We’re quickly moving our way toward the first day of school and away from agenda-free days. Book a last-minute staycation, go on a family scavenger hunt, check out a new adventure park. The ideas are plentiful! Squeeze every last bit of juice outta the sunshine-y happiness of a lazy summer with this round-up of weekend to-dos.
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Check Some Things Off Our Top 100
We all have nothing but time on our hands, so start working your way through our list of top 100 things to do in Chicago. before your kid is 10. More details.
Cheer on the Chicago Dogs
Enjoy a live game of baseball with a weekend full of specials and themes: free Chicago Dogs t-shirt on Friday, Jimmy Buffet-themed gamed on Saturday, and a chance to run the bases on Sunday. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Have a Family Sing-A-Long at Home
Get movin’ & groovin’ with Bubbles Academy in a virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details.
Almost Gone! Remembering Dr. King at Chicago History Museum
Remembering Dr. King is a collection of 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King’s work during the Civil Rights Movement, with highlights of his work in Chicago. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Grab Your Donut-Lovin’ Friends & Register for Stan’s Donut’s Virtual Race
The Stan’s Donut Virtual Run will consist of a kids dash, 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon option. We highly recommend finishing at a Stan’s Donuts location for a tasty free donut. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Go On a Chicago-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Intro your kids to some of Chicago’s hometown coolness and iconic locations using our Chicago-themed scavenger hunt as your guide. More details.
Welcome a Newbie! Thrill-Seek at The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Hike, bike, paddle and climb your way through this 300-acre adventure park featuring the largest aerial adventure course in North America. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Book a Staycation at an Airbnb
Taking off out of the country might be out of the question, but check out our list of Chicago-area Airbnbs that’ll give a much-needed change of scenery with no need to fly. More details.
Revisit a Newly Reopened Favorite: Kohl Children’s Museum
Visitors will enjoy storytime, a science demo, theatre activities, physical fitness games and an art studio project during their approximately 90-minute visit, all linked to a weekly theme. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Plan a Road Trip to the Ozarks
Come on, you know Netflix’s Ozark has you curious! With many of us opting for road tripping vs jet setting, it’s the perfect time to make that 8-hour-ish drive to Big Cedar Lodge to see what the fuss is all about. More details.
Only a Few More Weekends! Welcome a New Addition to Raging Waves
Raging Waves is treating Chicagoans to a brand new experience at their already tricked out waterpark: Aussie Mat Dash. Six riders race side-by-side in tunnels to the bottom. Fri.-Sun. More details.
Limited Time Only! Snap Pics of Dinos Everywhere at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo is officially open! Be one of the first to visit and you’ll be rewarded with the new Dinos Everywhere exhibit. Be sure to pre-register and show up masked and ready to explore! Fri.-Sun. More details.
Walk with the Animals at Lincoln Park Zoo
Yep, Lincoln Park Zoo is open and, as always, FREE for all! Pre-register for a time slot and check out the animals in the outdoor enclosures. Don’t forget your mask! Fri.-Sun. More details.
See Butterflies & Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden
Fill your summer days with butterflies and blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden’s temporary exhibit where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties and pretty petals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!
— Maria Chambers