Weekend 101: Father’s Day Weekend 2019

Celebrate Dad all weekend long with a Pride Month event at Shedd Aquarium, a craft beer tasting at Lincoln Park Zoo, a Latin arts and music festival at Navy Pier, two can’t-miss food fests, and more.

Shedd Pride Night

June 14

Shedd Aquarium Pride Night
Photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium.

This after-hours event will feature pop-up animal encounters, a DJ, food, a special Pride pineapple margarita, and more. And mark your calendars: Shedd Aquarium will offer free days for Illinois residents June 17-18 and 24-25.

Craft Brews at the Zoo

June 14-15

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago
Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

You’ll have the opportunity to sample craft beer (more than 150 will be available) throughout the Lincoln Park Zoo grounds while also enjoying food and lawn games. The zoo will also host a Father’s Day BBQ Brunch on June 16.


June 14-15

LatiNxt at Navy Pier in Chicago
Photo by Mario Ruben.

For the second year in a row, Navy Pier will host this Latin arts and music festival with a vinyl record fair, panel discussions, and more.

Ribfest Chicago

June 14-16

Ribfest Chicago
Photo by Steven E. Gross.

This festival, which has been named “Best Food Fest” five times and was highlighted on the Food Network, will feature delicious food and drinks from 30 vendors as well as live music.

Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest

June 15

Chicago Taco & Tequila Fest
Photo by Tai’s Captures on Unsplash.

Not only will you have the chance to dine on tasty tacos and sip cool cocktails at this brand-new event, but it will also benefit Chicago Canine Rescue.

More Can’t-Miss Events:

  • PAWS Chicago, Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, Heartland Animal Shelter, Tree House Humane Society, and Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue will come together for the Angels with Tails Winnetka adoption event June 15. You’ll be able to meet adoptable animals at 34 retailers and along sidewalks throughout Winnetka.
  • Favorite Evanston event Custer Fair will return June 15-16 with more than 300 artists and vendors, live music, theater performances, and more.
  • Lincoln Common will host a Father’s Day community event on June 16 with mini golf, corn hole, Jenga, and more games, plus ice cream from Mon Ami Gabi and cookies from Summer House Santa Monica.

Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 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