Exciting Chicagoland Events for Tweens and Teens

Make sure your older children aren’t bored with these tween and teen events in the city and suburbs.

It seems like teens and tweens are always looking for something fun to do. Now that school is back in session and your older kids will want to hang out with new friends outside of the classroom, you’ll want to find some activities that you approve of, too. We’ve compiled a list of fun (and safe) events that are sure to be a hit!

Check out our online calendar for even more family events and things to do with teens.

Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

Jan. 15-April 21, 2024

The longest-running exhibition of African-American art in the U.S. features more than 100 dynamic works of art from amateur and professional African-American artists from around the nation, as well as a youth category which features work by a dozen area high school artists.

In The Heights at Marriott Theatre

Jan. 24-March 17, 2024

In The Heights is a 2008 Tony Award Winning musical about a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was also the creator of Hamilton.

Billy Elliot The Musical at Paramount Theatre

Feb. 7-March 24, 2024

See the musical about an 11-year-old English boy named Billy Elliot who stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Hear music by Elton John at this performance.

Titanic: The Exhibition at Westfield Old Orchard

Feb. 16-April 21, 2024

This immersive touring exhibition is a narrative journey that brings to light the fates of the passengers and crew aboard the sinking ship, Titanic.

Red Clay Dance Company presents Afro-Caribbean Dance at Douglass Branch

Feb. 20, 2024

Teens ages 13 and up can enjoy a lecture and demonstration, performance workshop or creative process experience that introduces your students to Artivism through dance forms of the African Diaspora. Registration required.

Paint and Sip Hot Cocoa Black History Month Celebrate at Lozano Branch

Feb. 21, 2024

Teens ages 13 and up can join the Lozano Branch to celebrate Black History Month by creating Black Art paintings as they sip on hot cocoa. Registration required.

Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Feb. 24, March 2, 9 and 16, 2024

This 75-minute adaptation of Romeo and Juliet will be told in Shakespeare’s own words and speaks to today’s youth about their own lives. The ASL and Open Caption performance will take place on March 9.

Oak Forest Fleadh

March 2, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Oak Forest
  • Cost: Free/parade, $35/5K

Families can enjoy the 15th year of the Oak Forest Fleadh. There will be a 5K and a family parade on Central Avenue. Hunt for the $1,000 golden ticket along the parade route. Registration required.

Flashlight Teen Egg Hunt at Wilder Park

March 28, 2024

Ages 11-16 will be able to grab their flashlights and join their friends for the Flashlight Egg Hunt in Wilder Park. Search for prize eggs filled with candy, gift certificates and other great prizes. Registration not required.

Blue Man Group Chicago at Briar Street Theatre

Through March 31, 2024

Experience new instruments, technologies and audience participation at the Blue Man Group Chicago. This family-friendly performance is great for ages 3 and up.

This post is updated regularly.


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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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