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Weekend Alert: May 22-24

Pritzker Pavilion

Are you into free exercise classes and lawn games in the heart of the city? Perhaps outdoor music street festivals? Biking? Enjoying a cool glass of beer? Chicago's got you covered. Enjoy the long Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago with these choice events, sure to get you out and about for an epic time.

Chicago Zoos and Aquarium Honor the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day

Lincoln Park Zoo

This Friday, May 15, is the 10th anniversary of Endangered Species Day, and Chicago's zoos and aquarium are banding together to raise awareness on the world's most vulnerable animals. Special events and activities will focus on the conservation research efforts being conducted - both here in Chicago and in the field. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium, and Brookfield Zoo on May 15 to learn more about what you can do to protect endangered animals.

A Summer Guide to Family Freebies at Chicago Museums

Museum of Contemporary Art

Take advantage of the following totally free perks for Chicago museum-goers. You'll save a dime, have a more enjoyable museum experience and extend your kids' learning experience. Before you go exploring Chicago's cultural institutions, see if you can get your hands on one of these family-friendly freebies.

Kick Off Summer with the Annual Bike the Drive

Bike the Drive

Lake Shore Drive is one of the most fantastic expressways in the world. Memorialized even in song, it's simply wonderful to drive on LSD, along the stunning Chicago lakefront, on a fine summer day. Once a year, the cars are brushed aside for bikes at the annual Bike the Drive, one of the best bike rides in the nation and an excellent way to kick off summer. If your family likes to bike, this is a don't miss summer event.

Take Me Out to a Ballgame! Family-Friendly Fun at U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago White Sox

Whether you're cheering on our city's beloved Cubs or White Sox, nothing says summer like a baseball game! U.S. Celluar Field is rolling out the red carpet this year for its littlest fans, thanks to family friendly programming that engages kids beyond the baseball diamond. Here are the events that make a trip to cheer on the White Sox at U.S. Celluar Field even more fun for kids.

Cupcake Decorating Classes at Chicago's Magnolia Bakery

Matt Kirouac

Tucked into Chicago's Block Thirty Seven shopping mall at 108 N. State St., Chicago's Magnolia Bakery is a mecca of all the classic American baked goods that everyone loves. Delectable muffins, pies, cakes and brownies line the shelves in this cherished bakery. But the true stars here are the cupcakes: baked fresh and frosted daily, you'll find all your traditional favorites as well as seasonal and daily specials. The cakes and cupcakes here are known for their colorful and

Empowering Theater for Kids: WONDERLAND, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure

Alice in Wonderland

Sadly, not all children's theater productions speak to girls, and as the mom of a theater-obsessed little girl, I can only take so many princess-based plays. Thankfully, the Chicago Children's Theatre has flipped that script: Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure, a new family musical created by top Chicago director Rachel Rockwell and music director Michael Mahler, managed to spark the imaginations of my daughter, age 5, and her two friends, ages 6 and 7.

Weekend Alert: April 24-26


Hey Chicago, do you enjoy shopping, food, comedy and having fun? Well first, I sure hope so, because that's pretty general and covers a lot of things. But if you want the best of all of those things, check out the events below to kickstart an epic weekend. Feel like a superhero at C2E2; laugh non-stop at Chicago Improv Festival; marvel at Joffrey Ballet's newest show; dine like a king or queen at Pastoral's Artisan Producers Festival; and shop 'til you ... you know ... at the Randolph

Chicago's Best Kid-Friendly Burger Joints

Burger - Blog

Nothing beats a great burger. When it comes to the American diner classic, here are five places that you can't beef with. These are our family's picks for Chicago's best kid-friendly burgers.

Top 10 Chicago Must-dos with Teens or Tweens

Kids Millennium Park

Heading into town with your teen or tween? Here are 10 must-dos for your Windy City bucket list:

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