While you wait for winter to pull a disappearing act, spring into action exploring new and temporary exhibits, introducing your kids to the Music of Phish and laughing at a family improv show. That’s not all we have for you this weekend. Suspense killing you? Read on to hear more!

photo: Rock & Roll Playhouse



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

Visit a St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Pop-Up
This magical Irish pop-up is an enchanting, over-the-top, multi-room, multi-level magical Irish experience. And the best news for parents? Kids are more than welcome to experience the magic during day-time hours. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Giggle with Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure! Sat. Event details


Plan a Glamping Staycation at Hotel Monaco
Make the most of a Chicago staycation with an indoor camping experience at Hotel Monaco Chicago. This special package features a sleeping bag, flashlight, books from Hotel Monaco’s Book Cart and a star machine at check-in. Sun. Event details

Millennium Park

Almost Gone! Figure 8 at Millennium Park’s Ice Skating Rink
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view of the city’s skyline. Fri.-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. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Listen to the Music of Phish as a Family
The Rock and Roll Playhouse is excited to bring the Music of Phish for Kids to Thalia Hall. The Playhouse offers its audience games, movement, stories, and an opportunity to rock out in a sensory-friendly environment. Sun. Event details

Portage Park

Last Chance! 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

Last Chance! 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



Make a Pancake Breakfast as a Family
Your next homemade breakfast won’t be the same after you learn how fun and easy it is to make your own butter. Then, enjoy your butter by spreading it onto delicious buttermilk pancakes. Sat. Event details

Oak Park

Attend KidFest at Oak Park Conservatory
See what the buzz is all about at the Oak Park Conservatory. Let them show you the art of beekeeping and what makes honey bees so absolutely special. This family event includes hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt and fun crafts. Sun. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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