Father’s Day is just around the corner and Dads, Uncles, Grandpas, father figures and Moms who serve as Dads everywhere deserve to be spoiled. We’ve gathered the hottest offerings – including everything from hole-in-one gifts to brunch recommendations and events galore – for both locals and visitors to help make your Father’s Day weekend an unforgettable one.
For the Dads Who Love BBQ, Bourbon & Cigars…
Thorn Restaurant & Lounge
Thorn Restaurant & Lounge in Rosemont is celebrating Father’s Day a few days early by hosting a Bourbon + Cigars event on Wednesday, June 16 from 7pm to 10pm. Guests are invited to celebrate that special man in their lives with a bourbon tasting of Legent Bourbon featuring a presentation from a local Jim Beam distillery representative, followed by along a hand-rolled cigars discussion by a cigar master from Schaumburg Cigar Lounge, all while also enjoying live music by Dina Bach.
Oaken Bistro + Bar
Oaken Bistro + Bar, 200 N Field Dr. at Conway Press Park, is the North Shore’s hottest new restaurant. From 5:00 -7:00 pm on Father’s Day, Oaken Bistro + Bar will be offering a special prix fixe five-course BBQ meal for $79 per person. The meal includes diner’s choice of two Union Horse bourbons or Dovetail Grodziskie Oak-smoked wheat beer and cigars from Neumann’s Cigars & More in Libertyville. Chef-crafted dishes on the menu include Maple Bacon Potato Salad, Cheddar and Chive Biscuits and Hickory Smoked Brisket & Green Circle Chicken. To make a reservation or to view the entire menu, please visit their website.
Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook
Water’s Edge & Lakeside Patio at Hyatt Lodge invites guests to celebrate Father’s Day this year with a pig roast and live music! Located at 2815 Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook, families will be able to enjoy live music while dining alfresco. Guests can choose the pig roast package or opt-out and enjoy the restaurant’s full regular menu. A full bar as well as Kristoff Cigars will also be available. The Pig Roast package is $40 per person ages 15+, $20 per child ages 4-14, and free for children 3 and under. The package will include Whole Roasted Pig in La Caja China as an entree. Sofrito Rice, Baked Potato Salad, Borracha Beans, Sweet Chili Roasted Vegetables, Cole Slaw, and Watermelon as sides. Mango Poblano Chutney, Sweet Baby Rays and Honey Chipotle BBQ, and Chimchurri as sauces, as well as one complimentary draft beer for guests 21+. To make a reservation, please visit their OpenTable.
For the Dads Who Are Hard To Shop For…
Paper Source is the go-to destination for cards, gifts, wrapping and more. With a carefully curated selection of gifts to choose from, each Father’s Day gift selected is sure to be a hole in one! From the “Golf Mug” for the putting-obsessed to the “Dad Jokes” book to up Dad’s joke game, the nation’s premier paperie is fully stocked and ready to celebrate.
Roosevelt Collection Shops
Roosevelt Collection Shops in the South Loop offers the perfect gift for every Dad! From locally owned shops like Divinity Seven to Fleet Feet or sessions at Title Boxing Club, the shopping & lifestyle center offers a wide variety of gifts, apparel and accessories to make for a memorable gift. Better yet, treat Dad to some quality time with a day well spent at the center’s plaza or spacious rooftop area!
For the Dads Who Are Sports Fanatics…
The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare
The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, in Rosemont, is welcoming the baseball season by offering an exclusive Take Me Out To The Ballgame Package, which includes a trip to Impact Field, home of the Chicago Dogs Baseball team, located less than five minutes away from the hotel. The package includes four general admission tickets to a Chicago Dogs game, complimentary overnight parking, a complimentary shuttle ride to and from Impact Field, and a “Play Ball” welcome amenity which includes popcorn, peanuts, and a bucket of ice-cold beers for dad.
