While you patiently wait to bid a sweet farewell to winter, fill your weekend with a new Marvel exhibit at Museum of Science & Industry, take a walk amongst fanciful fish or mini road trip to Wilmot for one last bit of snow play. The options are vast and the smiles will be huge. Read on to be in the know about these fab events and so much more!

photo: Museum of Science & Industry, Christine Mitchell

Just Opened! 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

Turn Your Home into a Children’s Museum
If you’re missing DuPage Children’s Museum, turn your home into a hands-on museum by having portable exhibits delivered right to your doorstep. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Attend Hyde Park Art Center’s Center Sunday
Center Sunday is a free all-ages program filled with art-making activities, workshops and artist talks held on the first Sunday of each month. Sun. Event details

Mini Road Trip to Wilmot Mountain
In a little over an hour, you can hit mountainous slopes at one of the area’s best ski destinations for a family romp in the snow. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Check Out Mandela: Struggle for Freedom
Illinois Holocaust Museum’s exhibit traces the history of the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Among many dramatic features and original artifacts, visitors will see a replica of the 8-foot by seven-foot cell where Mandela spent 18 years. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

See Field Museum’s Apsaalooke Women and Warriors exhibit
Hear the stories of warriors who are fearless in battle and powerful women who are keepers of war shields. From 100-year-old war shields to contemporary beadwork and fashion, Apsaalooke members tell their stories and share vibrant works of art. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

View Fanciful Fish in Greektown
Greektown Chicago is proud to present its Fanciful Fish outdoor sculpture exhibit lining Halsted Street. Created by a diverse group of Chicago artists, the sculptures celebrate Greek culture from mythological gods and seaside vistas to the language. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stroll Hand-in-Hand at Chicago Botanic Garden
Even when it’s cold outside, there is plenty to see, do, touch, taste, hear and explore at Chicago Botanic Garden. Unwind on a walk with your loves through the quiet solitude and reap fresh air benefits. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play Hide-and-Seek with Gnomes & Trolls or Cross-Country Ski
Gnomes invaded Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? While you’re at it, you can also look for Trolls and snowshoe or cross-country ski. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Throw Shade at the Cold and Take a Hike
Get a good dose of fresh air, unforgettable scenery and a chance to spy on animals in their natural habitats with a wintry hike. Fri.-Sun. 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

RELATED STORIES:
Fresh Picks At-Home Mushroom Project

7 Swimming Schools That Will Float Your Boat

Get to Know Your City with This Chicago-Themed Scavenger Hunt

Carve, Ride, Repeat: Ski & Snowboard Lessons in Lisle (Yes, Lisle!)