Yep, it’s cold, we’ll give you that. But, you’re tough Chicagoans who can handle it! Grab your parkas and hit up an ice rink or two or, when you need a break from the chill, Navy Pier has you covered with their indoor version of a beach. Read on for other weekend activity ideas with the family!

photo: Navy Pier’s The Beach



NEW SHOW! Chicago Kids Company Presents The Three Little Pigs
Meet Roxanne, Petunia, and Babe. . . three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock’n Roll Pig) builds hers out of Sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of Straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks! Which house will the Big Bad Wolf “huff and puff and blow down?” Don’t miss CKC’s most popular show! Fri. Event details.


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.

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.

Museum Campus

OPENING! Imagine the Moon Sky Show at Adler Planetarium
Alder Planetarium is kicking off the new year with a brand new sky show, Imagine the Moon, which takes a closer look at humanity’s relationship with Earth’s nearest neighbor. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Watch on as the Moon Steals the Show at Adler Planetarium’s Lunapalooza
The Moon takes center stage as our community comes together to experience a total lunar eclipse—the first visible to us in its entirety since 2015! Outdoor observing and indoor activities will take your lunar experience to the next level. Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

NEW! Head to The Beach, Presented by Navy PIer
Created by New York- based designers, Snarkitecture, The Beach Chicago is an immersive EXPO CHICAGO art installation, which consists of a large, open room filled with more than a million antimicrobial and recyclable plastic balls, along with deck chairs  and lifeguard chairs, umbrellas and signage that mimic the sensation of a day at the beach. 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.

JUST OPENED! 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.

— Maria Chambers


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