We are bubbling over with excitement to share our weekend plan with you. Because, after a festival-less 2020, we have the kickoff to summer fests happening in Lincoln Park with Mayfest. If fests aren’t your thing, no worries! We have loads of other options to keep your family busy and smiling. From new exhibits to zipping around on roller coasters, read on and pick your favorites!


photo: Chicago Botanic Garden


Um, Hello! We Have a Street Fest to Invite You To!
The official start to the festival season kicks off with Mayfest in Lincoln Park. Celebrate all things spring and outdoors with a fabulous lineup of food and music. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Enjoy Art & a Walk at the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
Walk. Bike. Run. Skip. Gallop. However you make your way down this two-mile trail, you’re sure to enjoy the sights. The paved path is lined with sculptures from artists across the world. Fri.-Sun. 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

NEW! Be the First to See Field Museum’s Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall
Explore the life and legacy of Jane Goodall, from her early years as an intrepid young woman with a dream to her years establishing herself as a renowned scientist in Tanzania. 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

Exercise Your Vocal Chords with Mr. Singer
Sway along to a joyful jamboree featuring animal songs and dances for wee ones. Fri. 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

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. Sat. & 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

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 on a Chicago Fireboat Cruise. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Be Inspired by Chicago Public School Students’ Art on theMART
Art on theMART is collaborating with CPS to showcase the artwork of CPS seniors with a programming theme of Hope is a Light. 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 pause. 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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