Father’s Day is a holiday that celebrates the important relationship between father and child. The younger years of a child are usually filled with handmade paper ties colored with crayon and looped with yarn, but as children get older, Father’s Day takes on a new meaning. While presents can offer a chance to show your appreciation for the day, taking part in an activity with your father can provide an experience with memories to last a lifetime. Take advantage of all the Chicago activities that cater towards Father’s Day 2013 by spending time with dear old dad.

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(Credit: odysseycruises.com)

Father’s Day Steak Dinner Cruise
Odyssey II Chicago – Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(866) 305-2469

The boarding of the cruise begins at 5 p.m. and lasts from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Infants under three years of age are free, children three to 12 years of age are $49.95 and adult tickets vary from $84.90 to $109.90 (depending on the package). All fathers will receive a complimentary 12-ounce rib eye steak. Tickets include a full dinner service, entertainment and spectacular skyline views with access to the rooftop deck.

24th Annual Real Men Cook Father’s Day
The New Salvation Army – Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
1250 W. 119th St.
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 678-8296

Real Men Charities, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization that has presented the Real Men Cook events, with this being the 24th year. The event is meant to help build continued support for programs that honor fathers in the community. This event will be on June 16, 2013 at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check out the website for details on how to nominate a father who already knows how to cook or if you want to help support this event. Also, call the number listed for more information on attending this event.

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(credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Astros vs. Cubs
Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-2827

Take your dad out to the ballpark in the first game of the series against the Houston Astros (series is June 21-23). Ticket prices are as low as $25 and range all the way to $286, depending on seating preferences. Enjoy the warming Chicago weather, the renowned Wrigely Field stadium and the Cubs in their home game pinstriped uniforms. This is a great event for the sports-loving father and will be a treasured memory for children young and old.

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Family Camping In June
Northerly Island
1521 S. Linn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 745-2910

Enjoy the time-honored tradition of fishing, hiking and camping with dad and the whole family in this Chicago Park District event. The fee is $50 per group (family), with no more than six per group. This is an overnight event for partaking in nature through learning the basic principles of camping. The event is for families with children six years or older and is taught by experienced campers. Take these learned skills to camp as a family this upcoming season but also enjoy the weekend after Father’s Day in this June 22,, 2013 event at 10 a.m to 2 p.m. the following day.

Father’s Day Classic Car Show
100 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 573-0700

This event is free to the public and is on June 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be more than 100 classic and antique cars on display. Vehicles are owned by members of the Greater Illinois Region of the Classic Car Club of America and are arranged through the Oakbrook Center outdoor mall. Enjoy a beautiful outdoor setting, viewing of classic cars and then have lunch or dinner at one of the numerous delicious spots within the mall.

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