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11 Things To Do With Kids in Chicago This Winter

This list of things to do in Chicago, IL will keep you and the kids busy and cabin-fever this Winter!

Winter is tough with kids. I’m sure some of you die hards will disagree, but for me it takes so much more effort to get out of the house: coats, gloves, hats, taking off coats for carseats, defrosting the car. And the list goes on. But I’ve put together a list of kid-friendly things to do around Chicago that will make all the effort worth it! Good luck! 🙂


11 Things to do with Kids in Chicago, IL this Winter:


  1. Visit one of our many illustrious museums! : Many times it’s hard to make the drive into the city from the ‘burbs but if you aren’t taking a vacation this winter break, head down to one of the many museums the city has to offer and check out the latest exhibits!
    • The Museum of Science and Industry is a perfect holiday option with their Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light experiences!
    • The Field Museum: Check on dates for their Moon Rock Holiday Special! “Members get the rare chance to snap a photo with a rock from the Moon and discover the science behind their favorite science fiction stories, like Star Wars and Alien.
    • The Shedd Aquarium: “The Santa at Shedd package reserves your spot for a meet-and-greet with Kris Kringle himself at our private Beluga Overlook location in the Oceanarium, accompanied by a professional photographer to take multiple digital photos of the experience.
    • Adler Planetarium: Experience another way to see the Chicago sky!
    • Museum of Contemporary Art: Closed Christmas Day but still a great option for before and after!
    • The Art Institute of Chicago: “On view through January 7
      An intricate and theatrical nativity scene featuring over 200 figures, 50 animals, and 41 items of food and drink—all staged in an elaborate Baroque cabinet—the Art Institute’s spectacular 18th-century crèche is one of the few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples. The crèche can only be on view for a few weeks every year due to the fragility of the silk costumes and embroidery, so don’t miss your chance to revel in Baroque artistry this season!”
  2. Go ice skating! : The city of Chicago offers so many beautiful ice skating options!
    • Millenium Park (a gorgeous setting with Michigan Ave. in front of you, and Cloud Gate behind you.
    • Maggie Daley Park: Experience “alpine in the city” with the city skyline as your backdrop!
    • Navy Pier Xfinity Ice Skating Rink: “Trade the winter chills for thrills at this popular indoor ice skating rink.”
    • The Rink at Gallagher Way: “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way!”
    • Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Wolves) Rink: Located in the East Mall, The Chicago Wolves Skating Rink is not made of ice, but of a synthetic material known as Glice® – so no water or electricity is required for operation.
    • The Peninsula Sky Rink: “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”
  3. Tis the season for Christmas lights!
    • Lincoln Park Zoo Lights: “ZooLights features hundreds of luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities, all under the glow of 2.5 million lights.”
    • Brookfield Zoo Lights: “Visit Chicagoland’s largest and longest-running lights festival with over a million twinkling LED lights, a 41-foot-tall talking tree, Chicago Wolves Skating Rink, ice carvers, larger than life LED animal sculptures, zoo chats, and much more!”
    • Mooseheart Holiday Lights: “Holiday Lights at Mooseheart is one of Chicagoland’s largest light displays! The lighted route is approximately 1.8 miles and has more than 80 lighted displays to view.”
    • Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden: “You’ll wander into a festive world of wonder and light. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. At times, you’ll find yourself in the center of it all — stepping inside a cathedral of golden light, walking down an avenue of luminous linden trees, moving through colorful ribbons of light.”
    • Morton Arboretum Illumination: “See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, captivating lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores.”
    • Goebbert’s Winter Wonderland Light Show: “Experience the magic of more than 1.5 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at Goebbert’s Winter Wonderland Light Show. You’ll encounter dazzling displays as you drive through our farm in the comfort of your own vehicle.”
    • Santa’s Rock’n Lights: “Did you know that Santa’s Rock N Lights has over 1,000 moving elements all synchronized to the beat of the music? Come check us out and experience the magic of Christmas from the warmth of your car!”
    •  Naper Lights: “Water Street in downtown Naperville will be converted into a winter wonderland with a combination of holiday displays and music.”
    • Bolingbrooks Festival of Light Show: “250,000 LED lights twinkle, sparkle and dance to more than 20 different Holiday songs. The show will play nightly on the hour 5,6,7,8,9 pm. The last show will be on Dec. 31st. The 60 ft tree sits in the round-a-bout in the middle of the shopping mall.”
