While you wait for winter to pull a disappearing act, enjoy the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t antics of The Illusionists. And that’s not all that’s magical this weekend. You can also tap syrup at North Park Village Nature Center and Naper Settlement, marvel at the South Side Irish Parade, catch a fab kindie rock show at Beat Kitchen and more. Presto! Fun has appeared.
The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible
Your gang’s jaws will be on the floor when they witness the skills of seven world-class illusionists as they do everything from levitation to mind reading to disappearance. This hilarious band of misfit magicians has a little something for everyone. There are big thrills and chills, but the show is still family friendly and fit for all ages. Held Tues.-Mar. 22 at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Tickets start at $20. All ages. Event details.
South Side Irish Parade
Enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with the fam as bagpipers, bands and floats fly by. Don’t worry about rowdy shenanigans, the parade has a strict no alcohol policy. There will be plenty of music, good cheer and jigs from Irish dancers to make this a rockin’ party. Held Sun., noon, from 103rd down Western Avenue to 115th Street. Free. All ages. Event details.
Maple Tapping With the Family
Learn how syrup goes from tree to table and taste the sweet results. You’ll watch as maples tapped (kids ages six and older can try their hand) and sap is collected and boiled to make syrup. Held Sat. & Sun., 1-2:30 p.m. at North Park Village Nature Center. Free. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Springfest at Beat Kitchen
Neighborhood Parents Network brings you a live, boogie-worthy tunes. Bust a move to the Deep Fired Pickle Project’s combo of bluegrass, hokum, folk, rockabilly, blues and honky-tonk. Then get down with Future Hits’ eclectic mix of educational funky pop hits. Mary Macaroni will also be there to celebrate with a carnival of good times with energetic pop tunes, balloon art, face painting and even a little bit of magic. Held Sun., noon. $6/person. All ages. Event details.
Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play”
If your pint-sized readers love Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie series, this is the show for them. Join the cautious elephant, Gerald, and his playful Piggie pal on a music-filled journey to discover the true meaning of friendship. Held thru May 30 at Apollo Theater. Tickets start at $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Sugar Bush Fair
Your kids will flip for the pancake breakfast at this annual rite of passage. But the main focus is still the sweet and fascinating syrup. You’ll watch demonstrations of maple syrup production, learn to process sugar the way pioneers would have, and jump aboard a hayride. Held Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-noon at Spring Valley Nature Center and Heritage Farm. Free (breakfast $4-$6). All ages. Event details.
Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo
Enjoy tunes from Brazil with the “Little Train of the Caipira,” a musical journey through the tropical province of São Paolo. Before the show, let the little ones test drive some of their favorite instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Held Sat., 9 a.m. at the Music Institute of Chicago. $5/person. Ages 4-12. Event details.
Maple Sugaring Days
Witness the maple tree tapping process, create your own maple bookmark and try a treat infused with maple goodness. Get up close and personal with a sap boiling demonstration, take a whack at drilling or carrying a yolk, and dance a reel with the help of a little bit of live music. Held Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. at Naper Settlement. $12/adult; $8/child (4-12); free for residents & members. All ages. Event details.
Which of these events will you head to first? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
photo: Jeff Hobson – The Trickster / The Illusionists © Joan Marcus