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Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.


Includes a fall fragrance challenge, pumpkin prints to take home, and chef and root vegetable activities.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Artist’s Studio: Signs and Symbols

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Visit the Ancient Art of the Americas galleries to explore carved and painted Mayan hieroglyphs, then stop into the studios to draw a picture-symbols.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
Cost: Free

Art on the Run

Elmhurst Art Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Free, fun and educational arts project for kids. Projects change bi-weekly.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

The NOSH at Wicker Park

Wicker Park | Chicago, Ill.


A new food and a outdoor market experience with yummy treats, family-friendly live music, lots of shade, and a playground area. The Nosh is every Saturday at The Pritzker School Playground, on Damen Ave between Evergreen & Schiller.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

A Walk with Mark Twain

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Meet Mark Twain as he shares two of his famous stories: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and The Diaries of Adam and Eve.  Appropriate for all ages. Performances are weekends in September. Performances are each Saturday and Sunday. The first Sunday performance of each month will be a low-impact hike (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs). Each performance lasts approximately three hours, so please wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent. All performances begin at the Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21). Performances run Sept. 7-29.

Cost: $19, $13 kids; $12 member, $8 member kids

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

Beauty & The Beast

The Comedy Shrine | Aurora, Ill.

Farcical Fairy tales presents a hilarious take on Beauty and The Beast. This interactive three woman show puts a new spin on the original classic tale and is fun for children of all ages. Performances run July 6-Dec. 28.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5

Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale

Bughouse Theater | Chicago, Ill.

Interactive kids show where the kids help guide the story from scene to scene and song to song with out talented improvisors. Kids create backdrop of the story and pick out the costumes. For tickets email For more information, visit







When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Donations welcome.

The Old Man and The Old Moon

Writers Theatre | Glencoe, Ill.

The Old Man and the Old Moon creates an epic new mythology, centered on a man whose job is to collect light to refill the leaking moon. When his wife unexpectedly leaves home in pursuit of much-needed adventure, he abandons his post to follow her, throwing the world into chaos as he searches for his lost love. A blend of storytelling, indie-folk music and puppetry. Performances run Sept. 3-Dec. 1, 2013.



Cost: $35 - $70

Sweets to the Sweet

Gorilla Tango's Skokie Theatre | Skokie, Ill.

Lies. Murder. Sword fights. After her mother's untimely death and her father's remarriage to the murderer, Hamlette is looking for vengeance in this modern retelling, gender-reversed version of Shakespeare's classic tale. Performances are 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 7-15.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $12

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