Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry.

This Father’s Day weekend, treat Dad to a show at Ravinia, a beer festival at Lincoln Park Zoo, brunch at the Museum of Science and Industry, or a trip to Pride Fest. Plus, he’ll receive free admission at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Willie Nelson & Family

Father's Day Weekend: Willie Nelson at Ravinia

Photo courtesy of Ravinia Festival. (c) David McClister

June 16
Highland Park

Willie Nelson is coming to Ravinia with special guest Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Purchase any ticket (except child tickets) and you’ll also receive a free copy of Willie Nelson’s latest album, “God’s Problem Child.”

Craft Brews at the Zoo

Father's Day Weekend: Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

June 16-17

Lincoln Park Zoo will host their third craft beer festival, featuring more than 75 brews from local and regional breweries set up throughout the zoo, this weekend. In addition to great beer, guests can purchase food, play lawn games and more. Participating breweries include Goose Island, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. and Two Brothers.

Chicago Pride Fest

Chicago Pride Fest

Photo courtesy of Northalsted Business Alliance.

June 17-18

This Northalsted Business Alliance street fest will feature three stages of live music, drag shows, a pet and family parade, and more.

Father’s Day Barbecue Brunch

Father's Day Weekend: Barbecue Brunch at Museum of Science and Industry

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry.

June 18

Enjoy prime rib, chicken, ribs, duck confit hash, sausage, salads and pie on the Museum of Science and Industry’s South Portico. There will also be a beer tasting and raffle. Hurry — tickets are going fast. (MSI’s Summer Brain Games also kicks off this week. Learn more about this program that keeps kids engaged during the summer here.)

“Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann”

Father's Day Weekend: Illinois Holocaust Museum's “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann”

Photo courtesy of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.)

Closes June 18

This Illinois Holocaust Museum exhibit about “the hunt, capture and prosecution” of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann closes on Sunday. Dads can visit the museum for free on Saturday and Sunday and will also receive 10 percent off at the museum shop.


  • Cheer on the Cubs this weekend (or throughout the season) at Eight Bar & Patio (8 W. Maple St., Chicago) and $1 of every Downstairs Burger, Charred Bratwurst and/or Crown & Ginger drink purchase will be donated to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, she loves cheering on the Cubs and Blackhawks and also fears she watches too much Netflix.