    • Aurora Festival of Lights: “One of the largest free outdoor drive-through holiday light displays in Northern Illinois, the Aurora Festival of Lights, returns for its 13th year in 2019 with even more dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children.”
    • Lombard Holiday Lights: Lights are turned on daily in Lilacia Park from 4:30 – 10 pm.
    • Larsen’s Light Show: 42W891 Beith Rd, Campton Hills. “Over one million lights all brilliantly orchestrated to play for a solid 30 mins to the tune of a vast medley of songs.”
    • Holiday Lights in Rosemont: 7 parks in Rosemont light up with holiday lights for the season! They are on display from 4 pm to 1 am.
    • Roscoe Village Holiday Lights: Due to the yearly competition for homeowners ands business owners, this neighborhood goes all out for the holidays!
  4.  Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest: “Find thrills without the chills inside the 19th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier, featuring 170,000 square feet of attractions, including indoor ice skating, a festive carousel, inflatable rides, and so much more!”
  5. Christkindlmarket: “Visitors can explore vendors’ products from all around the world and enjoy the unique shopping experience while enjoying international food, beverages and performances at the outdoor market that is always free of admission.”Chicago: November 15th – December 24th
    • Wrigleyville: November 22nd – December 31
  6.  Holiday Performances
    • Joffrey Ballets The Nutcracker
    •  A Christmas Carol
    • Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish
    • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
    • Twas The Night Before Christmas
    • Corduroy
    • Mrs. Claus. A Holiday Musical
    • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
    • Merry, Merry Chicago!
  7.  Holiday Train Rides
    • The Union Station Polar Express: “Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa.”
    • South Elgin Polar Express: “The train will transport you to the “North Pole” where Santa will be waiting. Experience the joy of watching the children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole.”
    •  The Christmas City Express, South Egin: “New to the Fox River Trolley this year, The Christmas City Express is the story of a girl’s journey to visit her grandparents for Christmas, when a snowstorm unexpectedly stops the train. Will Christmas be saved?”
    • Allstate CTA Holiday Train: “The Allstate CTA Holiday Train is a holiday tradition unique to Chicago, which, due to popular demand, is now accompanied by the Allstate CTA Elves’ Workshop Train. Two trains provide twice the amount of fun and festivities to make your holiday extra special.”
  8.  Garfield Park Conservatory: “For over 110 years the Conservatory has been celebrating the holiday season with a colorful and inspired display of plants and flowers. This year’s show will feature white birch windchimes, burgundy poinsettias, and deep green conifer trees.”Also a great FREE option and a warm environment when the family is suffering from cabin fever!
  9. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: “Stop by the Nature Museum all winter to warm up in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, enjoy Story Time and Live Animal Feedings, and become butterflies and bats in our newest exhibit Amazing Pollinators! It’s all free with admission.
  10.  Macy’s Walnut Room & Window Shopping: “The iconic window displays at Macy’s on State Street are now open for the 2019 holiday season. Believe in the Wonder, the 52nd annual holiday display, is about feeling the magic that the holidays bring – no matter if you’re young or old. The windows span the entire length of the building and will be on display until January 5, 2020.” – Urban MatterMake eating at The Great Tree Buffet in the Walnut Room at Macy’s a holiday tradition!
  11. Have some fun at one of the many Chicagoland Children’s Museums! (Many of these museums are hosting some fun “Noon” Years Eve events! Get your tickets ASAP!)
    • Chicago Children’s Museum: “There’s nothing quite like celebrating the holidays with play at Chicago Children’s Museum! Choose from our many wintry offerings this month.”
    • Kohls Children Museum: Experience “Flurry Days” through Jan 5th! They’ll have special activities including Polar Express kiddie train rides, character appearances, snowman parades, and Story Strolls through the famous holiday lights in the outdoor Habitat Park.
    • DuPage Children’s Museum: Take play and learning to new heights!
    • KidsWork Children’s Museum: 2 floors of exciting exhibits filled with action and fun! Lots of wintry events going on as well!
    • Oak Lawn Children’s Museum: A fun and education museum with many exciting events going on this winter!
    • Wonder Works: 6400 square feet of fun and exploration.


things to do in chicago this weekend

What Should We Do This Weekend? Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago, IL June 14th – 16th

It’s Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago!! In addition to the events listed below, make sure to comb through the Father’s Day Guide for the special events going on for the man in your life. However, many required registration so make sure spots are available before heading to any of them.




