Forward, march! Make red, white and blue memories at the city’s official holiday parade and wreath-laying ceremony. Stick around the hood to help Navy Pier kick-off a summer of fireworks displays! Read on for our Eidtor’s picks for the best ways to fill your three-day weekend.

photo: Navy Pier’s Fireworks



Family Cooking Classes: The Kids’ Table
Work side-by-side with your kids to make and then enjoy a scrumptious meal. This is the perfect combo of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home. Fri. Event details.


Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony
Share with your kids the importance of honoring and remembering the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces. Join friends for the Wreath Laying Ceremony on Daley Plaza, then head south to State Street for the parade. Sat. Event details.

Museum Campus

Cavalia Odysseo
Discover the magic! Cavalia presents Odysseo, an amazing adventure that marries equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects. Odysseo takes you and your family on a spellbinding journey to the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Celebrate Family Equality at Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum is kicking off June’s Pride month events a little early! Kids can transform a thee-story staircase into a giant rainbow by adding colorful ribbons and write their ideas about family on the “What Makes a Family?” chalk wall. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier
Keep the kids up a tad later on Wednesdays and Saturdays this summer to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier. Sat. Event details.


Family Sundays with the Sox
The White Sox ballpark experience for kids during Family Sundays features special kid-focused activities throughout the concourse and the opportunity to run the bases after games. Sun. Event details.

West Loop

Randolph Street Market
Soak up some city energy and shop, eat and people watch ’til you drop. Totally new for this year is the inclusion of a Kids FunFair and Pirate Arcade in the festivities. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Saturday Science Night Out: Science of Ice Cream
While parents sneak in a quick date night, kids become ice cream scientists. They’ll conduct fun experiments learning the unique chemistry of ice cream, exploring the science behind ice cream floats and making their own creations on the go. Sat. Event details.



Cirque Italia
Get ready for an experience that will take you far, far away to the wonders of Italy and the magic of an immersion into its culture. And into water! Yes, you heard well. This circus features a 35,000 gallons water stage! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Origami in the Garden
A stunning tower of white cranes ascending skyward. A glorious winged horse. A life boat suspended by bronze oars. The Morton Arboretum’s newest temporary exhibit, Origami in the Garden, is inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding and reams of wholesome fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Pig Out at the Red, White and BBQ Fest
Nothing screams Memorial Day more than a BBQ, so why not go all out and head to this barbeque fest and competition in Westmont? You can chow down on the food, kids can have a blast at the carnival, and everyone can jam along with the live music. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend your weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar.

Chat with us about how you’re going to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers