This weekend we’re testing if it’s possible to have too much fun. Our hypothesis is . . . never! Put our theory to the test with stage shows, fun runs and a flower show! Read on for our Editor’s picks for having a blast in the Windy City! (Oh, and Happy Mother’s Day, of course!)

photo: Wizard of Oz/Chicago Theatre


Garfield Park

Stop to Smell the Blooms at the Spring Flower Show
Garfield Park Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show marks one of their most colorful times of year, which says a lot for a building bursting with tropical plants and flowers year-round. The Show House is filled with a dizzying array of colors that will fill your view and blanket you with aromatic blooms. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
Join in on the hunt for Knuffle Bunny in this comedic musical adaptation of the popular book by Mo Willems! After losing a beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat, a desperate dad, a merry mom and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


The Wizard of Oz at Chicago Theatre
This magical production is a celebration of the classic 1939 MGM movie and will be presented with original songs and breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way to Kansas. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Mag Mile

Sunday Funday at 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck
Sure, sleeping ’til noon on a Sunday is swell, but what’s even better is 360 CHICAGO’s Sunday Funday. Infuse a little excitement into your life by taking the family to the 94th floor for a little magic, a little music and a whole lot of amazing Chicago views. Sun. Event details.

Montrose Harbor

Race for a Cure
The annual Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure has become a tradition, because 1 out of 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This family-fun Mother’s Day event simply makes the celebration more meaningful because participants are united for good cause. Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Color Fun Fest 5k
As you run through this 1.8-mile course, your whitest running clothes will turn into your most colorful as 10,000 pounds of color rains down. As if raining colors wasn’t enough, the fest at the end or the after-dark glow run for night owls is sure to keep the whole family entertained. Sat. Event details.

Various Locations

Join in on a ‘Go Run
The Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Runners Association have paired up to provide free weekly timed runs in 3 Chicago Parks: Humboldt Park, Warren Park and Washington Park.  Make the runs a weekly event to explore new areas of Chicago while getting fit with your family. Sat. Event details.



Opening Weekend! Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America
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 of tiny people and animals that give it a storybook feel. Sat. & Sun. Event details


Build-A-Tree Eco-Workshop
Morton Arboretum invites families to participate in a self-guided, hands-on discovery activity using natural and recycled materials to create a nature keepsake. A bottle cap tree, a newspaper bird, a popsicle flower . . . where will your creativity lead you? Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Maifest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago
Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the first and only German micro-brewery, restaurant and beer hall in the Chicago area, will celebrate the spring season with a traditional Maifest celebration with unmatched German entertainment, new menu items and a special Maibock beer. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Share your weekend plans in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

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