9:30 AM: Blackberry Farm 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • “Join us as we celebrate Blackberry Farm’s 50th Anniversary! The first 50 families will receive a commemorative 50th Anniversary cup that includes a fill at the Summer Kitchen. Visitors can enjoy a balloon artist, tattoo station, stop by the Huntoon House Museum to see pictures of Blackberry Farm over 50 Years of Fun, in addition to all of Blackberry’s great attractions! Commemorative cups are issued one per family. Balloon artist will be available 10:00am-1:00pm.”

10:00 AM: Super Messy Story Time at Lunges ‘n Lattes

  • Get ready for messy, silly, sensory play with Stickney Forest View Library!
  • The event is free but you must register to reserve your spot!

10:30 AM: Winfield Library Story Time at Cantigny

  • Meet for story time plus a hands on activity
  • Recommended for ages 0-6
  • Pick up a parking pass at the Winfield Public Library’s Youth Services desk for free admission.
  • Meet library staff at the Visitors Center before the program begins.

11:00 AM: Animal Farm Musical Performance at the Shell in Reed Keppler Park (West Chicago)

  • Music, education, comedy, and interactive storytelling for the little ones

1:00 PM: Lemonade Stand Benefitting Midwest Shelter for Homeless Vets

  • Free for the children who participate, but must register. Otherwise come and support and the cause!
  • Located at Wear & Share in Wheaton.

5:00 PM: Festa Pasta Vino

  • Friday – Sunday
  • Enjoy an Italian Block Party all weekend long!

5:00 PM: Cantigny Food Truck Festival

  • 15+ food trucks
  • Live band
  • Children can enjoy the Red Oaks Playground
  • Outdoor movie, The Goonies, begins at 8:30

5:00 PM: Parents Night Out With Yu Kids Island

  • Fun in the Sun Theme, playtime, and pizza party!
  • Register to hold your spot!

5:00 PM: Taste of Randolph

  • June 14th – 16th
  • West Loop’s largest street festival!
  • Entrance fee is a suggested $10 donation to benefit the West Loop Community Organization

5:00 PM: Ribfest Chicago

  • June 14th – 16th
  • Lots of family entertainment all weekend to make it a perfect Father’s Day outing
  • 30 rib and non-rib vendors
  • Amazing live music!

5:30 PM: Picnic With The Animals at Cosley Zoo

  • Bring your own picnic and enjoy games, activities, animals, and after hours access
  • 50% of proceeds go to support the conservation of penguins
  • Advance registration encouraged.

6:00 PM: Parents Night Out at Lunges N’ Lattes

  • 6 – 8 pm
  • Playtime, coloring activities, and a short movie
  • Children potty trained and up!

6:00 PM: Vintage Rides in Downtown Wheaton

  • This weekends theme is convertibles and diner tunes!

6:30 PM: Craft Brews at Lincoln Park Zoo

  • This event is held both Friday and Saturday. This could be a great kickoff to Father’s Day Weekend!
  • 150+ craft beers to choose from!
  • Explore the beautiful grounds while checking out the tasting stations implanted throughout in this adults only, after hours experience.
  • There will also be food available for purchase and music!

6:30 PM: Porch Concert #2: Family Fun in Oak Park

  • Musical entertainment, an ice cream truck, and activities provided by Wonder Works

7:00 PM: Country Road Free Music Festival in Glen Ellyn

  • A live, free concert, on Main St. From 7 – 10:30 p.m
  • Enjoy great music, food, and libations from the local restaurants

7:00 PM: 2019 Battle of the Bands in Elgin

  • Enjoy music from local bands in Side Street Studio Arts

7:30 PM: Salsa Street Party

  • Salsa dance in the street and under the stars at Mora Asian Kitchen in Bolingbrook!

8:00 PM: June Fly-By-Night Circus

  • Fun for the whole family!
  • Acrobats, aerialists, magicians, wirewalkers, and more!
  • Children 9 and under get in free!



