Chicago is packed with festivals, shows, exhibits, and more everyday all summer long. We’ve rounded up the top must-visit spots and special events happening in July for your family to explore.

Upcoming Chicago Special Events

From theatrical performances to amazing, kid-friendly waterpark attractions, these Chicago special events won’t disappoint.

Lion King Exclusive Screening

Lion King Exclusive screening chicago special event

Time: Saturday 7/20, 8:45AM

Join fellow Chicago families for exclusive screening of The Lion King at the Davis Theater on Saturday, July 20th from 8:45am – 11:30am! You don’t want to miss this Disney classic story in live action. Limited spots remaining!

New to Pearachute? Book The Lion King for just $1.

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group chicago special events

Time: View July Schedule, must order tickets 4 days in advance

Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter and surprises. Be sure to get your tickets now for the show’s run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre – an experience the whole family will love!

Bixbee Imagination Station

Bixbee Imagination Station

Time: Ongoing drop in

Power up your child’s creativity at Imagination Station where all the senses are engaged as they explore multiple themed rooms like the bamboo forest, outer space, and deep sea adventure. All are invited to touch, drum, play and use their imagination!

New to Pearachute? Book Bixbee for just $1.

The Wizard of Oz, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

the wizard of oz theater

Time: View July Schedule

Take an unforgettable journey down the Yellow Brick Road to the magical land of Oz! Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer. Be dazzled by the spectacular setting and charmed by its timeless score. After the show, meet the cast in the lobby of Chicago Shakespeare Theater for photos and fun. You can view all the July show times and book directly on Pearachute.

New to Pearachute? Get your first ticket for just $1.

Six Flags Great America

six flags great america

Time: Ongoing, Purchase One Day Admission

Thrill seekers come in all sizes. That’s why we have tons of great fun for little ones to enjoy on their own and with parents. These rides spin, fly and promise to take kids on magical journeys that are perfect for their height and age. Six Flags Great America has three kids areas throughout the park. Get your one day admission tickets today!

Kids Obstacle Challenge

obstacle chicago special event series

Time: Saturday & Sunday 7/13-7/14

Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages of all ages. With challenging obstacles surrounded by mud, don’t be afraid to get dirty! This challenge will inspire and forge family bonds through obstacles and adventure. Get your tickets today for this awesome special event.

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park

santa's village

Time: Ongoing, Purchase One Day Admission

Santa’s Village Azoosment Park offers just about everything under the sun. Families will experience thrill rides, petting zoo, exotic animals, live shows, games, shops, and restaurants. Admission includes all activities and attractions! Also new this year, the park is opening Santa Springs, an interactive water attraction.

New to Pearachute? Book Santa’s Village for just $1.

wndr museum

chicago museum special events

Time: Ongoing drop in

This museum inspires and entertains by providing an immersive experience created by emerging artists. Their visitor-made art creates an unforgettable journey that reveals the wonders of the world around us. With every moment comes an opportunity to be creative, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.

Raging Waves Water Park

Raging Waves Water Park

Time: Ongoing, Purchase One Day Admission

Raging Waves is Illinois’ largest outdoor waterpark, located on more than 58 acres in Yorkville. Every summer, families visit this family-friendly waterpark, which features 26 water slides, 3 kiddie areas, a wave pool, a long lazy river, 26 private cabanas, and more. Cool off with the entire family this July!

New to Pearachute? Book any day ticket for just $1.

Dumbo-Themed Circus Science Adventure

Circus Adventure

Time: Saturday 7/13, 12:30PM – 3:30 PM

Your kiddos will have a blast at this Circus Scientific Adventure at the Alive Center in Naperville. Participants will learn about circus performances through science experiments. They will test their balance on the tight rope, ride the bicycle wheel, learn the science behind juggling, and much more!

Junie B. Jones, The Musical at the Marriott Theatre

Junie B. Jones Musical

Time: View July Schedule

Sneak a peek into the “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal” of the outspoken and lovable Junie B. Jones! Awaken your young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade. A special one-hour presentation for kids and parents of all ages, followed by Q&A with the cast.

Noah’s Ark Waterpark

Noah's Ark Waterpark

Time: Open until 8/30, Located in Wisconsin Dells

Although it may be longer trip for Chicago families, there’s nothing like splashing and sliding at Noah’s Ark Waterpark — America’s largest waterpark! There’s a little something for everyone. Thrill seekers will take on the surfing safari, whitewater rafting, and jaw-dropping slides. Smaller kids will love the Big Kahuna Kiddie Area, and anyone who wants more mellow fun can relax on the floating rides. Dry off and check out the Dive-In Theater, arcades and Hooligan’s Harbor, where you can have an epic pirate battle by remote control.

Princess Jasmine’s Jamboree

Jasmine Jamboree Special Event

Time: Sunday 7/14, 12:00PM – 1:30PM

In celebration of the new live action “Aladdin” coming out in theaters, Princess Jasmine has come to sing, play games and watch a special showing of the original movie with the little princesses and princes of the Chicagoland Area.

Day Out With Thomas at the Illinois Railway Museum

Day Out with Thomas chicago special event

Time: Sunday 7/14, Saturday 7/20, & Sunday 7/21

Join the Illinois Railway Museum as we celebrate friendship by visiting everyone’s #1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine for a Day Out With Thomas. Be sure to stop by the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including stamps, temporary tattoos, and hands-on arts. Children can bounce in a bounce house, view live entertainment, storytelling and much more. Day Out With Thomas is sure to provide a day of memorable family fun!

Don’t miss out on all the family-fun!

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