5 Things to Do: Father’s Day Weekend 2018

5 Things to Do Around Chicago: Father's Day Weekend 2018 (Chicago Helicopter Experience)

Celebrate Dad all weekend long with a free music festival, a race to support programs for racial justice and violence prevention, a barbecue, and tours by bike or helicopter.

And if you need last-minute gift inspiration, check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide.

Winnetka Music Festival

5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Father's Day Weekend: Winnetka Music Festival (ZZ Ward)
ZZ Ward (Photo by Gus Black.)

June 15-16

After a successful debut last year, this free North Shore music festival will return with a lineup featuring ZZ Ward, A Thousand Horses, Cobi, Andrew Belle, Walker County, Jake Allen, and more. With three main stages, a family stage, food courts, and beer and wine vendors, this festival is not to be missed.

Race Against Hate 2018

5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Father's Day Weekend: Race Against Hate
Photo by Evanston Photographic Studios.

June 17

Join the community in running or walking against racial hatred and violence during this annual YWCA Evanston/North Shore event, which will feature music, refreshments, family-friendly activities, and more. Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of this event.

Father’s Day Bluegrass BBQ & Pig Roast

5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Father's Day Weekend: Windy City Bluegrass Band at 210 Live
Photo courtesy of Windy City Bluegrass Band.

June 17

This Father’s Day, treat Dad to barbecue with a side of live music by the Windy City Bluegrass Band during this 210 Live event.

Chicago Helicopter Experience

5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Father's Day Weekend: Chicago Helicopter Experience
Photo courtesy of Chicago Helicopter Experience.


Think outside the box this Father’s Day and give Dad the experience of exploring Chicago from above the city. Not only can you book your Father’s Day tour now, but you can also save with Chicago Helicopter Experience’s Father’s Day special (two passengers for $199, regularly $356).

Pedal Oak Park

5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Father's Day Weekend: Pedal Oak Park
The Pedal Oak Park guided bicycle tour stops at 21 Frank Lloyd Wright structures in Oak Park, Illinois, including the Hills DeCaro House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1896/1906) (Photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: Jessica Burton)

Oak Park

Explore Oak Park on bike with the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio this Father’s Day weekend (or any weekend through September). Bikers will see 21 Wright-designed buildings, including the Heurtley House and Furbeck House.

Looking Ahead

  • The Chicago Lighthouse, “a world-renowned social service organization serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities,” will present Lighthouses on the Mag Mile June 19 to Aug. 11. This public art display will celebrate “access and inclusion for people with disabilities.” Find a map of all the sculptures here.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital