Birds are singing their songs. The sun is shining. And everyone is feeling alright because Spring has made her debut. Keep the good vibrations going this weekend and take your crew to fun happenings across town. Get the Easter celebrating started early, check out a new family hangout or catch an exhibit at MSI . . . before it’s too late! Hello, Spring. So glad you’re here.

photo: Punch Bowl Social West Loop


Hyde Park

Almost Gone! MSI’s Brick by Brick
MSI’s temporary exhibit, Brick by Brick, is a must a visit if you have LEGO-lovers in your family. The exhibit features a collection of more than a dozen incredible LEGO-built structures and hands-on build challenges and activities. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join in on the hunt for Knuffle Bunny in this comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems! After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Little Beans Cafe Easter Party
Kiddos can search high and low to find all the Easter eggs they can carry, bust a move to sweet tunes from Miss Jamie, and throw down a slice of pizza. Your little ones will also be able to meet their fluffy friend, Mr. Easter Bunny, and take memorable pics for the whole fam to enjoy. Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Brave the chill to experience a new immersive art installation comprised of 25 pivoting prisms more than 6-feet tall that reflect every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Loop

Now Open! Punch Bowl Social
Experience Punch Bowl Social’s eat-drink-play concept that’s no-fail fun for families with activities like shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, marbles, 80s video games, bowling, virtual reality and skee-ball. The fun is family appropriate until 10 p.m. and then it’s big kids only. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Bunny Bash at Chicago French Market
Make your way around the Chicago French Market for a chance to find eggs hidden in the market’s stands. Your little bugs will be jumping for joy when they find prizes or candy inside. But, the surprises don’t stop there. The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance to meet and take photos with all of the kids. Sat. Event details.



Breakfast with the Bunny
Throw down an all-you-can-eat buffet with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny while being entranced with a serenade by the Banjo Buddies. Stop for a photo opp with the bunnies before heading into the park to revel in a day at the zoo. Cost of zoo admission and parking included in event price. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Go Gnome Hunting
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? You have all winter to give it a go! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Various Locations

Bunny Brunch at the Walnut Room
Devour a breakfast buffet stocked with scrambled mascarpone eggs, french toast, salmon, a ham carving station, fresh-baked scones and more! Activities to delight the tots include a visit from the Easter bunny, face painting and balloon artists will be on-hand to dazzle with their latex artistry. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Continue the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Kings Dining & Entertainment is keeping the St. Patrick’s Day fun going with their Pot of Gold milkshake made with mint chocolate chip ice cream, whipped cream, sweet buttercream frosting, green sprinkles, a rainbow Airhead and an Oreo truffle dipped in gold sugar. Bowl, game and indulge! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Share your weekend plans in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

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. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.