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Earth Day Celebration

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.


Meet the plant and animal neighbors of Emily Oaks. You'll discover fascinating facts about the critters that live on the Nature Center block, and you might even be introduced to some of the neighbors in person. There will be entertaining activities and earth-friendly foods for sale. Native wildflowers and grasses ready for planting will be for sale during the event also.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Spring Wildflower Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Take a guided walk to learn about and view the delicate blooms of the woodland wildflowers. For adults and children 8+; register by April 25.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Party for the Planet

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

This year, the focus is on endangered African painted dogs, which you can see at Habitat Africa! The Savannah. Engaging activities for the entire family include Zoo Chats, crafts, and an Eco Expo, where representatives from ecofriendly companies will share the latest developments and products in their fields. Throughout the day, the stage at the Bison Pavilion will host artists, including the band Green Thirteen, who deliver green messages through fun, interactive entertainment. You can also recycle your old electronics from noon-6 p.m. in the zoo's main parking lot.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with zoo admission

International Migratory Bird Day

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.


Fo on a Bird Behavior Scavenger Hunt, take the Great Migration Challenge, compete in Bird Bingo and Jeop-Birdy, and sign a Bird Action Pledge. Plus, look through spotting scopes, take short bird walks and receive prizes.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Get In, Get Art Days

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.


A series of free monthly hands-on art days. Each of the Get In, Get Art days is centered on a theme. Today's theme is "Get Green." From building a birdhouse to creating green products, the art of honoring the earth will put "green" on your palette.


When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free


27 Live | Evanston, Ill.

Includes face painters, bouncy jumper, drum circle with Jason Litwin and professional storyteller Nili Yelin. Plus, music by Mr. Blotto with David B. Allen, JohnnyV & the Killer Bzzz, Jay Vonn, October Road and A Bloke Named Smokey.

When: Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: $20

Magic Up Close

Theater Wit | Chicago, Ill.

A highly visual magic show that appeals to a multi-generational audience and includes much participation. Sean Masterson's original presentations combine sleight-of-hand illusions with skilled storytelling to create an experience that is both amazing and entertaining.

When: 11:30 a.m. Sundays
Cost: $16.50, $14.50 kids

Art Fair

North Shore Unitarian Church | Deerfield, Ill.


Indoor juried art show features a free children's art workshop, live music, the Palette Cafe featuring grilled chicken, brats, burger, fresh salads and home-baked goodies.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-27
Cost: Free

Open House

Garfield Clarendon Model Railroad Club | Chicago, Ill.


One of the nation's largest model railroads - over 1400 feet of track - will have train operations throughout the afternoon.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

McCormick Place, South Building | Chicago, Ill.

A convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. The show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 25-26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27
Cost: Check website

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