6 magical ways to spot your favorite character in Chicagoland

Are your kids obsessed with princesses and superheroes? Will they go crazy if they saw their favorites in person? Delight your little ones with these character-themed events coming up in Chicagoland.


Valentine’s Dance with Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Daisy


When: Feb. 15


Where: Chicago Ridge Mall, 444 Chicago Ridge Mall, Chicago Ridge


Enjoy a Valentine’s dance favorite Disney couples Mickey & Minnie and Donald & Daisy. Bring dancing shoes to move and groove to the music.


Elsa, Anna & Kristoff perform! A Frozen 2 experience


When: Feb. 17


Where: Learning Express Toys, 15 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich


Join Learning Express Toys in Lake Zurich for the performance of Frozen 2 featuring Elsa, Anna and Kristoff on Presidents Day 2-3 p.m. Dress up encouraged and photos will be taken on the royal throne. Free.


Chicago Kids Expo


When: Feb. 22


Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid, Arlington Heights


Not only will there be fairytale princess sing-alongs, but also interactive exhibits and play zones, samples, shopping and resources for parents.


Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music


When: Feb. 29-March 1


Where: Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago


You’re invited to sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your friends from Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Dora The Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Top Wing in an unforgettable musical spectacular! Nick Jr. Live! Special deal for CP readers: Use code PARENT50 to save up to 50 percent on select seats.


Royal Ice Brunch


When: March 21-22


Where: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton


Enjoy a royal-themed brunch and ice cream sundae bar, plus a performance by the Ice Queen and a visit by everyone’s favorite snowman. Kids can meet the queen (bring your camera!), hear a story and participate in fun activities. Costumes welcome.


Frozen: The Musical


When: Oct. 21-Jan. 3, 2021


Where: Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago


The hit musical features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first.


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