This weekend we’re celebrating lots of new and wonderful! Morton Arboretum has welcomed their much-anticipated Human + Nature exhibit, Raging Waves is making a splash on their opening weekend and an exciting Frida Kahlo exhibit is celebrating their opening. Read about these activities and more ideas to start making the most of your Chicago summer.

photo: Morton Arboretum

NEW! Human + Nature Exhibit at Morton Arboretum
Five massive sculptures rise above the natural landscape at Morton Arboretum. The thought-provoking human forms paired with elements of nature bring attention to the deep connection between people and nature. Fri.-Sun. Event details

NEW! Experience the Work of Frida Kahlo at Cleve Carney Art Gallery
Frida Kahlo is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. See a 26-piece collection that spans her career, a series of photographs detailing her life and visit the poetry garden and children’s area. Sat. & Sun. Event details

NOW OPEN! It’s Raging Waves’ Opening Weekend!
Splish, Splash! Illinois’ largest waterpark is officially open for the season! Experience the new Aussie Mat Dash, 32 water slides, a huge wave pool, three kiddie pool areas, and a relaxing lazy river. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Add a Little Giggle to Your Day at Navy Pier
Get the weekend started with catchy tunes and loads of fun with the Wiggleworms. Fri. Event details

Lace Up the Sneakers and Run!
Stay fit as a family and take part in one of Chicago Park District’s weekly Go Runs! Sat. Event details

Sharpen Your Mini-Golf Skills
Have pure kitschy fun putting the greens at one of Chicago’s mini-golf courses. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Thrill Seek or Chill Seek at Six Flags
The midwest’s largest theme park is right in your backyard! Feel the thrill of pulse-pounding coasters or have a relaxing day on gentle rides geared toward the tots. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Visit Your Favorite Super Heroes at Museum of Science & Industry’s Marvel Exhibit
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes celebrates Marvel history with more than 300 artifacts, including original comic book pages, sculptures, interactive displays and costumes and props from Marvel’s blockbuster films. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Pick Your Favorite Dino at Brookfield Zoo’s Dinos Everywhere
Nearly 45 animatronic dinosaurs that are BIGGER and BADDER than any dinos you’ve ever met are visiting Brookfield Zoo. Look for these earth-shakers throughout the park. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Have an Artsy Weekend at the Pivot Arts Festival
Twelve artists and companies were tapped to create small, live works of theatre, dance and/or music, as well as video installations inspired by this year’s theme, Reimagining Utopia. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Spend the Day at the Ballpark for a Chicago Dogs Home Game
Chicago’s newest baseball team pays homage to Chicago’s favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Take the family for a home game at the beautiful Impact Field. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Bring a Smile to Your Train Lovers at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings. The exhibit features 18 garden-scale trains on 1,600 feet of track with vignettes that give it a storybook feel. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Watch Navy Pier’s Fireworks Display
Stay up a tad bit later to enjoy Navy Pier’s summer fireworks display. Sat. Event details

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers

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