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Explore Immersive Experiences and Special Exhibits

Various Locations IL

There are a lot of fun and interesting new exhibits open to enjoy! We rounded up each new temporary exhibit and immersive experience at several museums, zoos, and more so you can see what they have to offer… all in our New Exhibits and Immersive Experiences at Local Attractions list

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Enjoy a Live Theater Performance

Various Locations IL

We’re thrilled to share all of the upcoming kid-friendly productions happening in Chicagoland this spring and summer season in our Kid-Friendly Theater Guide.

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Fishing Tournament Father’s Day Weekend

Lisle Recreation Center 1925 Ohio Street, Lisle

Fish anywhere, ensuring state laws are adhered to. Catch largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, or trout anywhere between 5:00am Friday June 17 through 5:00pm on Sunday June 19.

$5
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Story Walk: Daniel Finds a Poem

Mayslake Peabody Estate 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook

The lushly illustrated pages of Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer come to life on large displays along a half-mile path that encourages children and their families to explore their surroundings and their inspirations. As you follow the story, you’ll discover that nature and poetry are all around if you take the time to...

Free

PrairieFest 5k and One Mile Prairie Dog Jog

Prairie Point Community Park 4120 Plainfield Road, Oswego

We’re back to Father’s Day in 2022! The PrairieFest 5K will get started at 8:00am with the One Mile Prairie Dog Jog starting at 8:10am. Celebrate Father’s Day with a chip-timed 5K run through Oswego’s friendly neighborhoods or the One Mile Prairie Dog Jog around Prairie Point Community Park. Medals for first through third place...

$20 – $45
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French Market

Downtown Glen Ellyn Main Street & Crescent Boulevard, Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn Farmers Market features a select group of vendors and live shows.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

Free

Father’s Day Fishing Derby

Bierman Park (Glen Ellyn) 1253 Woodlake Drive, Glen Ellyn

Start Father's Day off by bringing Dad to the annual Fishing Derby at Bierman Park. Enjoy a light breakfast by the pond and try to catch the 'big one'. Each participant receives a goodie bag and prizes are awarded to participants in each of the age categories, including Dads!

$10 – $15
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Oswego Country Market

Oswego Country Market 15 Main Street, Oswego

Shop local with plenty of choices to buy fresh produce, meats, eggs, artisan cheeses, specialty foods like baked goods & honey, and handmade items in our outdoor, open-air market.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

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Geneva French Market

Downtown Geneva IL

Each year more vendors are drawn to the market because of its popularity.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

Free
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Western Springs French Market

Old Water Tower 914 Hillgrove Ave, Western Springs

Local farmers market with a variety of stands.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

Free
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Nature Story Trail

Trailside Museum of Natural History 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Follow a short trail and read a children’s nature story along the way. Afterward, stop by for an activity bag with a related craft and outdoor activities.

Free

Father’s Day Family Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Join a naturalist as we learn about wildlife fathers while exploring the scenic trails on a nature walk.

Free
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Burr Ridge Farmers Market

Burr Ridge Village Center 701 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge

The Burr Ridge Village Center Farmers Market returns for its second season. This year, we are excited to partner with Bensidoun USA to continue to offer you an incredible market experience on the Village Green. For information on more events like this, check out our roundup ofFarmer’s Markets.

Free

Summer Solstice Celebration

Churchill Woods St. Charles Rd. and Swift Road, Glen Ellyn

The summer solstice is a celebration of the longest day that takes place in many cultures around the world. Midwest Soarring is hosting this particular celebration and sharing how Natives from different tribes honor the solstice.

Juneteenth Celebration

Longfellow Park 610 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park

The entire community is invited to join in Oak Park’s celebration of Juneteenth. The 2022 festivities will include a special flag-raising ceremony on and a Juneteenth parade and community cookout organized by community members and co-sponsored by the Village: HideJuneteenth flag-raising ceremony - June 11 Oak Park's Juneteenth festivities begin about a week prior to...

DuSable’s Juneteenth BBQ

DuSable Museum of African American History DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago

Pull up to the DuSable’s Juneteenth BBQ! Celebrating freedom in true Black tradition. BYOG, Bring your own grill. Food Vendors Fellowship History Live Performances Kids Corner Bouncy House Table Games Quilting Exhibition and Workshop Horseback Riding

Free

Fathers Day Classic Car Show

Oakbrook Center 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook

SO EXCITED THAT OUR POPULAR EVENT IS BACK! JOIN US ON FATHER’S DAY FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST OPEN-AIR CAR SHOWS IN THE MIDWEST! This Father’s Day, Oakbrook Center is happy to once again offer a great way to drive dad crazy! On Sunday, June 19, the prestigious outdoor shopping destination will once again transform...

Free

Father’s Day Special

Bartlett Aquatic Center 620 W Stearns Road, Bartlett

Show Dad how much he is appreciated by treating him to a trip to the Bartlett Aquatic Center on Father’s Day. During this special event, fathers will receive free admission with the paid admission of a child.

