There will be family activities at several locations including a tree lighting ceremony, parade, museum free day, ice carving, craft activities and musical performances. Visit website for a complete list of events.
The traditional ceremony of wreathing the Art Institute's lions takes place on the steps of the museum at 10 a.m. After the ceremony, visit the Ryan Education Center for a craft project inspired by the Neapolitan Crèche and holiday-decorated Thorne Miniature Rooms. Plus, meet the Art Institute's mascot, Artie the Lion.
Drop in for music and painting fun. Pick an unfinished ceramic item, paint it, and it will be fired in time for the holidays.
Families take a special post-holiday hike on the scenic Forest Preserve trails around Trailside Museum with a naturalist. Registration required. No strollers.
Turn cranberries into chemistry, engage in fruitcake physics, and find out what happens to whipped cream when it’s dropped in liquid nitrogen. Bring the family and kick off the holiday season with extraordinary demos and festive arts and crafts.
Learn where bats live, what they eat and the vital contribution they make to the ecosystem. Dispel old beliefs and superstition and discover why we need bats and why they need us. Meet fruits bats and other mammals and experience their gentle nature up close and in person.
Includes music from 14 memorable Pixar films including Up, the Toy Story trilogy and Monsters University.
Parents drop off kids for some time to shop.
Karolyn Grimes, 'Zuzu' from "It's A Wonderful Life," shares her experiences on her favorite iconic Christmas movie. Meet 'Zuzu' and watch "It's A Wonderful Life" on the big screen.