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Things to do on Father's Day in Chicago

Written by
Will Mendelson
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In case you haven't bought dad a nice gift for Father's Day, don't forget, you only have until Sunday. And while you're at it, you're going to want to show dad a good time in Chicago, because he deserves it. In need of some ideas? No sweat. Start by treating dad to a delicious brunch or barbecue and then use our guide guaranteed to remind your dad just how special he is.

Rock out with dad

Don't always agree with your father's taste in music? Both my father and I are huge fans of Damien Rice and Iron + Wine, and what better way to relax on Father's Day Sunday than catching some cool vibes from these two? In the mood for something more rocking? Take dad to a Michael Franti & Spearhead show, and jam out to sunny, funky tunes.

Get your artistic side on 

Feeling cultured? Take dad to a cool exhibit like the "Spreading Devotion: Japanese and European Religious Prints" exhibit at the Art Institute. Featuring rare Japanese prints, the exhibit's last day is Father's Day. And while you're there, be sure to also check out the "Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design" exhibit, with more than 300 items showcasing Ireland's rich history. Sunday is also the last day for the exhibit, so see it while you can.

Get funky at a street fest

Your dad is cool, so show him a cool time at one of Chicago's many street festivals. Bring him to the Taste of Randolph Street, featuring six blocks of food, drinks, live music and just an all-around good time.

Unwind in the park

Now that summer is officially here, why not enjoy some nice weather at one of Chicago's best parks? Pack a blanket, some brews and snacks, maybe a Frisbee, and you guys are good to go.

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