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Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1 per child

Trick or Treat

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck | Chicago, Ill.

Kids are invited to explore the Observatory and collect goodies around every corner.

When: 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Green Halloween

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Start your Halloween off by making an eek-o-friendly mask out of cereal boxes and learn about some of our favorite Halloween critters: bats, rats, snakes and owls. Kids can choose to make a butterfly, bird, owl or fox mask to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Halloween Party

Little Beans Cafe | Chicago, Ill.

Includes a concert with Little Miss Ann, trick or treating, play, light food and drink, Halloween games and more. For more info and to register visit

When: 3-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 one child, $35 two children, $45 three children

Hot Chocolate Halloween Party

McCormick Place – North Building | Chicago, Ill.


McCormick Place's Lakeside Center will be transformed into a huge Halloween Party with trick or treating around the sponsor booths, D.J. playing music, a kid zone complete with bounce houses and games. Costumes encouraged, but not required.

When: 3-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Young Royal Couture Halloween Dance Jam!

Young Royal Couture | Chicago, Ill.


Includes glitter tattoos, activities, popcorn, treats and music. Shoes are not permitted; please wear socks.

When: 3-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tales and Treasures

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free with admission

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," "The Snowy Day," "Where's Spot?" "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," "Abuela," and "Tuesday" - into three-dimensional, bilingual play and learning environments.

Cost: Free with admission

Sheridan’s Books and Crannies

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A new permanent exhibit, reinventing the museum's current "Play Library" exhibit as a pretend bookstore. Features a reading loft, various reading nooks, and a changing array of children's books and periodicals. Also includes a variety of activities to promote literacy.

Cost: Free with admission

Build It! Make It!

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Exhibition features a variety of building materials for kids and families to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools.


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