Best Activities To Celebrate Father’s Day In Chicago

June 6, 2014 7:00 AM

What do you plan to give your dad for Father’s Day this year? If your answer is “another tie,” then consider shaking things up a bit and taking your dad out to an arts festival, a baseball game, blues concert or to run a race in the Chicago area. With Father’s Day coming up on June 15, 2014, you will want to make your plans as soon as possible. With the following five activities scheduled for Father’s Day weekend in the Chicago area, you’re sure to find something your dad will love. For an additional list of Father’s Day activities, check out this article.
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Wendella Boats: Beer & BBQ Cruise
Wendella Dock
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1446

Date: June 12, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.

For many dads, enjoying a barbecue and a beer is the quintessential Father’s Day menu. This year, add an interesting twist to the tradition by booking tickets for you and your father aboard the Beer & BBQ Cruise on Wendella Boats. The two-hour tour features Goose Island beer and barbecue from Sweet Baby Ray’s, while a cruise along Lake Michigan provides the perfect backdrop for a family bonding experience. Reservations for this tour are highly recommended, and all guests must be 21 or older. For additional information, including the departure location information, consult Wendella’s website.

Chicago Blues Festival
Grant Park
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-3370
Dates: June 13-15, 2014, at 11 a.m.

Make a full day out of sightseeing around Chicago with your dad, then end the evening by listening to live musical performances at the Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park. The world-renowned event is a Chicago mainstay and features performances by many musicians. This year’s lineup includes Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette, Willie Clayton, Dr. John and Aaron Neville. This free event is accessible by public transportation. In addition, you can easily grab a bite to eat at the food trucks near the festival.

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Scavenger Dash
The Snuggery
15 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Date: June 14, 2014 at 12 p.m.

Think you and your dad know Chicago? Think again. With the Scavenger Dash, you and your dad can compete with other two-person teams in a series of challenges around the city. You may have to solve clues and take pictures of famous landmarks in Chicago, and it’s estimated the Scavenger Dash can take anywhere between two and four hours to complete. Don’t worry, you can hop aboard the El or the bus, as public transportation is allowed. Teams meet at The Snuggery on the day of the challenge prior to starting the dash.

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Father Daughter Day: White Sox Vs. Kansas City Royals
U.S. Cellular Field
333 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 674-1000
Date: June 14, 2014 at 1:10 p.m.

Is your dad a big White Sox fan? Then you’ll want to make the Father Daughter Day event at U.S. Cellular Field part of your Father’s Day weekend festivities. Enjoy watching a baseball game with dad this Father’s Day weekend as the White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals. You and your father can march in the parade prior to the game, too. Check out the White Sox website for more information on how to obtain parade passes. After the game, consider grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many bars and restaurants within a few blocks of the stadium.

Art In Bloom Art Festival In Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 668-5161
Dates: June 14-15, 2014 at 10 a.m.

If your father likes both art and history, then combine both of his interests by visiting the Art in Bloom Art Festival at Cantigny Park. The festival features more than 80 juried artists, as well as demonstrations and live music. Kids will also enjoy the child-friendly activities planned during the festival. After selecting new artwork, you and your dad can tour Cantigny Park. Check out the Robert R. McCormick Museum, pose for pictures at Tank Park and explore the park’s 29 acres of gardens.

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