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Stories & Songs with Shana Harvey

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Chicago-based teacher and singer/songwriter Shana Harvey leadskids in an interactive sing-along with folk songs from all over the world. Snacks, blankets and music-makers welcome. Kids must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required.

When: 11 a.m.-noon June 22, July 20 and Aug. 10
Cost: Free

Chicago White Sox Day

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Current White Sox players and Southpaw the mascot will be signing autographs during the celebration of the South Side’s favorite team. Guests will be allowed to have one item signed and should bring their own item to be signed (photos will not be provided).

Cost: Free with admission

Tour Union Station with the Chicago History Museum!

Union Station | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the architecture above street level, the action of the rails below, and the stories of one of America’s last grand railway stations. The walking tour runs 90 minutes to two hours. June 22, July 27, Aug. 10 and 24.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 members

Journal To Go!

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Learn how to make a button and string notebook that can be used as a journal or even a place to store small paper items. All materials provided.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $24

Celebrate the Release of Erica O’Rourke’s new novel, Dissonance

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


The science fiction romance Dissonance features heroine Delancy Sullivan, a young woman with a special gift: she can travel between countless parallel worlds created each time someone makes a choice. Author Erica O’Rourke discusses the creation of Dissonance, answers questions from the audience, and signs copies of her work. Refreshments will be served.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tree House Tales

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

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.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Circus Zirkus

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Pet Vet

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids will be able to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health on the examining and operating tables; examine x-rays; get play animals clean; determine what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets find their correct homes and clamber through the pet obstacle course.

Cost: Free with admission

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst History Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission
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