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Food Festivals and More Things to Do with Kids in Chicago This Weekend

Mommy Poppins logo Mommy Poppins 6/22/2022 Maureen Wilkey
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Looking for the best things to do in Chicago this weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

Hungry for a taste of summer? There's lots of food-themed fun going on this weekend at the Chicago Food Truck Fest, Fun & Food Trucks at Hickory Creek, Taste of Highland Park and Strawberry Fest in Long Grove. The sounds of summer are also out in full force with the Grant Park Music Fest, Night Out in the Parks,  and Frankfort Concerts on the Green. Kids who like to get messy might want to trek out to DuPage Children's Museum for Mess Fest

It's been super hot out all week, so take some time get out to one of our favorite sprinkler parks or splash pads or family friendly beaches. If it's too hot to think about swimming outdoors, you can check out one of our favorite hotels or fitness centers with daily pool passes. Or wait until the (somewhat) cooler evenings to check out an outdoor concert or movie from one of our lists.

 Here are our top picks for events to attend with your kids this weekend! 

More Things To Do in Chicago this Week with Kids 

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Chicago is full of festivals this weekend. Photo courtesy of the Grant Park Music Festival

Things To Do This Weekend in Chicago with Kids

Friday, June 24—Wheaton

The Chicago area's favorite farm singer, Miss Jamie from the Farm, will perform a medley of kid-friendly, farm themed songs at the Wheaton Public Library's West Plaza. The special show features lessons on hard work, healthy eating, and being kind to animals and each other. read more

Friday, June 24—Downtown

Chicagoans of all ages can enjoy the Grant Park Music Festival, a 10-week celebration featuring world-class classical music concerts and community engagement—a Chicago tradition for more than 80 years. read more

Thursday, June 23- Sunday, June 26—Downers Grove

Downers Grove celebrates summer with live music and entertainment, a carnival, a food and business expo, craft beer fest, and car show in its downtown. The festival is free, but a $5 cover charge applies to those 16 and over entering the entertainment area. read more

Wednesday, June 22- Sunday, June 26—Geneva

Geneva celebrates 72 "Swede" years of this annual summer festival, which includes music, food vendors, carnival rides, and a Swedish celebration call a Vast that hosts traditions such stories, dancing around the Maypole, and a festival queen. On Kids' Day, June 24, kids can watch a parade, run a race, participate in a music contest, and visit a display of fire trucks and ladders. read more

Friday, June 24—Mokena

Enjoy music, outdoor lawn games, giveaways, entertainment, a bounce house, and, of course, food trucks at Mokena's Hickory Creek Forest Preserve. Food trucks include Lil Deb’s, Tacos Mario, MiaBella’s Wood Fired Pizza and Hickory Creek Brewing Co. read more

Friday, June 24—Rosemont

Listen to a different local band every Thursday and select Fridays throughout the summer at Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont. Fireworks follow select shows. read more

Friday, June 24- Sunday, June 26—Logan Square

The whole family can enjoy the Logan Square Arts Festival, a three-day celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vitality of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, featuring two stages of live music, visual art, performance art, dance, and food and drinks from local vendors. read more

Friday, June 24- Sunday, June 26—Long Grove

Enjoy strawberries in a variety of recipes at this annual festival celebrating the fruit. Loads of food, live entertainment, children's games and activities, and a classic carnival complete the strawberry-themed fun. read more

Friday, June 24--Douglas, North Lawndale, and Ravenswood Saturday, June 25—West Town and South Loop

Chicago Park District invites families to explore many kinds of music through its Night Out in the Parks programs. Performers, including student musicians, kids' artists, cover bands, multicultural musicians and Broadway showcases will take over a different park almost every night this summer. read more

Friday, June 24- Saturday, June 25—Highland Park

Celebrate the sounds and tastes of the northern suburbs with live entertainment and food from local sources. The 2022 event commemorates the opening of The Lot, a new outdoor dining district in downtown Highland Park. Families can enjoy music from headliners Freddy Jones Band and Yachtley Crew along with foods ranging from pizza to poke bowls. read more

Saturday, June 25—Chinatown

The Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in Ping Tom Memorial Park, featuring a lion dance opening ceremony, dragon boat races, cultural performances, exhibition booths, and children's activities. read more

Saturday, June 25—Downtown

Chicago's favorite LGBTQIA+ performers will put on a show for Chicago families at Navy Pier throughout the afternoon and evening with music, stories, and dance performances. read more

Saturday, June 25-Sunday, June 26—Downtown

Foodies big and small can enjoy over 40 gourmet food trucks, drinks, live musical entertainment, games, and more at the Chicago Food Truck Festival. read more

Saturday, June 25—Naperville

Get extra messy in the parking lot of the DuPage Children's Museum! Kids can enjoy a giant paint pendulum, mud kitchen, shaving cream block building, polymer playground, slime station, body painting, and a wash station at this extra ooey gooey event. read more

Saturday, June 25—Museum Campus

Professional engineers visit the Museum of Science and Industry to help kids learn how to solve problems and explore challenges. Kids can get advice on how to get into a career in engineering and practice finding creative solutions. read more

Saturday, June 25- Sunday, June 26⁠—Naperville

More than 100 artists gather at Naper Settlement to show and sell their wares. Families can also enjoy a kids activity tent, community mural, balloon artist, caricature artist, music, food and beverages. read more

Saturday, June 25—Lincoln Park

Join Buddha Belly Kids Yoga for a family-friendly yoga class at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The class, designed for 2- to 8-year-old kids and their grownups, focuses on moving, breathing, and connecting. The yoga will follow the narrative of the story. read more

Saturday, June 25—Villa Park

West suburban families can bring their picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and lunches to Cortesi Veterans Memorial Park in Villa Park to enjoy crafts, face painting, and great family entertainment. read more

Saturday, June 25—Aurora

The City of Aurora and Philips Park Zoo celebrate National Pollinator Week with hands-on activities and live demonstrations. Learn about conservation initiatives and pollinator projects, enjoy pollinator-powered foods at food trucks, and take home a free milkweed to plant in your own garden. read more

Sunday, June 26—Frankfort

Country, rock, brass bands, pop, and jazz are all represented at this year's Frankfort Concerts on the Green. Bring your own blanket, chairs, picnic, friends and family to join in on the fun every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. read more

Sunday, June 26—Arlington Heights

Families can shop for unique local crafts and visit six distinctive gardens in Arlington Heights at this annual event. Stops on the garden walk include a retirement home, the Arlington Heights Public Library, and private residences with themed gardens for families to enjoy. read more

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