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Bike the Drive with Kids: 2-Wheeled Fun for All Ages, May 29

Bike the Drive Chicago

Here's a summer experience to add to your family bucket list: Bike the Drive. One Sunday per year, Chicago's Lake Shore Drive is closed to cars, turning one of the most fantastic expressways in the world in the world into an unforgettable biking experience. It's one of the best bike rides in the nation, and it's simply wonderful to drive along the stunning Chicago lakefront on a fine, early summer day.


6 Spring and Summertime Adventures at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago

Spring is in the air and Chicago is in bloom! One of the best places to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous weather is at the Lincoln Park Zoo, our (free!) zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood. This spring and summer, the zoo calendar has many amazing opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals while also enjoying craft beers, or striking a yoga pose. Here are six seasonal adventures waiting to be experienced at


Chicago's Kids and Kites Festival: Fun, FREE Family Event May 7

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival

Every spring, kids in Chicago step out into the sunshine and harness the wind of our fair windy city at the Kids & Kites Festival, an annual tradition established by our former mayor and kite enthusiast, Richard M. Daley. This uniquely Chicago-style event is a colorful way to enjoy a spring day on the lakefront with your favorite kids. Here's our guide to the 18th annual Kids and Kites Festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 7 from


Mother's Day in Chicago: 13 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Brunch at Prime & Provisions Chicago

What would you do without Mom? She stands by you through thick and thin, wipes your tears and shares your joys. Mother's Day calls for celebrating the lady who will always love you, warts and all. Thank Mom for being there when you needed her most by taking her out to one of these 13 special spots for Mother's Day weekend in Chicago.


Take Flight at iFLY: Indoor Skydiving Now in Chicago

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Chicago

If you've ever dreamed of flying, or if you've ever wanted to skydive without having to jump out of an airplane, here's your chance: iFLY, the world's largest Indoor Skydiving operation, has opened its newest location in the near northside Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park, marking the 17th iFLY facility in the U.S. This incredible indoor skydiving facility recreates the experience of skydiving minus the fear factor of having to rely on a parachute to break your fall.


3 Family-Friendly Exhibits at Chicago Museums You Won't Want to Miss this Spring

Cinderella's Castle in Brick By Brick at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

Headed to Chicago this spring break? Or you are a Chicagoan staying home to enjoy the city? Chicago museums have you covered when it comes to spring break fun with a dash of learning. Here are three exhibits at Chicago museums that you won't want to miss this spring in Chicago — one made entirely with LEGOs, one featuring 2,000-year-old warrior statues, and another that turns kids into TV meteorologists.


Five of the Best Places to Find the Easter Bunny in Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo Easter Egg HuntHippity Hoppity! Easter is on its way and everybody's favorite bunny is hopping on down to Chicago. It's time to put on your bonnet and smile for a fun picture with Peter Cottontail, or even better, join him for brunch or discover the colorful eggs his hidden around the Lincoln Park Zoo. Here are five of the best places to find the Easter Bunny in Chicago.  


Spend the Night at a Chicago Museum (or Aquarium!)

T.rex at The Field Museum Chicago

Have you ever wanted to snooze with Sue the T.rex? Explore a museum... by flashlight? Sleep with the fishes — literally? So many of our beloved Chicago institutions offer overnights for families, making for an exciting alternative to the usual tourist hotel and an exciting city adventure like no other. Here are three amazing, upcoming opportunities to spend the night at a museum (or aquarium!). 


Where the Flowers Are: Spring Blooms & Chicago Flower Shows

Chicago Flower and Garden Show

You might know Chicago as the "Windy City" or the "City of Broad Shoulders", but one of our city's most appropriate nicknames is the "Garden City." Indeed our city's seal states clearly Urbs in Horto, Latin for city in a garden. As springtime rolls around, the reason for this flowery nickname is evident: everywhere you turn, you'll see gardens big and small, in our backyards, on our parkways, even on our balconies and rooftops! Here are four gardens and


C2E2 Cheat Sheet: Plan Your Visit to Chicago's Comic & Entertainment Convention

C2E2 Chicago Comic and Entertainment ConventionSince 2010, C2E2 is an annual comic book and pop culture convention that takes place in Chicago. This year, it takes place March 18-20 at McCormick Place's South Building. With featured partners like Marvel, DC comics, Revolution Beer, and twitch, you know you can expect a great time.

This three-day event has an action-packed schedule of exhibitors, panels, autograph sessions, and of course... people watching. 


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