This weekend is a feast for the eyes. Catch the fireworks at Navy Pier, the visual stunts and performance art on display at the Chicago Air & Water Show or be up to your eyes in mud at MuckFest. Read on to hear about all this and more . . . Seeing is believing, folks!

photo: Scott L. via Flickr 



Attend Antique Taco’s Kid Market
You’ll find little kids doing BIG things, with 15-20 vendors selling kid stuff. Besides the awesome products, you’ll find an ice cream truck, have playtime with Sod Room, photos with A Little Photo Studio and storytime with Big City Readers. Sat. Event details

Lincoln Park

Strike a Pose at the Bixbee Imagination Station
The Bixbee Imagination Station is an experiential popup and retail shop featuring an immersive, interactive experience for kids and the kid in you. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Take a Cruise With Your Pup
Dogs on boats? Yes! Take your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago’s waterways. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Navy Pier

Watch Fireworks from the Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience this fireworks display synchronized to music. Sat. Event details

Be in Awe of the Air and Water Show 
For unmatched views of this year’s Chicago Air & Water Show, watch the excitement from Navy Pier’s Offshore, or snag a peek from the beaches along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Pilsen Fest
Pilsen Fest returns with a one-village, one-sound objective that celebrates diversity, solidarity and unity. Attendees will be treated to the deep pool of cultural talent with a blend of live music, food, art, children’s activities and handcrafted goods. Sat. & Sun. Event details



Traverse a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s temporary exhibit, Brick Safari, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of LEGO bricks located along a winding, wooded path. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Choo Choo! Get Your Train Fix at Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Get Dirty at MuckFest
MuckFest® features 18 obstacles primed to make you fly and climb higher than you’ve ever gone before, on a serious mission to cure MS. There’s even a muddy, pint-sized play lot called Lil’ Muckers that’s just for kids. Sat. Event details


See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures. Fri.-SunEvent details.

— Maria Chambers


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