Don’t forget about our Father’s Day Guide and Farmers Market Guide to flesh out this Saturday’s agenda. Plus many festivals and events that began on Friday & Saturday, continue throughout the weekend, so scroll up for the info on those!

8:00 AM: Fish-o-rama at Lincoln Marsh Natural Area

  • Participate in the fishing contest!
  • Pre-registration required!

10:00 AM: June Play Day at Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle

  • Face painting, planting, story time with the Wheaton Library, and more!

10:00 AM: Daddy & Me Tea at Kiwanis Park in La Grange

  • Tea sandwiches, petite treats, fruit tea, and lemonade in front of a beautiful landscape and set up. Perfect for a Father’s Day photo op!
  • If raining event will be held at Watermelon Kids.
  • Event is for children up to age 8.
  • Register in advance!

10:00 AM: Tom’s Strawberry Fest 2019

  • Wagon rides, food, music, balloon animals, face painting, jumping pillow, and more!

10:30 AM: Bubble Bash With The Sharks

  • Playroom Cafe in Mt. Prospect
  • Bubbles, balloons, music, and pictures!
  • You must register for this event

10:30 AM: Discovery Garden Exploration Time at the Oak Park Conservatory

  • Enjoy hands on activities in the garden led by the garden docents.
  • Kids aged 3-6 will have a blast playing in the garden.
  • FREE!

12:00 PM: Chicago Northwest Family Day at Woodfield Mall

  • FREE event. Meet Chicagoland’s best attractions and participate in hands on activities!

1:00 PM: Derby Day and Father’s Day Crafts at Lincolnwood Town Center

  • “Enjoy our annual Derby Day with diaper derby for babies, shopping cart races for toddlers, and egg and spoon races for kids! Registration begins at 1:00 PM. Each participant must have a completed and signed waiver. Games begin at 2:00 PM. You can print the waiver from our website and bring it filled out to avoid lines.”

2:00 PM: Pokemon Training and Playing at Learning Express Lake Zurich

  • “Join our trainers for fun, tips and trades every Saturday from 2-3 pm in store. FREE. Bring your cards too.”

3:00 PM: Greekfest Oak Lawn

  • “Come celebrate “Greek Style” in the cultural event of the summer featuring “The Best Greek Chicken”, “Dancing with the Greeks”, Live Bands (American and Greek) and endless amounts of Greek Sweets! Oh, did we mention we were featured on Chicago’s Best for our Baklava? True Story! “
  • There will be a bouncy house and carnival games for the kids!
  • Event takes place on Saturday & Sunday

5:00 PM: Sizzle Into Summer with the Morton Grove Park District

  • Live music and family fun in Harrer Park
  • Balloon artist, face painter, bouncy house, atomic drop obstacle course, and basketball shoot out

7:30 PM: Adults Only Night at Legoland Discovery Center

  • Get a babysitter and have a fun night feeling like a kid yourself!
  • Feel free to dress in your cosplay best!

8:00 PM: Reggae in the Beer Garden at Two Brothers Roundhouse

  • DI Machine Reggae Band
  • 5$ Cover charge


Don’t forget about our Father’s Day Guide and Farmers Market Guide to flesh out this Sunday’s agenda. Plus many festivals and events that began on Friday & Saturday, continue throughout the weekend, so scroll up for the info on those!

9:00 AM: Baconfest at Elgin Public House

  • Plenty of bacon and beer specials
  • Reservations suggested

9:00 AM: Father’s Day at Randall Oaks Zoo

  • Dad’s get in free at Randal Oaks Zoo in West Dundee

9:00 AM: Swedish Day at Good Templar Park in Geneva

  • “Congratulations on 109 YEARS! Svenskarnas Dag is the Midwest’s oldest Midsummer festival, dating back to 1911. Swedish Day is held on the 3rd Sunday of June at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva, IL 60134
  • Admission is $5 for adults, children 14 years old and younger are free!
  • Enjoy delicious Swedish Pancakes, Swedish Meatballs, Herring, Hamburgers & Hotdogs, Sloppy Joes, and more. Food will be served from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.”
  • Don’t forget to tour the Viking ship!

10:00 AM: Fishing With Dad at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove

  • Learn how to catch and ID different fish
  • For ages 8 and up.
  • Register in advance.

