Summer festivals. New exhibits. Warm nights at the zoo. It doesn’t get much better than this. Get in on the fun this weekend at family events around town. Have a blast, Chicago!

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Take in a Concert with the Family
Introduce your kids to legendary favorites with Rock and Roll Playhouse’s family-centric concerts featuring movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out to the most iconic musicians in the history of music. Sun. Event details

Lincoln Park

New! 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.

Museum Campus

New! Have a Bug Encounter at The Field Museum
The Field Museum’s newest exhibit, Fantastic Bug Encounters, is giving us 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

Soldier Field

Last Chance! Let Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA Steal Your Breath
Cirque du Soleil is back, this time presenting VOLTA, a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Fri. & Sat. Event details.



Spend a Day at the Horse Track
Experience live music and entertainment all day and into the night at Arlington Racecourse, with a fireworks display that kicks off just after dusk. Fri. Event details


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

Share a Meal at a Pups Breakfast
Families are invited to join their favorite Pups characters for an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Brookfield Zoo’s Discovery Center. There will be plenty of time to meet, chat, and even take photos with the popular characters. Sun. Event details

Hoffman Estates

Let Hoffman Estates Light Up Your World
Have a blast at Northwest Fourth Fest on more than 40 carnival rides, listen to live music, fill up on fest food, cool off in the “cool zone” with water misters and watch one of the best fireworks displays in the area. Fri. & Sat. Event details


See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Report for Duty at LEGOLAND Discovery
LEGOLAND Discovery Center invites families to LEGO® City: Report for Duty. Activities include building your own LEGO police badge and a super rescue vehicle, filming an epic adventure, character meet-and-greets, and a viewing of the new LEGO® City 4D Movie. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Indulge Your Inner Princess at Raging Waves
Join in on a charming sing-a-long and take memorable photos with your favorite princess! It’s sure to be an enchanting day for you and your friends! Sat. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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