ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo by Julia Fuller
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo by Julia Fuller

Free Holiday Events for Chicago Kids

Free holiday fun for kids is around every corner in Chicago this season, including long-standing annual favorites like Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, the annual wreathing of the lions at the Chicago Art Institute, and the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade. Holiday tree lightings give dark winter afternoons a much-needed glow-up, and caroling parties invite families to belt out their favorite holiday tunes (it's never too early!).

Click through the the event listings for details, including times and location information, and keep an eye on our action-packed Event Calendar—there's always something new to do in the Chicago area.

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Daley Plaza
50 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Millennium Park McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
55 N Michigan Ave Millennium Park
Chicago, IL 60602

900 N Michigan Shops
900 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Downtown Naperville
120 Water Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Color Me Mine
470 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60603

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505

Palos Heights Art Garden
123rd and Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463

Downtown Wheaton
134 W. Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187

Naperville Riverwalk
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville , IL 60540

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Burr Ridge Village Center
701 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

New City Plaza
1457 N Halsted
Chicago, IL 60642

Promenade Bolingbrook
631 E. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

401 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Spring Road Gazebo
483 Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Oak Lawn Village Hall
9446 S. Raymond Avenue
Oak Lawn , IL 60453

The Loop
State Street and Ida B. Wells Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Downtown Glen Ellyn
Main Street at Crescent Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

Van Buren Plaza
Van Buren Street and North Eastern Avenue
Joliet, IL 60432

Lake Katherine Nature Center
7402 Lake Katherine Drive
Palos Heights, IL

Downtown Downers Grove
933 Curtiss Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Wilder Park
175 S. Prospect
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Nichols Park
1355 E. 53rd St.
Chicago, IL 60615

Sheil Park
3505 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Riverside Avenue
10 Pine Avenue
Riverside , IL 60546

Palos Heights Municipal Parking Lot
12217-12221 S. Harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463

Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Lombard Town Centre
W. Parkside Ave. and S. Park Ave.
Lombard, IL

Rugaard Gazebo
South Ardmore Avenue and East Central Boulevard
Villa Park, IL 60181

Wilder Mansion
211 S. Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst , IL 60126

Harper Square
53rd and Harper
Chicago, IL 60615

Vittum Park
5010 W. 50th St.
Chicago, IL 60638

Kroll's Chicago
1736 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

Palos Heights Public Library
12501 S. 71st Street
Palos Heights , IL 60463

Kline Creek Farm
1N600 County Farm Road
West Chicago, IL

River Park
5100 N. Francisco Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
Chicago, IL 60602

Rialto Square Theater
102 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Burr Ridge Village Center
701 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Lake Shore Park
808 N Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

Commercial Club Playground of Chicago Park
1845 W. Rice St.
Chicago, IL 60622

Spring Road Gazebo
483 Spring Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60605

West Lawn Park
4233 W. 65th St.
Chicago, IL 60629

Palos Heights Recreation Center
6601 W. 127th Street
Palos Heights, IL 60463

Alice Millar Chapel
1870 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208

West Pullman Park
401 W. 123rd St.
Chicago, IL 60628

Elmhurst Holly Trolley
York and Park
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Palos Heights Recreation Center
6601 W. 127th Street
Palos Heights, IL 60463