It's finally hot in Chicago. Really, really hot but don't let that stop you from taking dad out on the town (make sure to pack plenty of water and sunscreen!).
+ For the Outdoorsy Dad
Go camping at Governor's Dodge State Park. So, full disclosure, this suggestion is actually not located in Chicago, but it's not a far drive (about four hours northwest) but we at Simply Wood Rings know that it's really important to get some perspective sometimes, out in nature. There are of course a few other state parks in Illinois (Apple River Canyon is a great option too, and closer--only three hours, from the loop) but the great thing about Governor Dodge State Park is that it's a ten minute drive to the infamous House on the Rock. I'm not going to go into too much detail about that here but if you're in the area, take a few days out of your schedule to visit, you won't be disappointed.
+ For the Classic Papa
Chicago is a great place for many reasons but Chicago's architecture and associated resources is second to none. If able bodied and willing, take your dad on a walking tour around the city to visit some of the most famous buildings in the world: The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Farnsworth House, Robie House, and countless others. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is an excellent place to begin. You could purchase a themed tour--"Hotel Boom" looks particularly appealing--or use the website to build your own tour to go at your own pace.
+ For the Decadent (Or Overworked) Pa
Why not wine and dine your old man and then set him up with a cozy room tucked away in an inn. Here's a list of some "Eat, Sleep, Drink" places to check out:
Longman & Eagle (duh)
The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (because we just went over how cool Chicago architecture is)
Soho House Chicago (classic)
ACME (Because apparently they rent out a Google Glass to their guests? Not sure why, but dads love tech, right?)
Harvey House B&B (bed + breakfast, nuff said)
The Guesthouse Hotel in Uptown (super cute area, super cute hotel)
The Publishing House Bed & Breakfast (another B&B, this time closer to us )
+ For the Distinguished Dada
Not sure if we can sum it up better than CC Ferns writes on their website so we'll paste that for you here:
A charming and cozy neighborhood coffee house in Humboldt Park, C.C. Ferns serves expertly prepared classic coffee and tea drinks, including cappuccinos, cortados, chai lattes, and boozy steamers. Guests can enjoy a rotating daily selection of Doughnut Vault doughnuts, house-made croissants, and local oatmeal. A finely curated cigar selection features Old World classics, including Davidhoff, Montecristo, Ashton, Padron, and Arturo Fuente, paired with complimentary, custom-made cedar spills. The cafe's design and style inspiration creates an eclectic mix, ranging from 1970s era influences to a spin on Tiki and Polynesian decor as an homage to the Pan Am Clipper Planes of the 1930s.
2806 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago, IL 60622
+ For the Botanical Baba
This place is only a fifteen minutes drive from our studio so you better bet that we've spent some glorious lunches here. Take your father to revel in some true #greenery and delight in the desert room with extensive varieties of strange and delightful flora. The best part about this conservatory? It's free, and usually not too crowded (unlike it's Northside counterpart).
+ For the Literary Pater
This is a library among libraries. The coolest thing is that you can go and do some ancestry digging there -- on July 1st, there's a Geneology and Local History Orientation that is free and open to the public. Pretty damn, cool.
+ For the Parks and Rec Enthusiast
If you live in Chicago, then you probably already know about Movies in the Park. So, here's a short list to facilitate taking your father figure for a picnic--bonus tip: The Cherry Circle Room from the Chicago Athletic Hotel has recently launched gourmet picnic baskets replete with burrata and Unirboue Ephemere, a Belgian-style ale brewed with apples.
The Blues Brothers | Tuesday, June 13 (that's today, folks!) @ 6:30pm | Millennium Park
Jumanji | Tuesday, June 13th @ 8:30pm | Grant Park
Caddyshack | Tuesday June, 20th @ 6:30pm | Millennium Park
National Treasure | Tuesday, June 20 @ 8:29pm | Haas Park
An American in Paris | Monday, June 26th @ 8:15pm | Burnham Park
+ For the Artsy Old Man
Your artsy dad is probably already hyper-aware that Chicago is probably one of few places in the Midwest to see some amazing art but we're here to remind you that Tuesdays the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) is free for Illinois residents and Thursdays are reserved for Art Institute of Chicago lovers (it's free too). Besides that, there are numerous amazing galleries in the city that are well worth taking a tour of. Check out this great list here: Chicago Gallery News.
+ For the Smooth Papi
You may have noticed some of these suggestions aren't really that kid-friendly. This list is a great to treat the dad you are supportive of, co-parent, or pal around with. It's also a good list of things to keep handy if you're an adult and want to treat your hip-dad to a day/night on the town.
Here's our last suggestion--Kingston Mines is a legendary place. Go and get some amazing BBQ and listen to jazz with your dad late into the night.