Welcome Shedd back with a visit—or sign up for their virtual summer camp to continue the distancing. Play at Kohl Children’s Museum’s pop-up—or enjoy a virtual music class at home courtesy of Bubbles Academy. Hit up a Chicago Dogs baseball game—or meander the wide-open spaces at Morton Arboretum. Whatever your social comfort level, we have an activity to keep you busy as we work our way through July.

photo: Shedd Aquarium

Visit the Fishies at Shedd Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium is back! They look forward to welcoming guests with stringent measures in place to create a safe and enriching experience. You can also sign up for their virtual summer camp, Summer Splash Camp: Stay Home Edition! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stop to Smell the Roses at Chicago Botanic Garden
The Garden is officially open for colorful exploration and out-of-the-house entertainment that lends itself to continuing the social distancing. Be sure to pre-register! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Swim (or Walk, Really) with the Fishies in Greektown
Stroll down Halsted St. in Greektown and enjoy 22 fanciful fishie sculptures showcasing the imagination of young Greek students and their teachers. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Find the Trolls at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the vast spaces at Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and 15- to 20-feet-tall. Guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world. Good luck with that, Trolls! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Take a Woodland Family Hike at Morton Arboretum
Explore Trolls and Forest Creatures on a guided, family-paced hike through the Arboretum’s diverse tree collections. Sat. Event details

Dabble in Museum Play at Kohl Children’s Museum’s Pop-Up
Kohl Children’s Museum’s Pop-Up will include favorite elements from past appearances as well as two new exhibits making their debut. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Dance Your Hearts Out with Bubbles Academy
Get movin’ & groovin’ in a Virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details.

Pay a Visit to Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo is officially open! Be one of the first to visit and you’ll be rewarded with the new Dinos Everywhere exhibit. Be sure to pre-register and show up masked and ready to explore! Fri.-Sun. Event details

See a Tiny Chicago
Chicago Architecture Center has reopened its Chicago Model, which features more than 4,250 mini buildings that replicate our city. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Say Hi to the Animals at Lincoln Park Zoo
Yep, Lincoln Park Zoo is open and, as always, FREE for all! Pre-register for a time slot and check out the animals in the outdoor enclosures. Don’t forget your mask! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Cruise the Waterways on a Fireboat
Once the largest diesel-powered Fireboat in the world, the Fred A. Busse is now set to share a bit of history with its passengers. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Take the Family to a Low-Key Baseball Game
Chicago’s newest baseball team, The Chicago Dogs, pays homage to Chicago’s favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Welcome The Dogs back (finally!!) for their 3rd season at the beautiful Impact Field. Fri. Event details. & Sat. Event details

Field Trip to the Baha’i Temple Gardens 
Take in the beauty of Baha’i Temple with a garden walk. Fri.-Sun. More details.

— Maria Chambers

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