Not to toot our own horn, but, wow, do we have fun things planned for you this weekend! For starters, Winter WonderFest is still rocking the Pier . . . but for just one more weekend. Actually, it’s a weekend full of last chances that’ll lead to weekends of new beginnings. What are you waiting on? Read on and bring a little culture to 2019.

photo: Chicago Botanic’s Wonderland Express



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.

Lincoln Park

Last Chance! Watch ZooLights Illuminate the Night Sky
One of the nation’s only free-admission zoos flips the holiday switch with ZooLights. With the light displays throughout the grounds your fam can stroll through the twinkling winter wonderland created by over 2 million lights, take photos with Santa, enjoy food and drinks, watch ice carving demos, partake in carousel rides and go-’rounds on the Lionel Train Adventure. 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.

Navy Pier

Get Your Winter Thrill Fill at Navy Pier
Get your thrill fill at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest, which has rides for all ages. Being Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, it features 170,000 square feet filled with rides, giant slides, indoor ice skating and holiday decor that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Last Chance! Take a Walk Though Passage
Passage is an immersive, interactive and minimalist work of art that explores the connections between light and sound. Guests will be guided through 20 circles of light that form a tunnel of animation and sound. With each step, guests will experience a new configuration of the installation with its own dynamic ambience. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Tinker the Day Away in Robotics Camp
Kids get to spend a day dabbling in Robotic Engineering with The Laboratory’s popular 1-day program. They’ll Design and build a cutting-edge robot and teach it to spin, slither, walk, or drive in a Brickworld of their own creation. Fri. Event details.



Last Chance! See Wizard of Oz at Paramount Theatre
When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, a living scarecrow…and (gulp) a wicked witch who will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy. Take the whole family to experience a musical theater extravaganza, sure to warm hearts. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Yet Another Last Chance . . . Take Your Train Lovers to Chicago Botanic Garden
Step inside and let The Wonderland Express transport your family into a garden paradise filled with 750,000 lights. Watch as garden-scale trains wind past miniature replicas of Chicago landmarks and an English countryside. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers



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