Prediction: You’re in for a weekend of non-stop fun. We’d put money on it. Spend your day biking the 606 or visiting Chicago Botanic Garden for a newly opened train display and end your Saturday with a special fireworks display at Navy Pier. Read on for our Editor’s picks for a perma-smile kinda weekend.
photo: Chicago Botanic Garden
Whisk Your Train Lovers Off to 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. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Bike The 606
What was once a former elevated train line is now Chicago’s 606 biking trail. Connecting six neighborhood parks at ground level with numerous art installations along the route, the 606 gives kids a sweet (rooftop) view of the city. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Satisfy the Taste Buds at a Chocolate Extravaganza
For the Love of Chocolate oozes with the sights, sounds and smells of springtime jubilance and delicious cocoa. Indulge in chocolate foods, drinks, activities and entertainment. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Watch Navy Pier’s Fireworks Display
Navy Pier will host a special 10-minute fireworks show every Saturday in May to celebrate their reopening after a year-long closure. Sat. Event details.
Appease Your Need for Speed at Six Flags
The largest theme park in the midwest is open for the season! Feel the thrill of pulse-pounding coasters or have a chill day on gentle rides geared toward the tots. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Visit MSI’s Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit
Museum of Science and Industry’s presentation is the longest-running showing of African-American Art, presenting more than 100 works of art from emerging and established artists. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Cruise the Lake on a Fireboat
Once the largest diesel-powered Fireboat in the world, the Fred A. Busse is now set to share a bit of history with its passengers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Sing Along with Mr. Singer
Sway along to a joyful jamboree featuring animal songs and dances for wee ones. Fri. 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.
Hang with a Coyote
Cosley Zookeepers take you behind the scenes to visit their coyote up close and observe a training session. Learn about the important role coyotes play in their environment and how humans and coyotes can safely coexist. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Watch Astrographics on Art on theMART
Astrographics is a colorful collaboration with Adler that explores ways in which humans conceptualize their universe and how that has changed over time. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Geek Out 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.
Have an Interactive Experience at WNDR Museum
WNDR Museum has reopened with one-of-a-kind touchless and interactive installations from artists, collectives and studios locally and globally. 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
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