Division. This annual event kicks off summer street fest season in the Wicker Park neighborhood. This year’s event takes place from May 30-June 1, 2014 on Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt. A $5 donation gets you into the expansive children’s area. The family-friendly offerings are numerous and varied. Look for bounce houses, pony rides, face painting and more. Boogie on down at the Family Fun Fest stage! 100% of Proceeds from Do-Division Family Fun Fest go to Friends of Pritzker School and LaSalle II PTO, two local public elementary schools.
Square Roots Festival. This event is the epitome of summer family fun. The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce bring more than 60 musical acts to this Lincoln Square event on July 11-13, 2014. Family-friendly highlights include two days of family-focused events and performances! Hang out in the Kids Zone where you can get up close and personal with the instruments at the Petting Zoo and express your own creativity at the Art Tent. Other highlights include amazing food and the best craft beer in town.
Roscoe VIllage Burger Fest. What’s not to like about a celebration of the best burgers in town? Head to Roscoe Village from July 12-13, 2014 for a street fest focused on food and family fun. Kid-friendly highlights include pony rides, inflatables, and an arts and crafts area. Attendees have the opportunity to vote on Chicago’s best burger. Admission is a suggested $8 donation benefiting the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.
BenFest. Hosted by St. Benedict’s School, this summer festival is popular with kids years in and year out. This year’s event takes place from July 18-20, 2014. BenFest offers three days of family fun including great live bands, food from local restaurants and plenty of activities for the kids. For $25, you can purchase a Kid’s Activity Wristband for the entire weekend. Unlimited rides!
Chicago Air and Water Show. Every August, thousands of Chicagoans line the lakefront for a stunning display on air and water. Though pared down somewhat because of budgetary constraints, this year’s show promises to be a showstopper as always. Admission is free but the crowds can be an issue. The best vantage point is North Beach, but other less-crowded options include the lakefront near the Adler Planetarium or city roof decks.