Father’s Day

Cypress Cove (Woodridge) Janes Court, Woodridge

Dads and granddads can visit Cypress Cove for FREE on Father’s Day with a paid admission or when they accompany a family season pass holder.

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PrairieFest Quilt Show

Little White School Museum 72 Polk St, Oswego

View contemporary and antique quilts, both hand and machine quilted, during the annual community PrairieFest event.

Juneteenth Festival

Fifth Third Arena 1801 W Jackson Boulevard, Chicago

We are hosting a Juneteenth celebration on Sunday, June 19! Join us for free ice skating, food & retail from local black-owned businesses, and live music.

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Woodridge Jubilee

Woodridge Jubilee corner of Woodridge and Center Drive, Woodridge

Summer doesn’t begin until you attend the Woodridge Jubilee! The annual summer festival, which is organized by the Woodridge Park District and the Village of Woodridge, will take place Wednesday, June 15-Sunday, June 19 at Town Centre (corner of Woodridge & Center Drives). Featuring free admission, carnival rides, live music and a variety of food,...

Free
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Chicago History Museum Illinois Resident Free Day

Chicago History Museum 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago

2022 Illinois Resident Free Days: January 17; February 1–4, 9, 21; March 4; June 19; July 4; August 23–26, 30–31; October 10.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Museum Free Days.

Free

Father’s Day Free Swim

GH20 Aquatic Center 240 Civic Centre Plaza, Glendale Heights

When the family comes to the pool, fathers swim for free. Bring the kids for proof!

Free
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Free Admission Days at Geneva Pools

Sunset Pool (Geneva) 710 Western Avenue, Geneva

June 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm - National Get Outdoors Day Free admission at both Mill Creek & Sunset Pools June 19 all day - Father’s Day Dads receive free admission, with paying child at both pools! August 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm - National Night Out Free admission to Sunset & Mill Creek Pools August 21...

Free
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Ribfest

DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton

The Exchange Club of Naperville is excited to announce the 2022 Ribfest will be held June 17 through June 20, 2022 at the DuPage Event Center and Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL. The venue will allow patrons plenty of space to enjoy the carnival by Fantasy Amusements Co., award winning ribs, Wintrust Community Banks family fun...

$10

Dads Day at the Pool

Lions Park Pool 100 Byrd Court, Clarendon Hills

Dads, it’s your Day - what better way to celebrate than a visit to the pool. Come out for a splash of a time. Be ready for a Dad’s Only Cannonball contest followed by a water balloon toss. daily admissions is complimentary for dads and granddads accompanied by a child. 

Free

Father’s Day Fishing Derby

Blackberry Farm 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora

Dads and kids are invited to bring their lucky fishing pole and join in the fishing action at Blackberry Farm. Prizes will be awarded for most fish, biggest fish and smallest fish caught in Lake Gregory. Parent participation is encouraged. Father's Day Fishing Derby is included in daily admission.

Included in general admission
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Oswego’s PrairieFest

PrairieFest Park 91 Plank Road, Oswego

Oswego’s four-day community celebration is brought to you by the Oswegoland Park District, generous business sponsors, civic organizations, and hundreds of volunteers. We warmly invite you to be a part of PrairieFest. Whether supporting the festival, hosting an event, or participating in the fun, there’s a place for you. PrairieFest events are held throughout Oswego...

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Willowbrook Happy Hour

Willowbrook Wildlife Center 525 S Park Blvd, Glen Ellyn

Join us for an after-hours tour of the center’s ambassador animals. During this quiet, small-group experience we’ll deliver their dinners, discuss their stories, and share how we care for these wild residents. Ages 5 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-942-6200. 

$5

Fishing With Dad

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve 3S580 Naperville Rd, Naperville

Spend the morning by the lake with the dads in your life, creating memories and learning skills to increase your fishing successes. All ages. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

$5
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Family Golf Nights

White Pines Golf Club 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville

Bring your family out for an evening of golf at White Pines Golf Club. The tees have been moved up and you may play at your own pace. Also enjoy a $3 meal deal that includes a hot dog, chips and drink.

$5 – $10
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Adaptive Play Time

DuPage Children's Museum 301 N. Washington St., Naperville

Adaptive Play Time provides a modified environment for play and learning for children with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and/or sensory processing disorders and their families. Finding places for the whole family to play without stress can be difficult, but these times allow guests to experience the Museum in a less stimulating environment with limited...

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Summer Concerts in the Park

Scoville Park Lake St & N Oak Park Ave, Oak Park

We are looking forward to what we hope will be the full return of our Summer Concert Series in Scoville Park starting Sunday, June 12th and running weekly through Sunday August 28th. Join us for some free, family-friendly entertainment! Sunday concerts run from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with set up beginning at 4:30. The...

Free

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