Family Friendly Activities in Chicago – July 2014

We’re a month in, but there’s still plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy this summer in Chicago. There’s something for everyone to make the most of much-needed vacation days and warm weather. Here are some great ideas for July:

July 1: Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

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Photo courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden.

July 2: Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC
Toyota Park, 7000 Harlem Ave., Bridgeview 

Cheer on our local Major League Soccer team while enjoying $2 hot dogs.

July 5: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL

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.

July 5 or 19: Nature Nights
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Roam the Garden after hours and uncover the mysteries of nature at night! Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening in the Garden! Children ages 4 to 10 and their families will explore different areas of the Garden and enjoy a variety of discovery-based activities. Each Nature Nights also includes a short tram ride, planting project, and s’mores around the campfire. Nature Nights is held rain or shine.

July 7: Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives 
Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

This exhibit was extended through August 3 due to popular demand, so check out these Disney artifacts while you still can.

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Photo courtesy of Taste of Chicago.

July 9-13: Taste of Chicago 
Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago

Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.

July 5: Tom Chapin
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL

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.

July 12-13: Art in the Park
Village Green Park, Shermer and Meadow roads, Northbrook 

Discover the work of more than 70 artists from around the country while enjoying live music, children’s activities and a young artists’ exhibit.

Ends July 14: Japan and Nature: Spirits of the Seasons
Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview

This is your last chance to take part in a celebration of the seasons with traditional Japanese activities.

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Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

July 18: Sleep Under the Skyscrapers: Outdoor Campout 
Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago 

Your family can decide to spend just the evening or stay overnight, but either way you’ll have a chance to see the zoo’s animals after hours.

July 19: Aerial Dance Chicago & Elements Contemporary Ballet
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie 

You’ll be amazed by aerial dancers performing above ballerinas in “Silk and Steel,” a world premiere collaboration between Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet.

July 5: Ralph’s World
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, IL

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.

July 23: Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres
Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago

Keep the sports fun going with a night game at Wrigley Field, which is celebrating its 100th birthday. Now that’s one party you don’t want to miss.

July 30: Cirque Shanghai: Warriors 
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago 

“Imperial Thunder,” a steel-globe motorcycle troupe performing with other acrobatic acts, will blow you away. This show runs through September 1.

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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