There’s no such thing as too much fun, and this weekend is proof of that. We’re showing you where to pay tribute to the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and the best bets for big smiles with the grandparents  – Sunday is National Grandparents Day, after all! Read on and start planning!

Siegels Farm 2016 Mazephoto: Siegel’s Farm’s 9/11 Corn Maze Tribute


McKinley Park

Come One, Come All! Midnight Circus in the Parks!
Chicago’s offbeat and totally entertaining circus takes its act on the road, performing in parks in all corners of the city. 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 and playgrounds. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Last Fireworks of Summer at Navy Pier!
Keep the kids up a tad later to experience the fireworks display synchronized to music at Navy Pier – the final show of the summer season! Sat. Event details.

North Center

Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale
Fitting of its name, the lack of structure of this improvised show makes it an absolute riot. Kids assist with costume selection and choose a location for the fully improvised story. As the plot thickens, artists make props, build scenery and modify costumes. Kids are encouraged to throw out twists and turns in the plot, and even become characters themselves. Sat. Event details.

Wicker Park

BookClub CREATES @ Renegade Craft Fair
BookClub CREATES is a hands-on, family-friendly event within the Renegade Craft Fair Chicago. Kids can try their hand at screen printing, clay molding and participate in a moderated book club discussion of The Secret World of Arrietty, a Studio Ghilbli film based on The Borrowers. Thanks to Building Blocks Toy Store, they’ll also leave with glitter tattoos and balloons! Sat. Event details.

South Loop

Back-to-School Bash
Ring in the new {school} year with The Shops at Roosevelt Collection. Families are invited to a celebration with games, pony rides, bounce houses, balloon artists, face painters, prizes and music! Sat. Event details.



Tour de Blackberry Family Bike Race
Bicycles are not normally allowed inside Blackberry Farm, but they’ll be wheeling on this day! Bring the family for an adventurous ride around the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm and scenic views of Lake Gregory. Registration fee includes T-shirt, snacks and refreshments. Stay around after the race at no additional cost to enjoy unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, carousel and paddle boats. Sat. Event details.


See Big Smiles When Kids Touch-A-Truck
Take the kids to Berens Park to touch, feel and climb through a variety of trucks and vehicles, including fire trucks, tow trucks and more! The first 500 kids receive a free t-shirt. Sat. Event details.


Get Up Close with Pollinators
Stretch your legs and enjoy the sights and sounds of summer at Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest addition, Pollinator Garden. The garden is filled with a variety of flowers and plants, along with pollinators such as butterflies, bees and soldier beetles. Fri.-Mon. Event details

Lake Forest

Antiques & Treasures in the Field
Featuring over 40 quality Midwest dealers, highlights include a bake sale with a variety of gourmet delicacies along with the ever-popular Treasures Tent filled with items from many Lake Forest Estates. All proceeds benefit the Angel Harvey Infant Welfare Society of Chicago Community Health Center, which provides high quality affordable medical, dental and ophthalmic care for women and children. Sun. Event details.


Siegel’s Farm’s 9/11 Remembrance
In honor of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the 15-acre cornfield at Siegel’s Farm is themed In Remembrance of 9/11. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the attack on U.S. soil, and how all people, of every color and religion, banded together to help save lives. The maze is to pay tribute to all First Responders for their bravery and sacrifices. Sun. Event details.


Last Few Weeks: Ribbit! The Exhibit Hops Into Morton Arboretum
Hop over to The Morton Arboretum for Ribbit! The Exhibit, a whimsical collection of larger-than-life copper frog sculptures. The exhibit features 19 displays of five- to seven-foot-tall frogs taking part in a variety of activities, including playing instruments, catching butterflies and meditating on a lily pad. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Glow Jump at Pump it Up
The only thing better than jumping at Pump it Up is glowing at Pump It Up. Kids will have the time of their lives playing in the massive inflatables with special FX lighting that makes white clothing glow in the dark. Fri. Event details.

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

Tell us how you plan to spend your weekend in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers