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 2018.

photo: Greatest Story Never Told at Under the Gun Theatre


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.

Check Out the Greatest Story Never Told
A narrator walks on stage to discover a storybook with no text inside and learns the actors scheduled to perform the story are stuck in traffic! The solution? Have the kids go on stage and become characters in The Greatest Story Never Told!  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 a little of their own brand of comedy. They’ll have you tapping your toes and laughing along as they go on a journey into sound. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Last Chance to Look on as ZooLights Illuminate the Night Sky
Take a family stroll through a twinkling winter wonderland with over 2 million lights. Snap pics with Santa, enjoy food and drinks, watch ice carving demos and get lost (& found!) in a maze created with 30,000 lightbulbs. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Mag Mile

Giggle the Night Away at Potted Potter
This Harry Potter parody takes on the challenge of 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.-Sun. Event details.

Last Chance . . . Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Field
Your chances to check out Jurassic World: The Exhibition will be extinct after this weekend. See what it would’ve been like to walk among breathtaking dinos and get closer than ever before with interactive educational elements. Fri.-Sun. Event 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.

Navy Pier

Get Your Winter Thrill Fill at Navy Pier While You Can . . . Last Weekend!
Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, Winter Wonderfest, features 170,000 square feet filled with rides for all ages, giant slides, an indoor ice rink and holiday decor that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

You Guessed It . . . Last Chance to See Eric Carle at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum newest exhibit, Very Eric Carle, introduces, reacquaints and inspires visitors to the work of renowned author and illustrator, Eric Carle. 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.

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