Find your way through the dark at the zoo. Hit up a baseball game. Check out trains in a garden . . . or go for a walk in one. Read on to hear about all this fun and so much more!

photo: courtesy of Philippe Put via flickr 


Hyde Park

The Science Behind Pixar at MSI
We all have a favorite Pixar movie. Whether it be Toy Story, Inside Out or A Bug’s Life, Museum of Science and Industry is giving you an in-depth, immersive look at the Pixar process of creating these instantly classic films. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Cubs Kids Sunday at Wrigley Field
It’s always a beautiful day for a Cubs game, especially if it’s a Sunday home game. The Cubs celebrate their youngest fans with kid-friendly giveaways and a chance to run the bases. Sun. Event details.

Mag Mile

Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park Family Fun Fest
Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival is back with a summer of interactive activities, sing-a-longs, delightful story times, and arts and crafts. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.

North Center

Much more than a traditional church function and bigger than a block party, BenFest is one of the north side’s longest running family festivals. This renowned celebration offers live entertainment, craft beer, a mouthwatering menu and fabulous family fun for every age group! Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Chicago Fire Home Game
Root for your hometown soccer team by taking in a Fire home game. But, first, pregame at FireFest with an inflatable soccer field, soccer pool, a speedshot competition and street soccer games. Sat. Event details.


Enjoy Your Day and Summer Nights at the Zoo
See Brookfield Zoo in a new light with cooler evening weather at Summer Nights.  Families are treated to roaming entertainers, live music on the kid’s stage, close-up animal encounters and a laser light show, all surrounded by the intrigues of the zoo. Fri & Sat. Event details.


Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Troll Takeover at Morton Arboretum
Something special is emerging from the vast open spaces at the Arboretum . . . Trolls with an environmental message, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Take a stroll and see if you can seek them hiding in the trees. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Chicago Dogs Home Game
There’s a new baseball team in town and they’re paying homage to Chicago’s favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Giveaways, post-game fireworks and $3 bottomless popcorn make this 3-game weekend a must-do. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


All Aboard for a Day Out with Thomas
Little engineers are invited to spend a day with Thomas and his bestie Percy when they roll into Illinois Railway Museum. Besides a ride with their train pals, kids get to meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy a day of themed activities including arts and crafts, storytelling and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers

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