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Treat your dad to a day in the Loop

Posted  41 days ago  in  Fathers day, events, Things to Do, Fun

3 MIN READ - Take your dad for a day out in the town, downtown to be more specific! Enjoy some iconic Chicago events downtown on Father's Day, cruise on a boat ride, go to dinner, play darts or pingpong, or shop for gifts. Make the day memorable and celebrate Father’s day in the Loop.

Take on two iconic chicago events in one day

The internationally acclaimed Sundays on State event series returns for two Sundays on June 16 (Father's Day) and July 14.  So bring dad and the whole fam to State Street to celebrate Father’s Day in true Chicago fashion at Sundays on State to enjoy the best of local vendors, art, and entertainment. Don’t miss out, RSVP for free and check out the full lineup here.

After spending time at Sundays on State, head over to Millennium Park at 5:30 p.m. on June 16 to enjoy the Joffrey Ballet's Joffrey for All free performance. Gather your loved ones and take in breathtaking dances from Joffrey Ballet's Company Artists, Academy, and Community Engagement students and celebrate the heart of Chicago together! Learn more about the free event here


If your dad is the type who likes some activity on his big day, there are lots of ways to plan some fun and games in the Loop. AceBounce is the place to play ping pong and get drinks, so bond with Dad in a competitive game. 

Or try Flight Club, a multi-award-winning venue that offers a social darts experience. Play darts with your dad in this dynamic venue with 14 playing areas, called Oches, two bars, and a restaurant. In addition to the fun and games in this venue, there is a great atmosphere, a bar serving specialty cocktails, and delicious food. For your Father’s Day celebration, Flight Club is right on target.

Dad’s even got a chance to putz around at Five Iron Golf in Block 37. Take a swing (and a miss) with the whole family, and then stay for drinks – on you, of course!

For a bit of outdoor fun, hit up Maggie Daley Park. The Play Garden, mini golf, Rink Cafe, climbing wall, micro scooter/rollerblade rentals, and bungee are open for the season. There’s something for dads of all ages!


The iconic Loop tours and attractions that dads love are open and ready for you to enjoy as a family. Check out many of your options here, and consider celebrating Father's Day with an iconic architecture tour along the Chicago River View the city’s impressive skyline as you travel down the Chicago River. Chicago is known for its unique blend of historical and modern architecture. So, relax and enjoy the ride with close-up views and excellent photos.

What does Dad love more than a great meal out? To narrow your choices down, look into various rooftop bars in the Loop with exceptional service and breathtaking views of Chicago. Take a look at bars and more here.

Located in the Financial District 21 stories above street level, Grill on 21 is an elevated dining experience at The LaSalle serving a modern interpretation of the classic American grill highlighted by an exhibition-style kitchen. Treat Dad to a Father’s Day brunch buffet featuring: A carving station with roasted ham and tenderloin, as well as separate omelet, seafood, and salad stations with with all the fixings, hot entrees such as chicken piccata with roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus, a kids menu of chicken tenders, tater tots and pancakes, and a desserts table with an ice cream station and chef’s selection of mini sweet treats. Brunch is priced at $75 per adult and $25 per kid aged 12 and under. Learn more here.


Shop for ties, work attire, leisure wear, colognes, shaving gear, sunglasses, and more in the Loop. Get 50-60% off designer prices at Nordstrom Rack and browse their guide for Father’s Day gifts. Or go to the Banana Republic Factory Store, they've got you covered for dads who like a more polished look, and dads who need some self care in their life . You could also shop sports wear and insignia for Dad at Foot Locker, or shop Macy’s for great Father’s Day gifts like sporting goods and fan apparel, tech and games, shoes, cologne, and more.

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