Kick June to the curb and smash the fun this weekend with a special milk and cookies happy hour, enjoy cool summer nights at the zoo, or have mouth-dropping fun times with Cirque du Soleil. Read on for more ideas and get ready to play in a big way.

photo: Ben Tatar



Indulge in a Milk & Cookie Happy Hour with Ben Tatar
Join A Little Photo Studio for a special Milk & Cookies Happy Hour show with Ben Tatar (of Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots) as he brings his unique style of humor and a few different instruments to his fully interactive music session. Fri. 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

Navy Pier

Help Navy Pier Show It’s Pride
Navy Pier’s 4th Annual Navy Pier Pride is set to return with a full day of Pride activities along the lakefront. Free and open to the public, this family-friendly event is the largest Pride celebration in Chicago outside of the Lakeview neighborhood. Sat. Event details.

Soldier Field

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.-Sun. 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.


Attend the Lighthouse LGBTQ Party
Billed as the first pride party in the south suburbs, Lighthouse LGBTQ+ is back for their 3rd annual Pride Party. Everyone, no matter the age, is welcome to stop by for food, cold bevvies, a poster-making station and an evening of inclusive fun. Fri. 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, who’s a “professional kid” and the first-ever LEGO Certified Professional. 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 Chicago invites families to their LEGO® City: Report for Duty event. Activities include building your own LEGO police badge, building a super rescue vehicle, filming your own epic adventure scene, character meet-and-greets, and a viewing of the brand new LEGO® City 4D Movie: Officer in Pursuit. Fri.-Sun. Event details


See the Jesse White Tumblers at Raging Waves
Marvel at the twists and flips of the Jesse White Tumblers. You don’t want to miss this spectacular, one-of-a-kind show! Sun. Event details

— Maria Chambers


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