The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is packed with holiday-themed activities. Photo courtesy of The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is packed with holiday-themed activities. Photo courtesy of The Magnificent Mile

Things To Do in Chicago This Weekend with Kids: Lights, Frozen 2, Trains, Toy Fair

Brace yourselves: This weekend brings a veritable blizzard of much-loved holiday events to Chicagoland, from the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, to the opening weekend of Illuminations at the Morton Arboretum, to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Holiday train season rolls into town this weekend, too, with the return of the CTA Holiday Trains downtown, the Polar Express Train Ride from Union Station, and the Fox River Trolley Polar Express train ride out in Aurora. And families can get a head start on presents at holiday markets around town: There's the annual Millennium Park Art Market, the seasonal Randolph Street Holiday Market, and the traditional Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza and at Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville.

If you think it feels a little early for all this holiday stuff, there's plenty of Christmas-free activity too. Teens can build their comedy skills at a FREE workshop hosted by Second City, a new exhibit devoted to the Chicago Night Sky opens at the Adler Planetarium, kids can learn about the origins of the written word at the Oriental Institute Museum, and families can drop in for FREE, hands-on activities sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Biennial

Meanwhile, Frozen 2 fever reaches its peak this weekend with Snow Queen-inspired events like a meet-and-greet, a Frozen sing-along, and a sensory-friendly screening of the film. 

For even more fun things to do with Chicago kids, check out our highlights below, and keep an eye on the event calendar.


401 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Union Station
225 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

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

Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605

Plumbers Hall building
1341 W Randolph St. Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607

Chicago Transit Authority
various
Chicago, IL

Navy Pier Festival Halls A + B
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

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

Palm Court Restaurant at the Drake Hotel
140 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

The Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53
Lisle , IL 60532

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

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Oriental Institute Museum
1155 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

DuPage Children's Museum
301 N. Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Stratford Crossing
142 S. Gary Avenue
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Elmhurst City Centre
150 N. York St.
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S. Michigan Ave. Buntrock Hall
Chicago, IL 60604

Dynamic Force Dancers
2150 South Canalport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60608

IPIC Bolingbrook
619 East Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Warren Newport Public Library
224 N. O'Plaine Rd.
Gurnee, IL 60031

Newport Theater
956 W Newport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. Learning Lab, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Fox River Trolley Museum
35W003 Route 31
South Elgin, IL 60177

Learning Express Glen Ellyn
900 Roosevelt Rd
Glen Ellyn , IL 60137

The Second City Training Center
230 W. North Ave., Fl 4th
Chicago, IL 60614