Editor’s Note: Your tour guide, Chicago Dads Group co-organizer Victor Aragon, takes you through one of the Windy City’s nicest outdoor venues in this morning’s stop on our week-long celebration of “Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities.”
I love to go with my family to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. It’s a huge tourist destination for good reason: it’s location just off The Loop, Cloud Gate — a.k.a. The Bean reflective sculpture, proximity to the Lake Michigan, and it’s just a great place to walk around and enjoy some family time in the city.
A variety of events are always scheduled in or around the park. There is great music regularly being showcased in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion while the park promenades often host some type of festival.
Of course, sometimes the kids just love to run and splash around in the Crown Fountain with its two 50-foot high LED screens showing 1,000 Chicago faces. It’s a truly impressive piece of art that all ages will enjoy.
Now through August 24 brings the return of the Target Family Fun Fest with interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids of all ages. This event is free to the public and will help create hundreds of summer memories.
Insider’s tip: Millennium Park can get really really REALLY busy on the weekends so try going in the middle of the week and definitely use public transportation as bus and subway lines stop nearby the area. Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days to go in the early afternoon.