Choose between a 15- or 30-mile loop of Lake Shore Drive with no cars in sight. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Participants receive an event T-shirt (early registrants only), access to three rest stops and admittance to a post-ride festival with food and live music.
Stop by to lend a hand for the beginning of a great year of growing and learnnig. Families who stop by to help will receive free admission to the museum that day.
Sarah is an indie-girl rocker turned indie-kids rocker. "After having my daughter all the funky stuff I used to sing turned into a funky kid song instead!"
Chicagoland's largest retail and wholesale show for rockhounds features educational guest speakers, silent auctions, door prizes and a Kids' Room with free mineral specimens for kids. Shop for rocks, gems, minerals, crystals, handmade jewelry, beads, tools and supplies, more. See hands-on demonstrations of jewelry making, geode cracking, gold panning, fossil preparation, wire wrapping and more.
Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.
Fly high with excitement while you watch trained birds soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. Vultures, hawks, parrots, a hadada ibis, and a variety of other bird species will demonstrate natural behaviors as they fly overhead and interact with the audience and the host of the show. Guests will see a trumpeter hornbill catching objects, African white-necked ravens collecting cash for conservation, and more. Three shows are offered daily.
This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets. Using imaginary figures or creatures and characters inspired by artworks in the Art Institute’s collection, novice puppeteers can experiment with ways to create puppets, develop stories, and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances.
Kids immerse themselves in a nautical experience of their own invention, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting a sail, or dropping a fishing line to catch ‘the big one.’ The exhibit includes a dock with a bait and tackle shop, a kayak, sailboat and two-level work boat with a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin (complete with bunk and a kitchen prep area) offering countless opportunities for kids to envision themselves as a cook, rescuer, biologist or whichever role they choose.
Features objects extraordinary and unfamiliar that have emerged from the Museum’s protected vaults to tell their tales and shine a light on their mysterious pasts. Whether they are artistic works, key evidence from crime scenes, or everyday objects, one thing all the items have in common is that they serve as touchstones of Chicago’s rich history.