What we're about

Chicago Dads Group is a diverse community of fathers who take an active role in our children’s lives. We seek to create an online meetup group to bring fathers together in person. We'll meet several times per week, with our kids, at parks, playgrounds, museums, nature centers, and parent-and-me classes across the Chicago-land area, both city and suburbs. We'll also organize parenting workshops and dads-nights-out to give our members an opportunity to socialize, learn, and support each other as we navigate parenthood. There are not enough resources, social groups, or services for dads. This is a destination for active dads! A diverse group with dads of all stripes: Stay At Home Dads, Dads with flexible schedules, work from home dads, freelance dads, working dads, and involved fathers in and around the Chicago-land area to socialize and interact with other guys who enjoy spending quality time with their children.

Please note: this group is strictly for Dads, we understand sometimes wives will join for their significant others but we encourage them to join on their own accord. We want this group to be a comfortable place for Dads to learn and talk about anything dad related.

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/ChicagoDadGroup
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Dads-Group/1408458226036415
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ChicagoDadsGroup
Blog/Podcasts: www.CityDadsGroup.com/Chicago

Chicago Dads Group is part of the City Dads Group national organization, a dynamic and diverse community of fathers dedicated to being active in their children’s lives and, by example, redefining what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. We have groups centered around major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. If you have any fatherly friends and/or family who live within a 100-mile raduis of any of the following cities, please do let them know about these other Dads Groups and ask them to join. Find them all here at www.citydadsgroup.com/cities

Upcoming events (4+)

Family Hiking @ Moraine Hills State Park and Brunch (McHenry)

Moraine Hills State Park

Bring the family out for a hike at one of the best parks in IL! We will be doing the Lake Defiance trail which is approximately 3.5 miles. It should take us about 2.5hours with stops. It’s a paved and gravel trail. My kid will bring her scooter which I encourage you to do with your kids if you’d like.

There are plenty of bathrooms, a playground and a nature center we can stop in along the way. See map and info here- https://dnr.illinois.gov/parks/park.morainehills.html

After hiking, around 11:30-12 we will head to Windhill Pancake Parlor for brunch, which is along the river in downtown Mchenry. The address is: 3307 W Elm St, Mchenry. They’ve got a lot of great breakfast and brunch options, along with $6.50 kid meals.

Disney Pixar ELEMENTAL @ Advance Screening (River East)

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We invite you and your family (or come alone) to join us at a FREE! Advance Screening of the upcoming film Disney/Pixar ELEMENTAL to happen on Wednesday, June 14 at River East AMC. This screening will be 3D showing.

We have a total of 15 guaranteed seats for our group. Everyone including guests must check-in prior to 6:15 PM and participate in our GROUP PHOTO organized by our Event Hosts (to happen between 6:15p--6:30p). We ask every family to upload 3-4 photo's to our meetup site before the night is over, of your family enjoying the event so we can share with our sponsor as a thank you for this opportunity. Parking and any concessions are your responsibility.

We also ask that you share your family photos on your personal social media accounts like Facebook taging our "Chicago Dads Group" and using hashtag "#CITYDADS" so we can share, like and comment, which will help broaden our social media reach in an effort to expand our audience and ultimately get more members to join our meetup group. By doing so will also help us get more fun sponsored event opportunities.

Most importantly, we ask that ALL our members who attend our sponsored advance movie screenings, to WEAR their blue Chicago Dads Group shirt to the meetup, which does a few things; helps our members be more clearly recognized and the sponsor can tell which group we are with, plus it looks amazing in our group photo and member engagement photos that we know our sponsors really likes seeing too. If you don't have your own Chicago Dads Group shirt, you can buy it online from our Amazon store for $20. We feel this is a small ask that builds member engagement and appreciation for our sponsored opportunities. It’s a good thing to do.

ONLY!!! RSVP (+Guests) if you are 200% committed to going, checking in on-time (before 6:15 PM) and to participate fully as noted above, since we don't want any seats to be empty. If you are a no-show, than you may loose the privilege to be included with any future advance screenings. Once you RSVP no changes can be made.



Release Date: June 16, 2023
Voice Cast: Leah Lewis (Ember), Mamoudou Athie (Wade), Ronnie del Carmen (Bernie), Shila Ommi (Cinder), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Gale), Catherine O’Hara (Brook), Mason Wertheimer (Clod), Joe Pera (Fern)
Director: Peter Sohn
Producer: Denise Ream

Disney and Pixar’s “Elemental” is an all-new, original feature film set in Element City, where Fire-, Water-, Earth- and Air-residents live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. Directed by Peter Sohn, produced by Denise Ream, p.g.a., and executive produced by Pete Docter, “Elemental” features a screenplay by John Hoberg & Kat Likkel and Brenda Hsueh with story by Sohn, Hoberg & Likkel and Hsueh. The film’s original score was composed and conducted by Thomas Newman. “Elemental” opens only in theaters on June 16, 2023.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/hXzcyx9V0xw

Playgroup @ Paulus Park Playground, Beach & Spraypad (Lake Zurich)

Paulus Park Sprayground

We invite you and your kids to come out and join us for a FUN playgroup meetup to Paulus Park Playground, Beach and Spraypad in Lake Zurich.

