Dad’s Day Delights: CP’s Guide to Celebrating Father’s Day in Chicago

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Chicago is buzzing with an array of things to do this Father’s Day! By cumulating a vibrant blend of iconic brunch spots, legendary steakhouses, and fitting adventures, we’ve curated an incredible list of 30 unbeatable ways to celebrate the holiday. From fabulous flavors to the stunning skyline, Chicago is primed to deliver an unforgettable Father’s Day celebration.

Father’s Day Brunch


Embrace the perfect destination for Father’s Day at Aba, where the name itself pays homage to the occasion! Located in West Loop, this Mediterranean gem has a reputation for elevating holiday experiences, and June 18th will be no exception. Treat dad to an array of delectable brunch bites such as Kefta & eggs, spinach & avocado frittata, khachapuri, and more! For the special occasion, hearty shawarma spiced skirt steak and eggs will be available until 3pm! Make this Father’s Day memorable at Aba by making your reservation here!


This famous Fulton Market treasure is showing paternal love with their special Father’s Day special. On Sunday, June 18th, during their weekend brunch, Beatrix invites you to savor their hot honey fried chicken sandwich paired with your choice of a refreshing beer or a zesty Bloody Mary, all for an incredible price of just $17.95! Indulging in affordable fried food is undeniably the perfect way to show appreciation to every dad. Secure your reservation now!


Bring pops to the Gold Coast to celebrate him in the way he deserves! Bistronomic is hosting a brunch and dinner that is decorated with a fabulous array of specials. For brunch, delectable French burgers to refreshing bottomless sangrias and mimosas will be served, ensuring a Sunday Funday with the family. Later on, a 3-course menu will be presented, entailing the tantalizing dishes of Chef Martial for just $46! Make your reservation here

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

This Lincoln Park establishment wants you to celebrate your papa with some tapas this Father’s Day! On Sunday, from 9am to 3pm, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba will offer their enticing brunch menu, decorated with Spanish favorites such as their jamón serrano and beef tenderloin benedicts! For a perfect pairing, brunch cocktails like their Ba-Ba Bloody Mary and Ba-Ba-Bellini will also be available! If your father prefers a night-time dine, no worries! Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba will continue the festivities with their renowned family-style dining experience. As the sun sets, indulge in an array of pintxos, tapas, and paella for the table to share. Reserve your table now!


Whether your dad prefers brunch or dinner, Formento’s is waiting in the West Loop to impress him. With its stellar reputation that shines any day of the year, Formento’s is even more special on a holiday. Show your dad that you have excellent taste by celebrating Father’s Day at this remarkable restaurant. The brand-new brunch menu pairs perfectly with their sidewalk patio, as does the mouthwatering dinner options. From their classic smash burger to their upscale grilled octopus, this establishment genuinely has something for everyone. This Fulton Market gem is temping for most, so secure your reservation here!


This establishment is out to spoil the dads of Chicago on June 18th. From 10am to 3pm, Pinstripes is hosting a BBQ Brunch to celebrate this Father’s Day. Consisting of a hearty breakfast to some smoked BBQ bites, this feast is picked from a dad’s dream. Expect to be tempted by Italian sausages, an omelet station, mini burgers, Chicago-style baby back ribs, a dripping chocolate fountain, and more! Pinstripes has also catered to the little ones by setting up a dedicated kid’s table. Yes, they have thought of it all! Make this Father’s Day memorable by making your reservation here.

Prime & Provisions

Indulge in a delightful Father’s Day experience at Prime & Provisions, a trusted favorite in Chicago’s vibrant Loop neighborhood! On June 18th, from 10am to 4pm, this establishment is proudly boasting their flavorful Grand Brunch for families to enjoy. From decadent cinnamon French toast and steaming Belgium waffles to a carving station and raw bar, this establishment has all bases covered. Enhanced steaks will be available to fulfill fathers as a ferris wheel of irresistible desserts hypnotize the youngins. True to classic Prime & Provisions style, this establishment will keep the provisions flowing until you’re simply reluctant to depart. Make your reservations here!

