Not to toot our own horn, but, wow, do we have fun things planned for you this weekend! For starters, there’s a chance to celebrate New Years just one more time — Greek-style, Winter WonderFest is still rocking the Pier and there’s quite a few stage shows to bring  bit of culture to 2017. What are you waiting on? Read on  and get out there!

above and beyond museum of flightphoto: Above and Beyond at MSI



That’s Weird Grandma: The Revenge of the Winter Matinees
Barrel of Monkeys is pleased to bring back its popular weekend matinees with That’s Weird Grandma: The Revenge of the Winter Matinees. Take the entire family to escape the winter doldrums at this line-up of safe, funny, heart-warming and perfectly weird stories written by CPS students and adapted for stage. Sun. Event details.


Celebrate New Year’s with Vasilopita
Celebrate the New Year with The National Hellenic Museum’s annual blessing and cutting of the Vasilopita, a popular tradition in Greek and Greek-American homes. This year’s celebration will feature a lively presentation of folk songs and New Year’s carols. Sat. Event details.

Hyde Park

Last Weekend to Go Above and Beyond with MSI
Above and Beyond is a fascinating look at aviation’s past while looking toward aerospace’s advancements for the future. This dynamic exhibit focuses on how past inventors turned their dream of flying into a reality, and how current innovators continue to push past the limits of Earth and space. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Take a Peek at the Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept the passions and differences in every child. Sat. Event details.

Make the Kids Hoppy by Visiting Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is hopping with 70 different exotic live frogs from around the globe. The ex-“ribbit” provides families a chance to go eyeball-to-eyeball in the fun, colorful, vibrant and vocal world of frogs. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Last Chance to Hang with the Original Bad Girl: Junie B.
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, follows fan-favorite Junie B. Jones as she takes part in a holiday sing-along concert at school and Secret Santa Day.  Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Figure 8 with a Pretty Sweet View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with FREE skating lessons, Fri., one hour before the rink opens. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Meet a Scientist at The Field
Explore the wonders of The Field’s collections in a whole new way with their Meet a Scientist series. Scientists will be on-hand discussing their work and showing real artifacts and specimens from over 24 million objects not currently on display. Fri. Event details.

Navy Pier

Get Your Winter Thrill Fill at Navy Pier Before it Disappears
Get your thrill fill at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest, which has rides for all ages. Being Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, it features 170,000 square feet filled with holiday-spirited fun. Fri. & Sat. Event details.



Spend a Day with Disney’s Little Mermaid
Who doesn’t love the blockbuster movie about a mermaid who longs to leave her enchanted underwater kingdom to find love up above? No matter your age, your experience with the story, or if you believe in mermaids or not (they’re totally real), your family will want to be front and center when the curtain goes up on this magical production. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


It’s Huntin’ Season: Search for Gnomes and Build Them Sweet Homes
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Search for them throughout the week and then come back on the weekend to continue the hunt and create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Oak Park

Wiggle with the Worms! at Wonder Works
Let Master Gardner Suzette Gacek lead you and your children in exploring worms and the amazing work they do for us and our gardens. Children will be constructing a worm-powered compost bin that will be kept in the museum for all to see. Sat. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.


Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers