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Cooking with Whole Foods Market of Schaumburg

Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.


Discover how to prepare simple dishes using local and seasonal produce. Food samples and tips for packing a sustainable lunch are included.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free; reservation required

Kids Count!

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.


At this back-to-school family event, kids can open a student checking or savings account for $5 and get a $15 deposit match from the Monroe Foundation. The first 100 savings accounts opened receive a one-year DuSable Museum membership (limit one per family). Plus, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable will talk on being an entrepreneur and the importance of saving and finance and Elijah McCoy will be on hand to speak on being an inventor and the importance of saving. Bring a copy of each child's social security card.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

End of Summer Soccer Bash

Chitown Futbol | Chicago, Ill.

Join Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) & Lil' Kickers for a morning of non-stop fun with friends and family at Chitown Futbol. This event is perfect for toddlers and children of all ages, with something for everyone. Included in the admission price: soccer demonstrations and sample classes, supervised inflatable jump zone; arts, crafts, games and activities; face painting; raffle.


When: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $6 per adult or child, $20 for Family 4 Pack Non-member pricing: $10 per adult or child, $35 for Family 4 Pack Children under 1 are free!

Fall Open House!

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Aurora | Aurora, Ill.


Learn about My Gym's philosophy of health, fitness, and fun. Special offers during back-to-school period.

When: 8 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Laugh Shack

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.


Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

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

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes, from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.

Cost: Check website

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White City. Digital technology will bring the World's Fair to life. Visitors will see items that thrilled fairgoers 120 years ago including large taxidermied animals, fully articulated animal skeletons, and ancient fish from Wyoming's Green River fossil bed. Using an iPad application, visitors can explore many items from the World's Fair still hidden in the Museum's vaults and will also get an overview of the Museum's history and the personalities who helped shape this institution.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All Access passes

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