This Father’s Day, do a bit more for dear old dad and consider planning an all-day event. From making reservations for a blues music brunch to relaxing on a tour of Lake Michigan, you and your dad can bond and have a great time together through a number of events in the Chicago area. With Father’s Day around the corner on Sunday, June 19, you’ll want to make reservations or purchase tickets to any event right away. Take a look at these ideas for how to spend the day with dad.
6 Corners BBQ Fest
Irving Park Road, Cicero Ave., Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Located in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood, 6 Corners BBQ Fest should be on your plans for Father’s Day weekend if dad loves barbecue. The annual event, which will be held June 18 and 19 in Chicago’s famed Six Corners, features barbecue by restaurants from all over the area. When you’re not chowing down on food, you and your dad can listen to live music or take a look at the selection of arts and crafts available for purchase. The festival includes activities just for kids, too.

Father’s Day Canoe Adventure
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-5440

The dad who loves the great outdoors will enjoy paddling away on a canoe in the lakes of Chicago Botanic Garden. The Father’s Day Canoe Adventure, held June 18 and 19 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. on both days, will take on a fun and relaxing tour. The one-hour event includes canoes and life jackets, as well as other necessary equipment. After your canoe ride, explore the numerous gardens and cool your heels with dad by grabbing a bite to eat at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s cafe. Details regarding the event fee are online.

Solstice Hop & Vine Fest
Meineke Park
220 E. Weathersfield Road
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 985-2115

If your dad loves sipping a pint of beer or savors a glass of wine, then tickets to Solstice Hop & Vine Fest in the northwest suburb of Schaumburg are in order. In addition to beer and wine from breweries and wineries, festival attendees can listen to live music and try food from local restaurants. The event, held June 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., is for ages 21 and up. Tickets to the event can be purchased online, and money raised will support some of the projects of the Schaumburg Park Foundation.

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World Famous Gospel Brunch
House of Blues Chicago
329 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 923-2000

Up your brunch game in a big way when you make reservations for the World Famous Gospel Brunch at House of Blues Chicago. The brunch takes place June 19 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and includes an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, complete with carving stations. There’s more to the brunch than food, as local gospel groups will also perform on stage. Tickets to the event start at $42.50 and can be purchased in advance.

Wendella Boats
Main Dock
400 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-1446

Take dad for a cruise along Lake Michigan or the Chicago River when you purchase tickets for a ride on the famed Wendella Boats. The tours are a must-see for Chicagoans and tourists alike, and include views of the city that you don’t typically see on foot. If dad is an architecture buff or simply wants to learn more about Chicago, then consider booking tickets for Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour. Wendella Boats also offers tours on the Chicago River, as well as themed cruises on select dates. For directions to the docks of Wendella Boats, check out the company’s website.

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