On the Go Chicago's Kid-Sized Happenings June 9 & 10

Written by: Cindy McCarthy

We have on the go Chicago’s top picks for June 9th & 10th - weekend events that are just perfect for you and your little ones!

Breakout your sunscreen, and get ready for some family fun this weekend.  Festival season is in full swing, and this weekend you have a number of great family-friendly festivals to choose from.

#1. Midsommarfest

  • Clark Street in Andersonville
  • June 9 & 10
  • $5 suggested donation

Listen to traditional Swedish music and watch the dance around the Maypole on Saturday morning.  Plus, families will enjoy the kids area - inflatables, rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, face painting, live entertainment by Bubbles and Old Town School of folk music and much more.

#2. Chicago Tribune Printers Row Festival

  • Dearborn Street (from Congress to Polk St.)
  • June 9 & 10
  • FREE - All Ages!

Over 200 booksellers will be there hawking new and antique books.  Plus, enjoy a dedicated kids area, Lil Lit Park, which boasts a full lineup of FREE events including performances by The Story Book Mom and Justin Roberts.

#3. Chili and Grill Festival

  • Waveland Park
  • June 9 & 10
  • FREE - All Ages!

Adults will enjoy grilling demonstrations, tastings from some of Chicago’s top restaurants and live music.  Chicago’s smallest chefs will have fun making their own aprons, creating bug catchers and playing in the kids BBQ Play Area. 

#4. Old Town Art Fest

  • Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street
  • June 9 & 10
  • $7 suggested donation - All ages!

Stroll past art from more than 260 nationally acclaimed artist.  Plus, your little Picasso will enjoy arts and crafts, live entertainment and more in the kids corner.

#5. City Wilds Festival

  • North Park Village Nature Center
  • June 9 & 10
  • FREE - All ages!

You and your little tree hugger will learnabout native plants, create nature crafts, hike through the preserve, and enjoy a visit with the Chicago Turtle Club.  On Saturday there will be a BioBlitz with guided walking tours, and on Sunday, Tales and Scales Traveling Zoo will present their educational and interactive live animal show.

Want to find more kid-sized fun happening in Chicago? Visit onthegoChicago.com, for a complete guide to the best places to eat, shop, play and learn in Chicago with the wee ones!  PLUS use your NPN Member's Only Parent Perk to save $10 on membership.

Posted on June 08, 2012 at 10:52 AM