Chicago Auto Show. Photo courtesy the auto show
Chicago Auto Show. Photo courtesy the auto show

Presidents Day Weekend Things to Do in Chicago: Auto Show, Chinese New Year

Chicago families have plenty of fun options for the long February weekend. Get your vroom on at the final weekend of the Chicago Auto Show, with special kid-friendly programs throughout the weekend. Keep celebrating Black History Month at Douglas Park, or try recreating real-world masterpieces of architecture at the Chicago Architecture Center's Family Build on Sunday. Unleash your creativity to Paint the Ice at Gallagher Way on Sunday.

School's out on Monday, but the city's great cultural institutions are opening their doors: the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum are all free (for Illinois residents) on Monday, and The Greatest Story Never Told is playing all weekend, so you have plenty of opportunities to catch a show.

For more winter fun ideas, check out our list of FREE Things to Do in Chicago This Winter, and our ultimate winter fun bucket list of Things to Do Indoors With Chicago Kids. Our event calendar is fresh daily, too.


McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616

Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle, IL

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

The Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Drive
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

The Newport Theater
956 W Newport Avenue 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60657

Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier
600 E. GRAND AVENUE
Chicago, IL 60611

Soul City Church
1150 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60607

Pinstripes Chicago
435 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611

Marcus Theatre Addison
1555 W. Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101

444 Chicago Ridge Mall
Chicago Ridge , 60415

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

Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Berens Park
493 N. Oaklawn Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field
3635 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613

Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex
415 Lake Street
Oak Park , IL 60302

The Adler Planetarium
1300 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

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

The Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
Model Railway Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden - various times Pick
Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art Free Days
Lizzardo Museum of Lapidary Art - various times
Cosley Zoo Pumpkin Fest
Cosley Zoo - various times
Chuck Jones in Your Homes
Zoom - various times
Free Virtual Family Music Concert
Facebook Live - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides