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DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Brick by Brick

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant Lego-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge. Guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.

Cost: Requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.

Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Explore original artworks by Sendak, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Get eyeball to eyeball with 70 vibrant and vocal frogs from around the world. The hands-on, family-friendly adventure includes opportunities to glide like a flying frog on a mini-zip line, test your jumping skills against various frogs and play dress up in colorful frog costumes. Guests can also activate recorded frog calls, view frog videos, spin a zoetrope and perform a virtual dissection.

Cost: Free with museum admission

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibition displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci’s 500-year-old designs. The main features on display include the “bicycle,” “spring powered car,” “hang glider” and the “air screw” (a precursor to the helicopter) and the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary robotic lion. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model. For more information, go to www.DiscoverDavinci.com.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $18.95, $16.95 seniors, students and military, $14.95 kids 4-12, free kids under 4

Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show

Chicago, Ill.

The show features hundreds of powerboats, sailboats and RVs on display for attendees to view, board and shop, plus the latest in outdoor and marine, and plenty of hands-on interactive and educational activities for everyone. Powerboats, RVs and sailboats will be showcased in three distinct areas to make it easy for attendees to navigate the show and find what they are looking for.  Young attendees will enjoy literally walking on water at the Rockin’, Rollin’ Bubbles exhibit or trying their hand at fishing at the Huck Finn Trout Pond.

When: Jan. 11-15, 2017. Hours vary by day. See website for details.
Cost: $14, $10 seniors on Jan. 14 only, free kids 15 and under

Bucktown GardenFest

Bucktown Tree and Garden Walk | Chicago, Ill.

Festival features a garden walk, tree walk, trolley rides, live music at Club Lucky and petting zoo at Lottie's Pub. Churchill Park hosts a Children’s Area (10 a.m.-noon) with nature inspired activities sponsored by local businesses and schools.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-7
Cost: $5 donation

Free Winter Weekdays

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Museum admission is free to Illinois residents every weekday.

Cost: Free

Free Admission

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Throughout the 160th birthday week celebration, the Nature Museum will host additional opportunities to win prizes, participate in art projects and other hands-on activities and discover more about the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ legacy.

Cost: Free

Little Red Riding Hood

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Sing along with Red and her friends as she travels through the forest to visit her Grandma. Will she get to Grandma’s before the Big Bad Wolf? Will she listen to her Mom’s words of advice? Performances at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero (Oct. 20-Nov. 5) and Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago (Nov. 8-Feb. 24).

When: 10:30 a.m. weekdays; 1 p.m. on Saturdays Nov. 5 and 19
Cost: $12
 
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