So many eggs, so little time. Your little detectives can hone their skills as they hop, run, walk and swim to find Easter eggs all over Chicago and the ‘burbs. These hunts will have you zipping around Maggie Daley Park, snooping around the zoo, and even hopping on a train. Expect candy, toys, prizes and more. Hop on over to the following hunts for nonstop egg-citement.

Real Egg Hunt and Decorate at Meadowside Nature Center


Chicago Park District Egg Hunts
Take a trip to your favorite neighborhood park for a good old-fashioned egg hunt. There are quite a few traditional options with hunts and bunny photos, but here are some egg-xtra special ones you can check out. There is a Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner Park (Apr. 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.) where your furry friends can search for treat-filled eggs. Sheridan Park will be hosting a Flashlight Egg Hunt for your adventurous little bugs, ages 3 & up (Apr. 7, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.). Your little water lovers can also hop into their bathing suits for the Egg Hunt in the Pool at Sheridan (Apr. 7, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.). From your smallest munchkins to your tweens, Chicago’s parks have a hunt just for them.

Held on select dates thru April 15
Cost: Varies (check specific hunts for more details)

Egg Hunt at Maggie Daley Park
Downtown’s most well-known park is hosting their annual Easter egg hunt. This year, they’ve partnered with Medieval Times and hunters will be treated to a parade, knight performances, knight training, medieval crafts and more. While you’re there, climb aboard a life-sized play ship, scurry to the top of a wooden lookout tower, zip down a three-level tube slide, or walk across a wooden bridge and wave to onlookers below.

Apr. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $5/child
337 E. Randolph St.

Little Beans Cafe Easter Party
Munch on your brood’s two faves, candy and pizza. The kiddos can search high and low to find all the Easter eggs they can carry, bust a move to sweet tunes, throw down a slice of pizza and play with their buddies in the Little Beans play space. 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.

Apr. 8, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $35/one child with two adults; $25 for siblings
1809 W. Webster Ave.
Lincoln Park

lp-zoo-huntphoto: Lincoln Park Zoo

Easter Egg-Stravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo
There’s nothing like this Egg-Stravaganza because this Egg-Stravaganza won’t stop. Your fam can munch on the pancake breakfast, find oodles of goodies during the egg hunt and take a ride on the carousel and the train. Your munchkins can also meet the Easter Bunny and take a peek at his animal friends.

Apr. 15, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $19/ages 16 & up; $39/ages 2-15; free for ages 1 & under
2001 N. Clark St.
Lincoln Park

Bunny Rock Half Marathon, 5K and Egg Hunt
Hop, skip and run for a great cause. Support the Red Door Animal Shelter while your gang run/walks through this bunny-filled 5k. Participants get bunny ears, sunglasses, a dri-fit t-shirt and goodie bag. After the 5k, your little candy lovers won’t want to miss this massive Egg Hunt, for kids ages 2-8. This year, the hunt will have 4 waves of hunts based on age. With 3,000 eggs there will be plenty for everyone. They can also visit the Petting Zoo for some snuggle time with ducks, goats, lambs, donkeys and of course, bunnies!

Apr. 15, 9 a.m. (egg hunt at 10:15 a.m.)
Cost: Varies (egg hunt $10 until Apr. 8; $15 after Apr. 8)
Montrose Harbor
601 W. Montrose Ave.
847-829-4577 (for faxing registration)

Northcenter Eggstravaganza
Go on an egg-hunting mission around your beloved Northcenter businesses, and see who can collect the most eggs. After all the eggs are gone, everyone can party in the Town Square with scrumptious nibbles and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.

Apr. 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Activity focuses around 4100 N. Damen Ave.

french-marketphoto: Chicago French Market

The Bunny Train at Chicago French Market
Choo-choo, all aboard The Bunny Train! Hop on this special Easter train and take a trip around the Chicago French Market. Stick around for your chance to find eggs hidden 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.

Apr. 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free
131 N. Clinton St.
West Loop

Get Pumped for an Egg Hunt
Fly high and hunt for sweet treats during this special Easter celebration. You’ll have 8 chances to bounce around this inflatable heaven and scoop up as many eggs as you can. Don’t forget to make reservations.

Apr. 16; 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m., 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; noon-1:30 p.m., 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $12/child
Pump It Up of Chicago
821 W. Eastman St.
Lincoln Park

egg-huntphoto: Ty Nigh via flickr


Flashlight Egg Hunt

Load the flashlight with batteries and head out for this twist on the traditional egg hunt. First, you’ll decorate a basket and then head outside to find goodie-filled eggs that have been left in the forest of Iron Oaks.

Apr. 7, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 residents; $15 non-residents
Iron Oaks
20000 Western Avenue
Olympia Fields

egg-hunt photo: JBLM MWR via flickr

Holiday Egg Hunt at Arctic Splash
Forget the park and hit the pool for this egg hunt. Your little guppies can hop into their bathing suits, grab their baskets and discover what’s inside the floating eggs. After all three age groups have had their turns in the pool; it’s time for open swim. The Easter Bunny will also be stopping by; so don’t forget your cameras.

Apr. 7, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $3/person
Arctic Splash Indoor Pool
333 W. Dundee Rd.

Capannari’s Ice Cream Egg Hunt
Grab your basket and prepare for the ultimate sugar rush. It’s all about the candy with an egg hunt for kiddies ages 2-7. With more than 5,000 eggs to be found, everyone will go home with a basket full of treats. The Easter Bunny will also be hanging out with his adoring fans, and don’t forget to get a scoop of your fave ice cream.

Apr. 9, noon
Cost: Free
10 S. Pine St.
Mount Prospect

Eggs-trordinary Egg Hunt
Bring your baskets and join in for a crazy egg hunt with a chance to meet and snap a pic with the Bunny.

Apr. 14, 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Cost: $6/resident; $9/non-resident
Maryknoll Park
845 Pershing Avenue
Glen Ellyn

The Bunny Likes to Shop, Too!
Before you shop, take part in an early morning egg hunt around the mall. The hunt will be followed by live entertainment from Mary Macaroni, a meet and greet with Shaun the Sheep, prizes, balloon artists, face painting and a petting zoo.

Apr. 15, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $3/child
Hawthorn Mall
122 Hawthorn Center
Vernon Hills

Which Easter egg hunt will you attend this year? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers