It's Father's Day weekend, Chicago! From cruises along Lake Michigan, to festivals showing off your pride, to a flavorful Popsicle pop-up, everyone can find something to enjoy this weekend. There's a dance/comedy mashup, not to mention a 3-day country music festival. Get ready! It's time to make weekend plans with this Chicago guide.
June 17-18 // $42 per person
Eataly is giving all Chicagoans the opportunity to get a taste of Italy's street food and suds without leaving Chicago. The all-access pack provides you with full access to 15 different food carts and your first beer. The carts consist of delicious selections from baked sandwiches filled with salami and cheese to fried risotto balls. Getting thirsty? You can also head to the beer tent for Eataly's own housemade beer. Food festivals are always a great start to the weekend.
Tours every Friday-Sunday through September 5 // $10 per person
Looking to experience Chinese culture? The Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute is offering walking tours of Chinatown, Chinatown Food Tours, and cultural events like dumpling-making classes and Tai Chi classes. On the tour you will see the Chinatown Gate, Historical Commercial Wentworth Avenue, Nine Dragon Wall, Landmark On-Leong Merchants Association (Pui Tak Center today), Chinese Marble Lions, Chinatown Mural, and more.
And Even More Tours! Chicago Architecture Foundations's Day of 50 Tours
June 18 // Prices vary by tour
It's a massive undertaking: 1 day — 50 tours! The Chicago Architecture Foundation is offering 50 tours in one single day in honor of their 50th anniversary. From historic churches to modern skyscrapers... how many tours can you fit into 24 hours? Explore by foot, boat or bus and learn straight from the experts.
June 17-18 // General Admission $50
Join in the celebration of the most anticipated craft beer fest of the year! 200 beers from 100-plus American craft brewers will be featured at the 2nd annual Chicago Ale Fest. Not only will you see the Chicago landmark, Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, you will also be bordered by the beautiful Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. The fest also features live music and food from several of Chicago's favorite restaurants. Sounds like Chicago is the place to be!
Every Saturday beginning June 18 // $3-4 each
Bring your sweet-tooth to Cindy's Popsicle Pop-Up this Saturday for its weekend opener. The pop-up stand is located at the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (12 S. Michigan Avenue). Jove T's Pops Shop will provide a rotating flavor menu, including rainbow-colored Pride Pops in celebration of Chicago Pride Fest (event details below). Popsicles are available for cash purchase for $3 each, with boozy Popsicles available for $4. Proceeds from these and all Jove T's Pop Shop pops sold June 18 will go directly to Equality Florida's donation drive to support victims and families affected by the Pulse Orlando Nightclub tragedy.
June 17-19 // FREE Admission (recommended $10 donation)
It's the 20th anniversary of the iconic street festival, Taste of Randolph, featuring over 20 of Chicago's finest restaurants. The fest will take place in Chicago's West Loop (900 W. Randolph Street). This three-day celebration not only provides delicious food, it also features a talented lineup of diverse musical acts extending from indie rock to dance music.
Showing now through June 19 // Ticket prices vary
Come and see the return of the Hubbard Street Dance show, named to "Best of 2014" lists by the Chicago Tribune, The Art of Falling presented by The Second City. The show tells three hilarious, charmingly absurd stories about taking risks and letting go. It will be held at Millennium Park's Harris Theater (205 E Randolph Street). Have fun!
June 17-19 // Admission prices vary
Chicago is hosting the three-day country musical festival, Windy City LakeShake, live from the lakefront. The festival is located at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (1300 S. Linn White Drive). The lineup features Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw and more.
June 18-19 // FREE (recommended $10 donation)
Head to Boystown (Waveland Ave. & Halsted St.) to celebrate as a community. The two-day event features an entertaining day of crafts, food, and live music: Jordin Sparks, Dumblonde, Daya, and more. This is the perfect way to prepare for the Chicago Pride Parade on June 26.
Father's Day Weekend: Jazz at Ravinia, Special Cruises & Classic Cars
We have some great ideas for showing your dad just how much you love him this Father's Day. Does he enjoy live music? He'd love the Father's Day Jazz Special featuring Ramsey Lewis, John Pizzarelli, Monty Alexander, Allan Harris and Joey Alexander Trio at Ravinia (200 Ravinia Park Road).
You could also treat him to a Father's Day cruise aboard Spirit of Chicago with a delicious buffet, interactive DJ entertainment, and great views.
Or head to Pullman National Monument — the newly annointed National Park located right in the city — for a day of FREE fun. Dad's Day in Pullman Open House will showcase antique cars, plus the neighborhood's historic buildings with guided tours. Make this Father's Day a lasting memory. For more suggestions, check out 11 ideas for celebrating Father's Day in Chicago.
Additional photos courtesy of Italian Street Food Festival, Cindy's Rooftop, Windy City LakeShake, & Chicago Pride Fest.