Black Creativity

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The longest-running exhibition of African-American art in the U.S. features more than 100 dynamic works of art from amateur and professional African-American artists from around the nation.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores Schulz's personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, reproductions and related Peanuts ephemera, guests see how characters were developed and evolved. Schulz's Santa Rosa, Calif. studio, recreated for the first time, allows for a deeper look into his work and life. Kids and families have a chance to exercise their own Schultz-like creativity with activities like making a zoetrope.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, plus admission

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers and Cracker Jack.

Cost: Free

Oink, Baa, Moo: Farm Fun

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall and features a working udder that recirculates the water that children "milk."

Cost: Free

Illinois State Fair

Springfield, Ill.

This event features entertainment, carnival, parade, kids' tent, petting zoo and animal shows.

When: Aug. 7-17. Grounds open 7 a.m.-midnight, buildings open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $7, $3 kids 5-12 and seniors, free kids under 5

Skating in the Sky

360 CHICAGO | Chicago, Ill.

If you're looking for an alternative to skating at Millennium Park this winter, look up. Way up-94 stories, to be exact. Touted as the World's Highest Ice Skating Rink, the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center gives ice skaters a bird's-eye view of the city and the lake.

At 20 feet by 45 feet, the rink is probably too small to be your solo destination of the day, but paired with a trip to see the view from the Hancock, it's a nice way for kids to burn off energy while parents enjoy the great view. And because it's synthetic ice, skaters stay warm and don't get wet.

The rink is scheduled to be open for skating from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. through April 18. A 25-minute skate session costs $6 (in addition to the cost to get into the Hancock Observatory). You can bring your own skates or rent some there for a dollar.

 

When: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $6 per 25 minutes, $1 skate rental, plus regular Observatory admission

Great American Boat Show

Bass Pro Shop Bolingbrook | Bolingbrook, Ill.

FREE  

Event includes seminars where anglers can get boating and fishing information and tips, casting game and bobber fish class for kids, and a raffle.

Cost: Free

Great American Boat Show

Bass Pro Shop Gurnee | Gurnee, Ill.

FREE  

Event includes seminars where anglers can get boating and fishing information and tips, casting game and bobber fish class for kids, and a raffle.

Cost: Free

Bully Goat Gruff meet the Ugly Duckling

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Professor McBumble's group of traveling actor's teach the lesson's of Anti-Bullying by using fairtales as their backdrop. Performances run from Jan. 23-May 3 at various locations. Check website for dates and location schedule.

When: 10:30 a.m.
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-$97
 



 
 
 
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