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

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 14)
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-$97

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

The Jungle Book

Goodman Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

The Jungle Book premieres June 21-Aug. 18. Tickets are available at, by calling (312) 443-3800 or visiting the Goodman box office (170 N. Dearborn).

Cost: $34-$105

The Wizard of Oz

Fox Valley Repertory | St. Charles, Ill.

Join Dorothy and Toto on their quest along the Yellow Brick Road to see the wizard. Performances are 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays from July 20-28.



Cost: $15, $10 students

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon's thunder

Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Performances run May 22-Sept. 2 at the 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.


Cost: Call for cost


Grace Lutheran Church | River Forest, Ill.

This production by Tuesday's Child, an intergenerational drama group based at Grace Lutheran Church, is done "alley style," with the audience members close to the stage and the action going on all around them. Performances take place at Walther Lutheran High School, Ninth and Chicago, in Melrose Park, on Friday and Saturday, July 19-20 and 26-27, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances on July 21 and 28 begin at 2 p.m. Call 708-524-8795 to reserve tickets, or go to


Cost: $15, $12 students and seniors, $10 kids under 12

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