Black History Month activities, too many festivals to list and an interactive family improv show. Phew! We’re exhausted just thinking about everything you have to do this weekend! Be sure to leave time for a recharge at home, because you’re going to need it. Read on for your weekend action plan. Bundle up and let’s go!

photo: The Greatest Story Never Told


Garfield Park

Listen to Free Music with the City’s Juicebox Series
With the Juicebox series, kids experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers. Also presenting Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center. Sat. Event details

Hyde Park

Check Out MSI’s Black Creativity: 50 Years
Learn the story of significant moments and pioneering African-American Chicagoans whose work pushed boundaries. While you’re at MSI, visit the longest-running exhibition of African-American Art in the nation. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Participate in The Greatest Story Never Told
A hapless narrator discovers his storybook has no text and learns that none of the actors are coming to perform! The solution? Have children in the audience volunteer to become a character in The Greatest Story Never Told! Sat. & Sun. Event details


Attend an Engineering Fest!
Build and learn, view exhibits, meet engineers and discover systems that move us around Chicago. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Navy Pier

Be Treated Like Royalty at Chicago Children’s Museum’s Castle
Young imaginations are invited to play in a castle with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard’s room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more. While you’re at CCM, stop by the Tinkering Lab and design a family flag. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Brighten Your Day at an International Carnivale Celebration
The tradition of Carnivale will be celebrated with art, music and dance from across the globe as part of Navy Pier’s Global Connections programming. Sun. Event details.

North Center

Indulge Your Imagination at Make/Believe
Cereal royalty, a monster that eats words, the source of all black girl magic, a unique bird that tastes bad. This fest is perfect for families looking for live, daytime entertainment during a time of year when family-friendly activities are not as plentiful. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Portage Park

Almost Gone! Build a Magnificent Fort with the Family
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. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Loop

Attend a Black History Month Film Fest
Chance the Rapper’s SocialWorks is hosting their 3rd Annual Black History Month Film Festival, featuring their favorite Black movies. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Arlington Heights

Beat Cabin Fever at the Chicago Kids Expo
Along with valuable resources for parents, you’ll find interactive exhibits, pony rides, rock climbing, bounce houses, a petting zoo, fairy princess sing-a-longs and, well, too many other things to list! Just go! Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Eat Your Way Through a Chocolate Fest
This chocolate-focused fest includes baking demos, children’s activities, vendor booths and a variety of sweets, desserts and gourmet baked goods. Sat. Event details.


Marvel at Morton Arboretum’s Enchanted Railroad
Watch as an intricate mini model railroad winds through magnificent scenery. This two-level interactive display is specially designed for the kiddos because it’s meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers



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