For many of us, Columbus Day means a day off from school to celebrate the "discovery" of America. Whether you head into downtown Chicago for the annual parade, take it as an opportunity to visit our world-class museums or get outside to enjoy the changing colors, we have something for everyone to discover this Columbus Day.
The Columbus Day parade celebrates Christopher Columbus' historic voyage to America and Italian-American culture.
Paddle the lagoon by canoe, navigate Northside Park with a GPS unit, and experience the thrill of participating in team building activities.
Kids enjoy part of their day off from school making some beautiful sand art pieces to take home.
Go on a scavenger hunt, explore the forest, play games and more. Bring a snack and a lunch and spend the day adventuring.
Make some cool recycled art projects. All materials included. Different projects for the morning and afternoon sessions: T-shirt bag and magazine bowl (9:30 a.m.-noon), water bottle carrier and reusable lunch bag(1-3:30 p.m.). Register online at www.cre8workshop.com
Come out to play on a day off school. Tickets available
Illinois residents enjoy free general admission and discounted rates for Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and Abbott Oceanarium.
Ice skate, play laser tag, mini golf and video games.
Enjoy a guided woodland hike and learn about the changes that take place in nature during the autumn season.