For the Dads Who Love to Brunch…
Celebrate Father’s Day with a little bit of spice at Carnivale, one of the city’s most vibrant destinations! Carnivale is open for both indoor dining in their many spacious dining rooms as well as outdoor experiences on their expansive new patio. Located in the West Loop, Carnivale offers its guests festive fare and one-of-a-kind art inspired by a fusion of cultures including those from Mexico, South America and Central America. The restaurant is open on Father’s Day from 2-9 pm for dinner and reservations can be made online on their website.
Grab Dad and head to AIRE, located at 100 W. Monroe St., on the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric the Loop Chicago. Enjoy 360-views, with small plates and appetizers meant for sharing and a robust beverage program sure to delight. AIREfeatures fire pits, cabanas, couches, and an outdoor bar with an unmatched urban feel. AIRE is open on Father’s Day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. To learn more please visit their website or call 312.236.1234.
Fulton Market Kitchen
Chicago’s top destination for immersive dining and astonishing art, Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon, is the most stylish place to celebrate Dad this year. Enjoy the uniquely stunning venue infused with artistic eye candy while enjoying a delicious new menu courtesy of Executive Chef Jonathan Harootunian. FMK is open for Sunday brunch in the vibrant Fulton Market District for both indoor and outdoor service. To book a table or learn more about their programming, please visit their website.
Celebrate Father’s Day brunch with a cocktail, or two, and a view! Known for the most spectacular, unobstructed views of Chicago’s complete skyline, Kennedy Rooftop, 1551 W. North Ave. is one of Chicago’s hottest rooftop decks. Kennedy offers a delicious menu developed by Executive Chef Kus Folkers and a unique variety of signature cocktails – each presidentially named as an homage to their namesake. The menu highlights shareable plates which are perfect for sharing with your family on Father’s Day. Kennedy is the perfect place for the special men in your life that are ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy their Father’s Day. The venue is first come first served.
Enjoy Father’s Day at Chicago landmark, Navy Pier’s, iconic new restaurant! Dine with Dad and look out from the sunlit dining room to breathtaking Lake Michigan, or step out onto the 150-seat patio and into the open air to experience the awe that is Lírica, Chicago’s chic new dining destination at 900 E. Grand Ave., which just opened as the first and only Latin-inspired venue on Navy Pier. Drawing inspiration from more than a dozen South American countries and encouraging guests to embrace “Comiendo con Ritmo” or “eating with rhythm”, Lírica’s menu boasts only the best in fresh-cut fish from Salmon Asado to roasted meats including Costilla de Ternera and of course, plenty of delicious starters or “primeros,” such as Pulpo a la Plancha. Lírica is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Offshore, the world’s largest rooftop deck and one of Chicago’s most exciting hotspots located at Navy Pier, is the perfect destination to celebrate Dads of every kind. On Sunday, June 20, families are invited to test out their new seafood-forward menu that includes Red Grouper & Scallop ceviche, a Crab Meat Salad, Organic Salmon Poke Bowls, and more, paired with views for days. Boasting over 56,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, this year-round rooftop destination again offers locals a truly unique opportunity to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
For the Dads Who Want to Travel The World (without leaving Chicago)…
For the man in your life who loves life on the water, City Cruises Chicago is offering an unforgettable family-filled Father’s Day with a selection of brunch cruises on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan on Sunday, June 20. Friends and family of every kind are invited on board to enjoy unmatched views of Chicago, while creating unforgettable memories together.
Sistine Chapel Chicago
For all the art enthusiast Dads, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition has arrived to Chicagoland’s Oakbrook Center, now running through August 15th. This unique exhibition, located in the former Sears building at Oakbrook Mall, showcases Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced photographically and artfully displayed in their original size. Families are given a chance to engage with the artwork in ways that were never before possible, seeing every detail, every brushstroke, and every color of the artist’s 34 frescoes. Tickets are available now, and can be purchased by clicking here.
