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Our House: Rethinking Home in a Changing Climate

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Families can build, play, and discover how scientists are rethinking home to face the challenges of climate change. Packed with fun, interactive experiences, Our House takes visitors through four climate change challenges and showcases creative solutions that reduce our environmental impact and support natural habitats for plants and animals. Guests will be inspired to take action as a family to minimize climate change, positively impacting the environment in their own unique way.

Cost: Free with museum admission


Chicago, Ill.

Art fair hosts leading international exhibitors of global contemporary art and culture.

When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 14-16; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sept. 17
Cost: Check website

Morton Pumpkin Festival

Downtown Morton, Ill.


Features live entertainment, carnival rides, parade, craft show and pumpkin foods.

When: Visit website for schedule of events. Sept. 13-16, 2017
Cost: Free. Extra costs for some attractions.

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America's best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale. From June 7-Aug. 30, the exhibition stays open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; special evening hours Wednesdays, June 10–Aug. 26 until 8 p.m
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12, free kids under 3; $1 discount for members

Family Drop-In Activities in the Nature Play Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about how plants grow and the animals you might find at the Garden. Pollinate flowers, compost with worms, build a life-sized bird nest, explore underwater life and more. Activities vary from week to week.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 3-Aug. 27); 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sept. 2-Oct. 1).
Cost: Free; parking fee varies, check website

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at:
Cost: $49-$99

Mother Goose’s Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical garden! Enjoy a playful and interactive event in Emerald City’s Little Theatre, a welcoming and safe space for kids and their grown-ups. In this world premiere production, join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffet, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and immersive play.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Tickets start at $14.

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