Family Friendly Activities in Chicago – August 2014

All good things must come to an end, even warm weather. Make the most of the last few weeks of summer with these family friendly activities in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza.

Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza.

August 1-3: Lollapalooza 
Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago

It’s a new month, and it all kicks off with one of the country’s biggest music festivals. This year’s lineup includes Kings of Leon, Lorde, The Avett Brothers, and Eminem. Can’t find a babysitter? No problem! Kids 10 and under get into Kidzapalooza for free.

August 2: Classical Kids LIVE! presents Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL

The Ravinia’s 2014 Kids Concerts series emulates the festival’s main-stage programming across a mix of genres and artists, all in a kid-friendly environment.

August 2-3: Lakeshore Arts Festival 
Centennial Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, Evanston

Shop the wares of 125 artists while enjoying live jazz, blues and folk music, among other genres. Kids can stop by the Children’s Craft Tent to create their own art to bring home.

August 5: Starlight Movies in the Park: “E.T.”
Penny Park, 1500 Lake St., Evanston

The Starlight Movies in the Park series begins with this science fiction film by Steven Spielberg. This year’s movies include “The Music Man,” “Goonies,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and yes, “Frozen.” The series ends September 13.

August 5-6: Lake Forest Day 
West Park, 850 N. Summit Ave., Lake Forest
Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest

For two days, enjoy carnival rides, live music and food, and parade.

August 7-17: Illinois State Fair
Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield

Travel to our state capital for fair food, rides, horse racing and concerts by Pitbull, Florida Georgia Line, Boston, Hunter Hayes, and more.

Photo courtesy of the Illinois State Fair.

Photo courtesy of the Illinois State Fair.

August 14-17: Festa Italiana
Taylor Street at Ashland Avenue, Chicago

A meatball-eating contest? Grape stomping? Cooking demonstrations? Live music? Tons of Italian food? Magnifico!

August 15: Young Musician Concert
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL

Admission is free but tickets must still be ordered. The Ravinia’s 2014 Kids Concerts series emulates the festival’s main-stage programming across a mix of genres and artists, all in a kid-friendly environment.

August 16-17: Chicago Air and Water Show 
North Avenue Beach, 1600 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

It’s one of the city’s most popular events, so grab your sunglasses and look to the sky.

Photo courtesy of City of Chicago.

Photo courtesy of City of Chicago.

August 18: Father/Son Baseball Stadium Tours—Wrigley Field
Winnetka Park District Community Room, 540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka

Your husband and son can spend a day together getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Friendly Confines. If you prefer to visit U.S. Cellular Field (or both!), sign up for the August 15 tour.

August 20: Highwood Garlic Fest
Everts Park, 111 North Ave., Highwood 

Highwood’s Everts Park is once again the place to be with this festival of classic dishes (pastas and butter) and more unusual treats (ice cream and cupcakes), all using garlic.

August 20-23: Chicago Dancing Festival
Various locations, Chicago

This is a different kind of festival, and it’s taking place at four venues across the city.

August 21-24: Chicago Comic Con  
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont

Are you a fan of “Doctor Who,” “Bones” or “The Walking Dead”? Then don’t miss the chance to see actors from those shows and other favorites during Comic Con Chicago.

August 22-24: Taste of Highland Park 
Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park

Downtown Highland Park is the place to be as this tasty fest occurs alongside the Port Clinton Art Festival.

September 1: Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
Chicago’s First Lady Boat Dock, 112 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago

You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy this guided look at more than 50 buildings on the Chicago River, so spend the unofficial last day of summer soaking up a few more rays before those Chicago winds turn cold.

BIO: Viva is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about being a mom, raising kids, and travel. In addition to working as a staff writer for Travel Mascot, she also owns and manages weheartmom.com.

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