Sable at Navy Pier
Sable at Navy Pier is the first hotel to break ground and make waves on one of the city’s most iconic and historic landmarks, offering sweeping, unparalleled views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, truly unlike any other. With the return of the Navy Pier fireworks, families looking to spoil Dad can enjoy the best views from the comfort of their rooms. To book an upcoming staycation, please visit their website.
Springhill Suites Chicago Chinatown
SpringHill Suites Chicago Chinatown, the first hotel of its kind to hit Chicago’s Chinatown, has officially opened its doors at 2357 S. Wentworth Ave. Families looking to enjoy Father’s Day exploring a new neighborhood now have the opportunity to do so while enjoying access to 148 comfortable suites, a fitness studio, and a complimentary buffet or hot breakfast option. To book a room, please visit their website.
For the Dads Who Love to Keep it Simple…
Gift your Dad a slice of heaven with Jet’s Pizza this Father’s Day. From their iconic, buttery Detroit-style deep dish, to traditional New York style, Jet’s Pizza serves pizza that will please everyone in your family. For more information or to place an order online, please visit their website.
KINTON RAMEN is the perfect place for Dads looking to have a relaxed Father’s Day. Named in the Chicago Tribune’s Top 12 List of Best Ramen Bowls, KINTON RAMEN uses only the freshest of ingredients. The authentic Japanese concept has two Chicago locations at 1426 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park and 163 N. Sangamon St. in the West Loop. For more information or to place an order online, please visit their website.
For the Dads Who Want A Breath of Fresh Air…
Give your handy homeowner and DIY Dad the gift of improved indoor air quality with an EZ Breathe Ventilation System. The EZ Breathe Ventilation System has the ability to help alleviate many common homeowner concerns such as mildew odors, mold growth, pet dander, dust mites, humidity and moisture, pollen, chemical smells, leaving homes feeling fresh and allergen-free. Self-install kits come with everything necessary to assemble, mount, and install the system. For more information on EZ Breathe and its product benefits, call 866.822.7328 or visit their website.
For the Dads Who Love Mowing the Grass…
Attention all herb-loving Dads! Celebrate Father’s Day with 20% off all accessories from now through Sunday at Hatch Dispensary in Wheeling. For more information or to place an order online, visit their website.
For the Dads Who Are Kids At Heart…
Celebrate Father’s Day this year at Raging Waves— Illinois’ largest waterpark! Sitting on more than 58 acres, this family-friendly destination features the brand new Aussie Mat Dash, 32 water slides, multiple kiddie areas, wave pool, lazy river, 43 private cabanas, and more. To purchase tickets in advance, visit their website.
Celebrate the rad Dad in your life with a joyful balloon burst! Luft Balloons, Chicago’s premier balloon store located at 345 W. Armitage, is known for their artistic balloon creations ideal for any occasion, and Father’s Day is no exception. To place an order, visit Luft Balloons’ website to schedule a pickup or delivery. Luft Balloons is open from 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m Monday through Saturday. Delivery is available 7 days a week.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries
For those Dads looking for a little thrill, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a state-of-the-art adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round activities for adventurers of all ages and abilities. Featuring a versatile and wide-ranging mix of recreational activities set among a reclaimed natural landscape, the park offers an escape to tranquil and interactive green space where that special man in your life, along with his family, can test their personal boundaries while engaging with a passionate community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.
Replay Lincoln Park
Chicago’s favorite pop-up bar, Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield, is bringing back some good ole’ childhood nostalgia with their latest pop up, Nick Arcade, opening this Friday, June 11 just in time for the city’s Phase 5 reopening. Running through Sunday, July 11, the bar will transform all 9,000 square feet of their space, including their outdoor patio, into iconic spots inspired by 90’s Nickelodeon favorites including Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Are You Afraid of the Dark, CatDog, Doug, Rocko’s Modern Life and much more. The pop up will offer an exclusive selection of Nick-inspired cocktails as well as a themed food menu for guests to enjoy as they travel down memory lane.