Say it isn’t so! The last full weekend of August is upon us. Time to kick enjoying your Chicago summer into high gear. Navy Pier announced they’re closing indefinitely next weekend, so mask up the family to squeeze in a visit, attend the virtual Square Roots Fest or indulge at a local ice cream shop. Read on to hear our Editor’s picks for family fun heading into September.

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Attend the Virtual Square Roots Fest
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce and Old Town School of Folk Music bring the neighborhood to fans via an online concert. Sat. Event details

Cheer on the Chicago Dogs
Enjoy a live game of baseball with a weekend full of specials and themes: music from School of Rock on Friday, Star Wars-themed game on Saturday, and a chance to run the bases on Sunday. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Grab Summers Go-To Treat at a Local Ice Cream Parlor
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! The best way to cool off and celebrate the dog days of summer is by scooping up the babes and visiting local old-school ice cream parlors. More details.

Welcome Back Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is welcoming guests back, providing a close staycation for families looking to take a long-awaited getaway. Fri.-Sun. More 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

Last Chance! 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.

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

Only a Couple 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

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


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