One way or another, we’re making sure adventuring, laughing and learning are in your weekend fun forecast. Whether it be taking a road trip with Mickey, being inspired by Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity exhibition or getting your giggle-fill at a for-kids comedy show. . . Read on for our Editor’s picks for cruising into a weekend packed full of thrill.

photo: Museum of Science and Industry 



Hyde Park

New! Check Out MSI’s Black Creativity: 50 Years
Learn the story of significant moments and pioneering African-American Chicagoans whose work pushed boundaries. While you’re there, visit the longest-running exhibition of African-American Art in the nation. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Experience Gallagher Way’s Winter Wonderland
Gallagher Way is decked out with lighted flare bigger and brighter than ever before! You’ll find ice skating, curling and skating lessons and more! Make it extra special and go glamping at Hotel Zachary. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Giggle with Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure! Sat. Event details

Millennium Park

Figure 8 at Millennium Park’s Ice Skating Rink
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view. Once again this year, the rink will offer free ice skating lessons. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near West Side

Take a Magical Getaway with Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures
Moana, Simba, Aladdin and Mickey invite you to journey to some of Disney’s most beloved, iconic destinations and enjoy a sensational production with dazzling skaters and close-up character encounters. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Portage Park

Build a Magnificent Fort with the Family
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. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Take a Tasty Class at Chicago Botanic Garden
Did you know many of our favorite cold sweet treats get their flavors from plants? Participants will put together (and taste!) some easy-to-make fruity treats like smoothies and flavored shaved ice and get recipes to make at home. Sun. Event details


Marvel at Morton Arboretum’s Enchanted Railroad
Watch on as an intricate mini model railroad winds through magnificent scenery. This two-level interactive display is specially designed for the kiddos because it’s meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. On Sunday, you’ll find a sensory-friendly experience. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Long Grove

Warm Up at a Cocoa Crawl
Celebrate the winter season with a Cocoa Crawl through Long Grove’s vibrant retail scene. All stops will be serving cocoa or cocoa-inspired food and drinks — from hot cocoa to chocolate bacon stout. Sat. Event details


Have a Sensory-Friendly Morning at LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago and Austim Speaks teamed up to provide a sensory-friendly LEGO experience the first Saturday of every month. Special accommodations include reduction of sound and lights, quiet spaces, a reduced center capacity and more. Sat. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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