Features food, music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and
more. On Saturday the fest is the end location of Chicago's annual
Puerto Rican Day Parade on Division Street.
Explore the city's stories with your family through interactive activities, make-and-take crafts, music, performances, and more. April 12 and July 12: Prairie. Imagine what Chicago looked like before it was a city. Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here: from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields. May 10 and Aug. 9: Maps. Use a compass and connect artifacts to where they came from in the city. Follow clues and share stories. June 14: Artifacts. Find out what artifacts say about the city and its people. Touch, look, and talk about objects from Chicago’s past with your family.
Bring the kids for an evening of hands-on culinary fun with deep-dish pizza aficionado and owner of “Magic by the Slice,” Brian Kirshenbaum. He’ll quiz attendees on Chicago pizza knowledge as he teaches how to make the perfect pie, then perform his magical stand-up comedy routine.
Kids make birthday cake flavored candy barque, chocolate bowls created using balloons (perfect for ice cream sundaes!) and birthday cake pops.
Celebrate the store's 7th anniversary with Family Bingo Night.
Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and
imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees'
ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled,
educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.
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.
Children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound. Plus, try making a circus balance toy or dress up like a clown.
The exhibit features the rare Black Java
and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species
less than a decade ago. Includes a special child-height egg
incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks. Runs from
March 18-June 16.