Forward, march! Make red, white and blue memories by taking a boat cruise on Lake Michigan. Stick around the hood to help Navy Pier kick off a summer of fireworks displays! Welcome Chicago’s newest sports team, The Chicago Dogs, to town in a big way. Read on for our Editor’s picks for the best ways to fill your three-day weekend.

photo: The Science Behind Pixar courtesy of Michael Malyszko


Hyde Park

The Science Behind Pixar at MSI
We all have a favorite Pixar movie. Whether it be Toy Story, Inside Out or A Bug’s Life, Museum of Science and Industry is giving you a unique look at the Pixar process of creating these instantly classic films. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Irving Park

Family Ninja Night at Ultimate Ninjas
Friday nights are Ninja Night! Kids and their favorite adults are invited for pizza and ninja’ing on the same obstacle courses as seen on NBC’s hit show American Ninja Warrior. Fri. 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.

Museum Campus

Underwater Beauty at Shedd Aquarium
Shedd’s newest exhibit, Underwater Beauty, celebrates the unbelievable beauty living in our oceans, lakes and rivers. You’ll catch a glimpse of the grandeur beneath the waves as 100 species from around the world come together in an evocative new space. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Celebrate Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is kicking off the Pride celebration a little early this year. Through the end of June, help transform the central staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and write your ideas about family on a huge chalkboard. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Memorial Day Weekend Cruises
Whether you’re looking for brunch, lunch or dinner, Odyssey has all bases covered this Memorial Day weekend with 2 to 3 hour cruises on Lake Michigan. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Summer Fireworks Kick-Off at Navy Pier
Keep the kids up a smidge later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.

West Loop

Randolph Street Market
One weekend each month, Randolph Street Market transforms Plumbers Hall into the ultimate shopping, eating, drinking and people watching experience. While you hunt for finds, they can go looting at the front gate for a treasure map so they can explore and engage in the market right alongside you. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



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

The Chicago Dogs Season Opener
There’s a new baseball team in town and they’re paying homage to Chicago’s favorite street food, HOT DOGS! Welcome The Chicago Dogs for their inaugural season at the new and beautiful Impact Field with post-game fireworks and giveaways. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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— Maria Chambers

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