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,  take in a bit of theater. Read on for other weekend activity ideas for your family!

photo: City view via Maria Chambers


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 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 are stuck in traffic! The solution? Have the kids go on stage and become characters!  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 their own brand of comedy. You’ll be tapping your toes and laughing along on this 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, at the 8.000-square-foot The Rink at the Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mag Mile

Giggle the Night Away at Potted Potter
This Harry Potter parody takes on 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.-SunEvent 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.

South Loop

Rediscover Junie B. Jones
Remember Junie B. Jones? She’s back, and she’s on stage! 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.

West Loop

Learn Something New with My Wonderful Birthday Suit
This engaging production helps children, parents and teachers speak honestly about diversity and encourages all ages to move from simply tolerating differences, to understanding, accepting and celebrating uniqueness. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Ridge

Partake in a Snowflake Celebration at Indian Boundary Park
Meet the Snow Queen and Ice Princess, enjoy live dance, sing-a-long and musical performances, crafts and photo opps galore. The Snow Queen and Ice Princess will perform your favorite songs, complete with incredible and enchanting magic you will have to see to believe! Sun. Event details.



Build It! At Kohl Children’s Museum
Don’t miss your chance to play in 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.

Get Musical at Kohl Children’s Museum
Wendy & DB and Geoff present a musical Winter Wonderland at Kohl Children’s Museum. Fri. 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

Share your weekend plans in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

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