Family Friendly Summer Activities in Chicago

Check out our favorite family activities for summer in Chicago! Whether you're trying to beat the heat or enjoy the great outdoors, get the kids together and enjoy everything beautiful Chicago has to offer!

photo via The Real Chicago

1. Chicago Parks. Chicago has so many parks and free programs, it would be a shame not to take advantage! Some of my favorite activities and places to visit are:

  • Lincoln Park Zoo. Go see the animals and check out the beautiful walkway around the pond!
  • Movies in the Park! Check out all of the listings here or search by park here.
  • Free Swimming at Holstein Park and Smith Park.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory. Go take pics with the kids!
  • Millennium Park. Take the kids to see the bean, or check out some of the upcoming events and shows at the Pritzker Pavilion here!
  • The Lake and Beach. The lakefront trail and beaches are hard to pass up with their scenic views! Let the kids splash around some water or rent bikes and ride the trail!
photo via Lincoln Park Zoo

2. All Ages Art Classes at One Strange Bird. Come cool off in the air conditioning and enjoy our all ages art classes! Come with the kids and enjoy painting, collage, or seasonal art crafts together! Only $25 per class!

3. Farmer's Market. Check out the wide variety of seasonal produce during the summer! Enjoy strolling the Logan Square or Wicker Park farmer's market on Sundays and pick up some watermelon to share. Yum!

4. Museums. Chicago is home to many world-class museums, from the Art Institute to the Adler Planetarium. Take the kids to check out the fishes at the Shedd Aquarium or learn all the wonders of our world at the Science and Industry Museum (take them to the coal mine tour!).

photo via Pursuitist

photo via Pursuitist

5. Ice Cream! We couldn't leave everyone's favorite summer treat off this list! Our favorites in the neighborhood include Mr. Kite's, Jeni's, and Black Dog Gelato!

Get out there and have some fun!

Amanda