9 New Things Chicago Families Can Enjoy in 2021

2021 is finally here. While we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, some Chicagoland attractions have made plans to offer plenty of family entertainment this year. From an immersive Van Gogh exhibit to a new Peppa Pig play space, here are a few new things you and the kids can look forward to in 2021. Fingers crossed!

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Step into a Van Gogh painting.

Opening Feb. 11, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago will bring a new type of art experience. Families will be able to sit among the sunflowers and watch the Starry Night thanks to their lighted projections.

Learn about your favorite superheroes.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will be the newest exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago starting March 4. The exhibit will have more than 300 artifacts including original comic book pages, sculptures, costumes, props and more from the Marvel films.

Spot new gigantic sculptures at Morton Arboretum.

When the beloved Trolls Hunt leaves Morton Arboretum in early 2021, a new set of large-scale sculptures will take their place. Morton’s newest exhibition, Human+Nature, opens on April 9 with five huge sculptures focused on people and trees.

Visit Chicagoland’s largest Frida Kahlo exhibit.

From June 5 to Sept. 6, The Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the McAninch Arts Center‘s new Frida Kahlo exhibit will feature 26 original pieces and more information about the 20-century painter’s life.

See the Obama Portraits.

Don’t miss your chance to see the official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Art Institute of Chicago. Stopping here from June 18 to Aug. 15, the portraits are on a five-city tour before they return to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Watch Elsa perform on stage.

Your Frozen fans will love nothing more than to see their favorite movie transformed to the stage. The Broadway musical will play at Cadillac Palace Theatre from Nov. 18 to Jan. 23, 2022.

Eat cookies!

In Avondale, pastry chef Angela Diaz plans to open a walk-up window in early 2021 selling cookies and ice cream sandwiches, according to Eater.

Trick your mind.

The Museum of Illusions closed back in November only a few days after it opened due to Governor Pritzker’s Tier 3 mitigation order. Visit their website to see when their museum will reopen in 2021. Hopefully soon!

Jump into the world of Peppa Pig.

Opening in Winter 2021, Peppa Pig World of Play Chicago will offer an indoor play place with 14 interactive areas that feature everyone’s favorite British piglet.

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This article originally published on Jan. 3, 2020. It has been updated with the most recent information. 


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