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Dinos Downtown Wheaton​

Downtown Wheaton South Main Street & West Liberty Drive, Wheaton

Dinosaurs invade Downtown Wheaton! This BIG outdoor exhibit features 10 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs throughout Downtown Wheaton this September 25 through October 8, 2023. Enjoy dinosaur-themed specials, activities, and more from your favorite Downtown Wheaton shops and restaurants! Mark your calendar now to visit the exhibit, and check back soon for a map of dinosaur locations,...

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Shedd Aquarium Illinois Resident Free Day

Shedd Aquarium 1200 S Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED ONLINE IN ADVANCE Illinois residents enjoy FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium on select free days throughout the year! Tickets must be reserved online before your visit.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Museum Free Days.

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Chicago History Museum Illinois Resident Free Day

Chicago History Museum 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago

The Museum offers free days to Illinois residents throughout the year, including commemorative days like Presidents’ Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Fourth of July. Upcoming 2023 Illinois resident FREE days include: September 4, 13, 27; October 9, 11; November 1, 29; December 13   For information on more events like this, check out...

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Open Nature Play Day

Dan Ryan Woods 83rd and Western Ave, Chicago

Bring your little ones for open nature play time and help them connect with nature. Enjoy stories, art and exploration each time.

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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Museum Free Day

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook

Wednesdays are Free Admission Days sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Museum Free Days.

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Storytime in the Park

Various Locations IL

Come out to your favorite neighborhood parks for songs, rhymes and stories. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and bug spray! For kids of all ages. Tuesdays: Co-Op Park Wednesdays: Glen Oak Park

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Drop-In Acorn Express Adventures

The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois 53, Lisle

Join us on the Acorn Express for a family-friendly tram ride and adventure through The Morton Arboretum. We’ll seek out fun destinations to hike, make a craft, and explore new topics each week. The program is 45 minutes long and is recommended for families with children 2 years old and older. In case of inclement...

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DuSable Museum of African American History Free Days

DuSable Museum of African American History DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago

DuSable Museum of African-American history is free to Illinois residents to visit on Wednesdays. We also give free admission to military and to first responders. That means Police, Fire, EMT’s. With valid ID.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Museum Free Days.

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Second Language Storytime

Elmwood Park Public Library 1 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park

Bonjour! Witamy! 안녕하세요! Come to this bilingual storytime where we read stories in English and the language of the month, have snacks relating to the language's country, and a themed craft! Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Registration required. September 27: French October 20: Polish

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¡Buen Provecho! Storytime

Various Locations IL

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with this special storytime highlighting all the delicious culinary contributions of the Latine community and make a special craft.

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Wild Wednesdays

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Avenue, Chicago

Join GPCA’s Nature Educators on Wednesday evenings to explore and discover together! We will get our hands dirty, play, and discover new things about plants, animals and nature. This is an evening of imagination and exploration sure to make Wednesday the best day of the week. During the summer months, this program will be outside...

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Adler Planetarium Illinois Resident Free Days

Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

The Adler is excited to announce that we will be free for Illinois residents (with proof of residency) every Wednesday evening from 4-10 pm (our new Wednesday hours.) Stop by after work or school, or for date night and enjoy everything the Adler has to offer at night, for free as part of our Illinois...

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Family Fun: Legopalooza

Berwyn Public Library 2701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn

Team up with your family to share exciting experiences, challenges, and activities designed for maximum fun! This month, we're building with the library's huge collection of Legos. Creations will be displayed in the department for a limited time.

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Family Messy Art

Poplar Creek Public Library 1405 S. Park Avenue, Streamwood

Create a masterpiece with your family. Dress for mess!

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Papel Picado Art

St. Charles Public Library 1 S. 6th Street, St. Charles

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and create beautiful cut tissue paper art called Papel Picado, a traditional Mexican decorative craft.

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Movie Screening: Jumanji

Hanover Park Branch 1266 Irving Park Road, Hanover Park

When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown...

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