This coming weekend is known in Chicago as the official kickoff to the holiday season. Are you ready? Good. There’s enough fun happenings to make even the Grinch smile. Carry on your merry way to the Christkindlmarket and Morton Arboretum’s Tree Lights or figure eight your way around Millennium Park. Read on to hear how to make your weekend merry and bright!

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Spend an Afternoon with The Three Little PIgs
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe, three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock’n Roll Pig) builds hers out of Sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of Straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf “huff and puff and blow down?” Don’t miss CKC’s most popular show!  Fri. Event details.


Giggle So Hard You Cry at Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create an unpredictable story. Kids design the setting and help shape the story. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

Mag Mile

Have Sunday Funday in the Clouds at 360 CHICAGO
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the observation deck on the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Take Park in an Art and Science Spotlight at The Field Museum
The Crown Family PlayLab invites visitors to join in for special programs that bring storytellers, musicians, painters and other performers to the Museum to interact with your littles. Sat. Event details.

Navy Pier

New! Satisfy Your Need for Speed at CCM’s Zoom Room
It’s a race to the finish at Zoom Room, Chicago Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit. Check out the twisting racecourse that fills an entire room with hundreds of toy cars that race on crazy tracks. Try your own hand at racing on the adjoining tracks, sending cars hurtling through curves, loops, spirals and drops, and even getting in a pile-up on a multi-level “crash course.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

River North

View Art on theMART
Merchandise Mart is making things special for Chicagoans this holiday season. As part of their holiday program, they are conducting Art on theMART with six winter holiday images that will each animate for a minute and a half. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Various Locations

Last Chance! Take a Family Jog at a ‘Go Run!
The Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Runners Association have paired up to provide weekly timed runs.  Make the runs a weekly event to explore new areas of Chicago while getting fit with your family. Strollers are welcome, so no one needs to be left behind. Sat. Event details.

Say Guten Tag, Santa! Christkindlmarket is Back!
Bundle up for this outdoor market that brings the cherished German and European tradition of the Christkindlmarkt and adds a heap of local charm. You’ll see the market’s signature wooden cabins topped with festive red-and-white-striped canopies, each packed with handmade gifts, food and drinks from around the world. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Town

Have Story Time with Drag Queens
Make story time lots of fun with Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals, reading some of their favorite children’s stories. Books from the event will be available to purchase from the onsite Women and Children First. Proceeds from the event support promoting education in schools for LGBTQIA+ youth. Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Sing Along with Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies
Take the kids to Chop Shop for mustaches and music with the award-winning Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies live in concert. Mr. Singer is well-known for his weekly shows at Lincoln Park Zoo and classes in his studio, now Chop Shop is excited to host him and his band for the first time. Sun. Event details.

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