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Food: The Nature of Eating

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

A new exhibit that explores how food connects us to the natural world and to each other. Sights, smells and tastes benchmark the story of food as it journeys into our stomachs and imagination. Includes hands-on interactives, family activities and active public programs.

Cost: Free with admission

Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Theatre Hikes Three Musketeers

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The famous swashbuckling story of "The Three Musketeers" comes to life outdoors. Audience members hike to each location to enjoy the unfolding story. Low-impact hikes (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs) are on the first Sunday of the month.

When: 1-3:30 p.m. weekends
Cost: $19, $13 kids; $12 members, $8 member kids

Grand Grasshoppers

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore these little but loud creatures and find out why they're so noisy.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Splendid Spiders

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Find out where spiders live and how they help our gardens, plus check out spider specimens.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.daily
Cost: Free with admission

Kids Craft Morning

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Kids can make traditional Native American objects, including corn husk dolls, Northwest Coast button blankets, and other Native items, and engage in other activities related to Native culture.

When: 11 a.m.-noon Saturday; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Free with admission

Help Wanted: The Summer Servants’ Tour

Driehaus Museum | Chicago, Ill.

A new, living history guided tour designed for visitors who are curious to discover how the Nickerson servants lived and cared for their distinguished employers and unique residence. With one of the Nickersons' trusted servants as guide, visitors discover the true historic inspiration for the "incident," explore hidden passageways and staircases, and learn about the life of a domestic servant in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

When: 11 a.m. Sunday; 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; 5:30 p.m. Friday
Cost: $15, $8 kids 8-12

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:
Cost: $49-$99

The Cat in the Hat

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

Emerald City Theatre performs from June 15-Sept. 1. For more information, visit

Cost: $16-$27

Shrek The Musical

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

The story of a swamp-dwelling ogre who goes on a life-changing adventure to reclaim his once-secluded home. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, this unlikely hero fights a fearsome dragon and rescues the cursed princess Fiona. Performances run July 13-Sept. 1.


Cost: $18–$25

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