Bid a sweet farewell to July and show August how we do fun in Chicago. Listen in on a virtual Lollapalooza, explore a new 300-acre adventure park in Lemont or take on a new exhilarating water slide at Raging Waves. Read on for your guide to our favorite activities to have masked fun with the fam.

photo: Raging Waves’ Aussie Mat

Welcome a New Addition to Raging Waves
Raging Waves is treating Chicagoans to a brand new experience at their already tricked out waterpark: Aussie Mat Dash. Six riders race side-by-side in tunnels to the bottom. Fri.-Sun. More details

Just Opened! Thrill-Seek at The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Find adventure at this 300-acre adventure park featuring the largest aerial adventure course in North America. Zipline, hike, bike, paddle and climb your way through a perfect summer day. Fri.-Sun. More details.

Show Your Chicago White Sox Love with Ballpark Favorites
In-person cheering at Guaranteed Rate Field isn’t in the {baseball} cards, but you can show your team spirit by serving up iconic ballpark bites at home sweet home. More details

Be One with Nature at Chicago Botanic Garden
Colorful exploration and out-of-the-house entertainment is in your future! Socially distance with ease as you meander the garden paths. Be sure to pre-register! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Gape in Awe at Morton Arboretum’s Trolls
They’re just so cool! Each is made of reclaimed wood and stand 15- to 20-feet tall. These guardians of the forest are trying to make sense of the human world. We wish them luck with that! Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out Dinos Everywhere at 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

Plan a Road Trip to the Ozarks
Come on, you know Netflix’s Ozark has you curious! With many of us opting for road tripping vs jet setting, it’s the perfect time to make that 8-hour-ish drive to Big Cedar Lodge to see what the fuss is all about. More details.

Grab Your Donut-Lovin’ Friends & Register for Stan’s Donut’s Virtual Race
The Stan’s Donut Virtual Run will consist of a kids dash, 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon option. We highly recommend finishing at a Stan’s Donuts location with the free donut coupon for registered runners. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Walk with 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.

Visit the Newly Reopened LEGOLAND Discovery
Families can schedule 2-hour time slots for fun LEGO-building playdates. Fri.-Sun. Event details.  

For the Firefighter-Obsessed! 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

Attend Virtual Lollapalooza
Lollapalooza is a staple of Chicago’s music festival scene. The fest will honor the beloved summer tradition by bringing Chicago, and the world, live music via a live stream. Fri.-Sun. Event details

— Maria Chambers

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