Lace up your comfy shoes because we’re going to keep you on the move! Be dazzled by a traveling circus show, see a nature-themed LEGO display (before it’s too late!), attend a World Music Fest and so much more. Read on for ideas to pack fun into your weekend.

photo: Morton Arboretum



Run Away and Join Midnight Circus in the Parks
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road! The troupe does high-wire acts, juggling, clowning and acrobatics. It’s all for a good cause: The tour raises money to improve public parks. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Show Your Bubble Love at Bubblespalooza
Bubblespalooza is back!  Join Bubbles Academy for their 16th-anniversary celebration and music festival, benefitting Whole Child Arts. Sat. Event details

Lincoln Park

Almost Gone! Strike a Pose at the Bixbee Imagination Station
The Bixbee Imagination Station is an experiential popup and retail shop featuring an immersive, interactive experience for kids and the kid in you. Fri.-SunEvent details.

Get Your Sugar Fix at Dessert Fest
Taste some of the best desserts in Chicago while taking in views of the zoo’s amazing animals and gardens. Sat. Event details


Have Artful Family Fun at the Ravenswood ArtWalk
Celebrate the intersection between arts and industry at the Ravenswood ArtWalk, which showcases Ravenswood’s diverse and vibrant community of makers. Sat. & Sun. Event details

Wicker Park

Have a Mexican Fiesta as a Family
Try your hand at preparing for a Mexican Fiesta at The Kids’ Table family cooking session. You’ll make Quesadillas, Broccoli Guacamole and Pina Colada Milkshakes. Fri. Event details

Various Locations

World Music Festival
Introduce your future globe trotter to music by performers from Latin America, Africa and beyond as they play in venues all throughout the city. Fri.-Sun. Event details



Traverse 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 located along a winding, wooded path. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Choo Choo! Get Your Train Fix at Model Railroad Garden
Experience the delightful sights and sounds of miniature trains traversing high and low tunnels, across bridges and around buildings at Chicago Botanic Garden. Fri.-SunEvent details.


Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond
Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond features 4 distinct interactive learning areas modeled after episodes that encourage kids to learn about their natural environment and incorporate each TV character. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Last Chance! See How Nature Connects at Morton Arboretum
Enjoy a day built on fun at Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks. LEGO enthusiasts of all ages will be dazzled as they search for 15 larger-than-life, nature-inspired sculptures. Fri.-SunEvent details.

— Maria Chambers


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