Come on, Chicago! Let’s forget those freezing temps and heat things up with non-stop fun! See tiny gnomes at Morton Arboretum, figure 8 with a city view, giggle at an improv show meant for tots or plan your next big adventure at a travel show. Read on for the scoop on these and more sizzling hot happenings!

photo: Storytown Improv



Show Your Creative Side with Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. Actors use audience suggestions to bring a different story to life every week. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

If You Haven’t Done it Yet, You Should . . . Blue Man Group
Easily one of the most recognizable performances groups out there, the Blue Man Group performs high-energy percussive shows mixed with a little of their own brand of comedy. New content will have you tapping your toes and laughing along as they go on a journey into sound. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Enjoy the Greatest Story Never Told
A hapless narrator stumbles on stage and finds a storybook with no text inside and learns the actors are not coming to perform today! The solution to this conundrum? Have children from the audience volunteer to go on stage, make up a character and help improvise the show. Sun. Event details.

The Loop

Have Toddler-Sized Fun at PAW Patrol Live at Chicago Theatre
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue is stopping at Chicago Theatre with an action-packed, music-filled production following the heroic pups as they embark on a pirate-themed adventure to uncover a hidden treasure. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Skate with a Pretty Sweet View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near Southside

Dream of Sunshine-y Days at Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show
If lakeside beach-y fun sounds good right about now, the Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show is the show for you. Cast a line in the Huck Finn Trout Pond, where pros teach catch and release techniques with live trout, participate in a sail boat derby and much more! Fri.-Sun. 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 for children and parents 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.



Go on a Gnome Hunt
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Read, set, go! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Plan Your Next Vacay at Chicago Travel & Adventure Show
Dream about your next family vacation at this mega-expo, which has plenty of enticements for kids. Ride on Segways and Trikkes, ride a camel, rock climb, try scuba in a heated pool and have fun pretending to go adventuring with a little help from the World Photo Booth green screen. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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