Prediction: You’re in for a weekend of non-stop fun. We’d put money on it. Get a jump start on summer with a street fest, acrobatics under a Big Top or have a night out while kids head to Jamaica. Read on for our Editor’s picks for a perma-smile kinda weekend.

Photo: Cirque du Soleil’s Volta


Hyde Park

Be Inspired at Museum of Science and Industry’s Wired to Wear
Wired to Wear showcases how digital technology is transforming clothes to enhance our lives. From making us healthier, stronger and safer to helping us see in the dark, express our emotions or even soar through the air, you’ll see the merging of technology and the human body. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Kick Off Festival Season with Mayfest
The official start of the festival season is kicked off by Mayfest, as they celebrate all things spring and outdoors with their 24th annual party in the streets. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get Growing at Gallagher Way
Flower potting parties, educational programs with a focus on gardening, tasting fresh and local produce and more make for a great Sunday, all thanks to Chicago Flower and Garden’s Get Out and Grow program. Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

New! Sound Playground at Chicago Children’s Museum
Experience and experiment with the physical and imaginary auditory world while exploring the interactive nature of sound, and all the surprising ways it can be created. Museum-goers can play with musical sound makers and one-of-a-kind sonic sculptures. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Pride with Chicago Children’s Museum
Help transform the central staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and share your thoughts on family on a huge chalkboard. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Near West Side

Jump for a Cure at Altitude Trampoline Park
Go ahead and jump at Altitude Trampoline Park’s charity event that benefits CURE, which raises money for epilepsy research. They’re honored to collaborate with Kelly and Miguel Cervantes who are passionate advocates for epilepsy awareness because of their daughter, Adelaide. Miguel, who also plays Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton, will be performing a few songs for guests. Sun. Event details.

Soldier Field

Get Excited for Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA
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. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

West Loop

Last Chance! See The Watson’s Go to Birmingham
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s 13th season finale is extra special with The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, a civil rights era family drama based on the groundbreaking young adult novel about the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Send the Kids to Jamaica
Parents: you deserve a night out. . . . and so do the kids! Drop them off for this 3-hour evening workshop where they will travel to Jamaica! They get to taste new flavors as they create Banana Milkshakes, Jamaican Veggie Patties and Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes. Fri. Event details.


New! Go On a Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo’s temporary exhibit, Brick Safari, features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of LEGO bricks. You’ll recognize zoo favorites as you walk along the menagerie of animals located along a winding, wooded path. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Go Troll Hunting at Morton Arboretum
Something special emerged from the woods, meadows and vast open spaces at The Morton Arboretum. . . unusual creatures, each made of reclaimed wood and measuring 15- to 20-feet-tall. Enjoy these guardians of the forest, who are trying to make sense of the human world and make us think about our impacts on the planet. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

— Maria Chambers


Chicago’s North Suburban Gems to Flock To

Go Troll Hunting (& More) at the Morton Arboretum

Family Campsites for Starry Overnights

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