Give Your Chicago Dad a Great Day

June 18, 2011

Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day, so let us begin by wishing a Happy Father’s Day! to all those who apply.

Happy Father's Day to this reporter's Dad!

To make it a happy day for Dads and their families, Chicago Real Estate Forum has come up with some fun ways to spend the day, including freebies all over the Chicago area.

First, an event in tribute to a Dad who left the world too early and too tragically.

The 12th annual Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate brings together thousands from all over Chicagoland to the North Shore suburb of Evanston on Sunday, June 19, starting at 7:30 a.m. to run and walk against racial hate and violence.

The race is in memory of Ricky Byrdsong, the former Northwestern University basketball coach who was walking in Skokie with his two young children in 1999 when he was killed by a white supremacist.

Proceeds from the event benefit the YWCA Evanston/North, especially in areas of violence prevention and racial equity. For more information, visit ywca.org.

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Is your Dad a Do-It-Himselfer? Take him to be part of a live studio audience.

Each Sunday, a show is broadcast from the Craftsman Experience, 233 W. Huron, Chicago, teaching homeowners various home repair skills as well as tool usage and safety.

On Sunday, a special Father’s Day interactive craft-building program will show its participants how to put together a toolbox. Dads will also get the chance to build a sawhorse and learn how to use it around the house.

The show starts at 1 p.m., but coordinators are asking attendees to arrive early; doors open at 12:15 p.m.

For more information and to get free tickets, visit fathersday5.eventbrite.com.

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Is your Dad into cars? Oakbrook Center, 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, is hosting its 43rd annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Father’s Day.

This free show, presented by the Greater Illinois Region of the Classic Car Club of America, features more than 100 vintage, antique and classic cars showcased throughout the center.

The mall is also hosting an All-Star Dad Sweepstakes, in which the winner will receive a trip to MLB’s All-Star Game on July 12. For more information on how to enter, visit oakbrookcenter.com/all-star-dad-sweepstakes.

For more details on the car show, click oakbrookcenter.com.

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Is your Dad into history? We discussed this event in our weekend roundup, but since many Dads are military buffs, we thought we would mention it again.

The 40th annual Custer’s Last Stand is taking place in Evanston this weekend.

Created to honor General George Armstrong Custer’s service to the Union during the Civil War, this free art fair features more than 400 vendors and artists plus entertainment, food and more.

Over 60,000 are expected to attend this weekend’s event, set for 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Main Street and Chicago Avenue to Washington Street in the North Shore suburb. For more information, visit custerfair.com.

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Is your Dad into baseball? In our weekend roundup, we discussed the free Wrigleyville Block Party that would be worth a visit; now here’s a game dedicated to Dad.

The Kane County Cougars are hosting their annual Father’s Day Brunch at Elfstrom Stadium on Fathers Day.

Bring your glove and your cleats: Dads and their offspring can go on the field for a game of catch before the game, and kids can run the bases after the game. There will also be a pre-game autograph session.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and the game against the Clinton Lumber Kings starts at 1 p.m. Food will be served from noon through the 3rd inning; drinks through the 6th.

Tickets, which get you into the game and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, are $35 for adults, $20 for kids ages 10 and under, and free for those 2 and younger. For more information and to get tickets, visit kccougars.com/ticketspicnicsfather.

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Is your Dad into football? Soldier Field will host its 4th annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday at 10 a.m. to honor Chicago’s finest Dads.

Dads will not only enjoy a delicious brunch buffet from the stadium’s United Club, but they will also get the chance to kick a field goal on the stadium field.

Tickets are $55; $25 for kids ages 3 to 12 and free for kids under 3.

Reservations are required; call (312) 235-7162 or email sfspecialevents@dncinc.com. For more information on the day, visit soldierfield.net.

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Is your Dad into racing? Arlington Racecourse in Arlington Heights is hosting a special Father’s Day celebration.

Of course there will be horse races, but the day will offer much more. There are different packages available, some that include Father’s Day brunches, and you can even give Dad his own racing real estate in a Reserved Box Seat.

To keep the kids busy while Dad relaxes, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides and an opportunity for the little ones to design a tie for a Father’s Day gift.

Make sure you enter the Valvoline Sweepstakes before the start of the third race for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 Kentucky Derby and free oil changes for a year.

For more information and to get tickets, visit arlingtonpark.com.

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Is your Dad into free stuff? Then check out these Chicagoland options:

*The Chicago Children’s Museum is offering free admission for Dad and Grandpa all day on Father’s Day.

*The Kohl Children’s Museum is doing the same.

*IKEA in Schaumburg will give Dads a free breakfast and a cup of coffee on Father’s Day.

*Dads eat free at Chens in Wrigleyville and Koi in Evanston on Father’s Day. Plus, one lucky Dad at each location will win a $200 gift certificate from Home Depot.

*All Go Roma locations are offering Dad a free meal on Father’s Day with the purchase of a kid’s meal.

*Take your Dad out for dinner at Smith & Wollensky in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and he’ll go home with a free sleeve of special-edition golf balls, while supplies last.

*TCBY is offering Dads a free cup of frozen yogurt on Father’s Day. The newly opened location in Shorewood near Joliet is giving Dads a chance to win a power drill.

Happy Father’s Day, Dads!

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