See a garbage truck, cement mixer, and more at DuPage Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
See a garbage truck, cement mixer, and more at DuPage Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

23 Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Theater in the Parks, Transportation Zoo

Little drama queens and kings will love the theater that abounds this weekend in Chicago parks with the Physical Theater Festival in Hyde Park, The Peacock Fairy in Chinatown, and free street theater in Gage Park. Athletic kids can get into Family Game Day at Thatcher Woods, MLB's Play Ball events, or at Family Sunday with local minor league team The Chicago Dogs. Families can also explore the grand opening of the new Sand Ridge Nature Campus in South Holland.

When the temperature rises, be sure to duck in for some air-conditioned culture on a free day at one of Chicago's best museums. Or cool off at a local family-friendly beach or free public pool!

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Read on to discover the very best things to do in Chicago this weekend!

Places featured in this article:


Trailside Museum of Natural History

DuSable Museum of African American History

Frontier Sports Complex

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes

DuSable Museum of African American History

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Museum of Contemporary Photography

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Overture Center for the Arts

Children’s Theater of Madison

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Wisconsin State Capitol

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

North Branch Trail (south trailhead)

North Park Village Nature Center

31st Street Harbor Playground Splash Pad

Austin Park Water Playground

Fosco Park Water Playground

The Hub Spray Ground at Berens Park

Portage Park Water Playground

River Park Water Playground

Skokie Water Playground

Bensenville Water Park Splash Pad

Adventure Island Sprayground

95th Street Community Plaza Splash Pad

Spray 'N Play at Mike Rylko Community Park

Lagunitas Chicago Tap Room

Eris Brewery and Cider House

Mrs. Murphy's Irish Bistro

Two Brothers Roundhouse

Pollyanna Brewing Lemont

Pollyanna Brewing Roselle

Pollyanna Brewing St. Charles

Chicago Riverwalk

225 S Canal St

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Field Museum of Natural History
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion - 6:30 PM Pick
Art on the Mart
Merchandise Mart - 9:00 PM Pick
Scratch Junior Coding Camp for 4 to 7 Years
Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes - 10:15 AM
Intro to Excel Sheets Programming Course
Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes - 11:30 AM
Gaming with Unity-Csharp Coding Camp for Kids
Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes - 12:00 PM
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