There's a lot going on in this world-class city we live in, and the options can be overwhelming. So every week, we'll pick our not-to-miss events. Chances are, you'll see us there, kids in tow. If none of these suit your schedule, browse our full calendar to find events near you.
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Enjoy plenty of food, shopping, entertainment and strawberry-related activities. Plus, face painting, kiddie rides and pony rides.
Chicago-based teacher and singer/songwriter Shana Harvey leadskids in an interactive sing-along with folk songs from all over the world. Snacks, blankets and music-makers welcome. Kids must be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required.
Fest blends cutting edge, environmentally-conscious bands with green vendors and activities and demos. Includes dedicated children's area with music, entertainment and activities.
Istvan plays an irresistible mix of interactive rock & roll, country, pop punk and sing-alongs that kids love. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.
A day-long family event, highlighted by two battle re-enactments celebrating the African American soldiers who bravely fought. Also includes a performance based on the speeches of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, horserides for children, museum tours, Civil War dress-up booth, a screening of "Glory," and more.
Shedd staff members guide guests through the 15-minute
touch experience, while providing interesting facts about
stingrays, including information about how choosing
sustainable seafood protects stingrays in global
waters. The outdoor exhibit also allows visitors to
see the cownose stingrays through various angles.
Uniformed soldiers, cannons, and cavalry on horseback will be part of the action. Re-enactors will be camped at the museum grounds, showing what life was like during the Civil War. Come on out to tour those camps, ride the three different railroads and have a treat from the newly restored 1930 vintage soda fountain and ice cream parlor.
Join award-winning children's author and educator, Patricia J. Murphy, for a hands-on reading, writing, art, and science exploration of the superheroes of nature: Bugs. Kids 4-10 and their families design a poster, take home a plant, and go on a tour of Butterflies & Blooms.
Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators, will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be revealed for the first time.
Includes free sundaes with do-it-yourself toppings and a variety of hands-on family activities, games, demonstrations and tours of historic buildings.
Festival will feature Scandinavian song and dance, Viking ship presentations, children's activities, Maypole raising, food and carnival games.