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Settlement Sundays

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Includes free sundaes with do-it-yourself toppings and a variety of hands-on family activities, games, demonstrations and tours of historic buildings.

When: 1-4 p.m.; ice cream 2-3:30 p.m. (except July 13)
Cost: Free with admission

Conscious Living World's Fair

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

A health and well-being event to bridge the gaps between continents, science, parapsychology and spirituality. Includes a Conscious Kitchen, performance stage, Meditation Room, Conscious Kid's Kingdom, Conscious Spa, Australia's top mediums, plus free seminars. See website for more details.

When: Aug. 1-3, 2014
Cost: $15, $8 online

Theatre-Hikes

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

In August, follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs take place on Aug. 3. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

When: 1-3:30 p.m. weekends
Cost: $20, $10 kids; $10 members, $5 member kids

Theatre Hikes

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Follow the captivating story of “Alice in Wonderland” and watch as performers search for the white rabbit and enjoy a spot of tea with the Mad Hatter throughout July. In August, hikers can follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  Taking place throughout September, “Enchanted April” is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel, and tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. In October, hikers can follow along to “Resurrected: Grave Tales of Chicagoland.” Profiling five famous Chicago scary tales— Resurrection Mary, Devil Baby of Hull House, Julia Petta, the Italian Bride and Francis Levy's Handprint— these eerie stories are strung together by the Wynkoop Murder investigation and include audience participation. Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs will take place on July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

 

 

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $20 adult nonmember, $10 adult member; $10 child nonmember, $5 child member

Cirque Shanghai

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Cirque Shanghai returns this summer to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a brand new show, “Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.” Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier. Tickets go on sale May 2, 2014.

Cost: Call for cost

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$99

Charlotte's Web

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

Emerald City presents this classic story. When Wilbur is saved and sent to live on farm, he finds a new unexpected family. Follow our piggy hero as he grows from being the runt of the litter to "Some Pig" with the help of a remarkable spider, Charlotte. Performances run July 11-Aug. 17.

 

Cost: Call for cost

Little Red Riding Hood

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Performances run April 4-Aug. 15.

When: Check website for days and time.
Cost:

Seussical

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

The musical based on the stories by Theodor Seuss Geisel and narrated by The Cat in the Hat. Performances run July 5-Aug. 17 at the Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier.

Cost: $28, $18 kids

Improvised Double Dare

ComedySportz Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Watch as two teams compete against each other in tests of trivia, physical challenges, and improvisation until one team gets to undergo the ultimate gauntlet of skill - the Obstacle Course. Based on the '80s/'90s Nickelodeon game show, "Double Dare."

When: 7 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $5
 









 
 
 
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