We’re already halfway through summer break (bummer!) — but fun is at its peak (yay!). Show your face at The Field Museum for a bug encounter, immerse yourself in culture at Fiesta del Sol or take a canine cruise with your favorite pup. Read on and don’t waste a single second of this beautiful weather!
photo: Mercury Canine Cruise
IN THE CITY
Strike a Pose at the Bixbee Imagination Station
The Bixbee Imagination Station is an experiential popup and retail shop featuring an immersive, interactive experience for kids and the kid in you. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Have a Bug Encounter at The Field Museum
Fantastic Bug Encounters is giving a peek into the hidden world of insects and spiders through interactives, larger-than-life models and a bug zoo where visitors can see (and even hold) live bugs. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Celebrate at Fiesta Del Sol
Get a taste of Mexico at the largest Latino Festival in the Midwest with read-aloud sessions, face painting and art displays by local and national artists (including kids!). Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Enjoy Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo
See the zoo in a new light with cooler evening temps at Summer Nights. Families are treated to roaming entertainers, live music, close-up animal encounters and a laser light show. Fri. & Sat. Event details.
Traverse a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s temporary exhibit, Brick Safari, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of LEGO bricks located along a winding, wooded path. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Choo Choo! Get Your Train Fix at Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
See Butterflies and Blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden
Fill your summer days with butterflies and blooms at Chicago Botanic Garden’s, where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of winged beauties and pretty petals. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
— Maria Chambers
. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.