Earth Day Events for Chicago Families

Are you ready to go a little green? Earth Day is a little different this year, but there are other ways for families to celebrate the holiday on April 22 such as recycled crafts and ways for older kids to go green. Here are some local Earth Day events to help make the planet a better place.

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Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions and any last-minute cancellations. Stay safe!


CKPC Earth Day at Beverly

April 17, 2021

Celebrate Earth Day at Beverly Park. This event is for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Chicago Kids and Parents Club members, including hearing siblings and hearing youth of deaf parents. Spend the afternoon learning about seeds, plants and identifying trees. Families will leave with a fun take-home project.

Welcome Back-Earth Day at Commercial Club

April 17, 2021

Families with kids ages 6 and older can help clean up the park and adjacent 3 playlots. After cleaning there will be games, arts & crafts, music and catered food for all who volunteered in accordance with CDC guidelines on social distancing and recommended number of participants. Activities take place outdoors at Commercial, Snowberry, Superior and Honore Parks.

Earth Day Celebration & Hikes

April 22, 2021

Commemorate Earth Day with the Cook County Forest Preserves with staff-led hikes on non-paved trails. Participants can also support the county-wide litter cleanup as well as create a project using recycled materials.

North/Northwest Suburbs

Earth Day: Nature’s Heroes (Virtual)

April 22, 2021

  • Hosted by: Crabtree Nature Center
  • Cost: Free

Join Crabtree Nature Center to learn a little about some the female pioneers in the environmental movement. The Earth Day event will be held on Crabtree’s Facebook page.

Earth Day: Nature Triva Night! (Virtual)

April 22, 2021

  • Hosted by: Crabtree Nature Center
  • Cost: Free, call to register

Teens ages 16 and older are invited to join the Nature Trivia Challenge. Registration is required for the event hosted by Crabtree Nature Center.

Earth Day Celebration with the BackYard Nature Center

April 24, 2021

  • Address: Tower Road Boat Launch, Tower Road, West of Forestway Drive, Northfield
  • Cost: Free, register for one of two sessions

Celebrate Earth Day with a morning of service, learning and exploration. Activities include nature play, fishing clinic, guided hike, litter cleanup, monitoring and stewardship exhibits, and a demonstration of how to repurpose buckthorn.

Earth Day Expo + Island Princess Meet n’ Greet

April 24, 2021

  • Address: 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Start with a meet-and-greet with everyone’s favorite Polynesian island princess. Then children will receive an earth-friendly jute tote bag, a healthy GoGo squeeZ snack, and a take-home ocean-themed craft (while supplies last).

Education and Action Day in Celebration of Earth Day

April 24, 2021

Education and Action Day will include learning about birds, helping to clean litter and education about helping the environment. The outdoor event also requires masks and social distancing. Gloves and a water bottle are recommended.

Earth Day at Emily Oaks

April 25, 2021

Join the Block Party and meet the plant and animal neighbors of Emily Oaks. Families will discover fascinating facts about the critters that live on the Nature Center block and might even be introduced to some of the neighbors in person.

Celebrating Earth Day at Crabtree Nature Center

April 25, 2021

  • Address: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington Hills
  • Cost: Free

Create a cute native animal out of recycled materials, learn how to go greener in cleaning, pick up supplies to clean-up a preserve or neighborhood park and/or start a native plant to take home for the family garden. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

South Suburbs

Earth Day Celebration Drop-In

April 22, 2021

Stop by Maple Lake Boating Center to participate in litter cleanup, self-guided activities and grab a take-home DIY kit to celebrate Earth Day. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

Earth Day at Sand Ridge Nature Center

April 24, 2021

Celebrate Earth Day with a self-guided litter cleanup along the Burnham Greenway, take home a craft project, enjoy nature play and Earth Day-themed games. All participants are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

Earth Day at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

April 24, 2021

  • Address: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields
  • Cost: Free, timed registration required; fees for additional events

Celebrate Earth Day at Irons Oaks for fun and interactive nature and environmental activities, naturalist-led hikes and opportunities to give back. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

Western Suburbs

Party for the Planet

April 24, 2021

  • Address: Brookfield Zoo – North Lot, 8400 31st St., Brookfield
  • Cost: Free

Families that have been storing items in basements and garages waiting for the perfect time and most Earth-friendly way to dispose of them, they can be recycled at Brookfield Zoo. The zoo will be collecting electronics, textiles, and used books (list of acceptable and unacceptable items listed on the zoo’s website).

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