Winter is finally drawing to a close, which means it’s time to look ahead and think about discovering family-friendly festivals and events in Chicago this spring. From music to flying kites and so much more, you and your family can plan a fun weekend in the city and suburbs. To get started, take a look at these must-see spring festivals and events that will have fun activities for kids and parents in 2016.
Bike The Drive
See Chicago’s famed Lake Shore Drive in a new way when you take part in Bike The Drive on May 29. The event allows bicyclists to ride up and down Lake Shore Drive starting at 5:30 a.m. that day. Registration is required for this event.
Chicago Blues Festival
If you live in Chicago, then seeing a celebration of blues music is in order. With the Chicago Blues Festival, you and your family can see world-class performances of blues musicians. The festival will be held June 10-12 in the iconic Grant Park (Jackson and Columbus Drives, Chicago) and boasts a performance lineup that includes Irma Thomas, Sam Burton, Shemekia Copeland and many more musicians. You can bring your picnic basket to this free event.
Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Make your way to the suburb of Naperville for the Frontier Kite Fly Festival, held June 5 at 10 a.m. at Frontier Sports Complex (3380 Cedar Glade Dr., Naperville). The free event includes live music and dance performances, a candy drop and face painting. Do you want some pointers on how to fly a kite? The festival will include demonstrations and tips.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Celebrate Earth Day in style by attending Lincoln Park Zoo’s (2001 N. Clark St., Chicago) animal enrichment program on April 9. The event includes an opportunity to make crafts for some of the zoo’s animals. For details regarding registration and fees, check out the zoo’s website.
Combine food, music and special activities just for kids, and you have Mayfest, held May 20-22 in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The festival includes the Chicago Kids Day on May 21, complete with arts, crafts, games and more on the schedule. Mayfest will take place at 3100 North Ashland Avenue in Chicago, and is near several options for public transportation.
This spring, discover how to repurpose materials into cool new crafts when you and your family attend Remix Chicago. The annual event, which will be held June 11 and 12 at 2400 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, features workshops, demonstrations, and live music.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
If your child wants to learn more about William Shakespeare, then keep reading. Through Shakespeare 400 Chicago, you and your family can attend plays and lectures, as well as check out the works of the Bard. This spring, you can also see original mash-ups of Shakespeare’s works, watch “Othello: The Remix,” explore artwork inspired by his works, and more through the year-long festival.