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Five ideas for Father’s Day in Chicago


Pondering what to do with Dad on his day? Here are five first-rate ideas for Sunday, June 20. Reservations required.

  1. Chopping Block Grilling Class, Lincoln Square, 11:00 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. $85.

    Learn the art of grilling with Dad. Sign up for a hands on grilling class covering grilled skirt steak, bacon potato salad, baby-back ribs and baked beans. Beer is included.

  2. Tiki Terrace Luau Lunch, Des Plaines, 2:30 p.m., $22.50.

    Treat Dad to a Polynesian revue with lovely hula dancers and a Hawaiian-inspired lunch.

  3. Mystic Blue, Odyssey or Spirit of Chicago Brunch and Dinner Cruises, Navy Pier, noon and 6 p.m., $49.90–$79.90. (kids half price) .

    Morning or evening, these cruises offer bountiful buffets and beautiful views from Lake Michigan. Each cruise will offer a complimentary cocktail for Dad as well.

  4. Zed451 All-You-Can-Eat Brunch, River North, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., $24.

    The menu offers panettone french toast with fresh berries and house-made vanilla whipped cream; Buffalo fried chicken and waffles; crab cakes benedict with Cajun hollandaise; poached eggs with house-made corned-beef hash, wilted spinach and hollandaise; and sides like duck hash browns, tomato basil frittatas, and granola, fresh fruit and assorted pastries.

  5. O’Donovan’s All-You-Can-Eat Brunch, North Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $13.95 or $18.95 with all-you-can-drink mimosas or screwdrivers (kids, $6.95).

    O’Donovan’s adds special dishes to its regular buffet line up, designed with Dad in mind, including a he-man pasta salad, Philly steaks (with all the trimmings), grilled hot dogs and brats and a build-your -own nacho station, plus cornbread stuffed with cranberry sauce and chocolate fondue fountain with fruits, marshmallows, chocolate coated pretzels, etc.