Forget that it’s a tad chilly outside. This weekend is going to fill you with the warm-fuzzies. Why? Because the smiles and giggles will be non-stop with exhibits, a special wintry concert and even a fest for chocolate on your agenda. Read on for our Editor’s picks for family time that will leave your heart feeling full.

photo: Okee Dokee Brothers


Hyde Park

Be Inspired by MSI’s Juried Art Exhibition
The Museum of Science and Industry’s Juried Art Exhibition is the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American Art, presenting more than 100 works of art from emerging and established African American artists. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Science with MSI’s Black Creativity Innovation Studio
Learn how African-Americans are remaking Chicago and inspiring the next generation by discovering leaders transforming our city. You’ll also have the chance to show your inventive genius when you turn everyday materials into solutions for bigger challenges using design thinking and the innovation process. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Culture Awaits at Global Connections: Chinese New Year
Presented by Comed, this free public program in the Aon Grand Ballroom features live dance, music and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more! Sat. Event details.

Portage Park

Play Like Kids at Forts: Build Your Own Adventure
Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a playspace to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines and more, families build adventures of their own devising. With theatrical design elements of sound and lights working together to support creative play, families are swept away in the adventure! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Loop

Get in on the Pig Freeze: Lunar New Year 2019
In honor of the Year of the Pig, there will be an unveiling of a larger-than-life ice sculpture; the sculpture will include a “piggy bank” element where guests can donate to support Chinatown’s own Project:VISION. Fri. Event details.


Hoffman Estates

Have Adrenaline-Pumping Fun at Kicker National Arenacross
It’s time for high-flying, bar-to-bar race action! See the nation’s top pro and amateur riders as they take on this huge man-made dirt race course at the Kicker Arenacross Show. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Chocolate Fest
The Village of Homewood is back again with their annual Chocolate Fest featuring baking and science demos, children’s activities, vendor booths and a variety of sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods. Sat. Event details.


Be Enchanted by Trains at Morton Arboretum
Head to Morton Arboretum to marvel at a world of tiny enchantment and watch on as an intricate mini model railroad winds through a magnificent scenery. This two-level interactive display of tree collections from around the world is specially designed for the kiddos because it’s meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


New! Visit Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Celebrate at The LEGO Movie Days at LEGOLAND Discovery
LEGOLAND is celebrating the long-awaited The LEGO MOVIE™ 2 with movie-themed event days. Guests can work together to build a mystery LEGO mosaic throughout the weekend, enjoy character meet and greets and go on a scavenger hunt to help Emmet find his friends in Miniland. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Okie Dokie Brothers Winterland Concert
Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander, have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. As the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they write songs to encourage kids and families to get outside and get creative. They make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in. Sat. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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