Say it isn’t so! The last full weekend of August is upon us. Time to kick enjoying your Chicago summer into high gear. This won’t be hard with a family circus that’s popping up all over town, storytime with drag queens and Star Wars-themed baseball games. Read on to hear our Editor’s picks for family fun heading into September.

photo: Chicago Dogs



Spend a Family Sunday with the Sox
This White Sox ballpark experience for kids will feature special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse and the opportunity to run the bases after the game. Play ball! Sun. Event details


Tackle the Life Time Kids Tri
Kids can swim, bike and run like the grownups, but for shorter distances. The Lake Michigan swim includes a shallow-water start and the bike and run take place on closed park roadways and running paths along the lakefront. Sat. Event details.

Garfield Park

Run Away and Join Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road! The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Say Cheese 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.

Strike a Pose at Yoga
Join Peggy Notebaert for an energizing family-friendly yoga class on their beautiful outdoor terrace. Practice your tree pose while in the midst of the beauty of Lincoln Park. Sat. Event 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

Mag Mile

Book An Insane Rate at Intercontinental Hotel
The iconic property known for its one-of-a-kind architectural beauty is thrilled to celebrate its 90th Anniversary on Aug. 25 with a special rate of $19.29 for the first 90 people who make a reservation using the dedicated link on Sunday. 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

West Town

Have a Storytime with Drag Queens
Make storytime lots of fun with Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals, reading some of their favorite children’s stories. Proceeds from the event support promoting education in schools for LGBTQIA+ youth. 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


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.


Watch a Bit of Baseball with Star Wars Favorites
The Chicago Dogs are treating Star Wars superfans to an evening with their favorite characters. The first 1,500 kids will receive a free backpack and those dressed in costume can walk a pre-game parade. Fri. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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