Best Places to See a Mermaid in Chicago

Dive into the mermaid fun with these tail-worthy classes and under the sea parties.

With the premiere of Disney’s new live-action adaptation, more kids than ever are interested in mermaids. We did some of the tail-work for you and found the best mermaid-related events Chicago has to offer.

Wherever the tide takes you this summer, we know that if it involves mermaids, then there will certainly be magic, for both you and your mermaid-loving kids.

The Secret Mermaid

  • Near Oakwood and 41st Street Beach, Chicago

Shhhhh, on a lovely little beach off Oakwood Boulevard rests a secret mermaid. The Secret Mermaid was sculpted in the middle of the night by guerilla artists in the late 1980s. Once discovered by government officials, she was swept away into storage. In 2007, a group of students worked to get the mermaid out of hiding and near the shore. You can find her near the bike path on the Lakefront Trail.

Windy City Mermaids

Photo credit: Windy City Mermaids

Rent a mermaid to entertain your children. Whether your party is in the water or on dry land, a Windy City Mermaid will happily provide a customized experience for you. Visit their website to select your favorite mermaid. Your mermaid will interact with your party guests through music and story. The guests will never forget this magical experience. If you love it, they even have a mermaid pod, a social group of mermen and mermaids.

A Sleepover: Mermaid Style

Photo credit: Dream Night Slumber Parties

Dream Night Slumber Parties, a slumber party business, comes to your house to create a sleepover experience that feels like it came right out of the movies. Of course, one of the themes is Mermaid Nights. Your merchildren can sleep in a mermaid-style tent with plenty of cozy mermaid pillows to keep them comfy through the night. The party can also include add-ons like pajamas, a candy cart, a balloon installation or a karaoke machine.

The Little Mermaid Quest: A Treasure Hunt

  • Currently adding guests to the waitlist for the July event

Grab a group of friends and dress up as your favorite characters from the movie. Before you head downtown, download The Little Mermaid Quest app. The app will provide you with clues taken from the movie and an interactive map. Get all the clues right, and a treasure will await you!


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Steffy McCourt
Steffy McCourt
Steffy McCourt brings over 15 years of experience in education, parenting, and travel writing for esteemed publications like We Are Teachers and LA Family Travel. Recognized for her commitment to advancing literacy and writing skills, Steffy is honored to be a Fellow of the National Writing Project. She collaborates with educators nationwide to enhance teaching practices and empower student writers.

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