All aboard! Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the arboretum
All aboard! Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy at The Morton Arboretum. Photo courtesy of the arboretum

MLK Jr. Weekend Things to Do in Chicago: Family Day, Wizard Scavenger Hunt

If you're like us, you're still feeling weary from the holidays, and this extra long weekend comes just in time. There are lots of ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. with your kids, from engaging exhibits to musical dramas.

Speaking of dramas, it's another great weekend for kids' theater in Chicago with standouts like the best production ever made (we may be biased), Mary Poppins, and the slap-stick hilarious Potted Potter that even Harry Potter newcomers will enjoy, and a classic rendition of Beauty and the Beast. And over at the Filament Theater, kids take over the stage—literally—with the return of Forts! Build Your Own Adventure.

Looking for more ways to keep the family entertained? Check out our our event calendar which is constantly updated with new shows, events, and things to do.


Filament Theatre
4041 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle, IL

The Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
175 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

Chinese American Museum of Chicago
238 W 23rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Paramount Theatre
23 East Galena Boulevard
Aurora , IL 60506

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

The Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum
164 Hawley St
Grayslake, IL 60030

Hing Kee Restaurant
2140 S. Archer Ave. Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60616

Chicago History Museum
1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Chicago, IL 60640

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Waukegan Public Library
128 North County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085