Halloween is in the rearview mirror, did you think things would slow down? Think again! Stay on the move in November with events for the whole family. Take a bike ride, get a dose of culture with live theater, rub elbows with sea lions (wait, do they have elbows?) and – you’ll have to read on to hear the rest. On your mark, get set . . . don’t stop moving!

photo: The House Theatre’s


Museum Campus

Go Prehistoric at Jurassic World: The Exhibit
The Field Museum is always the place to go when you want to gawk at real dinosaur fossils, but right now you can also see what it would’ve been like to walk among these breathtaking creatures in Jurassic World: The ExhibitionFri.-Sun. Event details.

Morgan Park

Slow Down and Take in a Show: The Tortoise and the Hare
The Hare is ready to win all the blue ribbons at this year’s County Fair, but then an unlikely challenger comes to town. Who will win first place — the slow and steady Tortoise? Or the fast and furious Hare? This show features a cast of silly animals and an exciting photo-finish ending! Fri. Event details.

Navy Pier

Eric Carle Brightens Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago Children’s Museum newest exhibit, Very Eric Carle, introduces, reacquaints and inspires visitors to the work of renowned author and illustrator, Eric Carle. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

North Center

Get Silly at Hogwash: An Impoverished Tale
Fitting of its name, which means “nonsense”, the lack of structure of this fully improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume and location selection and are encouraged to throw out twists and turns in the plot (and even become characters themselves!). Sat. Event details.

Roscoe Village

Roscoe Village Kidical Mass Bike to Leaf Pile
Join Kidical Mass for a slow, easy-going, fun, group ride focused on kids and families that will tour the Roscoe Village neighborhood and end in a massive leaf pile. Sun. Event details.

Wicker Park

Kids Nite Out: Dinner and a Show
Everyone deserves a fun night out every once in a while – even the kiddos! Drop the kids off for dinner and a movie at The Kids’ Table. Kids get to make their own dinner and watch a flick while you . . . do whatever you want! Fri. Event details.

Experience The Nutcracker with a Twist
This creative reinvention of The Nutcracker has an original spin: It focuses on Clara’s journey to save her family, reeling from the wartime death of her brother, from the Rat King. Both funny and heartwarming, it will remind everyone in your family about the real reason for the season. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes
Get ready for a live, action-packed battle to defend the universe from evil that will go down as being leg-end-dary! Cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection will make this incredible adventure one you won’t soon forget. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Explore the World of All Things Aquatic
If you have a little one who’s more fish than human, take them to Aquatic Experience. From professional divers swimming with sharks to fish from around the world, this is the place to be for all things in the deep blue sea. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Get Your Screen Time in at an International Film Fest
Calling all movie lovers, young and less young . . . The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is back! Check out the website to find out how to enjoy the wide-ranging flicks, participate in workshops and meet filmmakers from across the globe. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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

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— Maria Chambers