Publican Quality Bread

Celebrate Father’s Day with a carb-filled treat from Publican Quality Bread. Visit their West Town store on Sunday, June 18th to indulge in a variety of delicious pastries and fresh bread baked by acclaimed baker Greg Wade. Treat your dad to a classic croissant, an extravagant danish, or a delectable chocolate morning bun. Alternatively, surprise him with one of PQB’s acclaimed loaves such as the toasted sesame sourdough or the 1979 multigrain rye.

Summer House

This breezy Lincoln Park eatery wants to celebrate Father’s Day with you, whether it is for brunch or dinner! Summer House is known for their breathtaking brunch, entailing fabulous bites such as their flavorful breakfast burrito and Mexican hash browns. However, if dad fancies a later start, their spicy rigatoni alla vodka and peppercorn burger will surely prove to impress. With these spreads and endless cocktails, Summer House creates the perfect environment for recounting memories and rolling your eyes at infectious dad-jokes! Make your reservation here.


Celebrate Father’s Day at Venteux, Chicago’s finest French café and oyster bar on the Magnificent Mile. Treat your dad to an unforgettable trip to the vibrant brasseries that fully embody the Parisian lifestyle. From 10am to 3pm, a dream brunch will be offered to impress the meat lovers: a satisfying 5 oz hanger steak accompanied by two sunny-side eggs and marble potatoes. And that’s not all – Venteux is offering unlimited draft beers to complement this indulgent feast! It’s the perfect way to make this Father’s Day special, so make your reservations here!

Father’s Day Dinner

Gene & Georgetti

Celebrate Father’s Day in true Chicago style at the iconic Gene & Georgetti Steakhouse. Treat the special man in your life to a meal that embodies everything dad-like. Indulge in their extensive array of steaks and chops that are sure to please the entire family. Don’t fret if steak isn’t everyone’s preference, as this establishment also showcases a fantastic selection of seafood and pasta. Moreover, for the meat-loving dads out there, Gene & Georgetti’s offers enticing ‘Steak Box Subscriptions’ that make for an ideal Father’s Day gift. Secure your reservations here to ensure a memorable experience.

Hard Rock Cafe

This River North powerhouse is flexing some ideal Father’s Day specials! For the entire weekend, Hard Rock Cafe is boasting a smoked old fashioned and New York strip for the holiday. With a decadent side of marinated mushrooms and golden mashed potatoes, this dish is certain to satisfy any eager dad! Enjoy the flavors while listening to an array of live music from Andrew Diehl, Molly Adamson, Nick Muilaert, and even a Formula 1 Viewing Party! Reservations can be made here


Located in the Sable Hotel on Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, this Latin-inspired restaurant is a perfect spot for this Father’s Day. Not only will Lirica provide sweeping views of Lake Michigan, but also fabulous deals that will get your old man grinning on the 18th. The establishment is offering a $52 deal of a New York strip steak and an Oaxacan Old Fashioned, curated specifically for a father’s taste buds! If your dad prefers the simple things in life, Lirica also has a $24 burger and beer special that will surely suffice. Indulge in these delights with a background of the vast Chicago skyline by making your reservation here!

Maple & Ash

Leave the cookout to Maple & Ash this Father’s Day. On the 18th, the city’s premier steakhouse is rolling out the red carpet for an all-day extravaganza filled with outdoor games, delectable treats, and, of course, mouthwatering steaks. For just $165 per person, you’ll have access to an open bar featuring a delightful selection of wine, beer, and bourbon cocktails, as well as a lavish spread of chilled seafood and delectable roasted oyster towers. Make your reservations now to ensure an unforgettable Father’s Day experience!

Offshore Rooftop

Elevate your Father’s Day celebration at Offshore Rooftop, the world’s largest rooftop bar. This Father’s Day, they have prepared an irresistible offer of $15 Old Fashioned cocktails, allowing you to raise a toast to the special man in your life. The establishment has carefully crafted a selection of delectable dishes that capture the essence of a true cookout. Feast on prime and baby back ribs accompanied by delectable sides such as potato salad, braised greens, cole slaw, mac & cheese, and more. As you savor these flavors, you’ll be treated to one of the best views of the city! Reserve your spot at Offshore Rooftop, Navy Pier’s powerhouse restaurant, here!

Old Town Pour House 

Whether you’re dining in Oak Brook or Naperville on this Father’s Day, Old Town Pour House wants to be a part of it. Bring dad in for an expansive selection of the best craft beers; from wheats to IPAs, this bar has it all. Their “Great for Groups” menu will be on primary display, thoughtfully curated to satisfy the appetites of friends and families alike. Designed to serve 4-6 people, the menu boasts an array of crowd-pleasing dishes. With mouthwatering pretzel bites, refreshing salads, tempting tacos and more, there will be something to satisfy everyone. Reservations can be made here.

Osteria Langhe

Celebrate Father’s Day with a culinary adventure through Italy’s Piemonte region at Osteria Langhe. Experience the exquisite flavors in their dining room or secret garden patio, providing the perfect ambiance for this cuisine. Delight in notable dishes such as duck liver pate, carne Cruda, ragu, and more. Don’t forget to indulge in fine wines and sweet desserts like Piemonte red and hazelnut gelato. Secure your reservation here!


Head to Logan Square this Father’s Day to treat dad to a Roman-style pizza night. Indulge in Testaccio’s delectable, wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas from their rotating menu, guaranteed to put a smile on dad’s face. Whether he prefers a cozy dining room setting or the refreshing ambiance of the sidewalk patio, this establishment offers the perfect atmosphere. Enjoy the Mediterranean flavors of the pizzas while sipping on a carefully selected glass of wine chosen by wine director Joe Crivolio. Don’t miss out on this memorable experience—make your reservations here!

Truth Be Told

This tavern-styled establishment with traditional fare is arguably every father’s paradise. Sat within the South Campus of University of Chicago, Truth Be Told is serving their iconic Sunday Roast this Father’s Day. Prepare to feast on a generous portion of prime rib, fluffy Yorkshire pudding, perfectly roasted root vegetables, oven-baked potatoes, and a savory gravy. This delectable combination of flavors is guaranteed to leave your father in a dreamlike state. For the price of $65, this meal generously serves two people, making it an ideal opportunity to earn the coveted title of the favorite child. Make your reservations here

The Study at Heritage

This studious establishment has cleverly intertwined scholarly charm with the art of cuisine. This Father’s Day, they are delighted to offer their unique “AP Lamb Class” to satisfy the appetites of their hungry guests, marking the conclusion of their spring course section. Yes, they are very dedicated to this bookish temperament. On their outdoor patio, The Study will be hosting the roast of a whole lamb for a communal total of 30 people. The lamb will be skillfully cooked over a traditional open fire “al Asador,” delicately brushed with red wine vinegar and fragrant herbs harvested from their very own garden! Prepare to be impressed as you indulge in the delectable four-course meal, accompanied by upscale cocktails that perfectly complement the flavors! Reservations for June 17th can be made here!

Father’s Day Endeavors

53rd Annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show

Join in the Father’s Day festivities at Oakbrook Center with the highly anticipated 53rd Annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show! This luxurious outdoor shopping destination will seamlessly transform into a haven for car enthusiasts on June 18th, featuring an impressive display of over 80 sleek and specialty automobiles. Admission is free, and the exhibition will run from 11am  to 6pm. Bring the whole family to create unforgettable memories and make your dad’s day truly exceptional!