10:00 AM: Father’s Day at the Promenade in Bolingbrook

  • “We will have 15+ vendors, crafters, and food items set up on Row. Come out and pick up those last minute gifts for that man in your life or bring your husband for a shopping event just for him.”

2:30 PM: The Dog Paddle in Galena

  • Group paddle with man’s best friend!


What To Do In Chicago With Kids

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  • Millennium Park
    • Don’t miss out on taking a picture with Cloud Gate (or the bean as some call it)
    • Splash around in the shallow reflecting pool of Crown Fountain if it’s warm, however the images projected onto the 50 – foot, glass block towers are available to see year round.


  • 606 Trail
    • This abandoned rail line is now 2.7 miles worth of recreational trail and park. Makes for a gorgeous run, bike ride, or walk with the kids.
  • Willis Tower Skydeck
    • Are you brave enough to step out onto the ledge at 1,353 feet in the air?! This destination makes for the perfect photo op
  • 360 Observation Deck (John Hancock Building)
    • Here you will experience 360 degree views of the city 1000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, eat / drink in the clouds on the 96th floor, and experience TILT! A moving platform that tilts you out over Michigan Ave from the 94th floor!
  • 18 mile lakefront trail
    • Run, walk, push the stroller along gorgeous Lake Michigan! Stop in any of the wonderful lakefront neighborhoods along the way!
  • Maggie Daley Park
    • Meet the playground to top all playgrounds! Kids of all ages will get a kick out of exploring this unique and amazing park!
    • Don’t forget the climbing structures and mini golf to take your outing to the next level!
    • Ice Skate along the skating ribbon in the winter
  • Navy Pier
    • Get your 360 degree view of Chicago when you ride the giant Centennial Ferris Wheel. Not to mention more rides, musical and theatrical entertainment, and dining.
  • Chinatown
    • This is one of our favorite downtown destinations. We love the food, market, and little shops.
    • If you are looking for a satisfying meal, I recommend Phoenix for Dim Sum and Joy Yee for … well, anytime of the day.
  • Chicago Riverwalk
    • Stroll along the beautiful riverwalk to enjoy art, dining, kayaking, boat rides, and more!
    • Don’t let the kids miss seeing the Centennial Fountain and water arc spray over the river every hour!
  • Scavenger hunt to find as many Chicago murals as you can
    • Chicago is a wonderful city but you can get stuck going to the same tourist destinations over and over. Travel off the beaten path by making a walking tour for yourself of the Chicago murals.
    • You’ll find yourself visiting a variety of great neighborhoods and who knows where the adventure will take you!
    • This is a perfect multi-visit scavenger hunt
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
    • You will love a visit to this conservatory when the weather is cold, rainy, or even too hot! The kids can spend hours in the children area and there are also 12 acres of outdoor gardens
    • Free admission but please leave a donation!
    • We also love the weekly children events!
      • Morning Glories: Mondays, 10 a.m – noon
      • Wild Wednesdays: 4 p.m – 7 p.m
      • Fiddleheads: Sat & Sun Noon – 4 p.m
  • Yoko Ono’s Sky Landing & Osaka Japanese Garden
    • At Jackson Park (near The Museum of Science and Industry) there is a beautiful Japanese garden. Don’t miss the springtime blossoming of the cherry blossoms in the beginning of May!
    • You will also find Yoko Ono’s sculpture, Sky Landing. Comprising of 12 ft. tall lotus flower petals symbolizing peace.
  • The Morton Arboretum
    • Located in Lisle, this arboretum is a perfect place to connect with nature. The grounds are beautiful, children will adore the Children’s Garden, and there are always great exhibits to experience like the trolls and Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks
  • View constellations at Dearborn Observatory
    • Located in Evanston, the Dearborn Observatory is open every Friday night from 9 – 11 p.m to look through the historic 18.5″ refracting telescope.
    • 9 – 10 p.m is reservation only, and 10 -11 is available for walk- ins.
    • On the last Friday of the month during these same observing hours, you can meet astronomers and have your astronomy questions answered! Stop by anytime during the two hour window.
  • Fermi-lab Ask A Scientist
    • Held from 1 – 4 p.m on the first Sunday of the month
    • A 3 hour session that includes a tour, a presentation by a scientist, and a Q & A period.
    • The minimum age for the tour is 10 years old.
  • Art Institute of Chicago
    • One of the oldest art museums in the United States and contains the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art outside the Louvre!
