Father’s Day in Chicago for Last Minute Planners


For only one weekend per year, sons and daughters alike dedicate special time and attention to their fathers, and the universal pressure to create a unique and fun itinerary for dear old Dad sometimes causes it to get left until the last minute. However, Father’s Day in Chicago is an easy holiday to plan, with various excursions and activities available at your fingertips.  

Whether you’re looking for a day-long, family-friendly celebration, or a couple of hours of one-one-one time with Dad, use this Father’s Day 2017 guide to solve your planning dilemma.

For the Dad who’s an Early Riser

Starting the day off right is important. For a solid breakfast, take your dad to one of several special holiday brunch options, including:

For a Father’s Day Brunch that he will never forget, take him on a cruise from Navy Pier. Mystic Blue, Spirit, and Odyssey Lake Michigan (formerly Odyssey Cruises) all offer yummy menus with views of the famed Chicago skyline. The Museum of Science and Industry also hold an annual BBQ brunch on their historic South Portico with a wide range of Southern dishes.

Odyssey on Lake Michigan


For the Dad who’s an Adventurer or Music Enthusiast

After breakfast, there are a multitude of activities and excursions. At Navy Pier, don’t miss a special 2-for-1 VIP Father’s Day promotion that give all fathers a taste of their past. The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism takes guests on a comprehensive tour covering The Rolling Stones career and their influence in pop culture, showcasing over 500 rare artifacts.

For the adventurer Dad, you could go to iFLY! in Lincoln Park to simulate skydiving indoors (special promo code here), catch some waves on a Seadog Cruise Extreme Thrill Ride, or take him on a helicopter ride with Vertiport Chicago or Chicago Helicopter Experience.

iFly Chicago Indoor Sky Diving

Chicago Helicopter Tours

For a more laid-back afternoon, you could get some tee time at the Diversey Driving Range, and play mini golf afterward to cool down or do some vintage vinyl shopping in Uptown at Vintage Garage.


For the Dad who’s a Foodie

If you or your Dad is a foodie, and brunch isn’t enough for him, check out these all-day eating BBQ events. River Roast in River North is holding a Father’s Day Smokeout, a family-friendly event with a menu ranging from charcuterie to Key Lime Pie. For similar barbequed fare head to Park Grill at Millennium Park for the annual Father’s Day Pig Roast, but get there early as the meal is first-come-first-served. To give your dad an authentic taste of Chicago, and not limit his diet to barbeque, go check out the Taste of Randolph in the West Loop.

Taste of Randolph event in Chicago


For the Dad who’s a Night-Owl

If Dad is at his best after 5 PM, there are plenty of things to do before and after dinner in Chicago. Blue Man Group in Lakeview is a classic but zany Chicago tradition, where stone-faced blue men throw toilet paper, bang drums, and splash paint onto a lively audience. Give your dad the gift of laughter at aliveOne’s free Comedy Night, which opens with amateur comedians and closes with some of the best comics in Chicago. Saturday, June 17 is Lincoln Park Zoo’s Brews at the Zoo for the individuals of age who want to sip on a selection of 75+ specialty brews while walking around one of Chicago’s well-known treasures.

Blue Man Group in Chicago


For the Dad who has a Proclivity for Steak & Whiskey

Dinner in Chicago can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of cuisines represented by thousands of restaurants. Make your decision easy by taking advantage of some Father’s Day deals, like Steak and Whiskey at the Drake Hotel’s Coq d’Or or the Prime and Provisions Steakhouse Father’s Day dinner, which includes a gift bag. Check out this steakhouse guide to see other options.

steak and cigar

For more classic steak dinners with a special price for Dad, check out these choices below:  

If Dad prefers surf to turf, take him to Oyster Bah or Joe’s Seafood for their Father’s Day celebrations.

Dusek's Board and Beer

Regardless of what you pick and choose from this all-inclusive selection, your Dad is sure to appreciate how much time you put into planning this special day. Father’s Day in Chicago is a holiday he won’t forget.

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