Chicago Electric Boat Company

Treat dad like a captain this Father’s Day with an unforgettable experience on the Chicago River. Chicago Electric Boat Company has a range of offerings that allow you to sail in style. Whether you gather a few close friends or the whole family, prepare to spend the holiday amongst laughter and drinks while cruising on the water. Choose from the timeless all-weather Duffy, the unique 360-degree view Donut Boat, or the elegant Retro Boat inspired by the sleek 1950s style. Get ready to spoil dad with a nautical adventure he’ll cherish forever.

City Cruises: Father’s Day Brunch

Spend this Father’s Day gliding across Lake Michigan, mimosa in hand! City Cruises has scheduled a brunch cruise that is certain to please all Chicago families. The event entails chef-prepared menus and deliciously crafted cocktails that will accompany the sky-lined endeavor seamlessly. Views of the Willis Tower and Adler Planetarium will provide the perfect background to celebrate the special man in your life. The boat sets off on Navy Pier, so make your plans and schedule your time here!

City Cruises: Father’s Day Dinner

If a Father’s Day dinner sounds more appealing to pops, no worries! City Cruises is also offering a holiday cruise that sails along the brightly lit beauty that is the Chicago skyline. Spend 2.5 hours amongst the splendor while treating yourself to a delectable array of dishes. As you sway to the rhythm of the music, expertly curated by the DJ, don’t forget to enhance your evening with some innovative cocktail creations. Get your tickets here!

Cork and Kerry at the Park

Take him out to the ball game! Celebrate your dad by bringing him to Guaranteed Rate Field on June 19th, where the White Sox verse the Texas Rangers. Afterward, treat him to a few beers at Cork and Kerry at the Park, where you can sip and listen in on the good-ol’-days. Spend a post-Father’s Day the right way. If there is one thing that puts a grin on the face of Chicago fathers, it’s Southside baseball!

Five Iron Golf

If the Chicago weather doesn’t prove consistent with the season, spend Father’s Day at Five Iron Golf! This establishment boasts an accumulation of 33 golf simulators across River North, Lincoln Park, and The Loop! Most dads tend to daydream about an open emerald field dappled with flowing flags, so spoil him with this endeavor! Five Iron Golf is also offering 25% off gift cards for Father’s Day on their website here, plus 25% off merch and 50% off fitting services! Whether you utilize the deals or visit a location, it is certainly worth looking into!

Iwan Ries & Co

A commonly dad-approved indulgence is the slow draw of a smoking cigar. Make this Father’s Day extra special by treating your dad to a visit to Iwan Ries & Co, the oldest family-owned tobacconist in the United States. Expose him to their impressive selection of cigars before relaxing in their historically charming lounge. Or, you can simply find the perfect gift for him. Regardless, it is an essential destination for this special occasion.

Lottie’s Pub

Celebrate Father’s Day with a fun-filled day of golf at Lottie’s Pub in Bucktown. Enjoy unbeatable Father’s Day specials, starting with a viewing of the US Open Golf Championship at 11am. Put your golf skills to the test from 2pm to 4pm and have a chance to win golf merchandise and $200 in Golden Tee gift cards. Don’t miss out on these dad-tastic experiences, complete with affordable drink deals.

The Second City

Spend Father’s Day laughing with your dad at The Second City. The iconic comedy club is hosting its hysterical, R-rated 111th Revue, Don’t Quit Your Daydream. A ticket to a Second City show never disappoints, especially a well-received knee-slapper like this one! Head to Old Town and experience the fresh casing and new material by purchasing tickets here!

Shoreline Sightseeing

Treat your dad to a unique experience this upcoming weekend with Shoreline Sightseeing. Explore Chicago from the water with their stunning tours, including the Skyline Lake Tour, Architecture River Tour, and Fireworks Tour. Whether your dad is a local or from out of state, these tours will provide a day of discovery and breathtaking views. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create lasting memories—get your tickets here!

Written by Bridget McGann

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