    • Although there is a fee for adults, admission for children are free!
    • Almost daily, drop in, art making for children and families!
  • Hyde Park Art Center
    • Free and open 7 days a week
    • 6 galleries filled with contemporary art
    • After school, weekend classes, and workshops all year round for children.
  • The Field Museum
    • Among the many exhibits, the timeless favorite are the dinosaur fossils. Take your family to meet Sue and Titanosaur.
    • Don’t miss the great children’s play area in the Crown Family Play Lab
  • Adler Planetarium
    • Visit during the day, or at night, and explore the universe together!
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    • Extremely fun and interactive
    • Your whole family will have a blast with the hands on exhibits and interactive learning.
  • Shedd Aquarium
    • 32,500 aquatic creatures from around the world
    • Make a stop at the Polar Play Zone for young children
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
    • Inspiring appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities.
    • Admission for adults is only $10, children 6-11 are $3, and 5 and under are FREE
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
    • Home to one of the country’s largest Mexican art collections, including more than 7,000 seminal pieces from ancient Mexico to the present.
    • Free admission
  • Engine 18 Firehouse tour
    • Chicago Fire uses a real firehouse to film the show!
    • 1360 S. Blue Island Ave.
    • You cannot do a tour when they are filming but you can watch from a distance!
  • American Science and Surplus
    • Wander the aisles and explore the oddities.
    • There are so many unique and random items to explore, whether you choose to purchase or night.
    • Makes for a fun and unique adventure
  • Wildwood Nature Center
    • 1.5 acres of restored, native prairie
    • Fully stocked catch and release pond
    • Free, great for children to explore
    • Animal feedings every Wednesday and Saturday
  • Willowbrook Wildlife Center
    • Glen Ellyn, IL
    • Native wildlife with permanent disabilities are provided homes along the outdoor exhibit trail. Residents include red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, owls, red foxes, groundhogs and raccoons.
    • Butterfly garden
    • 1/2 mile nature trail
  • Kline Creek Farm
    • Experience life on a working farm of the 1890s
    • West Chicago, IL
  • Lambs Farm
    • Visit the farmyard, petting area, ride the train and carousel, and learn in the discovery center
    • Grab a bite at Magnolia Cafe & Bakery, the on site restaurant.
  • Thomas Hughes Children’s Library
    • The newly remodeled Thomas Hughes Children’s Library offers customized learning experiences for early learners, elementary learners and tweens, is on the 2nd floor of Harold Washington Library Center.
    • Fun space to explore
    • Story time and playgroups all week long including evening playgroups!
  • Tour Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture in Chicago and Oak Park 
    • Sign up for one of the pedal or walking tours through Oak Park to explore the worlds largest collection buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and visit his studio.
    •  Visit the acclaimed Robie House in Hyde Park, Bach house in Rogers Park, and the Rookery in the loop.
    • A combination or walking tour can definitely be a family friendly outing if you choose the right one. Or explore on your own! I spent many a weekend touring Frank Lloyd Wright homes with my family as a child.
  • Chicago Magic Lounge Show on Sundays
    • On Sundays, the Chicago Magic Lounge features a family friendly magician!
    • The menu features kid-friendly items like mini Home Run Inn pizzas and chicken fingers, as well as special brunch cocktails for the adults!
  • Emerald City Theatre
    • Chicago’s largest theatre for young audiences
    • Before every performance there is an activity in the lobby before the show
  • Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
    • The CST Family Series presents a convergence of abridged Shakespeare productions, timeless fables and fairy tales, interactive music concerts and musical theater created with families in mind.
  • Second City Comedy Show
    • The youth and teen ensemble is a 50 min show consisting of improv and sketch from The Second City Kid & Teen programs highest level class.
    • A funny, family friendly show that runs on Saturdays at 6 p.m





  • Head to the burbs and explore some charming downtown areas (Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Hinsdale, Lake Forest, Evanston)


  • Lego Land
    • 2 rides, 10 lego build and play zones, a 4D cinema, and much more!
    • Sensory Friendly Lego experience (Play Well Days) on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 – 10 a.m. for families affected by autism and other sensory sensitive disorders.