If you're scrambling to find the perfect gift for Father's Day, don't procrastinate any longer.  This list of experiences will save the day!

Every year, I find myself in the same spot as Father's Day rolls around—Googling what I should buy my dad.  He has everything he possible would need in life, but I still want to show him just how much I appreciate all he does for me!

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You're a procrastinator, too? Instead of celebrating ON Father's Day, why not share an experience with him that will be so much more meaningful?

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I've learned that experiences are way more memorable than the "World's Best Dad" mug or a gift card to his favorite restaurant.

Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

This is an adults-only event with over 100 breweries, live music, lawn games, food trucks, and wild animals to visit. It's on June 15th, just one day before Dad's day!

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo

Live at Levings Summer Concert Series

If you have a music-loving dad like me, this is the place to take him this summer.  From now until August 11th, Levings Park in Rockford, Illinois will have incredible live music and food vendors!  On June 30th, there will be a 'Baddest Band in the Land' event where bands go head-to-head.  Sounds fun!

Kayak Down the Chicago River W/ Dad!

This will really test your relationship... but what's stopping you?! Kayak down the Chicago River with pops and see who's better at staying afloat!


Visit a Giant Arcade in Chicago

Feel like a kid again and spend a day at one of the largest arcades in the world.  Galloping Ghost Arcade is iconic!

"Galloping Ghost Arcade, the largest arcade in the U.S., is in Brookfield, Illinois, and at present count, the number of video games you can play is 885, according to their website. And the games are always set to 'free play' so you can go nuts all day and night." [Steve Shannon]


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If you find stumped this Father's Day, hopefully my list can inspire you before the big day.  You know your dad the best... what does he REALLY need other than a new pair of New Balance and another tool set?

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