Things to do on Father's Day

Show Dad a good time on Father's Day with our guide on cheap Father's Day gifts and things to do with Dad.

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Compared to Mother's Day, dads get the short end of the stick on their own commemorative day. Moms are treated to brunch, given elaborate gifts, heartfelt cards and flowers, and basically are treated like a queen for a day. Dads? They'll be lucky if their Father's Day gift is something other than a new set of drill bits, if their Father's Day card offers sentiments stronger than "Thanks for giving me money" and if they don't have to grill their own Father's Day dinner. Our guide, filled with ideas on where to take Dad and how to feed him well, should change all that.

Things to do with dad

Chicago Blues Fest

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Dr. John and Aaron Neville come to Grant Park for a fitting Father's Day send-off.

  1. Grant Park 337 E Randolph St, at Columbus Dr
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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6 Corners BBQ Fest

  • Price band: 1/4

Give dad a break and let someone else man the grill at Portage Park's carnivorous celebration.

  1. Six Corners 4000–4080 Milwaukee Ave, at Irving Park Rd and Cicero Ave
  2. Sun Jun 15
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Taste of Randolph

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

If your dad hip to bands like Delta Spirit and Kaiser Chiefs, you can take him to this restaurant row street festival.

  1. Randolph St 900 W Randolph St, between Peoria St and Racine Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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Oakley Festa Pasta Vino

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

You may not call him The Godfather, but any good father will enjoy this fest's vino and Italian food.

  1. Oakley Ave and 24th St 2400 S Oakley Ave, 24th St
  2. Sun Jun 15
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Wells Street Art Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

With more 250 juried artists on display, dad can find some new decor for his man cave.

  1. Wells St between North Ave and Division St Wells St, between North Ave and Division St
  2. Sun Jun 15
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The Second City's Incomplete Guide to Everything

Take a break from pretending to laugh at dad jokes by watching some professionals be funny.

  1. UP Comedy Club 230 W North Ave, at Wells St
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Tue Dec 30
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Saintseneca

  • Price band: 1/4

Fathers everywhere got into Mumford and Sons. This band provides a less-embarrassing, foot-stomping alternative.

  1. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, at Cortez St
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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Lionel Richie + CeeLo Green

  • Price band: 3/4

You inherited dad's copy of Dancing on the Ceiling, now you can take him to see Richie in person.

  1. First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 19100 S Ridgeland Ave
  2. Until Sun Jun 15
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