Come on, Chicago! Let’s forget those freezing temps and heat things up with non-stop fun! See tiny gnomes and dazzling trains at Morton Arboretum, figure 8 with a city or Wrigley Field view, giggle at an improv show meant for tots or indulge your creative side by building with blocks at Kohl Children’s Museum. Read on for the scoop on these and more sizzling hot happenings!

photo: Build It! at Kohl Children’s Museum


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.

Check Out the Greatest Story Never Told
A narrator walks on stage to discover a storybook with no text inside and learns the actors scheduled to perform the story are stuck in traffic! The solution? Have the kids go on stage and become characters in The Greatest Story Never Told!  Sun. 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. They’ll have you tapping your toes and laughing along as they go on a journey into sound. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Skate Where the W Flies
Good news Cub fans, you get to skate with a view of your favorite ball park, the historic Wrigley Field. The Rink at the Park, an 8,000-square-foot ice rink illuminated by festive twinkle lights, is now open for public skating. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mag Mile

Giggle the Night Away at Potted Potter
This Harry Potter parody takes on the challenge of condensing all 7 books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, you’ll roar with laughter. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Go Ice Skating with a View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view of the city’s skyline at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Reel Science at Adler Planetarium
The REEL Science Film Series combines cinematic favorites with science conversations about the film — providing a unique opportunity to discuss the facts vs. the creative liberties taken in Hollywood. On the screen this Friday: Arrival. Fri. Event details.

Old Town

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
From the worries of being tall enough to ride on the roller coaster to the pure joy of just rolling down a hill, Roberts captures it all with infectious melodies and smart and thoughtful lyrics. Sun. Event details.

Near Southside

Cast a Line at the Chicago Boat, RV and Strictly Sail Show
If lakeside beach-y fun sounds good right about now, the Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show is the show for you. Drop 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.

South Loop

Rediscover Junie B. Jones
Remember Junie B. Jones? She’s back, and she’s on stage! In the theatrical world of Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook, Junie B.’s everyday life is packed with amazing discoveries, cool new kids, and life-long lessons about being a good person and a good friend! Sat. Event details.



Build It! At Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum brought back their most popular temporary exhibit, Build It!, a larger than life collection of building blocks that encourages children to explore their creativity while learning about architecture, science and storytelling. Fri.-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.

Be Enchanted by Trains at Morton Arboretum
Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment and watch on as an intricate mini railroad winds through a two-level interactive display of tree collections from around the world. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend this weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar

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— Maria Chambers