He was your first main man; the guy who taught you what it means to be a real man. Take some time to say thanks to Dad this Father's Day by treating him to some one-one-time with the kid he loves the most. Here are eight ideas for celebrating Father's Day in Chicago with the awesome dad in your life.
1) If your dad loves wacky Japanese game shows...
BATSU!, the comedic and interactive live Japanese game show coming to Old Town's Kamehachi Restaurant. Four warriors compete in comedic challenges to avoid electric shocks, paintballs, a giant egg-smashing chicken, and many more hilarious jaw-dropping punishments. The full menu/bar will be available to the audience and the bravest diners may participate if they dare.
2) If your dad loves brews and the zoo...
The Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting its second annual "Brew to Be Wild" tasting event on the Friday and Saturday before Father's Day (Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18) from 6-11 p.m. Dad will enjoy a selection from more than 75 specialty brews from 35-plus local and regional breweries, alongside animal encounters and other fun, after-hours activities. You'll also enjoy lawn games, DJ beats and tasty food for purchase. General admission is $49 ($44 for members*) and includes (20) 3-oz samples of more than 75 brews and a souvenir tasting glass.
For more info or to reserve tickets, visit lpzoo.org/brew-be-wild
3) If your dad loves a good game of Bocce...
On Father's Day, Pinstripes (435 E. Illinois Street) will open their beautiful brunch buffet where families can head outside, roll up their sleeves and fill up on baby back ribs, char-grilled skirt steaks, burgers, chicken, Italian sausage, corn on the cob and watermelon. You'll find all of dad's favorite brunch delights including carved prime rib, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, bagels, create-your-own omelets, waffles, bruschetta bar, flatbreads and more plus mimosas and bloody Mary's.The brunch buffet is priced at $34 per adult and includes the BBQ station; $15 for kids 6-12 years old; kids 5 and under free.
After, challenge dad to bowling or bocce ball. Pinstripes has both indoor and outdoor courts that will be open all day.
For reservations, call 312-527-3010 or visit www.pinstripes.com/chicago-illinois/
4) If your dad loves Chicago history...
Treat dad to a "Giggle Water" drink and apps at the modern contemporary bar, Jack's Place, located in the historic Chicago Motor Club Building (now the Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave hotel, 68 E. Wacker Drive). Admire the 33-foot-tall mural of popular road map destinations from the historic building, with an original 1928 Ford Model A on display on the second floor mezzanine. At the lobby bar - Jack's Place. Dads who stop in on Father's Day with their family will be treated to a free appetizer (with minimum $10 purchase at the bar).
For more information, call 312-419-9014.
5) If your dad deserves a luxe staycation...
The Fairmont Chicago offers a Bed & Breakfast Package, perfect for any dad who wants to spend sometime enjoying the best of downtown Chicago. The Package includes overnight accommodations in a luxurious Fairmont Guestroom and a breakfast buffet for two in the Millennium Room.
6) If your dad loves seafood...
This Father's Day, June 19, Shaw's Crab House in Chicago is celebrating Dad with a very special Sunday brunch buffet. Plus, all dads will receive a $25 Shaw's Crab House gift certificate for future use at either Shaw's location! Priced at $75 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger, the Father's Day brunch will feature a grand, hot buffet line with classic breakfast fare, an omelet and waffle station (with 13 available ingredients), and a surf and turf station (think lobster bisque, king crab legs, and hand-carved beef tenderloin).
There will also be a cold seafood bar, heaped with sushi, oysters, shrimp, smoked salmon, and cold crab. Top it off at Shaw's Sweet Table, where you'll find all of Shaw's favorite desserts in bite size portions. Try a taste of crème brulee, raspberry tartlets, key lime pie, mini cupcakes, and assorted fruits and candies.
Reservations recommended, call 312-527-272 to reserve a table.
7) If your dad loves jazz and live theater...
CHOPS is the quintessentially Chicago story of three middle-aged jazz freaks, who were Kings of Rush Street at its peak in the 50's and 60's.The star-studded cast includes Jeff Award Winner Randy Steinmeyer, four-time Jeff Award Winner Larry Neumann, Jr. as "Vince", Danny Sullivan as "Philly", Jeff Award Winner Randy Steinmeyer as "Walt"and Clare Cooney as "Kaki". Directed by Jeff Award Winner Richard Shavzin and written by Chicago playwright Michael Rychlewski, this play promises to be a potent cocktail of jazz and friendship.
Performances for CHOPS are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. with additional showings on Sunday at 3 p.m. The play will run from July 7 through August 14 at Theater Wit, Stage 1, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets are $35.00 for full admission and $25.00 for seniors and students. Group discounts are available.
For tickets call: 773-975-8150 or visit www.theaterwit.org.
8) If your dad truly is a superhero...
Give your Dad the chance to fly like the Superman he is at iFLY! Chicago's newest indoor skydiving experience is located in the near northside neighborhood of Lincoln Park. Anyone, from ages 3-103, who has ever wanted to feel the singular rush of skydiving can make their dream a reality at iFLY.
The experience perfectly replicates the adrenaline-charged sensation of a skydiving free-fall while eliminating the daunting leap out of an airplane. Following a brief training session, all fliers are outfitted in a flight suit, helmet and goggles before entering the wind tunnel. Simply lean forward onto a cushion of air (toward their friendly, certified iFLY instructor) and the rushing air allows them to float. First-time flyers are given the opportunity to learn basic belly flying.
For more info, or to book your flight, visit chicago.iflyworld.com.
Photos courtesy of Kamehachi, Lincoln Park Zoo, Pinstripes, Chicago Motor Building, Fairmont Chicago & Shaw's Crab House.