5 fun things to do in Chicago that’s red, white & blue

Blue, man

3133 N. Halsted St., Chicago

(773) 348-4000

Chicago can’t get enough of men in blue. Catch Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater. Learn about the science of the blue goo on the Blue Man website–a fun family activity to try at home after the show.

Heat up some red hot rock

Heating& Cooling

3530 N. Clark St., Chicago

(773) 789-8864

Something for your blue team bucket list! They are putting on the red light in Wrigleyville at Heating& Cooling, a new spot where canned beers and cocktails rule. Jam with up-and-coming rockers and slam a slab of calamari pizza in one of the newest cute Cubs neighborhood spots that’s friendly to families. (Tip: It gets super busy on game days so it’s best to avoid with your kiddos if you want a quiet meal.)

Red pandas

Brookfield Zoo

8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield

(708) 688-8000

Meet the brand new ladies in red! It’s a red letter day at Brookfield Zoo when two red pandas move into the Hamill Family Wild Encounters on July 1. Found in India, Nepal and Myanmar, red pandas are vulnerable in the wild because they are hunted for their fur. Look closely at the panda’s habitat and you’ll see a specially designed Bonsai tree replica. Within the tree there are crevices for feeders, which are timed to release food at random times throughout the day to encourage natural foraging behaviors.

Into the blue

Sail the ocean, er Lake Michigan, blue this month on a Mystic Blue Cruise. Bob down the Chicago shoreline from North Avenue Beach to Burnham Harbor for cool views of Willis Tower, the John Hancock and Shedd Aquarium. Time your ride with the twice-weekly Navy Pier-synchronized fireworks show Wednesdays and Saturdays for an added pop of red, white and blue fun!

White vs. blue

U.S. Cellular Field

333 W. 35th St., Chicago

(312) 674-1000

Will you be seeing red when the White Sox take on the Blue Jays? Take the kids out to the ballgame–and check out the XFINITY Fundamentals area for young White Sox fans featuring a pee wee-sized Wiffle ball diamond with swing boxes, pitching cages and a bases-running area.

7:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 and 1:10 p.m. Thursday, July 9

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