We are going to start off by meeting up at 11:30am on the Playground and then at 12noon head into the Beach & Spraypad areas since that is when these areas are open (12p-5p).

This place has clean bathrooms and shower facilities onsite with baby changing stations in each mens and womens. They also have a snack shop onsite by the playground and this is where they take payment for beach & spraypad entrance (Cash, Visa or MC).

$11.00 Adults & Kids
FREE under 3 yrs old

Children utilizing the Sprayground ONLY (no beach), may gain entrance with one paying adult per family.

RSVP (+kids) if you can join us!



Incase of bad weather, we will change this meeetup location to the Indoor Trampoline Park in Buffalo Grove so we can still get together and not cancel.

Posted 05/31/23

Free Giveaway @ THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE in stores nationwide 06/16/23

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Here is another perk for being apart of our active CHICAGO DADS GROUP, membership does has its rewards...

We have been given total of (5) BluRay DVDs plus some cool swag for a FREE GIVEAWAY to some of our members in exchange to help us promote this product release The Super Mario Bros. Movie to be in stores nationwide on June 16.

If you would like to participate in this FREE GIVEAWAY then you first must be an active member of our Chicago Dads Group, by attending at least one in-person meetup this month and by sharing our social media posts online. To make it fair, we will randomly pick 5 winners who meet this criteria from the RSVP list and contact those selected winners who provided us requested contact info on how to get your prizes. In return, we ask that everyone who RSVP to this giveaway will help us promote this product release thru your social media network of family & friends by sharing, all our Chicago Dads Group posts and using #CityDads" hashtag on facebook.

RSVP if your want to be apart of this!




Universal City, California, JUNE 6, 2023 – Generating over a billion dollars around the world, the biggest film of the year arrives home with all-new bonus features in THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE ‘POWER UP EDITION*,’* available to own on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 13th in the US and Canada, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an A CinemaScore® and 96% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes, the Nintendo and Illumination-produced pop-culture spectacular of the year comes home in a next-level experience, unlocking over 30-minutes of bonus content that is sure to delight all Super Mario Bros. fans – from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Showcasing an all-star lineup to voice the iconic pop culture characters, THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE stars Chris Pratt (Jurassic World franchise), Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Lego Movie), Anya Taylor-Joy (Last Night in Soho, The Queen’s Gambit), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Seth Rogen (Neighbors, An American Pickle), Jack Black (Kung Fu Pandafranchise) and Fred Armisen (“Wednesday,” Portlandia).

The movie tells the story of two Brooklyn plumbers who are brothers and best friends: Mario, the brave one with the “let’s-a go” attitude, and the perpetually anxious Luigi, who would prefer to go nowhere. We open with the Super Mario Brothers reckoning with their struggling plumbing business, and wind up in a whirlwind adventure through Mushroom Kingdom. Through their journey, we meet a cast of familiar, lovable characters, ultimately uniting to defeat the power-hungry villain, Bowser. The Super Mario Bros. Movie takes what millions of gamers worldwide have loved for over three decades and levels it up to a new and breathtaking cinematic experience.


  • Getting to Know the Cast – In these short behind-the-scenes pieces we get up close and personal with the stars of the film and learn what they leaned on to inhabit their on-screen persona.
  • Leveling Up: Making THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE – Bringing one of the world's most beloved video game characters, and the world around him, to life was no easy task! Filmmakers and cast give an in-depth look into the making of the film.
  • THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE Field Guide – Join the cast of THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE as they take viewers through the various Power-Ups and Bonuses that appear in the film. This immersive video will allow the cast to interact with custom on-screen graphics as they select a Bonus or Power Up specific to their character and then explain what it does, how to use it and its effects.
  • “Peaches” Lyric Video – Jack Black is known for his big personality and really no one else could play the part of Bowser, so get ready to sing-along to his big musical number as he serenades Princess Peach.
  • Leadership Lessons with Anya Taylor-Joy – Let’s face it: being a princess isn’t easy. Thankfully, we have Anya Taylor-Joy, custom graphics and movie clips to give us Princess Peach’s guide to being an awesome leader. We’ll provide some real-life tips and power-ups that kids of all ages can use in their daily lives.

For more information on THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE, please visit:


Website: www.thesupermariobros.movie/
YouTube: @UniversalPicturesAllAccess
Facebook: @supermariomovie
Twitter: @supermariomovie
Instagram: @supermariomovie
TikTok: @supermariomovie

Past events (1,090)

DC Comics THE FLASH @ Advance Screening (Rosemont)

AMC DINE-IN Rosemont 12