Kids & Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and harness the gusts of our "windy city" at the Kids & Kites Festival (May 4, from 10 am - 4 pm), an annual tradition established by our former Mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This uniquely Chicago-style event is a colorful way to enjoy a spring day on the lakefront with your children. It's one of our family's favorite annual events. Both of my kids, ages 3 and 12, love to set out and fly their kites in the crowd.

Some of the largest kites in the world take to the skies at this fun festival: Team Chicago Kite will unfurl their large form kites and kite enthusiasts from all over the Midwest will descent upon Montrose Harbor to show off their creations. Every child will receive their own free kite kit, so they too can create their very own personalized kite (...but arrive early as kits are first come, first served). Kites from Chicago's very own ChicagoKite will also be on sale (check out this cat on a bicycle kite!).

Kids & Kites Festival

In addition to all the high flying kite fun, the Kohl's Story Bus, roaming variety performers, and face painters will all be on hand to celebrate the wind. Enjoy lunch and snacks from onsite vendors, including Robinson's No. 1 Ribs, Chicago-style hot dogs, and funnel cakes.

The 15th annual Kids & Kites festival will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Cricket Hill, near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave. on May 4, from 10 am - 4 pm. Admission is free! For more information, click here.

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