6 Things For Families To Do in Chicago This September

September 08, 2017


Most of them are 100% free! There's something for everyone this month in every corner of Chicagoland."

September is always a busy month for families thanks to new school routines, but it’s also one of the best months for cultural and recreational activities in Chicago. The dog days of summer are over, and frigid temperatures are still a few weeks off, so it’s a perfect time to bond with your family outside — or at least out of the house!

  1. Listen to free opera in Millennium Park (Sept 8). Any music lovers in the family? Head to the Loop for the annual Stars of the Lyric Opera in Millennium Park, a free outdoor concert in one of Chicago’s most beautiful green spaces.
  2. Explore your creative side in Lake View (Sept 9-10). Join more than 150 artists for the Lake View Festival of the Arts along Broadway, along with food, music, and family-friendly activities. 
  3. Celebrate Mexican history and culture in Little Village (Sept 8-10). Mexican Independence Day isn’t until September 16, but the Festival de la Villita features food, music, and carnival rides a few days early.
  4. Check out “Family Fringe” at the Elgin Fringe Festival (Sept 9). Visit downtown Elgin for live music, dance, comedy, and drama. Don’t forget to wear a costume!
  5. Get your arts and crafts on at the Chicago Botanic Garden (Sept 15-17). The Botanic Garden is always a great place for families, but during one weekend in September, it’s also home to the American Craft Exposition. Plus, children under 12 are free!
  6. Dance to jazz in Hyde Park (Sept 23-24). The Chicago Jazz Festival has come and gone, but don’t forget about the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. It’s totally free!