Oooops, we did it again—we packed your calendar to the max. Better rest up for a weekend jammed with activity. Dust off your running shoes for a Race to Wrigley, be a do-gooder and take part in an Earth Day clean-up or participate in a little doll house DIY. Read on and prep to bid farewell to an April well done!

photo: Race to Wrigley


Humboldt Park

Clean Up Humboldt Park and Stick Around for a Celebration
This one is a biggie. The park spans 219 acres and every corner turns up a new discovery, including a boathouse, fishing area, garden, outdoor swimming pool and beach. The day starts with cleanup and a tree planting and workers are rewarded with live music, a celebration and lunch. 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.

Go Back in Time with Ancient Earth Day
People have been recycling for thousands of years! Learn all about ancient trash and recycling and how people lived with the environment. Practice creative engineering and innovative thinking to solve problems with limited resources, and use recycled and natural materials to craft your own Ancient Earth Day-inspired creations. Sat. Event details


Have a Happy Hour with Big City Readers at A Little Photo Studio
As educational as it is entertaining, Miss Beth & Big City Readers brings a mindful collection of stories, songs and multi sensory body movement activities that serve as the catalyst for the literacy development of infants, toddlers and big kids (and parents too!). It’s also a ton of fun! Total bonus? Milk & Cookies with each ticket. Fri. Event details.

Get Those Legs Moving at Race to Wrigley 5K
Cubs fan, or otherwise, can make their way through the streets of Lakeview with a course set to Wrigley Field’s concourse, and finishing steps away from the famous marquee. Sat. Event details

Lincoln Park

Spend Your Saturday Doing DIY Doll House Design
Monica + Andy & BGD&C Custom Homes invite you to a special workshop, DIY Dollhouse Design.  Build your own dollhouse to take home with Taryn Lund of BGD&C Custom Homes + receive DIY design tips from Interior Designer Amy Kartheiser of Amy Kartheiser Design.  Enjoy cupcakes and refreshments while you create! Sat. 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.

Various Locations

It’s James Beard Eats Week!
Now in its fifth year, James Beard Eats Week features 11 days of dining devoted to the celebration and recognition of the legendary James Beard, known as the “Dean of American Cookery.” More than 100 restaurants throughout the city present a week of culinary creation, visit for details.



Emily Oaks Earth Day Celebration
Skokie’s peaceful oasis is beckoning you to its annual bash. The entire family will celebrate nature with games, activities, music, food and a native plant sale. Sun. 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.

Oak Park

Get Pajama-Cozy at Wonder Works
Looking for something different to do on a Friday night? Wonder Works will be hosting its first ever Friday Night Pajama Pizza Party! This special event will see games, activities, art and finish up with a relaxing story time to wind down. Pizza and snacks will be served throughout the evening. Fri. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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Go Troll Hunting (& More) at the Morton Arboretum

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