Easter and Passover have arrived and signs of spring have shown themselves—and they’re oh so beautiful. Family traditions are important, and there’s always room to add more to the mix. Start with these activities and events that mix holiday fun with madcap adventure. You can do everything from mug for the Easter bunny in the clouds to take a water cruise in Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. Read on and keep piling up those family memories.

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Have a Bubble Egg Hunt
All things are more fun when you add bubbles! Hop on over to Bubbles Academy for open play, a spring craft station, live music and an egg hunt adventure!  Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Wag! Earth Day Clean-Up
Wag!, the on-demand pet walking and boarding app, is mobilizing dog walkers, pet parents and dog lovers for a pet-friendly cleanup in Grant Park. Volunteers will help remove trash from the park, giving back to a dog-friendly location pet parents love so dearly. Sat. Event details

Hyde Park

Be Inspired at Museum of Science and Industry’s Wired to Wear
Wired to Wear showcases how digital technology is transforming clothes to enhance our lives. From making us healthier, stronger and safer to helping us see in the dark, express our emotions or even soar through the air, you’ll see the merging of technology and the human body. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Make it an Egg-cellent Sunday
It’s an egg-stravanganza! Small, large, speckled and striped—Peggy Notebaert will have bird eggs from around the world! Sun. Event details.

The Loop

Participate in the Great Chicago Egg Hunt
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, bubble soccer and more. Fri. Event details.

Go Out on a Ledge to Meet the Bunny
The Easter Bunny is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Skydeck Chicago for photo opps near the Ledge. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

New East Side

Visit Field Museum’s Pop-Up Dig Site
Field Museum scientists are digging up new discoveries every day! Visit their pop-up experience and explore how researchers are unearthing Cretaceous creatures, identifying new species, helping protect the rainforest and so much more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Multiple Locations

Take a Water Cruise this Easter
Get out on the water this Easter for an exceptional celebration and brunch aboard Chicago’s most luxurious cruising vessel, Odyssey. Kids visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a goodie bag full of treats. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Celebrate Earth Day at Kent Fuller
Join the Glenview community for family activities, nature walks, environmental exhibits and learn the history of the Air Station Prairie’s 32-acre tall grass prairie that once stretched for millions of square miles. Sat. Event details.


Go Troll Hunting at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the woods, meadows and vast open spaces at The Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Enjoy these guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world and make us think about our impacts on the planet. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Get Excited for a Spring Fun Fest
Parkway Bank Park invites families for balloon sculpting, bounce houses, face painting, visits with the Easter Bunny and live entertainment. Children are also invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt featuring 10,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and coupons for Rosemont businesses. Sat. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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