So, so, so close! We’re almost through January, folks! Celebrate this milestone by hanging with Husky Heroes at Morton Arboretum, hit up a mother and daughter confidence-boosting event or see some of your Disney favorites at Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party. Read on for our Editor’s best picks for wintry weekend adventuring.

photo: Disney On Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party


Hyde Park

Be Inspired by MSI’s Juried Art Exhibition
The Museum of Science and Industry’s Juried Art Exhibition is the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American Art, presenting more than 100 works of art from emerging and established African American artists. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Science with MSI’s Black Creativity Innovation Studio
Learn how African-Americans are remaking Chicago and inspiring the next generation by discovering leaders transforming our city. You’ll also have the chance to show your inventive genius when you turn everyday materials into solutions for bigger challenges using design thinking and the innovation process. Fri.-Sun. 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.

Navy Pier

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 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.



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.

Yell Mush! and Hang with Husky Heroes
Take your little mushers to learn all about Siberian huskies during Husky Heroes. The kiddos can take a look at the sledding equipment and strike a pose with a rig. Of course, they will also get to watch the huskies work with sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Moms! Conquer with Confidence with Your Daughters
Join in for a fun 2-hour special event centered around building confidence. This event will focus on providing girls with tools to foster a positive mindset and quiet the negative voices inside their head so they feel like their STRONG self(ie)! Help your girls start her 2019 off STRONG! Sun. Event details.


Have Playtime with Mickey at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party
Beautifully told through artistic skating, Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings together sensational ice skaters and special effects that will take you on a participatory and magical adventure with your favorite Disney pals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Dine Like a Princess at Firefly Kitchen
Calling royalty from near and far: Firefly Kitchen is making dreams come true with their weekend Princess Brunch. The littlest of diners are invited to meet and interact with Tink from Tinkerbell, while enjoying a sweet and savory brunch. Sat. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


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