Celebrate the Planet with These Earth Day Events for Chicagoland Families

Celebrate Mother Earth this year with these fun, family-friendly events in Chicagoland.

Are you ready to go a little green? Earth Day is coming up quickly! There are many ways for families to celebrate the holiday on April 22, such as recycled crafts and unexpected ways to recycle as a family.

Here are some local Earth Day events to help make the planet a better place. Looking for more spring activities in Chicagoland? Check out our spring fun family guide! 

Earth Day Events in the City

Earth Day Resource Fair at Dvorak (Anton) Park

April 13, 2024

Learn how to protect the Earth and sign up for a park clean-up. Visit tables from different environmental organizations, water/energy conservation, gardening, recycling and more.

Earth Day at Commercial Club Playground of Chicago  

April 20, 2024

Families with kids of all ages can help clean up the park and adjacent playlots at Commercial Club. 

Earth Day at Caldwell Woods

April 20, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up litter at Caldwell Woods. There will be supplies for individuals or families to check out during the afternoon. 

Earth Day Events in the North/Northwest Suburbs 

Earth Day at Busse Lake Boating Center

April 20, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up litter at Busse Lake Boating Center. There will be supplies for individuals or families to check out during the afternoon. 

Earth Day Nature Play at Crabtree Nature Center

April 20, 2024

Families can enjoy playing in the nature center’s three-acre nature play center. There will be Earth Day activities.

Earth Day at Century Park

April 22, 2024

Come out to Century Park to celebrate Earth Day with an afternoon of sustainability education and activities.

Earth Day Events in the South Suburbs 

Spring Cleanup at Rock Run Rookery Preserve

April 13, 2023

Ages 14 and up can celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the shoreline of the Des Plaines River. Dress for the weather. Registration required.

Celebrating Earth Day at Main Park

April 20, 2024

Families can enjoy an afternoon of Earth Day fun with learning activities, crafts, kid-friendly games, giveaways and more. 

Earth Day at Sand Ridge Nature Center

April 20, 2024

Play Earth Day-themed games, a self-guided litter cleanup and more at this event at Sand Ridge Nature Center.

Earth Day Birthday at Sauk Trail Woods-Central

April 20, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day at Sauk Trail Woods Central by helping clean up the litter in the forest preserve and playing party games. 

Earth Day Celebration at Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

April 20, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day with art activities, scavenger hunts and free plant giveaways. Registration required.

Earth Day Events in the Western Suburbs

2nd Annual Trash Bash at Miller Meadows-South

April 6, 2024

Bring your old electronics, musical instruments, prescription drugs, books, bikes, clothing and more to donate. The first 50 donors will receive a free, “Don’t be Trashy” T-shirt.

Earth Day Celebration at Lincoln Marsh- Prairie Patch Play Area

April 18, 2024

Children can celebrate Earth Day by enjoying open play at the Prairie Patch Play Area, crafts and activities. Dress for the weather. 

Earth Day Cleanup at Jerome Huppert Woods

April 19, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up litter at Jerome Huppert Woods. There will be supplies for individuals or families to check out during the afternoon. 

Celebrate Earth Day Activities at Trailside Museum of Natural History

April 20, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day by helping plant a tree, make a bird feeder to bring home, pick up litter and more. Registration not required. 

Earth Day Cleanup at Miller Meadow-South

April 20, 2024

Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up litter at Miller Meadow-South. There will be supplies for individuals or families to check-out during the afternoon.

Earth Day: Party for the Planet at the Brookfield Zoo

April 20, 2024

  • Address: 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield
  • Cost: No charge for donation drop-off; tickets or membership is required if you plan to visit the zoo       

Recycle unwanted items the Earth-friendly way at the Brookfield Zoo. The zoo will be collecting electronics, textiles and used books. Check lists on the website for what you can and cannot donate.

Earth Day Run at the Brookfield Zoo

April 21, 2024

Get outside and celebrate Earth Day with a 2.2-mile fun run through the twist and turns of Brookfield Zoo during their pre-park hours. Great for all ages. Advanced registration required.

This post is updated annually. 


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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