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Millennium Art Festival

Chicago, Ill.


The three day festival features original artwork from more than 110 artists, tasty treats on-site and from neighboring restaurants, as well as live music and on-site art demonstrations. New SpotHero users can save $5 on parking with parking code MILLENNIUM.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 31
Cost: Free

Do-Division Street Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Features food, crafts, live music and a huge sidewalk sale. Family Fun Fest activities include pony and train rides, face painting, climbing wall, bounce house, joustin, kids music and talent show, sports-infused activity area, and family stage.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 29, noon-10 p.m. May 30-31
Cost: $5 donation

Spring Astronomy

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


See the moon, Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope. Kids must be accompanied by a participating adult. This program will be cancelled if it is cloudy.

When: 9-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Reptiles and Amphibians in Spring

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Meet some live and preserved reptiles and amphibians, then help plastic and plush snakes and lizards find safe places to lay their eggs.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Acrobatica Infiniti: The NERD Circus

| Park Forest, Ill.

Acrobatica Infiniti premieres a sneak peak of its full length production at Vittum Theatre. Inspired by our favorite characters and fandoms, AI Circus fuses cosplay and circus arts for an evening of entertainment and amazement. Witness gravity defying aerial acts, juggling, contortion, acrobatics, comedy and more.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $35

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Fly high with excitement while you watch trained birds soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. Vultures, hawks, parrots, a hadada ibis, and a variety of other bird species will demonstrate natural behaviors as they fly overhead and interact with the audience and the host of the show. Guests will see a trumpeter hornbill catching objects, African white-necked ravens collecting cash for conservation, and more. Three shows are offered daily.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets. Using imaginary figures or creatures and characters inspired by artworks in the Art Institute’s collection, novice puppeteers can experiment with ways to create puppets, develop stories, and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances.

Cost: Free with museum admission


Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids immerse themselves in a nautical experience of their own invention, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting a sail, or dropping a fishing line to catch ‘the big one.’ The exhibit includes a dock with a bait and tackle shop, a kayak, sailboat and two-level work boat with a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin (complete with bunk and a kitchen prep area) offering countless opportunities for kids to envision themselves as a cook, rescuer, biologist or whichever role they choose.

Cost: Free with museum admission

The Secret Lives of Objects

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Features objects extraordinary and unfamiliar that have emerged from the Museum’s protected vaults to tell their tales and shine a light on their mysterious pasts. Whether they are artistic works, key evidence from crime scenes, or everyday objects, one thing all the items have in common is that they serve as touchstones of Chicago’s rich history.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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